Piedmont Technical College

  • Piedmont Technical College, a member of the South Carolina Technical and Comprehensive Education system, is a public comprehensive two-year post-secondary institution. Piedmont contributes to the economic growth and development of the largest and most diverse region of the technical college system, Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda counties and to the state. The college responds to the academic, training, and public service needs of the community through excellence in teaching and educational services.

School Highlights

Piedmont Technical College serves 4,747 students (38% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is higher than the state community college average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 43% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 47%.

Top Rankings

Piedmont Technical College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in South Carolina for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 342 teachers has grown by 46% over five years.
Piedmont Technical College(SC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High TraditionalAssociate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty342 staff142 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Piedmont Technical College has declined by 16% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 has decreased from 30:1 over five years.
The Piedmont Technical College diversity score of 0.57 is less than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment4,747 students1,682 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio14:113:1
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# Full-Time Students1,822 students739 students
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# Part-Time Students2,925 students943 students
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
7%
7%
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% Black
32%
25%
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% White
57%
53%
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% Two or more races
3%
4%
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Diversity Score0.570.64
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College Completion Rate
26%
20%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$27,500$28,800
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,460 is less than the state average of $5,692. The in-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,660 is less than the state average of $10,568. The out-state tuition has declined by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,460$5,692
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Out-State Tuition Fees$5,660$10,568
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid98%94%
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Median Debt for Graduates$14,250$12,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,564$5,890
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • In 1966, the eighth Technical Education Center, Piedmont, was established to serve Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Saluda and surrounding counties. Classes met for the first time at Piedmont on September 6, 1966, with some 300 students enrolled in day and evening classes. On October 2, 1972, five new buildings representing the first phase of a 30-year master development plan were occupied. These facilities housed classrooms, laboratories, a learning resources center and faculty offices. A general renovation of the main campus center included a student lounge and recreation complex. On April 10, 1974, the institution's name was changed from Piedmont Technical Education Center to Piedmont Technical College to more accurately reflect our post-secondary educational mission. The 1981-82 year saw six new additions to the Piedmont campus: a health sciences facility, conference center, continuing education complex, student center, multi-purpose building and automotive technology facility. In 1986, a 10,000-square-foot addition to the Conference Center made it one of the finest facilities of its type in the state. Piedmont's main Campus, the Lex Walters Campus borders a primary industrial corridor on the outskirts of Greenwood, South Carolina. The modern campus is a large complex that integrates the latest in instructional technology while also offering an environment that is totally conducive to learning. Campus highlights includes the James C. Self Conference Center, Marion P. Carnell library, the Solutia Gallery, PTC Campus Shop, Student Center & Canteen. Other features includes labs for medical, technology and business programs, industrial shops, a well-equipped media center, faculty and administrative offices. The college offers Associate degrees in vocational, technical, and occupational areas and university transfer; vocational, technical and occupational diplomas and certificates; developmental education programs and courses preparing individuals to take the General Education Development Test, custom-designed Continuing Education training programs for business, industry, and facilities for the Special Schools program to train potential employees for new and expanding manufacturing companies; and Student Development programs which provide academic, career and individual support. Piedmont Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate's degree and holds membership in the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges and in the American Technical Education Association.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Piedmont Technical College is Forrest College (36.0 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Forrest College
    Private for-profit
    27 students | 36.00 Mi601 E River Street
    Anderson, SC 29624
    (864) 225-7653
    36.0027
  • 11,123 students | 44.70 Mi506 S Pleasantburg Dr
    Greenville, SC 29606
    (864) 250-8000
    44.7011,123
  • 1,153 students | 45.30 Mi309 East Academy St
    Union, SC 29379
    (864) 429-8728
    45.301,153
  • 1,236 students | 48.30 Mi115 Davis Road
    Augusta, GA 30907
    48.301,236
  • 6,181 students | 48.60 Mi7900 U.S. Hwy 76
    Pendleton, SC 29670
    (864) 646-8282
    48.606,181
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Did You Know?
For South Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,692 per year for in-state students and $10,568 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $10,258 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in South Carolina is 76%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

South Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.64, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is Midlands Technical College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.