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 5,694 students (37% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 30:1 is higher than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 34% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 38%.
  • Piedmont Technical College is the only community colleges within Greenwood County, SC.
  • The nearest community college to Piedmont Technical College is Forrest College (36.1 miles away).

Top Placements

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

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 190 teachers has declined by 20% over five years.
Piedmont Technical College(SC) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty190 staff55 staff

Student Body

  • The student population of Piedmont Technical College has declined by 11% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Piedmont Technical College diversity score of 0.47 is less than the state average of 0.54. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment5,694 students1,260 students
Student:Teacher Ratio30:128:1
# Full-Time Students2,134 students726 students
# Part-Time Students3,560 students534 students
% Hispanic
1%
3%
% Black
31%
27%
% White
66%
62%
% Two or more races
1%
2%
Diversity Score0.470.54
College Completion Rate (Year 2015)
16%
12%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$27,500$28,900

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,460 is less than the state average of $6,284. The in-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,660 is less than the state average of $10,399. The out-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,460$6,284
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,660$10,399
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid98%93%
Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2015)$9,482$12,000
Median Debt for Dropouts (Year 2015)$5,500$5,500
Source: 2016 (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 (36.1 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Forrest College
    Private, for profit
    111 students | 36.10 Mi601 E River Street
    Anderson SC  29624
    (864)225-7653
    36.10111
  • 453 students | 43.40 Mi78 Global Dr Ste 200
    Greenville SC  29607
    (864)679-4900
    43.40453
  • 12,592 students | 45.10 Mi738 S Pleasantburg Dr
    Greenville SC  29607
    (864)250-8000
    45.1012,592
  • 679 students | 45.10 Mi309 East Academy St
    Union SC  29379
    (864)429-8728
    45.10679
  • 708 students | 47.20 MiTwo Liberty Square, 75 Beattie Place Ste 100
    Greenville SC  29601
    (864)239-5300
    47.20708
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Did You Know?
For South Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,284 per year for in-state students and $10,399 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $12,551 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in South Carolina is 62%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

South Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.54, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.