Technical College of the Lowcountry

921 Ribaut Road
Beaufort, SC 29901-1288
Tel: (800)768-8252
  • One of sixteen colleges comprising the South Carolina Technical College System, the Technical College of the Lowcountry traces its origin to the Mather School founded in 1868. The college is a comprehensive, public, two-year college dedicated to serving the diverse educational needs of the rural counties of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper. The College annually serves approximately 8,500 credit and continuing education students, a mix of traditional, non-traditional, full-time, and part-time.
School Highlights
  • Technical College of the Lowcountry serves 2,529 students (29% 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 39% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 38%.
  • Technical College of the Lowcountry is one of 2 community colleges within Beaufort County, SC.
  • The nearest community college is University of South Carolina-Beaufort (18.40 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 84 teachers has declined by 12% over five years.
Technical College of the Lowcountry(SC) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty84 staff55 staff
Technical College of the Lowcountry Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 2,529 has declined by 6% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has increased from 29:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.54 is equal to the state average of 0.54. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,529 students1,260 students
Technical College of the Lowcountry Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio30:128:1
Technical College of the Lowcountry Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students734 students726 students
Technical College of the Lowcountry Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,795 students534 students
Technical College of the Lowcountry Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Technical College of the Lowcountry Enrollment Breakdown SC All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
Technical College of the Lowcountry American Indian/Alaskan (2013-2016)
% Asian
1%
1%
Technical College of the Lowcountry Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
5%
3%
Technical College of the Lowcountry Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
29%
27%
Technical College of the Lowcountry Black (2007-2016)
% White
61%
62%
Technical College of the Lowcountry White (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
2%
4%
Technical College of the Lowcountry Ethnicity Breakdown SC All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.540.54
Technical College of the Lowcountry Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
10%
12%
Technical College of the Lowcountry Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,000$28,900
Technical College of the Lowcountry Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,660 is less than the state average of $6,687. The in-state tuition has grown by 29% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $8,812 is less than the state average of $10,638. The out-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,660$6,687
Technical College of the Lowcountry In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$8,812$10,638
Technical College of the Lowcountry Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid94%94%
Technical College of the Lowcountry % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$7,500$14,979
Technical College of the Lowcountry Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,750$5,500
Technical College of the Lowcountry Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The Technical College of the Lowcountry provides quality, affordable academic and technical programs leading to Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates in an environment fostering excellence in teaching and learning. The College prepares graduates with knowledge and skills for transfer to senior colleges and universities and for careers in computer technology, industrial technology, engineering technology, occupational technology, business, health sciences, and public service. As an open admissions institution, the Technical College of the Lowcountry offers over 70 academic, transfer, and specialized programs. Offerings include developmental education; arts and sciences; career development; specialized, contract courses tailored for specific businesses and industries; and continuing education to meet the workforce needs of the Lowcountry. TCL is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences (NACCAS) and Paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association.

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Did You Know?
For South Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,687 per year for in-state students and $10,638 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 scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.54, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is The Art Institute of Charleston. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.