Technical College of the Lowcountry

  • 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 2,308 students (25% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the state community college average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 52% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 47%.

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 189 teachers has grown by 96% over five years.
Technical College of the Lowcountry(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 Faculty189 staff142 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Technical College of the Lowcountry has declined by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has decreased from 30:1 over five years.
The Technical College of the Lowcountry diversity score of 0.66 is more than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,308 students1,682 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio12:113:1
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# Full-Time Students577 students739 students
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# Part-Time Students1,731 students943 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
15%
7%
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% Black
29%
25%
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% White
48%
53%
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% Two or more races
5%
4%
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% Unknown races
1%
9%
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Diversity Score0.660.64
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College Completion Rate
18%
20%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,000$28,800
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,660 is less than the state average of $5,692. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,812 is less than the state average of $10,568. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,660$5,692
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Out-State Tuition Fees$8,812$10,568
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid88%94%
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Median Debt for Graduates$10,250$12,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,000$5,890
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Source: 2020 (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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Technical College of the Lowcountry is University of South Carolina-Beaufort (17.0 miles away).
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