Trident Technical College

7000 Rivers Avenue
Charleston, SC 29423-8067
Tel: (843)574-6111
  • Trident Technical College is a public, two-year, multicampus institution that provides quality education and promotes economic development in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties in coastal South Carolina.
School Highlights
  • Trident Technical College serves 16,136 students (45% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 33:1 is higher than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 35% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 38%.
  • Trident Technical College is one of 4 community colleges within Charleston County, SC.
  • The nearest community college is Virginia College-Charleston (1.50 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 495 teachers has declined by 21% over five years.
Trident 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 Faculty495 staff55 staff
Trident Technical College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 16,136 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 33:1 has increased from 26:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.52 is less than the state average of 0.54. The school's diversity has declined by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment16,136 students1,260 students
Trident Technical College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio33:128:1
Trident Technical College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students7,183 students726 students
Trident Technical College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students8,953 students534 students
Trident Technical College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Trident Technical College Enrollment Breakdown SC All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Trident Technical College American Indian/Alaskan (2013-2016)
% Asian
Trident Technical College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Trident Technical College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Trident Technical College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Trident Technical College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Trident Technical College More (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
Trident Technical College 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.0.520.54
Trident Technical College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Trident Technical College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,700$28,900
Trident Technical College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,370 is less than the state average of $6,687. The in-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,434 is less than the state average of $10,638. The out-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,370$6,687
Trident Technical College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,434$10,638
Trident Technical College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid95%94%
Trident Technical College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$17,375$14,979
Trident Technical College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$9,500$5,500
Trident Technical College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Each semester approximately 17,000 credit students enroll in programs leading to college transfer associate degrees and technical associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. The curriculum includes programs in Business Technology; Community, Family and Child Studies; Health Sciences, Film, Media and Visual Arts; Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Industrial and Engineering Technology; Law-Related Studies; Nursing; and Science and Mathematics.Trident Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Trident Technical College.

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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.