• 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 11,650 students (36% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is higher than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 37% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 38%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 11,650 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,370
  • Out-state tuition: $7,434
  • Student:teacher ratio: 13:1
  • Minority enrollment: 37%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Trident Technical College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in South Carolina for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 864 teachers has grown by 74% over five years.
Trident Technical College
(SC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
864 staff
142 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Trident Technical College has declined by 27% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has decreased from 33:1 over five years.
The Trident Technical College diversity score of 0.56 is more than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
11,650 students
1,925 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
4,225 students
646 students
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# Part-Time Students
7,425 students
1,167 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
843 students
359 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
4,225 students
646 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
5 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
7,425 students
1,317 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
2 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
260 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
3%
2%
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% Hispanic
3%
5%
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% Black
21%
24%
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% White
63%
62%
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% Hawaiian
1%
n/a
% Two or more races
4%
4%
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% Unknown races
5%
3%
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Diversity Score
0.56
0.55
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
7.91%
1.95%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
2.47%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$33,700
$28,800
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,370 is less than the state average of $5,692. The in-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,434 is less than the state average of $10,568. The out-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,370
$5,692
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,434
$10,568
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
94%
95%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$13,660
$11,729
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,625
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
75%
SAT Reading
n/a
430
SAT Math
n/a
458
SAT Writing
n/a
413
ACT Composite
n/a
18
ACT English
n/a
17
ACT Math
n/a
18
ACT Writing
n/a
6
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Trident Technical College cost?

Trident Technical College's tuition is approximately $4,370 for In-State students and $7,434 for Out-State students.

What is Trident Technical College's ranking?

Trident Technical College ranks among the top 20% of community college in South Carolina for: Largest student body and Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 11,650 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,370
  • Out-state tuition: $7,434
  • Student:teacher ratio: 13:1
  • Minority enrollment: 37%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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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 78%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

South Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.55, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is University of South Carolina-Sumter. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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