Trident Technical College

  • 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 3 community colleges within Charleston County, SC.
  • The nearest community college to Trident Technical College is Virginia College-Charleston (1.5 miles away).

Top Placements

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

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 495 teachers has stayed relatively flat 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
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Student Body

  • The student population of Trident Technical College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 33:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Trident Technical College diversity score of 0.52 is less than the state average of 0.54. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment16,136 students1,260 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio33:128:1
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# Full-Time Students7,183 students726 students
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# Part-Time Students8,953 students534 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
2%
1%
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% Hispanic
2%
3%
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% Black
24%
27%
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% White
65%
62%
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% Two or more races
2%
2%
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% Unknown races
4%
4%
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Diversity Score0.520.54
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College Completion Rate
10%
12%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,700$28,900
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,370 is less than the state average of $6,284. 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 $10,399. The out-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,370$6,284
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,434$10,399
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid95%93%
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Median Debt for Graduates$17,375$12,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$9,500$5,500
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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 $6,284 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.