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Founded in the early 1960s, Greenville Technical College (GTC) operates four campuses in South Carolina, offering more than 130 programs in a wide variety of areas, as well as university transfer programs and a wide range of non-credit corporate and career development options. The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Specific programs are also accredited by organizations, such as the American Culinary Federation, the American Bar Association, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, and many others. The school is composed of four divisions: the Arts and Sciences Division; the Business/ Public Service Division; the Health Sciences & Nursing Division; and the Technology Division. Some of the popular areas of study offered for undergraduates at Greenville Technical College include biotechnology, developmental studies, computer programming, culinary arts, accounting, criminal justice, nursing, pharmacy technician, surgical technology, architectural engineering technology, aircraft maintenance technology, and automotive technology.

The Corporate and Career Development Division at Greenville offers flexible class schedules that have been designed to help students increase professional competence or prepare for new jobs or careers. The college also provides students with assistance and training so that they can develop and improve their academic and study skills. Academic advising is readily available to help students develop their educational plans. The college also has a special honors program for exceptional students. Class sizes at Greenville are small. Online learning options are available.

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Students who wish to apply to Greenville must first make an appointment for an admissions interview with one of the college’s admissions counselors. They should then complete the online or print application form. Each applicant must also submit an official high school transcript or GED score report, an official SAT or ACT score report (optional), and any AP or college credit transcripts (if applicable). Students may also need to schedule placement tests to determine their math and English proficiency levels. Certain programs also have additional requirements. Students should plan to attend an orientation session.

While the college admits students all year long, the admissions process should be completed at least several weeks prior to the start of the semester that the student wishes to begin study, in order to ensure that space will be available. Prospective students should contact the school for specific deadline dates.

Adult students, non-degree seeking students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements. Useful statistics and dates are listed on the college’s website.

Financial Aid

Although the tuition rates at this school are comparatively affordable, the majority of the students at GTC receive some form of state, federal, private, or institutional financial assistance. Forms of aid that are available for students include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The college also offers a number of scholarships and grants for students. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need. Students may check the college’s website for more information about the different types of assistance that are available.

All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents.

Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process. Students should also note that financial aid applications must be renewed each year. Greenville offers a number of flexible payment plans to help students pay any tuition charges that are not covered by financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4922nd for the average student loan amount.
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Greenville has a diverse student body, with students hailing from many different states and countries. There are plenty of academic and social support services to help students make the transition to college. Clubs, organizations, and activities include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. Popular organizations include the Associated General Contractors Student Chapter, the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), Campus Crusade for Christ, the Critics’ Choice, Greenville Tech LAMBDA Gay-Straight Alliance, the Greenville Tech Education Club, Helping U Succeed: Human Services Student Organization, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), the International Student Organization, and the Student Government Association.There are also interesting recreational and cultural events held on campus throughout the year. A complete list of clubs and events is available on the university’s website.

Students who attend Greenville can now live on campus in the college’s residence community, which features rooms in a variety of layouts; cable television; telephone service; laundry facilities; free parking; 24-hour on-site management and maintenance; and Internet access. The residence also features a community center with a game room, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a computer area, and more.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Local Community

Greenville and the Upstate community that surrounds the college are home to a wide variety of shops, movie theaters, attractions, restaurants, and performance venues. Greenville’s award-winning downtown area has plenty of fun activities for students, including Greenville Drive Baseball at the new park in the West End, Falls Park on the Reedy with its renowned pedestrian bridge, and the Greenville Zoo.

Information Summary

Ranks 42nd in South Carolina and 2443rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in South Carolina and 113th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 18 0.12
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 8 0.06

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 348 0.59
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 5 0.01
Forcible Rape 22 0.04
Robbery 110 0.19
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 732 1.24
Larceny 2,540 4.30
Vehicle theft 223 0.38

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Greenville, SC 29607-2418
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population28,009 (26,752 urban / 1,257 rural)
Households12,160 (2.28 people per house)
Median Household Income$37,954
Families7,240 (2.93 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4504

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3968th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,744 $4,080 $7,920
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $230 $230 $230
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $156 $170 $330
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $5,049 $5,385 $9,225
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,230 $17,566 $21,406
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,192 $7,528 $11,368

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,748 $3,866 $4,060 $4,190 $7,660 $7,910
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,038 $1,075
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,689 $10,038
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,069 $2,143
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,069 $2,143

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3727th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $47,421 ($47,253 male / $46,066 female)
Number of FT Faculty 347 (141 male / 206 female)
Number of PT Faculty 778
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $8,743,038

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738 S Pleasantburg Dr
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