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Founded in 1966, Horry-Georgetown Technical College is a comprehensive two-year community college located in Conway, South Carolina and is part of the South Carolina Technical College System. The college offers more than 70 associate degrees, diploma and certificate programs of study for students who seek to make a quick entry into the workforce or desire to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a bachelor’s degree. This school also specializes in Continuing Education and professional training for employees and employers who seek short term programs to hone in on specific skills. The college has three locations in northeastern South Carolina, with campuses in Georgetown, Conway, and Myrtle Beach. It also caters to nontraditional students who need more flexibility, by providing more than 60 online classes and courses, as well as a Business Degree that can be completed entirely via the Internet. Some of the popular areas of study offered at Horry-Georgetown Technical College include the Arts & Sciences, Agriculture Technology, Business, Health Science, Engineering & Industrial Technology, Information/Computer Technology, and Public Service Technology. This college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, to award associate’s degrees, diplomas and certificates. Some of its programs are also accredited by different reputable organizations.

The college also offers a number of academic options and resources to help its students succeed academically. Some examples include double majors, dual enrollment, exchange student programs, academic advising and tutoring services.

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Unique Programs

HGTC has negotiated detailed Transfer Agreements for the following programs to facilitate transfer for its graduates. Students should meet with their advisors to plan course selection to ensure a smooth transfer to the institution of their choice.

  • Core requirements will be waived for students transferring to Coastal Carolina University
  • Criminal Justice Technology; Early Care and Education; Elementary and Special Education; Psychology; Sociology; Human Services Technology at Coastal Carolina University
  • Construction Project Management at Clemson University
  • Computer Technology at Eastern Kentucky University
  • Early Care and Education at Francis Marion University
  • Fire Service Administration at the University of Memphis

Bridge programs facilitate transfer for students who are sure about the institution they wish to transfer to when they begin their college careers. Bridge programs allow students to apply to both institutions at the same time and benefit from services of both schools during their freshman and sophomore years. This school participates in Bridge programs with Coastal Carolina University, Lander University, and University of South Carolina – Columbia.


Students who wish to apply, must complete the online or print application form. There is a nonrefundable application fee to apply. Each applicant must also submit an official high school transcript or GED score report, an official SAT or ACT score report, and any AP or college credit transcripts (if applicable). Students may also need to schedule placement tests. The COMPASS placement test is available for first-time college students or transfer students who have not completed any college level math or English classes. The COMPASS is offered in the college’s Testing Centers. Certain programs also have additional requirements. While the university admits students all year long, 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 school’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

The majority of the students 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, including the South Carolina Need-Based Grant, the South Carolina LIFE Scholarship, and the South Caroling Lottery Tuition Assistance. 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 who wish to pay the in-state tuition rate may also need to provide documentation establishing their residency.

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. Horry-Georgetown Technical College also offers a deferred payment plan to help students pay any tuition charges that are not covered by financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5107th for the average student loan amount.
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HGTC has a very diverse student body with students from different states and countries. The college has a number of state of the art facilities which students enjoy access to. There is a Student Services building and the Kent Sharples Student and Community Life Complex, which houses a huge library with extensive print and electronic research materials. The Conway Campus also offers services to area residents through the Fowler Culinary Arts Center, the Dental Clinic and the Cosmetology facility. The Grand Strand Campus is where the Beach Bistro 354 dining facility is located. The college also provides services to the public through the Massage Therapy and Esthetics clinic, which is also located at the Grand Strand Campus.

There are plenty of academic and social support services to help students make the transition to college. There are plenty of diverse clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honors groups. 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 school’s website.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Information Summary

Ranks 46th in South Carolina and 2526th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 111 0.64
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 11 0.06
Robbery 35 0.20
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 220 1.27
Larceny 636 3.68
Vehicle theft 31 0.18

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Conway, SC 29526
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population30,392 (16,260 urban / 14,132 rural)
Households11,401 (2.55 people per house)
Median Household Income$36,136
Families8,266 (2.94 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium 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 District4507

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4222nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,332 $4,236 $6,026
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $268 $268 $268
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $139 $177 $252
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 $5,148 $6,062 $7,852
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,604 $17,518 $19,308
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,287 $9,201 $10,991

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,530(N/C) $4,444(N/C) $5,794 $6,094
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500 $1,665
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,650 $8,138
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,880 $2,936
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,612 $2,936

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 3513th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $49,592 ($49,864 male / $48,749 female)
Number of FT Faculty 150 (70 male / 80 female)
Number of PT Faculty 354
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $3,599,669

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2050 Highway 501 East
Conway, SC 29526
p. 843-347-3186
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