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Piedmont Technical College (PTC) was founded in 1966 in Greenwood, South Carolina. It seeks to help high school graduates pursue a practical education that will prepare them for the workforce or for transfer to a four-year university. To accomplish this, PTC offers a wide variety of career training programs for two years of study or less, as well as a number of partnerships that let PTC students easily transfer to one of over 40 colleges and universities in South Carolina.

Today, PTC serves seven counties and offers an online campus for distance learners. Students can choose to take classes on the original Greenwood campus or through one of the county centers. Each location offers a range of classes during daytime and evening hours, as well as providing student services like financial aid, career counseling, book-purchasing services, and placement testing.


PTC offers two-year programs, certificate programs, and transfer programs in over 20 areas of study, including arts and sciences, industrial electronics technology, business, gunsmithing, pottery, nursing, and early care and education. Some programs, like computer technology, offer associate’s degrees so that students can earn an A.A.S. or D.A.S. in their chosen field. Other areas, like commercial art and arts and sciences, do not offer associate’s degrees. These programs are designed to award certificates or to prepare students for immediate transfer to a four-year university.

Online Courses

Distance learners have access to an extensive list of courses through the Desire2Learn course management system. Dedicated distance learners can even earn an associate’s degree or a certificate completely through the online system. Currently, students can choose from online associate’s degrees in arts, sciences, business, and four different concentrations of administrative office technology. PTC also offers student training sessions to help learners get accustomed to the Desire2Learn environment. Students who are interested in pursuing an online course of study should have strong time management skills and an independent approach to studying.


Students have full access to library materials, periodicals, computers, and staff assistance through the Information Commons on the Greenwood campus. With ample places to sit and study in comfort, this library is the workplace of choice for many PTC students. The Information Commons also offers special program like tutorials on using library resources and free computer workshops. Many of these programs are open to the public; the computer workshops, which are sponsored by a federal grant, are open to any interested member of the community – student or not!

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PTC accepts applications both online and in person. The Admissions page on the PTC website has step-by-step guides for completing and submitting the online application, whether you’re a first time college student, an online learning student, a non-degree seeking student, or something in between. If you can’t find the answers to your questions through the website, you can call or visit any of the branch locations for help. The Admissions Office is staffed with trained professionals who can answer any questions you might have about the application process, tuition payments, scheduling, and fees. These offices and staff members are available at every PTC county center.

First Time College Students

First time college students need to begin their application process by completing the PTC application form either online or at one of the campus centers. They will need to submit an official high school transcript or GED certificate, as well as transcripts from any college they might have attended in the past. First time students will also need to call and schedule an appointment for completing the placement test, which is required for class registration. Tests can be taken at the Greenwood campus or at alternative testing locations. Students must also fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and meet with an enrollment advisor prior to registering for classes. Finally, students can obtain a PTC Pathway number, which lets them access the online college network, and purchase textbooks online or through a campus center.

Applicants to Special Programs

Students applying to specific programs may need to submit additional materials or take different steps. For example, Nursing & Health Science applicants must attend a mandatory information session, and dual-enrollment students may need approval from a parent or high school counselor. Non-degree seeking students may apply to PTC without providing transcripts or a GED certificate.

Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid should begin by filling out the FAFSA, which can be completed online for free at www.fafsa.gov. This form determines eligibility for federal aid in the form of grants, loans, work-study programs, and more. It is also required for many outside applications, including those for some loans and merit scholarships.

Some students may want to pursue additional sources of funding. PTC and other organizations offer a number of interest-based and location-based scholarships to student who meet specific criteria. Many of these opportunities are sponsored by a donor or created in memorium. The Charles M. Cox Jr. Scholarship, which is awarded to students with at least a 2.0 grade point average who are majoring in funeral services, and the Gwen Hancock Scholarship, which is open to Respiratory Care majors with academic achievement and financial need, are just two of the scholarship opportunities available to PTC students.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5333rd for the average student loan amount.
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PTC is a commuter college that welcomes traditional students and distance learners from across the Greenwood area. However, the campus offers a number of services and activities that help students bond outside the classroom. There are over 25 different student clubs and organizations on campus, ranging from social groups like Greek fraternities and sororities to professional organizations like the Veterinary Tech club and the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Students may also want to mingle and network digitally by jointing the PTC Facebook group or contributing to its Flickr account.

Students can take advantage of on-campus resources to finish their schoolwork or meet up with classmates. The Barnes & Noble PTC Bookstore sells textbooks and spirit wear designed specifically for PTC students. Here, students can also shop for used course materials at discounted prices, or even rent their books and workbooks and return them at the end of the semester.

The Student Success Center also provides students with opportunities for academic development and personal growth. Students can seek professional guidance and counseling, tips for stress relief and test anxiety, student disability services, and even assistance in applying for scholarships. Many of the Student Success Center resources can be accessed online through the Student Services webpage.

Student Enrollment Demographics


  • Piedmont Technical College. Application for Admission. June 2011. Print.
  • Piedmont Technical College. Fall 2011 Late Term. 2011. Print.
  • Piedmont Technical College. Web. 12 Sept. 2011.
  • Welcome to Piedmont Technical College Bookstore. Web. 12 Sept. 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 48th in South Carolina and 2763rd 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 N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 338 1.44
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.01
Forcible Rape 11 0.05
Robbery 43 0.18
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 364 1.55
Larceny 1,291 5.50
Vehicle theft 48 0.20

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Greenwood, SC 29646
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population28,146 (20,409 urban / 7,737 rural)
Households10,755 (2.52 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,135
Families7,341 (3.05 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 District4503

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4418th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,600 $4,008 $5,208
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $200 $200 $200
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $150 $167 $217
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 $5,000 $5,408 $6,608
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,854 $17,262 $18,462
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,251 $11,659 $12,859

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,523 $3,664 $3,931 $4,072 $5,131 $5,272
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,152 $5,603
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,717 $6,121
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,717 $6,121

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 3993rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $44,968 ($44,136 male / $44,058 female)
Number of FT Faculty 121 (55 male / 66 female)
Number of PT Faculty 348
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $2,720,872

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