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Founded in 1962, Tri-County Technical College or TCTC, is a comprehensive two-year community and technical college located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It serves more than 7,000 students from Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties. TCTC is one of the sixteen schools that comprise the South Carolina Technical College System. The college also operates campuses in Pendleton, Anderson, and Seneca. Since its foundation, Tri-County Technical College is committed to creating a dynamic teaching and learning environment for the students.


Tri-County Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It offers programs and courses during the day as well as evening. It confers degrees, diplomas, and certificates in more than 70 major areas of study such as criminal justice, automated office assistant, business, marketing, early childhood development, computer and information systems, engineering graphics, industrial electronics, welding, veterinary technology, surgical technology, and many more.

TCTC also offers a strong University transfer program, which includes Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. Furthermore, it also provides over 250 different seminars and courses through Corporate & Community Education, serving around 13,000 students each year.

TCTC Online:

The College offers the online courses in partnership with several providers of quality online continuing education such as ed2go, Gatlin Education Online, JER Group, WebCT, PRIMEDIA, and ProTrain Online. Students can take the online classes from the comfort of their home or office. TCTC offers online courses in diverse career fields such as computer applications, database management & programming, digital photography & digital video, entertainment industry, web page design, and writing & publishing.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Tri-County Technical College follows an open door admissions policy. Students seeking admission to the college must take the COMPASS test, the college’s own placement test developed by American College Testing (ACT). Student must send all their official transcripts along with complete form to TCTC. The admission requirements must be completed by:

  • Mid of May for Summer Term
  • Second week of August for Fall Term

Transfer students from a college, University, or school in the country must complete admission requirements at least 30 days before the desired term starts. International students are encouraged to apply for admission. They must send the official transcripts and fulfill the special requirements for admission. Students, whose first language is not English must send their TOEFL scores from the Educational Testing Service.

Financial Aid

Tri-County Technical College provides financial aid to the students in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. All students are encouraged to apply for the financial aid. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to be considered for financial support. Some of the federal and state grants offered at TCTC include Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), South Carolina Need-Based Grant, Lottery Tuition Assistance, and SC National Guard CAP Program.

Scholarships offered at Tri-County include Tri-County Scholarships and LIFE Scholarship. A loan is a type of financial aid that must be repaid with interest. TCTC offers two types of loans: Subsidized Loans and Unsubsidized Loans. The Federal Work-Study at Tri-County offers on campus and off-campus jobs to help students meet their educational expenses.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5522nd for the average student loan amount.
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Students at Tri-County enjoy a vibrant campus life experience that involves student events, sports, learning communities, and multicultural activities. The Student Government Association (SGA) acts like the voice of the student body. It initiates and organizes various events and activities tied to academic majors. Some of the on-campus clubs and organizations include Alpha Zeta Beta (AZB), Tri-County Technical College Book Discussion Group, Campus Crusade for Christ, Criminal Justice Club, Minority Student Association (MSA), International Association, Tri-County Technical College Technology Club, and Student Nurses Association.

The Career Center at TCTC provides career planning assistance to the current and prospective students. It offers a wide variety of services and resources such as personalized career counseling, goal setting, career resources, current career listings, workshops and seminars. There is also a Disabilities Service Center that provides assistance to students with documented disabilities.

There are several breathtaking lakes and mountains situated close to the campus. They offer ample opportunities for hiking, sightseeing, and water sport activities. The three-county service area exudes a welcoming, small town atmosphere that offers the perfect learning experience and personality development for the students.

Campus Facilities:

Tri-County provides library facilities in most of its campuses. Whether you are doing research on-campus or from a distant location, the library gives you the access to millions of print and online resources. The helpful staff and research librarians assist students in finding exactly what they need to complete their classroom assignments. The library also houses a collection of recreation reading for the students.

Tri-County is basically a commuter campus. Though it doesn’t have any on-campus residence halls, there are many apartments available for rent near the campus. Most students commute to and from the college and some form their own car pools. TCTC offers a community bus service that is used by many students from the city of Anderson and the Clemson, Pendleton, and Central areas. The students really like the bus service as it is convenient, free, and most importantly it eliminates the trouble of trying to find a parking space.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Tri-County Technical College’s athletic department sponsors both men’s and women’s teams that compete in diverse sports such as golf, soccer, soccer, and basketball. The teams are nicknamed as Hawks and Lady Hawks. They are a member of the Carolinas Junior College Conference/Region X, and they compete in the NJCAA – Division I. Their colors are Black, Tan, and Red. The home game facilities at Tri-County are Tysinger Gymnasium and Nettles Park.

Additional School Information

The TRiO Programs at Tri-County Technical College was established to ensure equal educational opportunity for all students, regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. The TRiO is comprised of student support services, educational talent search and upward bound. Since its inception in 1978, TRiO has provided academic and motivational support to over 21,000 first generation and low income students who otherwise find higher education beyond their reach, many of whom are the first in their family to attend a college.


Tri-County Technical College. 2010.

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Information Summary

Ranks 62nd in South Carolina and 3443rd 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

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Pendleton, SC 29670
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population7,022 (2,867 urban / 4,155 rural)
Households3,016 (2.33 people per house)
Median Household Income$34,868
Families2,023 (2.84 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationMedium 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 3866th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,600 $4,728 $8,184
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $144 $144 $144
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $156 $203 $347
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 $5,244 $6,372 $9,828
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,334 $20,462 $23,918
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,242 $13,370 $16,826

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,570 $3,648 $4,644 $4,752 $7,944 $8,104
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,116 $1,390
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,202 $6,975
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,858 $6,652
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,958 $6,652

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 4057th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $44,224 ($44,485 male / $42,390 female)
Number of FT Faculty 129 (53 male / 76 female)
Number of PT Faculty 382
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $3,680,698

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7900 U.S. Hwy 76
Pendleton, SC 29670
p. 864-646-1500
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