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Piedmont Technical College: Narrative Description


PO Box 1467
Greenwood, SC 29648-1467
Tel: (864)941-8324; Admissions: (864)941-8603; Fax: (864)941-8555; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, 2-year, specialized, coed. Part of South Carolina State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1966. Setting: 60-acre small town campus. Endowment: $1.1 million. Research spending 2002-03: $124,427. Educational spending 2002-03: $2515 per student. Total enrollment: 4,911. 890 applied, 100% were admitted. Students come from 2 states and territories, 5 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 38% 25 or older. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for nursing, health sciences programs. Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: interview. Placement: ACT ACCESS, ACT COMPASS required; SAT I recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 8/20.

Costs Per Year: Area resident tuition: $2496 full-time, $104 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $2952 full-time, $123 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $4152 full-time, $173 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $100 full-time, $50 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Choral group. Social organizations: 18 open to all. Most popular organizations: National Honor Society, Career Peers (student volunteers), Student Nurses Association, Psychology Club, Ebony Club. Major annual events: Spring Activities Day, club fairs, Fall Convocation/Back to School Bash. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Piedmont Technical College Library with 27,497 books, 4,497 microform titles, 345 serials, 1,501 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $221,086. 320 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: In additions to Greenwood county campus, Piedmont has 6 county center campuses serving students of the service area which includes Abbeville, Laurens, Edgefield, McCormick, Saluda, and Newberry.

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