Trident Technical College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 118067
Charleston, SC 29423-8067
Tel: (843)574-6111; Admissions: (843)574-6383; Fax: (843)574-6109; Web Site:

Description: State and locally 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 1964. Setting: urban campus. Total enrollment: 11,791. Full-time: 5,167 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 6,624 students, 65% women, 35% men. 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 29% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 47% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for nursing, allied health programs. Options: Common Application, early admission. Required for some: high school transcript. Placement: SAT I, ACT, or in-house test required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/4. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. Area resident tuition: $2688 full-time, $109 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $2984 full-time, $121 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $5274 full-time, $216 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $50 full-time, $5 per credit hour 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. Student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 33 open to all. Major annual events: Holiday Drop-in, Big Band Concert, Spring Week Carnival. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Learning Resources Center plus 3 others with 68,462 books and 868 serials. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campus-wide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: North Charleston is a suburb located just eight miles from downtown Charleston. The community enjoys all the cultural, recreational and civic advantages of the nearby larger community, yet retains an air of the small town. There are good shopping areas, churches, parks and theatres.