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Technical College of the Lowcountry Overview

Technical College of the Lowcountry is a public institution located in Beaufort, South Carolina. Beaufort is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

What Is Technical College of the Lowcountry Known For?

332 Undergraduate Awards
  • The associate's degree is the highest award offered at TCL.
  • In 2017-2018, 36% of the faculty were full-time.

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Technical College of the Lowcountry Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at TCL.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#34 Best Value Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Value Personal & Culinary Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#107 Most Popular Business Support & Assistant Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Technical College of the Lowcountry?

Location of Technical College of the Lowcountry

Contact details for TCL are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29901-1288
Phone: 800-768-8252

How Do I Get Into TCL?

You can apply to TCL online at:

Since Technical College of the Lowcountry has an open admissions policy, you should not have any trouble getting into the school as long as you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Can I Afford Technical College of the Lowcountry?

9% Take Out Loans
10.5% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At TCL, approximately 9% of students took out student loans averaging $3,847 a year. That adds up to $15,388 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at TCL is 10.5%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

Technical College of the Lowcountry Undergraduate Student Diversity

577 Full-Time Undergraduates
65% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,308 undergraduate students at TCL, with 577 being full-time and 1,731 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  TCL

Gender Diversity

Of the 577 full-time undergraduates at TCL, 35% are male and 65% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  TCL

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Technical College of the Lowcountry students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of TCL Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3
Black or African American 129
Hispanic or Latino 95
White 315
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 35

Over 4 countries are represented at TCL. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Brazil, Philippines, and Jamaica.

Online Learning at Technical College of the Lowcountry

480 Took All Classes Online
1,194 Took At Least One Class Online
19.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,194 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at TCL has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 21st most popular in South Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of TCL

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Technical College of the Lowcountry was 19.3%. This is the #919 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at TCL regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of TCL majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Computer & Information Sciences 8%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 44%
Data Processing 8%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 21%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 9%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 44%
Human Development & Family Studies 21%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at TCL ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at TCL.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Data Processing #4
Business Support & Assistant Services #30
General Business/Commerce #53
Computer & Information Sciences #107
Liberal Arts General Studies #118
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #118
Criminal Justice & Corrections #119
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #132
Business, Management & Marketing #331

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Technical College of the Lowcountry Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 31 51 0 82
Nursing 0 38 0 38
Business Support & Assistant Services 6 11 11 28
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 20 4 0 24
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 19 0 19
Allied Health Professions 0 13 4 17
Human Development & Family Studies 6 4 4 14
General Business/Commerce 4 9 0 13
Data Processing 1 11 0 12
Health & Medical Administrative Services 11 0 0 11
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 11 0 0 11
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 3 7 0 10
Cosmetology 0 0 10 10
Criminal Justice & Corrections 4 5 0 9
Accounting 6 0 0 6
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 6 0 0 6
Legal Support Services 0 5 0 5
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 4 4
Building Management & Inspection 3 0 0 3
Plumbing & Water Supply 3 0 0 3
Health/Medical Prep Programs 3 0 0 3
Air Transportation 2 0 0 2
Environmental Control Technology 1 0 0 1
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 1 0 0 1
Agricultural Production 0 0 0 0
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 0
Civil Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0
Construction Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0
Engineering-Related Technologies 0 0 0 0
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 0 0 0 0
Culinary Arts 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 122 177 33 332


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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