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Tri-County Technical College Overview

Located in Pendleton, South Carolina, Tri-County Technical College is a public institution. Pendleton is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Tri-County Technical College Known For?

2,252 Undergraduate Awards
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the associate's degree is the highest award a student can attain at TCTC.
  • In 2017-2018, 37% of the faculty were full-time.

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Tri-County Technical College 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 TCTC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#6 Best Electronics Maintenance & Repair Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Tri-County Technical College?

Location of Tri-County Technical College

Contact details for TCTC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 7900 U.S. Hwy 76, Pendleton, SC 29670
Phone: 864-646-8282

How Do I Get Into TCTC?

You can apply to TCTC online at:

Since Tri-County Technical College 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 Tri-County Technical College?

20% Take Out Loans
10.1% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At TCTC, approximately 20% of students took out student loans averaging $6,314 a year. That adds up to $25,256 over four years for those students.

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

Tri-County Technical College Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,361 Full-Time Undergraduates
47% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,082 undergraduate students at TCTC, with 3,361 being full-time and 2,721 being part-time.

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

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,361 full-time undergraduates at TCTC, 53% are male and 47% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  TCTC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Tri-County Technical College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of TCTC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 41
Black or African American 253
Hispanic or Latino 238
White 2,645
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 184

Online Learning at Tri-County Technical College

532 Took All Classes Online
2,135 Took At Least One Class Online
3.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,135 students took at least one online class at the school.

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


This school is the 3rd 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 TCTC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Tri-County Technical College was 3.5%. This is the #1,786 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at TCTC regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 25%
Liberal Arts General Studies 25%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at TCTC 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 TCTC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Health/Medical Prep Programs #9
Business Support & Assistant Services #107
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #425
Liberal Arts General Studies #425

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%.

Tri-County Technical College 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 917 294 0 1,211
Precision Metal Working 189 7 0 196
Nursing 0 110 0 110
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 107 0 107
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 64 37 0 101
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 56 56
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 35 13 48
Business Administration & Management 0 47 0 47
Industrial Production Technology 37 7 0 44
Audiovisual Communications 14 29 0 43
Human Development & Family Studies 25 13 0 38
Business Support & Assistant Services 3 28 1 32
Data Processing 0 29 0 29
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 29 0 29
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 16 11 0 27
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 8 10 0 18
Dental Support Services 0 0 17 17
General Engineering Technology 0 16 0 16
Accounting 2 11 0 13
Allied Health Professions 0 0 12 12
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 11 0 11
Quality Control Technology 10 0 0 10
Design & Applied Arts 10 0 0 10
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 9 0 0 9
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 8 0 8
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 6 0 6
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 4 0 0 4
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0
General Sales & Marketing 0 0 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,308 845 99 2,252


*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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