Forrest College was chartered by the State of South Carolina to operate as a proprietary educational institution.  On November 5, 1992, it was issued a regular license by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education to offer the Associate in Applied Science Degree programs at 601 E. River Street, Anderson, South Carolina.  Licensure, which is designated by the State to provide consumer protection, should not be confused with accreditation.  The SC Commission’s mailing address is 1333 Main Street, Suite 200, Columbia, SC, 29201, (803) 737-2260, Fax (803) 737-2297.

Forrest College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award the Associate in Science Degree and Diplomas.  ACICS is an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.  The Accrediting Council's mailing address is 750 First Street, NE, Suite 980, Washington, DC, 20002-4242, phone: (202) 336-6780.  The Council’s website provides additional information -

Notice About ACICS Accreditation: You may have heard that on December 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education withdrew recognition for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as a national accrediting agency and may be wondering how that affects you, your program, your financial aid and Forrest College. ACICS has taken legal action in federal court, the outcome of which is pending and may take several months to resolve. Until the case is resolved, ACICS is not a recognized accreditor by the Department of Education. In the meantime, because we are an institution in good standing, the Department of Education has offered Forrest College the ability to continue to participate in the federal student aid programs so long as the College takes timely action to pursue new accreditation. Forrest College has until June 12, 2018 to find a new accreditor and has been exploring options. Although we cannot guarantee we will be accepted by a new accrediting agency, we are working hard to achieve new accreditation by a recognized accreditor, ACCSC, by the June 2018 deadline. Again, our students can continue to utilize financial aid through at least June 12, 2018. The Department of Education has provided an explanation of accreditation and what changes in accreditation mean to students on its blog, which you can read here

Forrest College has program accreditation for its Associate Degree Program in Medical Assisting. The Associate in Applied Science Degree Program in Medical Assisting offered at Forrest College in Anderson SC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs Forrest College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs ( The mailing address is: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL, 33756.  Phone: (727) 210-2350, Fax: (727) 210-2354.

Forrest College is a member in good standing of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  CHEA is a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.  CHEA’s website provides additional information -

The College is recognized by the SC Department of Health Education Council (DHEC) as an official sponsor of candidates for Nurse Aid certification examination.

The College business license and accreditation certificates are displayed in the reception area of the College. The College is a member of

  • the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)
  • the American Library Association (ALA) and the South Carolina Library Association
  • the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce
  • the Library and Information Resources Network (LIRN)
  • the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • the South Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SCASFAA)
  • the Carolina Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (CACRAO)

Admissions and Tuition Information

Forrest College seeks to enroll students who have a genuine interest in furthering their education as well as in making a significant contribution to one or more areas of study offered by the College. Academic qualifications are important, but as important are the personal motivation, desire and interest of the student. Applicants are encouraged to pursue programs that will lead to the achievement of personal satisfaction as well as occupational, career, and financial considerations and ambitions.

The minimum requirement for admission to the College is a high school diploma or a recognized equivalency certificate (GED). Please call (864) 225-7653 if you’d like further information regarding admission to the College, programs of study offered by the College, or information regarding special courses or GED preparation.

Admissions Procedure

All applicants to the College must:
  1. Complete an application for admission form and pay a non-refundable $50 application processing fee.
  2. Provide evidence of graduation from high school or the equivalent (GED) or sign a statement attesting to the fact of having graduated or attained the equivalent.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions.
  4. Take a Forrest Junior College preliminary evaluation.
  5. Complete a personal interview with an official of the College.
  6. Make acceptable arrangements for paying college tuition, fees and other necessary expenses.

Mid-Term Admission

Applicants seeking admission may begin classes at least twice in any given quarter. They may begin at the start of the quarter and/or at mid-point in the quarter (known as mid-term start), approximately six weeks after the quarter’s regular start. There are eight possible start dates in any academic year. In addition, other classes for non-credit and/or for continuing education are scheduled on a regular and on-going basis. Schedules and other information regarding the start and end dates of classes are available at the Receptionist’s Desk.

Associate Degree in Business Administration with 9 Emphasis

Description of what you can expect in terms of personal and career possibilities if you decide to pursue your Associate Degree.  Academic and other requirements are listed.

Areas of Specialization Within the Associate Degree

The College offers seven areas of specialization to individuals pursuing their Associate Degree:

  • Accounting
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Childcare Management
  • Legal Assisting/Paralegal Studies
  • Legal Office Administration
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Network Repair and Service
  • Office Administration
  • Office Systems Technology

The College also offers Diploma programs including:

  • Administrative Office Assistant
  • Computer Repair and Service Technician
  • Medical Clinical Assitant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Network Repair and Service Technician
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Phlebotomy

Associate Degree in Medical Assisting

Description of what you can expect in terms of personal and career possibilities if you decide to pursue your Associate Degree.  Academic and other requirements are listed.

Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

Description of what you can expect in terms of personal and career possibilities if you decide to pursue your Associate Degree.  Academic and other requirements are listed.