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 a college accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award Associate in Science Degrees, diplomas, and certificates. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is listed as a nationally recognized agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The Accrediting Council's mailing address is 750 First Street, NE, Suite 980, Washington, DC, 20002-4241, phone: (202) 336-6780, Fax: (202) 842-2593. The Council’s website provides additional information - The College has been accredited since 1965; its current term of accreditation is through December 2021.

The 2019 CAR may be viewed at this link:

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.

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

Applicants must:
  1. Complete an application for admission form and pay a non-refundable $25.
  2. *Provide evidence of graduation from high school or the equivalent (GED) from a U.S. Department of Education approved program.
  3. Complete preliminary evaluations that may include a personal interview with a program coordinator.
  4. Complete satisfactory financial arrangements.

While the basic admission requirement to the College is a high school diploma or the equivalent (approved by the U.S. Department of Education), certain programs of study may have some additional requirements depending upon the area of study in which the applicant is interested.

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.