Chattanooga State Community College

  • Chattanooga State is a comprehensive, regionally accredited comprehensive community college in the Tennessee Board of Regents College System. Founded in 1965, Chattanooga State offers a wide array of programs and services including Degree and certificate study for career preparation and advancement, University parallel (transfer) studies leading to associate degrees, Partnerships with secondary schools, state and community agencies, and the private sector, Non-credit coursework (including CEU study), Transitional Studies (reading, writing and basic math), Adult education/GED preparation/English as Second Language, Technological and occupational training and Cultural diversity and environmental health initiatives.
School Highlights
  • Chattanooga State Community College serves 9,332 students (39% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is lower than the state community college average of 30:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 17% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 26%.
  • Chattanooga State Community College is one of 4 community colleges within Hamilton County, TN.
  • The nearest community college to Chattanooga State Community College is Miller-Motte Technical College-Chattanooga (4.3 miles away).

Top Placements

Chattanooga State Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Tennessee for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 356 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Chattanooga State Community College(TN) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty356 staff29 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Chattanooga State Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Chattanooga State Community College diversity score of 0.30 is less than the state average of 0.42. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment9,332 students631 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio26:130:1
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# Full-Time Students3,618 students369 students
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# Part-Time Students5,714 students262 students
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
3%
3%
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% Black
10%
17%
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% White
83%
74%
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% Two or more races
2%
2%
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Diversity Score0.300.42
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College Completion Rate
11%
30%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,400$29,400
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,853 is less than the state average of $4,573. The in-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $14,917 is more than the state average of $14,803. The out-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,853$4,573
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Out-State Tuition Fees$14,917$14,803
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid92%93%
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Median Debt for Graduates$9,998$12,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$6,297
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Acceptance Rate (Year 2007)100%91%
ACT Composite (Year 2007)1819
ACT English (Year 2007)1818
ACT Math (Year 2007)1718
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Opened in September 1965 on Fourth and Chestnut Streets, the College was known as Chattanooga State Technical Institute, a two-year, co-educational, college level institution. It was the state's first technical college, and Southeast Tennessee's first public institution of higher education. In 1967, the College moved to its present location; since then, it has grown into a multi-million dollar complex. Chattanooga State Technical Institute's goal was to prepare students with marketable technical skills that would bridge the gap between the engineer and the craftsman. The technical programs offered A.S. and A.E. degrees and certificate programs, while remaining flexible to students and industry needs. In 1973, Chattanooga State Technical Institute turned into Chattanooga State Technical Community College. Chattanooga State serves a six-county area of Southeast Tennessee and bordering counties of north Georgia and Alabama as an open-entry postsecondary institution offering over 50 majors of study toward these degrees and certificates. The college offers Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Technical Certificates, Institutional Certificates. Chattanooga State is nationally recognized for entrepreneurial initiatives, excellence in student support, curricular innovation, use of technology, and responsiveness to its community. The College is a leader in community, economic and workforce development, the use of advanced technologies in instruction, life-transforming support services based on a culture of care for all students and employees, and maintaining an environment of open access to learning where high academic standards and personal integrity are prized. Chattanooga State affords equal opportunity to all persons.

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Did You Know?
For Tennessee public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,573 per year for in-state students and $14,803 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,844 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

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Tennessee community colleges have a diversity score of 0.42, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Tennessee is Fortis Institute-Nashville. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.