Chattanooga State Community College

4501 Amnicola Hwy
Chattanooga, TN 37406-1097
Tel: (423)697-4400
  • 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 27%.
  • Chattanooga State Community College is one of 5 community colleges within Hamilton County, TN.
  • The nearest community college is Miller-Motte Technical College-Chattanooga (4.30 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 356 teachers has declined by 22% over five years.
Chattanooga State Community College (TN) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control Public Private, non-profit
Total Faculty 356 staff 28 staff
Chattanooga State Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 9,332 has declined by 10% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has increased from 23:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.30 is less than the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has declined by 23% over five years.
Total Enrollment 9,332 students 585 students
Chattanooga State Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 26:1 30:1
Chattanooga State Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 3,618 students 369 students
Chattanooga State Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 5,714 students 216 students
Chattanooga State Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Chattanooga State Community College Enrollment Breakdown TN All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Chattanooga State Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Chattanooga State Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Chattanooga State Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Chattanooga State Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Chattanooga State Community College More (2010-2016)
Chattanooga State Community College Ethnicity Breakdown TN All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.30 0.44
Chattanooga State Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Chattanooga State Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $31,400 $29,500
Chattanooga State Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,853 is less than the state average of $5,313. 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 $14,779. The out-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,853 $5,313
Chattanooga State Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $14,917 $14,779
Chattanooga State Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 92% 94%
Chattanooga State Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $9,998 $17,000
Chattanooga State Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $5,500 $6,297
Chattanooga State Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate 100% 83%
ACT Total Avg. 53 57
ACT Composite 18 19
ACT English 18 19
ACT Math 17 19
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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