• 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 7,452 students (46% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 10:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 20% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 27%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 7,452 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,853
  • Out-state tuition: $14,917
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 20%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Chattanooga State Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Tennessee for:

Category
Attribute
Community Size

School Overview

The teacher population of 752 teachers has grown by 111% over five years.
Chattanooga State Community College
(TN) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Private, for profit
Total Faculty
752 staff
81 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Chattanooga State Community College has declined by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has decreased from 11:1 over five years.
The Chattanooga State Community College diversity score of 0.35 is less than the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
7,452 students
890 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
3,404 students
638 students
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# Part-Time Students
4,048 students
1,460 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
529 students
406 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
3,404 students
638 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
8 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
4,048 students
1,612 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
12 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
195 students
% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
6%
5%
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% Black
7%
15%
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% White
80%
73%
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% Two or more races
4%
3%
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% Non Resident races
1%
n/a
% Unknown races
n/a
2%
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Diversity Score
0.35
0.44
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
10.54%
7.11%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.37%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$31,400
$29,000
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,853 is less than the state average of $5,142. The in-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $14,917 is less than the state average of $15,666. The out-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,853
$5,142
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$14,917
$15,666
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
99%
96%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$10,120
$11,730
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,250
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Acceptance Rate
100%
99%
SAT Reading
n/a
415
SAT Math
n/a
455
SAT Writing
n/a
469
ACT Composite (Year 2007)
18
19
ACT English (Year 2007)
18
18
ACT Math (Year 2007)
17
17
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Chattanooga State Community College cost?

Chattanooga State Community College's tuition is approximately $3,853 for In-State students and $14,917 for Out-State students.

What is the acceptance rate of Chattanooga State Community College?

The acceptance rate of Chattanooga State Community College is 100%, which is higher than the state average of 99%.

What is Chattanooga State Community College's ranking?

Chattanooga State Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Tennessee for: Percent of students receiving financial aid and Largest student body.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 7,452 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,853
  • Out-state tuition: $14,917
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 20%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Tennessee public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,142 per year for in-state students and $15,666 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,551 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Tennessee is 83%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Tennessee community colleges have a diversity score of 0.44, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Tennessee is William R Moore College of Technology. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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