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 26%.
  • Chattanooga State Community College is one of 4 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 LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty356 staff29 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 0.42. The school's diversity has declined by 23% over five years.
Total Enrollment9,332 students631 students
Chattanooga State Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio26:130:1
Chattanooga State Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students3,618 students369 students
Chattanooga State Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students5,714 students262 students
Chattanooga State Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Chattanooga State Community College Enrollment Breakdown TN All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
1%
2%
Chattanooga State Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
3%
3%
Chattanooga State Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
10%
17%
Chattanooga State Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
83%
74%
Chattanooga State Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
2%
2%
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.0.300.42
Chattanooga State Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
11%
30%
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 $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
Chattanooga State Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$14,917$14,803
Chattanooga State Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid92%93%
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 Rate100%74%
ACT Total Avg.5357
ACT Composite1819
ACT English1819
ACT Math1719
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.

The average community college acceptance rate in Tennessee is 77%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Tennessee community colleges have a 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. of 0.42, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Tennessee is Fortis Institute-Nashville. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.