1665 Hampshire Pike
Columbia, TN 38401
Top Ranked (2023): View Rankings
  • Columbia State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution in southern middle Tennessee, is dedicated to providing access to collegiate education, promoting lifelong learning and supporting community development.

School Highlights

Columbia State Community College serves 5,931 students (51% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is higher than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 27%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 5,931 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,799
  • Out-state tuition: $14,863
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 18:1
  • Minority enrollment: 19%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

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

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School Overview

The teacher population of 338 teachers has grown by 109% over five years.
Columbia 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
338 staff
81 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Columbia State Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has decreased from 19:1 over five years.
The Columbia State Community College diversity score of 0.34 is less than the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
5,931 students
2,098 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
18:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
3,047 students
638 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,884 students
1,460 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
431 students
406 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
3,047 students
638 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
8 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
2,884 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
6%
15%
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% White
81%
73%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
1%
n/a
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% Unknown races
2%
2%
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Diversity Score
0.34
0.44
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
26%
30%
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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)
$32,100
$29,000
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,799 is less than the state average of $5,142. The in-state tuition has declined by 8% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $14,863 is less than the state average of $15,666. The out-state tuition has declined by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,799
$5,142
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$14,863
$15,666
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
98%
96%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$8,500
$11,730
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,000
$5,250
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Acceptance Rate
100%
71%
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SAT Reading
455
455
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SAT Math
420
448
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SAT Writing
455
455
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ACT Composite
19
19
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ACT English
18
19
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ACT Math
17
18
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ACT Writing
18
18
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Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • Columbia State, the first of Tennessee's community colleges, was founded in 1966. The college was temporarily housed in facilities throughout the city of Columbia until the present campus was occupied. On March 15, 1967, Lady Bird and Lyndon B. Johnson dedicated the Columbia campus. Today, the college serves close to 10,000 students per year in credit and continuing education courses and awards more than ten million dollars in financial aid. Five academic divisions offer students over 50 programs of study and the opportunity to earn a certificate, associate of arts, associate of science or associate of applied science degree. In addition to the Columbia campus, the college has locations in Lawrence, Marshall, Wayne and Williamson counties. Columbia State provides general transfer and career degrees, academic and technical certificates, developmental studies and continuing education opportunities at locations throughout the college's service area and online. The college promotes academic excellence with emphasis on student learning that builds knowledge, develops skills and broadens perspectives. In addition, Columbia State initiates partnerships in support of economic and community development and contributes to intellectual, cultural, physical and social advancement in its service area. Columbia State offers over 50 programs that can lead to a degree or certificate in Business & Technology, Developmental Studies, Health Sciences, Humanities, Science & Mathematics, Social Sciences, Education and Developmental Studies, Physical Education and University Partnerships. Columbia State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Columbia State Community College cost?

Columbia State Community College's tuition is approximately $3,799 for In-State students and $14,863 for Out-State students.

What is the acceptance rate of Columbia State Community College?

The acceptance rate of Columbia State Community College is 100%, which is higher than the state average of 71%.

What is Columbia State Community College's ranking?

Columbia State Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Tennessee for: Least expensive tuition.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 5,931 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,799
  • Out-state tuition: $14,863
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 18:1
  • Minority enrollment: 19%
  • 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 lower than the national average of 0.70. 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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