Columbia State Community College

  • 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 6,305 students (52% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 19:1 is higher than the state community college average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 31%.

Top Rankings

Columbia State Community College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Tennessee for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 338 teachers has grown by 74% over five years.
Columbia State Community College(TN) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-High TraditionalBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Mixed Baccalaureate/Associate's
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, for profit
Total Faculty338 staff81 staff
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School CalendarLink to School Calendar

Student Body

The student population of Columbia State Community College has grown by 23% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 has decreased from 32:1 over five years.
The Columbia State Community College diversity score of 0.33 is less than the state average of 0.49. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment6,305 students1,209 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio19:113:1
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# Full-Time Students3,249 students656 students
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# Part-Time Students3,056 students553 students
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% Asian
2%
2%
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% Hispanic
7%
6%
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% Black
6%
18%
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% White
81%
69%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
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% Unknown races
1%
2%
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Diversity Score0.330.49
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College Completion Rate
25%
29%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$32,100$29,000
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,799 is less than the state average of $6,149. The in-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $14,863 is less than the state average of $15,358. The out-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,799$6,149
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Out-State Tuition Fees$14,863$15,358
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid99%94%
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Median Debt for Graduates$9,431$12,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,328$5,500
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Acceptance Rate100%71%
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SAT Reading455455
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SAT Math420448
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SAT Writing455455
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ACT Composite1919
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ACT English1819
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ACT Math1718
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ACT Writing1818
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) 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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Columbia State Community College is Nashville State Community College (38.5 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 7,885 students | 38.50 Mi120 White Bridge Rd
    Nashville, TN 37209
    (615) 353-3333
    38.507,885
  • Fortis Institute-Nashville
    Private for-profit
    427 students | 39.90 Mi3354 Perimeter Hill Drive, Suite 105
    Nashville, TN 37211
    (615) 320-5917
    39.90427
  • John A Gupton College
    Private not-for-profit
    164 students | 41.30 Mi1616 Church St
    Nashville, TN 37203
    (615) 327-3927
    41.30164
  • 205 students | 41.80 Mi415 Golden Bear Court
    Murfreesboro, TN 37128
    (717) 380-1385
    41.80205
  • Kaplan College-Nashville
    Private, for profit
    369 students | 42.10 Mi750 Envious Lane
    Nashville, TN 37217
    (615) 279-8300
    42.10369
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Did You Know?
For Tennessee public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,149 per year for in-state students and $15,358 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,609 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Tennessee is 82%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Tennessee community colleges have a diversity score of 0.49, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Tennessee is Remington College-Nashville Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.