• Northeast State Community College is a comprehensive two-year community college under the governance of the Tennessee Board of Regents of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee. As a comprehensive community college, Northeast State provides university parallel programs designed for students desiring to transfer to another college or university, career programs for students planning to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation, and continuing education and community service programs for professional growth and personal enrichment to the citizens of Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington Counties.

School Highlights

Northeast State Community College serves 5,397 students (53% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is higher than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 9% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 27%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 5,397 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,816
  • Out-state tuition: $15,168
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 13:1
  • Minority enrollment: 9%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

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

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Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 411 teachers has grown by 114% over five years.
Northeast 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
411 staff
81 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Northeast State Community College has declined by 7% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has decreased from 31:1 over five years.
The Northeast State Community College diversity score of 0.17 is less than the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
5,397 students
890 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
2,843 students
638 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,554 students
1,460 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
406 students
406 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
2,843 students
638 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
8 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
2,554 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
2%
5%
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% Black
2%
15%
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% White
91%
73%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Unknown races
n/a
2%
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Diversity Score
0.17
0.44
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
8.96%
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)
$29,600
$29,000
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,816 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 $15,168 is less than the state average of $15,666. The out-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,816
$5,142
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$15,168
$15,666
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
98%
96%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$5,808
$11,730
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$3,500
$5,250
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Acceptance Rate
58%
99%
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SAT Reading
n/a
415
SAT Math
n/a
455
SAT Writing
n/a
469
ACT Composite
19
19
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ACT English
19
19
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ACT Math
18
18
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Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • The history of Northeast State Community College reflects the changing educational needs of the residents of the five Northeast Tennessee counties which it serves. The college began as Tri-Cities State Area Vocational-Technical School in 1966 under the governance of the State Board for Vocational Education. In 1970, the mission was expanded and the school became a regional center for vocational and technical training. The scope was again expanded in 1978 to include the awarding of both one-year certificates and associate degrees in technology, and the name was changed to Tri-Cities State Technical Institute. Effective on July 1, 1983, Tri-Cities State Tech was placed under the governance of the Tennessee State Board of Regents and became part of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee. On July 1, 1990, a university parallel component was added, and the current name was made official Northeast State provides programs of study leading to the associate of arts, associate of science, and associate of applied science degrees, as well as academic and technical certificates. Within these academic areas, the College provides business, technical, and health-related professions programs which prepare students for immediate employment, university parallel programs designed for transfer to other institutions of higher education, honors courses for the academically talented, and a developmental education program to prepare students for college-level studies. Northeast State Technical Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate of arts, associate of science, and associate of applied science degrees.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Northeast State Community College cost?

Northeast State Community College's tuition is approximately $3,816 for In-State students and $15,168 for Out-State students.

What is the acceptance rate of Northeast State Community College?

The acceptance rate of Northeast State Community College is 58%, which is lower than the state average of 99%.

What is Northeast State Community College's ranking?

Northeast State Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Tennessee for: Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 5,397 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,816
  • Out-state tuition: $15,168
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 13:1
  • Minority enrollment: 9%
  • 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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