Pellissippi State Community College

  • Pellissippi State Technical Community College's mission is to advance the comprehensive development of its community by providing college courses and programs through the associate's degree level, along with appropriate student support and preparation for these studies, and meeting a broad spectrum of community needs, including training and workforce development, educational support, life enrichment, and civic and cultural advancement. To meet changing needs for educational programs and services, the College continually interacts with its community.
School Highlights
  • Pellissippi State Community College serves 10,099 students (50% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 30:1 is same as the state community college average of 30:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 14% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 26%.
  • Pellissippi State Community College is one of 3 community colleges within Knox County, TN.
  • The nearest community college to Pellissippi State Community College is South College (7.9 miles away).

Top Placements

Pellissippi State Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Tennessee for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 338 teachers has declined by 9% over five years.
Pellissippi State Community College(TN) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty338 staff29 staff
Pellissippi State Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Pellissippi State Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Pellissippi State Community College diversity score of 0.26 is less than the state average of 0.42. The school's diversity has grown by 18% over five years.
Total Enrollment10,099 students631 students
Pellissippi State Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio30:130:1
Pellissippi State Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students5,030 students369 students
Pellissippi State Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students5,069 students262 students
Pellissippi State Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Pellissippi State Community College Enrollment Breakdown TN All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Pellissippi State Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Pellissippi State Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Pellissippi State Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Pellissippi State Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Pellissippi State Community College More (2012-2016)
% Non Resident races
Pellissippi State Community College Non Resident (2007-2013)
Pellissippi State Community College Ethnicity Breakdown TN All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.260.42
Pellissippi State Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Pellissippi State Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$30,800$29,400
Pellissippi State Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,868 is less than the state average of $4,573. The in-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $14,932 is more than the state average of $14,803. The out-state tuition has grown by 11% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,868$4,573
Pellissippi State Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$14,932$14,803
Pellissippi State Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid92%93%
Pellissippi State Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$10,220$12,500
Pellissippi State Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$6,297
Pellissippi State Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate100%75%
Pellissippi State Community College Percent Admitted (2007-2013)
SAT Total Avg.1,3391,449
SAT Reading415525
Pellissippi State Community College SAT Reading (2007-2016)
SAT Math455455
Pellissippi State Community College SAT Math (2007-2016)
SAT Writing469469
Pellissippi State Community College SAT Writing (2009-2016)
ACT Total Avg.6057
ACT Composite2119
Pellissippi State Community College ACT Composite (2007-2016)
ACT English2019
Pellissippi State Community College ACT English (2007-2016)
ACT Math1919
Pellissippi State Community College ACT Math (2007-2016)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • State Technical Institute at Knoxville (State Tech) was established on September 4, 1974. State Tech opened with 45,000 square feet of floor space, 45 students, 12 faculty and staff members, and three associate's degree programs, all in engineering technology. The new institute was housed in a building adjacent to the Regional Vocational-Technical School (later renamed the Knoxville Area Vocational-Technical School and now the Tennessee Technology Center at Knoxville). Pellissippi State offers Associate's degree and certificate programs that lead to employment in engineering technologies and business, Associate's degree programs and courses that prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate-level colleges and universities, remedial and developmental education and other educational support programs and services, General Educational Development (GED) preparation, training to meet specific needs of businesses, industries and individuals, continuing education programs, seminars and workshops, Resources for special grade K-12 programs and events and support for, involvement in, and promotion of civic and cultural projects and events. Located in Tennessee's third-largest metropolitan area, Pellissippi State comprehensively serves the greater Knox and Blount County area and extends its engineering technology offerings to Anderson, Loudon, Roane, Cumberland, Campbell, Fentress, Scott, and Morgan counties. A member of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) System, the College seeks to develop and maintain effective student transfer agreements with TBR universities, the University of Tennessee, and private colleges and universities of the region. Pellissippi State 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.

Nearby Schools

  • The nearest community college to Pellissippi State Community College is South College (7.9 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • South College
    Private, for profit
    1,241 students | 7.90 Mi3904 Lonas Road
    Knoxville TN  37909
  • 123 students | 14.90 Mi10208 Technology Drive
    Knoxville TN  37932
  • 6,094 students | 25.90 Mi276 Patton Lane
    Harriman TN  37748
  • Hiwassee College
    Hiwassee College Photo - Rymer Student Life Center
    Private, non-profit
    424 students | 29.20 Mi225 Hiwassee College Drive
    Madisonville TN  37354
  • 5,947 students | 53.70 Mi500 South Davy Crockett Parkway
    Morristown TN  37813
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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 75%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Tennessee community colleges have a diversity score of 0.42, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Tennessee is Fortis Institute-Nashville. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.