South College

  • South College is a private, co-educational, non-sectarian academic institution dedicated to identifying and developing quality programs of study that promote the professional, intellectual, and personal growth of students. Accordingly, the institution offers diverse and well-balanced programs that encourage the development of independent learning and thinking at the baccalaureate, associate, and certificate levels.

School Highlights

South College serves 2,843 students (98% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 5:1 is lower than the state community college average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 32% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 31%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 610 teachers has grown by 362% over five years.
South College(TN) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationSpecial Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions SchoolsBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Mixed Baccalaureate/Associate's
Institution LevelFour or more yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate for-profitPrivate, for profit
Total Faculty610 staff81 staff
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Student Body

The student population of South College has grown by 129% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 5:1 has decreased from 12:1 over five years.
The South College diversity score of 0.50 is more than the state average of 0.49. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,843 students1,209 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio5:113:1
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# Full-Time Students2,799 students656 students
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# Part-Time Students44 students553 students
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# Undergraduate Students2,006 students656 students
# Graduate Students793 students16 students
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% Asian
3%
2%
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% Hispanic
4%
6%
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% Black
19%
18%
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% White
68%
69%
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% Two or more races
2%
3%
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% Non Resident races
2%
-
% Unknown races
1%
2%
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Diversity Score0.500.49
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$25,100$29,000
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The private state tuition of $19,475 is more than the state average of $13,609. The private state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$19,475$13,609
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid97%94%
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Median Debt for Graduates$21,000$12,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,334$5,500
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Acceptance Rate100%95%
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • South College has been a part of the fabric of downtown Knoxville since 1882. Throughout its long history, South College has endeavored to provide challenging educational opportunities for students in business, allied health, and legal fields. The college has achieved a high level of success during peer reviews from institutional/programmatic accrediting agencies, federal and state agencies, and independent audits. Students and graduates consistently indicate a high level of satisfaction with their experiences at South College and their achievement of personal and professional goals. Each program of study is designed to require general education courses that broaden students' exposure to diverse perspectives, develop oral and written communication skills, and enhance critical thinking skills. The complementary nature of the general education courses and the major curriculum components of each program enables the development of educated, responsible professionals who have the skills necessary to meet their personal goals and the demands of the employment market. South College offers baccalaureate degree programs including Nursing, Elementary Education, Business Administration, Health Science, and Legal Studies. Current associate degree programs include Radiography, Physical Therapist Assistant, Paralegal Studies, Criminal Justice, Network Administration and Security, Business Administration, Accounting, Medical Assisting, and Office Technology. Medical Transcription, Legal Office Assistant, Professional Medical Coding, and Administrative Assistant are the certificate programs offered. South College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and associate degrees.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to South College is Pellissippi State Community College (10.5 miles away).
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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.