South College

Tel: (865)251-1800
  • 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 1,241 students (100% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the state community college average of 30:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 8% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 26%.
  • South College is one of 3 community colleges within Knox County, TN.
  • The nearest community college to South College is Fountainhead College of Technology (7.7 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 103 teachers has grown by 19% over five years.
South College(TN) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate, for profitPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty103 staff29 staff
South College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of South College has grown by 16% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The South College diversity score of 0.15 is less than the state average of 0.42. The school's diversity has declined by 10% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,241 students631 students
South College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio12:130:1
South College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,241 students369 students
South College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
South College Enrollment Breakdown TN All Enrollment Breakdown
# Undergraduate Students702 students380 students
# Graduate Students539 students19 students
South College Graduation BreakDown TN All Graduation Breakdown
% Asian
South College Asian (2008-2016)
% Hispanic
South College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
South College Black (2007-2016)
% White
South College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
South College More (2008-2016)
South College Ethnicity Breakdown TN All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.150.42
South College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$25,100$29,500
South College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $19,475 is more than the state average of $13,844. The private state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$19,475$13,844
South College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid95%93%
South College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$31,083$17,000
South College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$9,500$6,297
South College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate100%82%
South College Percent Admitted (2007-2011)
Source: 2016 (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

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 123 students | 7.70 Mi10208 Technology Drive
    Knoxville TN  37932
  • 10,099 students | 7.90 Mi10915 Hardin Valley Road
    Knoxville TN  37933
  • Hiwassee College
    Hiwassee College Photo - Rymer Student Life Center
    Private, non-profit
    424 students | 33.60 Mi225 Hiwassee College Drive
    Madisonville TN  37354
  • 6,094 students | 33.70 Mi276 Patton Lane
    Harriman TN  37748
  • 5,947 students | 46.20 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.