• 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 5,171 students (66% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 8:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 32% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 27%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 5,171 students
  • Private-state tuition: $19,475
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 32%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 610 teachers has grown by 492% over five years.
South College
(TN) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Four or more years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Private for-profit
Private, for profit
Total Faculty
610 staff
81 staff
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Student Body

The student population of South College has grown by 316% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 8:1 has decreased from 12:1 over five years.
The South College diversity score of 0.49 is more than the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
5,171 students
890 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
3,424 students
638 students
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# Part-Time Students
1,747 students
1,460 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
428 students
406 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
2,563 students
638 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
861 students
8 students
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TN All Graduation Breakdown
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
1,612 students
1,612 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
135 students
12 students
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TN All Part Time Graduation Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
195 students
% Asian
4%
2%
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% Hispanic
4%
5%
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% Black
20%
15%
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% White
68%
73%
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% Two or more races
2%
3%
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% Unknown races
1%
2%
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Diversity Score
0.49
0.44
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
n/a
7.11%
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
0.99%
0.37%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$25,100
$29,000
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The private state tuition of $19,475 is more than the state average of $13,551. The private state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees
$19,475
$13,551
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
94%
96%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$19,000
$11,730
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,334
$5,250
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Acceptance Rate
100%
95%
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SAT Reading
n/a
415
SAT Math
n/a
455
SAT Writing
n/a
469
ACT Composite
n/a
20
ACT English
n/a
19
ACT Math
n/a
19
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does South College cost?

South College's private state tuition is approximately $19,475.

What is the acceptance rate of South College?

The acceptance rate of South College is 100%, which is higher than the state average of 95%.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 5,171 students
  • Private-state tuition: $19,475
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 32%
  • 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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