Tennessee Community Colleges

  • There are 42 community colleges located throughout Tennessee (16 public colleges and 26 private colleges), serving 100,294 students.
  • For Tennessee 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 (view national tuition costs).
  • The average community college acceptance rate in Tennessee is 77% (view national acceptance rates).
  • Tennessee community colleges have a diversity score of 0.42, which is lower than the national average of 0.67 (view national diversity statistics).
  • Minority enrollment is 26% (majority Black) and the student:teacher ratio is 30:1.

Student by Ethnicity

(TN) School Average
Asian
2%
Hispanic
3%
Black
17%
White
74%
Two or more races
2%
Unknown
2%
TN All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown

Tennessee Community Colleges by Town:

Recent Articles
December 21, 2017
Many students start their academic careers at a community college, hoping to transfer to a four-year university, but find themselves missing the mark. Thankfully, a new report surveying university leaders provides ideas on how to help students make the transfer successfully.
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Learn about the research that shows how participation in community college boosts student performance and success.
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Learn about the controversy surrounding community colleges' admission policies regarding undocumented immigrants.