Tennessee Community Colleges

  • There are 45 community colleges located throughout Tennessee (17 public colleges and 28 private colleges), serving 101,524 students.
  • For Tennessee community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,882 per year for in-state students and $13,676 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,314 per year (view national tuition costs).
  • The average community college acceptance rate in Tennessee is 78% (view national acceptance rates).
  • Tennessee community colleges have a diversity score of 0.44, which is lower than the national average of 0.66 (view national diversity statistics).
  • Minority enrollment is 27% (majority Black) and the student:teacher ratio is 30:1.

Student by Ethnicity

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TN All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown

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Recent Articles
April 26, 2017
We’ll report on the Benefits Access for College Completion Initiative, which will connect low-income community college students to much-needed public benefits for the purpose of improving college completion rates.
April 26, 2017
We report on the most recent results of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, which recognizes community colleges nationwide for their commitment to high achievement. Is your community college part of the top 10 for 2013?
April 26, 2017
Some community college leaders are encouraging their peers to embrace the idea of privatizing institutions, rather than continuing to rely on public funding. We look at both sides of the issue.