Volunteer State Community College

  • Volunteer State Community College is a public, comprehensive community college offering associate degrees and technical certificates. The institution is committed to excellence in serving the citizens of northern Middle Tennessee. Volunteer State is committed to providing quality innovative educational programs; strengthening community and workforce partnerships; addressing the needs of a global society; promoting cultural and economic development; inspiring lifelong learning; and preparing students for successful careers, university transfer, and meaningful civic participation through the use of exemplary faculty and staff.
School Highlights
  • Volunteer State Community College serves 7,664 students (44% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 33:1 is higher than the state community college average of 30:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 14% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 26%.
  • Volunteer State Community College is the only community colleges within Sumner County, TN.
  • The nearest community college to Volunteer State Community College is Lincoln College of Technology-Nashville (12.1 miles away).

Top Placements

Volunteer State Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Tennessee for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 232 teachers has declined by 21% over five years.
Volunteer State Community College(TN) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty232 staff29 staff
Volunteer State Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Volunteer State Community College has declined by 6% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 33:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Volunteer State Community College diversity score of 0.26 is less than the state average of 0.42. The school's diversity has grown by 27% over five years.
Total Enrollment7,664 students631 students
Volunteer State Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio33:130:1
Volunteer State Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students3,377 students369 students
Volunteer State Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students4,287 students262 students
Volunteer State Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Volunteer State Community College Enrollment Breakdown TN All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Volunteer State Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Volunteer State Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Volunteer State Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Volunteer State Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Volunteer State Community College More (2009-2016)
% Non Resident races
Volunteer State Community College Non Resident (2008-2013)
% Unknown races
Volunteer State Community College Ethnicity Breakdown TN All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.260.42
Volunteer State Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Volunteer State Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$32,900$29,400
Volunteer State Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,801 is less than the state average of $4,573. The in-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $14,865 is more than the state average of $14,803. The out-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,801$4,573
Volunteer State Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$14,865$14,803
Volunteer State Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid90%93%
Volunteer State Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$6,500$12,500
Volunteer State Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$6,297
Volunteer State Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate100%78%
Volunteer State Community College Percent Admitted (2007-2012)
SAT Reading470485
SAT Math (Year 2007)455465
SAT Writing (Year 2007)470470
ACT Composite1919
Volunteer State Community College ACT Composite (2007-2012)
ACT English1919
Volunteer State Community College ACT English (2007-2012)
ACT Math1819
Volunteer State Community College ACT Math (2007-2012)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Volunteer State Community College is a public two-year community college in Gallatin, Tenn., serving a twelve-county region including the counties of Clay, Davidson, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale and Wilson. The College is committed to the education of a non-racially identifiable student body. Volunteer State offers the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Transfer Degrees in more than 40 Areas of Emphasis. The college also offer the Associate of Applied Science Career Programs in the fields of Allied Health, Business, Math and Science, and Social Science and Education. Technical Certificates are offered in Allied Health and Business. Volunteer State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate Degree and holds membership in the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, and the Southern Association of Junior Colleges and the Tennessee College Association.

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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.