• 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 8,832 students (49% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is higher than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 17% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 27%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 8,832 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,801
  • Out-state tuition: $14,865
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 15:1
  • Minority enrollment: 17%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Volunteer State Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Tennessee for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 598 teachers has grown by 157% over five years.
Volunteer State Community College
(TN) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Private, for profit
Total Faculty
598 staff
81 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Volunteer State Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The Volunteer State Community College diversity score of 0.30 is less than the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
8,832 students
2,098 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
15:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
4,296 students
638 students
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# Part-Time Students
4,536 students
1,460 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
611 students
406 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
4,296 students
638 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
8 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
4,536 students
1,612 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
12 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
195 students
% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
5%
5%
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% Black
7%
15%
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% White
83%
73%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
n/a
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% Unknown races
2%
2%
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Diversity Score
0.30
0.44
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
25%
30%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.37%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$32,900
$29,000
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,801 is less than the state average of $5,142. The in-state tuition has declined by 8% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $14,865 is less than the state average of $15,666. The out-state tuition has declined by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,801
$5,142
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$14,865
$15,666
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
96%
96%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$6,983
$11,730
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$3,713
$5,250
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Acceptance Rate
100%
99%
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SAT Reading (Year 2007)
470
510
SAT Math (Year 2007)
455
465
SAT Writing (Year 2007)
470
470
ACT Composite
19
19
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ACT English
19
19
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ACT Math
18
18
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Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Volunteer State Community College cost?

Volunteer State Community College's tuition is approximately $3,801 for In-State students and $14,865 for Out-State students.

What is the acceptance rate of Volunteer State Community College?

The acceptance rate of Volunteer State Community College is 100%, which is higher than the state average of 99%.

What is Volunteer State Community College's ranking?

Volunteer State Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Tennessee for: Least expensive tuition, Largest student body, Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation) and Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 8,832 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,801
  • Out-state tuition: $14,865
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 15:1
  • Minority enrollment: 17%
  • 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 lower than the national average of 0.70. 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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