Columbia State Community College

Columbia State Community College

Columbia State Community College was founded in 1966. This 2-year college is located in Columbia, Tennessee, and was the first community college in Tennessee. It offers enrollment to more than 4,000 students annually.

Columbia State Community College offers students the opportunity to choose from over 50 different areas of study. Associates teachers degrees in science, art, applied science and science are awarded by this college. In addition, technical certificate programs are also offered to students. The primary academic divisions of Columbia State Community College are:

  • Business & Technology
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Science & Mathematics
  • Social Sciences & Education

Columbia State Community College fields sports teams in baseball, softball, basketball and volleyball, which are known as the Chargers.

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Columbia State Community College
1665 Hampshire Pike
Columbia , TN 38401
General Phone: (931) 540-2722

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Columbia State Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts220liberal arts and sciences, general studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine111EMT paramedic, registered nursing
Medical Support and Technology57veterinary assistant, radiation therapist, respiratory care tech
Business and Management56business management, MIS
Family and Social Work20child development
Science and Laboratory Technician19science tech
Education and Teaching12education
Security and Law Enforcement6criminal justice and police
Music1various music studies
Landscaping and Horticulture1applied horticulture

Number of programs and degrees for Columbia State Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree47213
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years144
Award of less than 1 academic year171

Columbia State Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Columbia State Community College had a total enrollment of 4,633 students (3,140 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 78%
Part-Time 22%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 87%
Black 7%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 6%
18-19 28%
20-21 20%
22-24 12%
25-29 11%
30-34 7%
35-39 6%
40-49 7%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Columbia State Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 57 %
Part-Time 41 %

Columbia State Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Columbia, Tennessee for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Tennessee Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Columbia State Community College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal390520
SAT Math360480
SAT Writing390520
ACT Verbal1521
ACT Math1519
ACT Composite1621

Application Requirements:

GPAnot required
Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT9%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT84%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Columbia State Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,747
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 10,247
Books and supplies $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Columbia State Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 348300)

Columbia State Community College Faculty

Columbia State Community College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track913
Non-tenured and not on tenure track47

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Associate professorcalendar year1*2*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*1*
Instructorcalendar year2*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year5$66,3685$59,920

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year9$70,8346$67,285
Associate professoracademic year13$52,00822$53,036
Assistant professoracademic year8$40,87113$41,317
Instructoracademic year6$31,29812$35,931
All faculty totalacademic year36$50,78853$47,902

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Columbia State Community College Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports066

Columbia State Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Management Information Systems, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General

Family And Social Work
Child Development

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Music, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Science And Laboratory Technician
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science

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Columbia State Community College Highlights

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What Sets Columbia State Community College Apart:

% of accepted students who choose to enroll
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Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 5%Columbia State Community College Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% of degrees in liberal arts
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Top 7%Columbia State Community College % of degrees in liberal arts
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
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Top 11%Columbia State Community College % of freshmen enrolled part-time
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 14%Columbia State Community College Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 15%Columbia State Community College % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Number of students
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Top 16%Columbia State Community College Number of students
Salaries of full-time faculty
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Top 17%Columbia State Community College Salaries of full-time faculty
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
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Top 19%Columbia State Community College % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine

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checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
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checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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