Columbia State Community College was established in 1966 in Columbia, Tennessee as the state’s first community college. It currently hosts approximately 4,500 part- and full-time students, and around 250 faculty members. Students who successfully complete their two-year education in one of the offered programs are awarded an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Applied Science degree. Students interested in continuing on to pursue a four-year Bachelor’s or a Master’s program have the option of doing so at one of Columbia’s affiliate schools, which include Austin Peay State University, Athens State University, Tennessee State University, Trevecca Nazarene University, and Middle Tennessee State University. Common continuation programs include Professional Studies, Business Administration, Nursing, Educational Administration, Interdisciplinary Studies, Math, and Management and Human Relations.
The college aims to meet the educational needs of its students and the community, so various types of programs are offered. Recent high school graduates, career professionals looking to enhance their skills, and everyone in between can find a curriculum that will help them reach their potential.
Associate of Applied Science
These are career-entry courses for those who wish to start the job hunt after only two years of college. There are many choices available here, and students enroll in the Division of Health Sciences; Humanities & Social Sciences; or the Science, Technology, & Mathematics Division.
Tennessee Transfer Pathway & General Transfer Major
The college offers a wide variety of business, liberal arts, health, and science programs for students who want to eventually earn a bachelor’s at a four-year institution. Credits received in these courses will earn the student a two-year degree here which will transfer over to another school.
Technical Certificate Programs
Professionals who need further training in their field or who need special certification in order to advance their careers, come here and earn a certificate. Classes take less than two years and if the student wishes to pursue an associate’s degree these credits count and will be applied.
Most Popular Fields of Study
The admissions process remains primarily the same regardless of the student’s proposed field of study, although specific prerequisites and placement exams may be required for specific programs. All new students must fill out the application, either online or on paper, and pay the one-time fee. High school, college, and/or GED transcripts must be sent to the office of admissions. ACT or SAT scores must be sent in for students applying to the Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, or Nursing programs, as well as for students under the age of 21. Applicants must also supply proof that the vaccination requirement has been met.
Students at here benefit from several types of financial aid programs; these include work-study, scholarships, loans, and grants. Work-study is an option which allows students the possibility to work in either on- or off-campus positions, often in their department, to help defray the cost of attendance. Scholarships are generally earned by students who have demonstrated exceptional performance in academics, outstanding financial need, school/athletics participation, and community involvement. Loans must be repaid, and are often available from federally-funded sources, such as the low-interest Federal Stafford Loan. Grants, like scholarships, do not need to be repaid, and are often awarded based on exceptional merit or need.
Student Financial Aid Details
As a member of the NJCAA, students have the option of participating in the school’s strong athletic program, which includes softball, table tennis, basketball, volleyball, and baseball. Other popular extracurricular activities at the school include Circle K, North American Veterinary Technician Association, Charger Student Radiographer Organization, Phi Theta Kappa, Student Nursing Association, and Student Government Association.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The Chargers are nationally and regionally ranked as top sports teams; these include men’s and women’s basketball, softball, and baseball. The school is a member of NJCCAA, as well as the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association (TJCCAA). The campus notably holds a rare historical archive, the TJCCAA Hall of Fame. It is located in the Kermit Smith room at the Billy Webster Athletic Center. Each year, one person is selected to join the ranks of some of the top athletes in the Hall of Fame.
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