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Northeast State Community College is a public, two-year comprehensive community college located in Blountville, Tennessee. It is under the governance of the Tennessee Board of Regents of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee. The college was founded as Tri-Cities State Area Vocational-Technical School in 1966. The institute offers technical education and college transfer programs in Blountville; and also operates sites in Gray, Elizabethton, and Kingsport.

As a comprehensive community college, Northeast State provides tailor-made programs designed for students desiring to transfer to another college or University, career programs for students planning to enter the workforce, and continuing education and community service programs for professional growth and personal enrichment of the residents of Unicoi, Sullivan, Carter, Johnson, and Washington Counties.


Northeast State Community College is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The College offers associate’s degrees in more than 50 programs of study. It also offers associate of applied science degrees in over 30 programs of study, such as nursing, computer science, criminal justice, business management, and office administration technology that train students for direct entry into the workplace.

Northeast State also offers academic and technical certificates such as accounting technology, automotive service, machine tool operations, chemical process operations, auto body service technology, combination welding, computer-aided drafting, office technology, and construction electricity. The institute also offers a large program in continuing education and professional development courses. These programs aid students to update and sharpen work skills and help companies with workforce development.

Northeast State Community College is composed of the following academic divisions: Behavioral and Social Sciences Division; Health Related Professions Division; Humanities Division; Mathematics Division; Technical Education Division; Science Division; and Nursing Program.

NSCC Online

Northeast State identifies the need of the students who are unable to attend traditional colleges due to diverse personal and professional reasons. Such students can opt for the well-designed online courses to further their education and add more value to their resume. Ed2Go and Gatlin Education Services offer a wide variety of classes where the students can earn continuing education credit.

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Northeast State enrolls more than 6,000 students each semester. Freshman students seeking admission to the college must send the completed application form along with the official transcripts and ACT/ SAT score. Getting a transfer to the institution is easy. Applicants seeking a transfer must send the completed form along with official transcripts from previously attended institutes.

International students are encouraged to apply for admission. Applicants seeking admission must send the completed application form along with all the official transcripts. Students from non-English speaking countries must take the TOEFL (the Test of English as a Foreign Language) test to provide a proof of their proficiency in English language.

Financial Aid

Northeast State identifies the need of the students who are unable to continue their higher education due to financial constraints. The institute provides financial assistance to enable such students to pay for college and further their education. The college provides financial assistance through diverse mediums such as grants, scholarships, loans, and work study programs. Students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Grants and scholarships are the type of aid that need not be returned. Some of them are Federal Pell Grant, Tennessee Student Assistance Grant, Federal SEOG Grant, Academic Work Scholarship, Back to College Scholarship, Coca-Cola Scholarship, Suntrust Scholarship, Edscholar Scholarships, Academic Excellence Endowed Scholarship, Boyd S. Ray Scholarship, Citi Endowed Scholarship, David A. Hite Annual Scholarship, Franklin Annual Scholarship, Gump Family Endowed Scholarship, Harr Family Annual Scholarship, and Kelly Family Annual Scholarship.

Northeast State students can also opt for education loans, however this type of financial aid must be returned with interest. Some of the loan programs are Federal Direct Loan Program (FDLP), Federal Direct Loan, Federal Parent PLUS Direct Loan, Federal Direct Consolidation Loan, Guaranteed Student Loans, Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL), and Perkins Loans.

Students can also opt for the work study programs offered at Northeast State. It allows the students to take up part time jobs to pay for college. The federal work study program not only helps the students meet their educational expenses, but also enables them to gain work experience in their field of interest.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5980th for the average student loan amount.
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Northeast State offers a wide variety of ways for the students to get involved in the campus events and activities. The institute’s commitment to the overall development and student support is evidenced by the campus activities, events and programs that are designed to foster the individual’s collegiate experience. Northeast State is a member institution of the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities, the Association of Student Advancement Programs, the American Student Association of Community Colleges, and the National Council on Student Development.

Northeast State campus hosts several organizations and clubs based on students’ interests. The students are encouraged to join the existing clubs or start a new one. Some of the registered student organizations are Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society, Argumentation and Debate Society, Criminal Justice Society (CJS), Clinical Laboratory Science Club, Electrical Technology Club, Health and Wellness Education, Honors Convocation, The International Club, and Northeast State National Alumni Association.

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The Office of Career Services at Northeast State provides job-seeking assistance and job referrals to the enrolled students and alumni. The assistance is available on diverse topics such as cover letters, interviewing techniques, writing resumes, and dressing for success. The Career Services also offers a wide range of services to enable employers to assist them in identifying future employees from our student population.

The Student Success Center at Northeast State provides an array of services to both future and existing students. The services include academic advising, career advising, transfer advising, and Regents Online Campus Collaborative (ROCC) advising.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Additional School Information

Student Support Services is a federally funded program that is designed to provide a wide range of services to eligible participants to enable them to achieve their educational goals. Some of the services include academic support, career exploration and assessment, tutoring services, and transfer advise.


  • Northeast State Community College. 2010.
  • Peterson’s Guide To Two-Year Colleges. Peterson’s Guides, 2000. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 67th in Tennessee and 2969th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Tennessee and 9th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Blountville, TN 37617-0246
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population13,334 (3,182 urban / 10,152 rural)
Households5,087 (2.50 people per house)
Median Household Income$39,150
Families3,863 (2.90 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4701

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2726th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,336 $3,336 $14,058
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $302 $302 $302
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $139 $139 $574
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,638 $4,638 $15,360
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,256 $16,256 $26,978
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,638 $7,638 $18,360

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,398 $3,521 $3,398 $3,521 $13,022 $13,649
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,800 $5,500
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,600 $4,000
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,600 $4,000

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3674th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $47,966 ($47,663 male / $44,166 female)
Number of FT Faculty 127 (56 male / 71 female)
Number of PT Faculty 343
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $3,209,766

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