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Volunteer State Community College

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Located in Gallatin, Tennessee, the Volunteer State Community College is a public college that operates in over twelve Tennessee counties including Clay, Jackson, and Putnam. The college offers two year programs after which students can transfer to institutions of higher learning.

Vol State, as the college is locally known, offers programs leading to associate degrees and certificates. In addition to these, students can also opt for continuing education programs, which are available through online self paced lessons and classroom teaching.

There are five academic divisions at the college:

  • Allied Health
  • Business
  • Humanities
  • Math and Science
  • Social Science
  • Dual enrollment programs at Vol State ensure that students can earn college credits while still in high school. Most dual enrollment programs are taught by the college faculty who travel to local high schools to deliver lectures.

    The Honors program is designed to help students with further education at institutions where Honor programs are offered. Benefits of the program include participation in scholarship programs and a netbook computer.

    Continuing education programs are available in fields of workforce development, small business development and healthcare training. Students can also enroll in evening and weekend classes for courses in fitness, home management, and music.

    Most Popular Fields of Study

    Unique Programs

    At Volunteer State Community College, students need not restrict themselves to traditional classroom courses. The university has a whole range of interesting programs designed to meet the requirements of a stay at home mother or a computer professional.

    From basic to advanced cake decorating to technical programs in computer troubleshooting and languages, healthcare, business management and more, Volunteer State provides the perfect learning platform for everyone.

    Of special mention are programs in small business development which equip you with the skills and expertise necessary to start your own business.


    Students can apply online after paying a nominal application fee, which applies to in state as well as international students. Here are the admission criteria:

    New Students

    High school transcripts or GED scores are required. Students who have not completed their high school education and do not have GED scores must have the ACE diploma (American Council on Education External Diploma). Students below the age of twenty are required to submit ACT scores as well, in the absence of which they must take a placement test held at the college before admissions.

    Students seeking admission in technical certificate programs need not submit ACT scores, and non-degree seeking students are required to take the placement test before commencing classes and must be over 21 years of age at the time of admission. Dual enrollment students must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 in the subject they want to enroll in and should submit ACT scores. They will also have a personal interview before admission is provided.

    Transfer Students

    Transfer students must provide all available educational transcripts from schools and other institutions they have attended.

    International Students

    International students must send official transcripts of high school education and ACT or SAT scores. TOEFL scores are mandatory. A copy of the I-94 form, passport, and visa should be submitted at the time of application submission.

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available in the form of pell grants, grants, direct loans, work study programs and other state funded educational scholarship programs. To apply for federal financial aid, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at FAFSA.

    State aid programs include:

  • HOPE scholarship
  • Helping Heroes Grant
  • State Employee Dependant Discounts – around 25% on the application fee
  • Students at Vol State who are applying for financial aid must submit two applications – one for FAFSA and the Volunteer State Scholarship Application, which is available at the college’s financial aid office.

    Students are also encouraged to apply for scholarships offered by other local and civic bodies.

    Student Financial Aid Details

    Ranks 6441st for the average student loan amount.
    Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Tennessee.


    At Volunteer State Community College, students learn from their diverse surroundings, bringing in and combining a rich cultural experience. The campus has a whole lot to offer in terms of student activities and student organizations.

    Greek student organizations include:

  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Delta Psi Omega
  • Alpha Sigma Iota
  • Sigma Chi Eta
  • There are a host of other organizations as well to cater to all students such as the paralegal association, psychology club, Vol State cheerleaders, bowling club, collegiate ministry and many more.

    Volunteer State Community College has an active placement assistance service that helps students and alumni alike with job opportunities, and essential skills like interview preparation and resume writing.

    The college has its own newspaper called The Settler, which students can contribute to.

    Student Enrollment Demographics


    Athletic teams at the college are affiliated with the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association. Sports played at Volunteer State Community College include baseball, basketball (men), basketball (women), and softball (women).

    The workout room is equipped with treadmills, weight training equipment, elliptical cycles, and much more. It is a state of the art facility with all modern equipment required by student athletes to train.

    The baseball team is called ‘Pioneers’ and were winners of the 2008-2009 Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association championship.

    The men’s basketball team is among the top teams in Tennessee and neighboring Kentucky. They received the All Sports award at the 2008-2009 Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association championship.

    Local Community

    The city Gallatin is a part of one of the oldest counties in Tennessee – Sumner County. Students at the college can revel in the architectural wonders the city offers. Most of these have been restored and are open to public viewing at Cragfront and Trousdale Place.

    A county fair is held each year in August and a Christmas Parade takes place during fall. Volunteer State Community College is the largest public college in the city.

    Students can visit the Old Hickory Lake during weekends for boating and fishing while several parks dot the city which can be visited for swimming, jogging, volleyball, and other sports.


    • Volunteer State Community College. Volunteer State Community College. Web. June 7, 2011.
    • Gallatin Tennessee. Gallatin Tennessee. Web. June 7, 2011.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 61st in Tennessee and 2721st overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

    Ranks 0th in Tennessee and 83rd 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 2 0.02
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft N/A N/A
    Arrest 1 0.01

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 62 0.20
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Forcible Rape 7 0.02
    Robbery 17 0.06
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 87 0.28
    Larceny 519 1.70
    Vehicle theft 19 0.06

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Gallatin, TN 37066-3188
    Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
    Total Population34,155 (27,315 urban / 6,840 rural)
    Households12,949 (2.57 people per house)
    Median Household Income$41,749
    Families9,534 (2.99 people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
    Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
    EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
    Size & SettingLarge 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 District4706

    Special Learning Opportunities

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

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees

    Ranks 2827th 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 $13,776
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $271 $271 $271
    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 $4,607 $4,607 $15,047
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,926 $18,926 $29,366
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,031 $8,031 $18,471

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $3,367 $3,511 $3,367 $3,511 $12,991 $13,639
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $1,000(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 $9,808 $10,203
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,424(N/C)
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,424(N/C)

    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)

    Athletics - Association Memberships

    Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

    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

    Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

    Total 2 72 29 17 6 1,047 13 1,209
    Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 11 1 12
    Business Administration and Management, General 1 3 1 3 1 59 68
    Child Development 2 2 1 37 43
    Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other 4 1 18 24
    Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 3 1 14 18
    Criminal Justice/Police Science 3 2 1 54 1 64
    Dental Assisting/Assistant 1 20 23
    Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 10 1 11
    Education, General 1 26 1 28
    Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 8 1 1 1 136 3 152
    Fire Science/Fire-fighting 3 2 1 45 53
    General Studies 1 1 2
    Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 4 3 43 50
    Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 1 1 38 42
    Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2 3 27 32
    Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 32 15 3 1 376 6 444
    Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 2 13 15
    Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 2 26 28
    Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist 1 10 11
    Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 31 31
    Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 1 13 15
    Science Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 1
    Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 2 19 21
    Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 2 19 21

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 3158th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $52,783 ($53,162 male / $47,470 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 159 (80 male / 79 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 419
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
    Total Benefits $4,597,634

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