Columbia State Community College Information
|President||Janet F. Smith|
|292 (99 full-time)|
COLUMBIA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Latitude and Longitude:
|Colors||Green and white|
|Affiliations||National Junior College Athletic Association|
Columbia State Community College is a community college in Columbia, Tennessee. Founded in 1966, it serves nine counties in southern Middle Tennessee through five campuses. Columbia State was established as Tennessee's first community college.
The main campus is located at 1665 Hampshire Pike in Columbia, Tennessee.
Columbia State Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate of Art, Associate of Science, Associate of Science in Teaching, Associate of Fine Arts in Music, and Associate of Applied Science degrees, and technical certificates.
The 2015-16 in-state tuition rate is $152 per semester hour up to 12 hours and $30 per hour for all additional hours. The out-of-state tuition costs $627 per semester hour up to 12 hours and $125 per hour for all additional hours. In Fall 2015, the college awarded more than $7 million in scholarships and financial aid.
Tennessee high school seniors are eligible to enroll in the Tennessee Promise scholarship program which provides the opportunity for students to continue their education at a community or technical college tuition-free.
Columbia State grants Associate of Art, Associate of Science, Associate of Science in Teaching, Associate of Fine Arts in Music, and Associate of Applied Science degrees, and technical certificates.
The college is organized into the following academic divisions: Health Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences; and Science, Technology & Mathematics. The college offers more than 50 programs of study.
- James W. Clark (founding president and dean of instruction 1967-1969)
- Harold Pryor (president 1968-1984)
- L. Paul Sands (president 1984-1996)
- O. Rebecca Hawkins (president 1996-2008)
- Janet Smith (president 2008-present)
Students entering a community college in Tennessee who select a major within the Tennessee Transfer Pathways complete required courses and earn an associate degree can transition seamlessly as a junior to any Tennessee public university, or at participating Tennessee independent colleges and universities. All earned credit hours will apply toward a bachelor's degree in the same discipline.
Columbia State has partnerships with area universities to offer bachelor's and master's degree programs on a Columbia State campus. The schools and programs offered are:
Middle Tennessee State University
- Bachelor's degree in Agribusiness
- Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-6)
- RN to BSN
- Master's degree in Education
- Education Specialist, Ed.S.
- Trevecca Nazarene University, Bachelor of Arts in Management and Human Relations
The average student age is 22.7 years old. In Fall 2015, 61% of students were female. The number of students enrolled in Fall 2015 is 5,297. The college employs nearly 450 people, consisting of 292 faculty members. 
- 88% Caucasian
- 7% African-American
- 2% Hispanic
- 0.7% Asian American or Pacific Islander
- 0.4% Native American 
The school is a TCCAA and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) member and fields baseball, softball and men's and women's basketball teams in intercollegiate competition. Scholarships are offered for those sports.
The men's basketball team won the 2015 TCCAA championship and have competed in the 2012, 2014 and 2015 NJCAA Men's National Basketball Tournament. The baseball team was named the 2012 TCCAA champions, 2011 and 2013 NJCAA Region VII champions and has competed in the NJCAA Junior College Baseball World Series 13 times, most recently in 2014. 
Columbia State also offers intramural sports in basketball, flag football, ultimate frisbee and more.
Columbia State has a variety of student groups including the Student Government Association, President's Leadership Society, Charger Student Radiographer Organization, North American Veterinary Technician Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Respiratory Care Crew, Sigma Kappa Delta, Student Nursing Association, the STEM Club, Study Abroad, and more.
Columbia State benefits from an attractive tree-lined campus with rose gardens, a modern student center, a wellness center, a gym, tennis courts, and a running track. There are five campuses. the main Columbia campus, and sites in Marshall county, Lawrence county, Williamson county, and Clifton.
- 2006-07-28. Columbia State Community College - College Overview Archived 2007-09-26 at the Wayback Machine. Peterson's.
- "Fall 2015 Fact Sheets" (PDF). Columbia State Community College. Retrieved 2015-11-30.
- "NJCAA Record Books". NJCAA. Retrieved 29 August 2014.