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Nashville State Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn what certificate and degree programs Nashville State Community College offers. Read about its academics, admission requirements and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Nashville State Community College

Nashville State Community College (NSCC) is a 2-year, public college governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. NSCC's main campus is located in Nashville, Tennessee, on 109 acres shared with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. There are five other NSCC campuses in the north-central Tennessee area, including campuses in southeast Nashville, Cookeville, Dickson, Clarksville and Waverly. NSCC also offers online classes.


NSCC offers over 80 programs of study, including 49 associate's degrees, 12 technical certificates and many non-credit programs, such as healthcare certification preparation programs. Most NSCC degree and certificate-seeking students study liberal arts or liberal studies. Other popular degree options include programs in business administration, nursing and physical therapy assisting. Surgical technology and child development are among popular certificate programs.

NSCC's program offerings and facilities vary by campus. For example, the Cookeville campus is the only NSCC campus that offers an associate's degree in electrical engineering technology with an automated control systems concentration. Additionally, the culinary arts program is located on the Southeast Nashville campus in the new Randy Rayburn School of Culinary Arts. Culinary arts students get hands-on experience in this school's two teaching kitchens that opened in 2014.


NSCC has an open admissions policy, which means that students who meet the minimum requirements and pay the $20 application fee are admitted. The minimum requirements depend on whether students are degree-seeking or not. First-time degree-seeking students must have a high school diploma or a GED score of over 450, and those who are under the age of 21 must submit ACT or SAT scores to determine if they need to take college preparatory courses. Students who apply to NSCC technical certificate programs only need to submit high school or GED reports.

Four universities in Tennessee participate in a dual-admissions program with NSCC. This program allows students to complete two years at NSCC and then transfer to a bachelor's degree program at a participating university without additional application procedures. Three public universities, Austin Peay State University, Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee State University, and one private university, Lipscomb University, participate in this program.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The cost to attend NSCC depends on state residency, the number of credits attempted per semester and whether courses are completed online or on campus. The 2014 tuition cost for Tennessee residents is $147 per credit for up to 12 credits a semester, and any additional credits cost residents $29 each. Non-resident students pay $608 per credit for their first 12 credits a semester, and additional credits cost $121 each. NSCC also has special rates for non-residents who are enrolled in online courses only. These students pay $221 per credit hour. Fees charged in addition to tuition include technology fees and per-credit fees for nursing classes.

Students who need financial aid should fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) along with NSCC's financial aid application. The NSCC financial aid application is used as a scholarship application for need and merit-based scholarships available from the Nashville State Foundation.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificates and associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 9,884 students in Fall 2012*
Student Housing School does not offer housing*
Divisions and Programs Six divisions and more than 80 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2012:
Certificates: Liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies (490)
Associate's: Liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies (265)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 12% in normal program time
12% in 150% of normal program time*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 1,508 in Fall 2013**
First-Year Retention Rates 50% for full-time and 41% for part-time students*
Application Due Date Application and registration due by August 17 for Fall 2014**
Tuition (2014) $147 per credit hour for TN residents; $608 per credit hour for non-residents; $221 per credit hour for non-resident online students**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2012: Federal grants (77%), state and local grants (31%), institutional scholarship (1%), federal loans (45%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 92% in 2012*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Nashville State Community College.

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