Nashville State Technical Community College

Nashville State Community College Enrollment Information

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Nashville State Community College is a 2-year technical school that offers associate's degree and certificate programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus tuition and admission information.

Is Nashville State Community College the School for You?

Nashville State Community College (NSCC) is situated just outside the center of Nashville and enrolls about 10,000 students each year, most of which hail from Tennessee. NSCC offers over 80 certificate and associate's degree programs designed to prepare graduates for entry-level careers or to transfer to 4-year universities. The school opened its doors in 1970 and joined the Tennessee Board of Regents in 1984, making it part of the state's community college system. Read on for information to help you decide if you should attend NSCC.


  • Open admissions policy for most programs
  • Offers online and evening classes as well as dual enrollment programs and veterans benefits
  • Regional campuses and centers allow students to take classes at a variety of locations
  • Accepts AP credit


  • Total cost (including all school and living expenses) for in-state students was $6,613 higher than the national average cost for in-state students at 2-year public schools
  • Graduation rate is 5.3 percentage points lower than the state average
  • Student-to-faculty ratio of 19:1 is higher than the national average of 16:1

About Nashville State Community College

Although their open admissions policy means that every qualified applicant with a high school diploma or GED can enroll, some programs at NSCC have a more selective admissions process. Still, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported that few first-time full-time college students who enrolled in 2008 ended up graduating from the school. Only 6% of students completed all program requirements within 150% of the normal time of study, which is roughly five percentage points below the 11.3% average rate for 2-year public colleges in Tennessee. This information might not paint the whole picture, though, as 66% of students attend on a part-time basis.

You might also want to be aware that tuition, books and off-campus housing expenses cost more for NSCC students than for those at many other public 2-year schools. Though the tuition for an in-state student in the 2012-2013 academic year was only $3,465, the total cost of attendance was estimated at $17,163, which is higher than the national average cost of $10,550. However, 83% of full-time beginning undergraduate students in 2010-2011 received some kind of financial aid, according to NCES.

NSCC could be a good fit for you if you're looking for a school with flexible scheduling options. Its online and evening classes make higher education possible for working adults and non-traditional students. The school also offers veterans benefits, and students wishing to work towards a bachelor's degree can participate in a dual enrollment program in partnership with area universities. Those in the greater Nashville area can often attend class near their homes thanks to the school's multiple regional campuses.

NSCC's nearly 10,000 students earn associate's degrees and certificates in such areas as business, computer services, engineering technology and health services. Students in its general education programs can earn credits and associate's degrees designed to transfer to 4-year universities.

Admissions & Financial Aid at Nashville State Community College

As with most community colleges, NSCC has an open admissions policy. You'll need to submit an application either online or in person at the school's admissions office. Additional requirements include SAT or ACT scores, though you can also opt to take a placement exam. High school transcripts or GED scores are necessary as well, and transfer students might need to also submit official college transcripts. Proof of immunization is also required.

NSCC offers several types of enrollment, including options for degree and non-degree seeking students, international students and those interested in dual enrollment. The most common forms of financial aid received by Nashville State Community College freshmen are federal grants, according to NCES. As many as 75% of first-year students received these awards in 2010-2011; the average amount was $4,808. Up to 35% took out federal student loans, which averaged $4,964 per student. In addition to these common forms of financial aid, NSCC students can apply for scholarships through the school. These are largely tied to students' areas of study, academic achievement and status as first-generation college students.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) Rolling admissions*
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013-2014) July 1*
Application Fee (2013-2014) $20***
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $3,465 in-state; $13,833 out-of-state**
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 21.8%**

Student Life at Nashville State Community College

Typical NSCC students live in-state and commute to one of the school's six campus locations. With a main campus situated just six miles outside of Nashville, you'll have access to all that a large urban setting has to offer. Additionally, there are more than 20 student organizations registered with the school's Office of Student Life, and its Student Life Council hosts such campus events as barbecues and back-to-school functions. You can also get involved in student government.

When it comes time to start your job hunt, the Career Services Office can connect you with appropriate employment and internship opportunities. It uses online job boards to connect area employers with both current students and graduates. Additionally, the office can provide you with interview, resume and career research services.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large city**
Student Population (2011)9,876 undergraduates**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011)39% Male, 61% Female**
% Full-Time Students (2011)66%**
% In-State Students (2011)98%**
% of International Students (2011) 0%**
Retention Rate (2011)51% of full-time students**
Campus Housing Available No**
Extracurricular Activities More than 20 student groups***
Noteworthy Campus television studio*

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

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admission Office, 120 White Bridge Road, Nashville, TN 37209
  • Phone: (615) 353-3215