Why is The College System of Tennessee a popular choice for future students?

Decisions about attending college, choosing a program of study, and charting a career path are some of the most important decisions you’ll ever make.  These decisions can change the trajectory of your life, your career and your future earnings potential.

When you select The College System of Tennessee as your choice for an affordable, high-quality, postsecondary education, you are following in the footsteps of nearly 100,000 students who made the same decision in Fall 2017 --- making us Tennessee’s largest system of higher education.



TN Promise, TN Reconnect, Hope, and Wilder-Naifeh scholarships, plus dual enrollment grants while in high school, offer tuition-free options for students. Many students graduate from our colleges with little or no debt.

College, Location and Delivery Options

College, Location and Delivery Options

Choose to attend one of our 13 community colleges or 27 colleges of applied technology. In total, there are 40 main campuses and 148 teaching locations across Tennessee. Still need more flexibility and options for your busy lifestyle?  Consider our online campus which offers 400+ undergraduate and graduate courses. 

Your dream of earning a college degree or credential is a short distance or click away!

Solid Reputation

All colleges are regionally accredited. The community colleges are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC); the colleges of applied technology are accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE). Many degree programs also hold national accreditation status.

Recognized Technical and Degree Credentials

You can earn technical certificates, associate and associate of applied science degrees from our 13 community colleges, and technical certificates and diplomas from our 27 colleges of applied technology

Wide Range of Academic Programs

We’ve got something for everyone! 480+ academic programs are offered through our community colleges; 50+ occupational programs are available through the colleges of applied technology.

Student Engagement Beyond the Classroom

You can participate in activities like internships, co-op work programs, study abroad, service learning, honors education, undergraduate research, and more to enhance and augment the classroom learning experience. Plus, these experiences are great resume builders!

Tennessee Transfer Pathways

Degree and Credit Transferability

The associate degree you earn at a community college will transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at any public university and many private universities in Tennessee. There are 52 transfer pathways by major and 69 transfer pathways by degree.