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Pellissippi State Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn what degree programs Pellissippi State Community College offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Pellissippi State Community College

Established in 1974, Pellissippi State Community College (Pellissippi State) offers certificate and associate's degree programs through its three locations in Knoxville and one location in Friendsville, TN. Classes range from non-credit to college-level courses. Distance learning courses, as well as training and workforce development are also available. Pellissippi State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


In 2011, Pellissippi State Community College enrolled over 11,000 students. It has 8 academic divisions in the fields of business and computer technology, English, liberal arts, engineering and media technologies, natural and behavioral sciences, nursing, mathematics, and transitional studies. The school's programs are designed to prepare students for either employment or transfer into 4-year colleges or universities. The school also offers dual enrollment, where high school seniors can take college-level classes, and cohort programs, wherein students complete their courses together in groups.

Pellissippi State's Academic Support Center offers free-of-charge tutoring services and computer access. The Transitional Studies Department provides learning support classes in English, math, reading, English as a second language, and college success. Students at Pellissippi State can join various organizations, such as the American Marketing Association, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and the Association of Information Technology Professionals. Non-credit sports courses, such as fly-fishing, scuba diving, and golf are also available.


Students who wish to attend Pellissippi State Community College should fill out an online application with a $20 non-refundable application fee. Degree-seeking students must submit their official high school transcripts or General Educational Development (GED) test scores. GED composite scores must be at least 450, and subject scores should be at least 410. Transfer students must submit their official college transcripts. Immunization forms must also be submitted.

American College Testing (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores are required. The minimum ACT scores are 18 in English, 19 in reading, and 19 in math. SAT scores should be at least 450 in English, 460 in reading, and 460 in math. Students who have lower than minimum required scores in their SAT or ACT exams should take the COMPASS placement exams.

Minimum scores of 450 (paper-based), 45 (Internet-based), or 133 (computer-based) from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required for international students or students whose native language is not English. A minimum score of 4.0 from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also acceptable.

Tuition and Financial Aid

In 2011-2012, the typical annual cost to attend Pellissippi State Community College was about $3,414 for residents of TN and $13,356 for out-of-state students. Books and supplies were roughly $1,858 for that academic year.

Students at Pellissippi State can apply for federal grants, including the Pell grant and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG). Additionally, students may apply for federal loans, including the Stafford and Plus loans. State aid programs are also available, such as the Tennessee Student Assistance Grant (TSAA) program.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificate and associate's degree*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Fringe rural*
Student Body Over 11,250 full- and part-time students in 2011**
Student Housing None*
Schools (and/or) Programs 8 departments offering career, transfer, certificate, and special programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 23 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Certificate: Engineering Technology (95)
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities (544)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students who started in 2007:
9% within normal time for the program
9% within 150% of normal time for the program
15% within twice as long as normal time for the program*
Admission Rate 100% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 1,604 full-time students in 2010*
First-Year Retention Rates 57% for full-time students and 48% for part-time students (2010-2011)*
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT scores: 17-22 in 2011*
Application Due Date January 7 for Spring 2013**
Decision Notification Date About 10 days after application is received**
Tuition About $3,414 per year for residents and $13,356 for non-residents in 2011-2012*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) Grants or scholarship aid (78%), federal grants (54%), Pell grants (54%), institutional grants and scholarships (3%), federal student loans (25%) for 2010-2011*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 86% for 2010-2011*

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

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, P.O. Box 22990, Knoxville, TN 37933-0990
  • Phone: (865) 694-6400
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