Chattanooga State Community College (Chatt State)

Chattanooga State Community College was established in 1965 to meet the demand of workers in engineering technology and computer science. Chatt State is organized into eight academic divisions. The school awards associate degrees and certificates in several fields of study. Many students attend Chatt State for two years or less before moving on to a major university to complete a Bachelor’s degree. Some credits from Chatt State transfer to institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents, allowing students to enter a senior-level university as juniors. Chattanooga State is a leader in community and workforce training. It is the school’s mission to transform the lives of its students and prepare them to successfully enter the workforce. 

Location: Chattanooga, TN

Type of Institution: Two-year, public community college

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State: $1,858

     • Out-of-State: $7,174

Size: 9,000+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 19%

Percentage of Men: 38%

Percentage of Women: 62%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 18:1

Degrees Offered: Associate’s, Certificate

Colleges/Schools: Business, Digital Media Design and Production, Information Systems, Management, Engineering Technology, Applied Science, Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology, Industrial Systems Engineering Technology 


     • African American Greek: N/A

     • Others: Black Student Leadership Alliance, Multicultural/International Club

City Life: Tourist city, Lake  Winnepesaukah, Ruby Falls, Rock City, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, shopping (Northgate, Hamilton Place Mall), Warner Park Zoo, museums (Bessie Smith Hall, Discovery Museum), art galleries, IMAX Theatre, Chattanooga Aquarium, festivals (RiverBend, Bessie Smith Strut), dining, Coolidge Park, riverfront