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4 College Junior

Academic Experience: The workload sometimes can be heavy, with online classes it requires a lot of discipline and reading materials. The professors are very helpful and understanding.

5 College Freshman

Academic Experience: I have been truly inspired by one of my sociology professors to make a career out of it. Has been the best decision of my life so far.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: It's interesting! It provides me with the inside on how to proficiently run an business. The program is pretty laid back and the curriculum is great because it gives the students an inside on how the business industry operates from different angles and how to address different situations head on. The facility itself is coming along because there are alot of remodeling taking place. I'm not sure about the internship/job opportunities yet.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: Business Administration Transfer Pathway is what i am doing. Some of the classes dont make any sense to take but the state sets these classes.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I am an undeclared major. There is a lot of pressure to pick one, but I do not want to pick the wrong one...


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Student testimonials confirm that there is something quite special about the academic experience that students encounter at Nashville State Community College. Whether the student is 15 or 50, Nashville State accommodates all who are willing and able to learn. Dual enrollment programs offered at NSCC allow high school students to earn college credits while gaining an insight into college life. College success classes are also offered to new students to provide tips, tours, and an insider's guide to being successful in academia. Despite the stigma that community colleges often carry, all professors are required to have at least a masters degree plus 18 additional hours in their respective teaching fields, and many actually have doctorates. Professors are quite knowledgeable and more than willing to help students in school and in all facets of life in general. 

Such a broad age range of students at NSCC brings with it a distinct level of maturity. Students who truly want to learn will gain the most from attending this institution. There are no dorms at NSCC, nor is there any kind of party or Greek life. This college is for students who want to further their growth and development through education. At NSCC, each student is a name rather than a number. One of the most remarkable and noteworthy achievements of this college is the personal attention and relationships students can form with their professors and advisers. If students work hard and stay in contact with their advisers each semester, it is extremely hard not to succeed and prosper at this college.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Nashville State Community College actually has five locations: The Main Campus located in West Nashville, The South East Center located in South Nashville, as well as three other campuses located in Cookeville, Dickson and Humphrey's Tennessee.
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
Most Popular Majors
  • Child Development: Unknown
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications: Unknown
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Unknown
  • Registered Nursing (RN): Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: Yes
Weekend/Evening College: No
Teacher Certification: No
Class Sizes
One of NSCC's premier qualities is the small class sizes and the interaction among students and professors. Class sizes range between 20-32 students per class. This allows for an environment that facilitates personal interaction among peers, which may not be found in much larger university settings. These interpersonal interactions can often foster a great repertoire between students and subject matter inside and out of class.
Student/Professor Relationships
Due to the relatively small size of the classes and campus, students are often found talking to their professors around the premises. At Nashville State, students often get to know their professors quite well, and there is a sense that a student is not just another number being passed through the educational system-but someone who is worth investing in. Teachers are genuinely interested and invested in the education students receive at Nashville State.
Testing & Grading Procedures
Every professor will grade a little differently and each has his own unique style of grading. Grades are calculated on a 10-point scale: 90-100 is an A, 80-90 is a B, and so forth. Completing test, projects group assignments, class participation, and independent research in a timely manner are all very important in receiving a good grade. A student should be expected to see a variety of different testing procedures at NSCC-such as online open book quizzes, in class exams, and even proctored testing center exams.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
Lectures are first and foremost dependent on the lecturer. Some lectures will include PowerPoint presentations, documentaries, and/or readings of excerpts directly from the assigned text. What is important is that the student become involved in class lectures, as many students at larger universities do not have this opportunity. The typical lecture day at NSCC will almost always provide a chance for discussion among students and professors alike.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
Never expect a typical course at Nashville State. Instructors differ greatly, and the courses range from extremely easy to very challenging. An incoming student must learn to adapt to each specific and uniquely individual course. Regular classes in the fall start at the end of August and end in mid-December. Students then receive about a month long holiday break until they return for the spring semester, which runs from mid-January to early-May. There are also some seven-week courses offered at NSCC that are accelerated. Most classes offered are three credit hours. Science courses containing labs are four credit hours, and some survey classes count for only one credit hour.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
Although your advisers are very helpful, sometimes you have to research things for yourself to get it right.
Tips to Succeed
  • Be able to adapt. Every class at NSCC will be different. The teacher will be different, the way the lectures are held will be different, and unseen obstacles will be thrown your way. Adapting is part of survival in any situation, especially academia.
  • Be mature. You will be surrounded by many adults who take their education seriously and professors who expect you to succeed.
  • Make your teachers and advisers your best friends. Your adviser will be able to steer you in the right direction for completing your goals in a timely manner. Also, if you consider transferring to a great four-year university, they will be more than happy to write letters of recommendations if you keep a good rapport with them.
  • Work hard. Just because NSCC is a community college does not mean that you will easily pass every class with minimal effort. A GPA is very fragile.
Full-Time Faculty
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 9%
Asian American: 1%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 85%
Unknown: 0%
Average Faculty Salary
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Did You Know?
  • Nashville has been voted "Best Place for Continuing Education" for the past 12 years in a poll conducted by the Nashville Scene.
  • Nashville State used to only offer five degree programs in the 1970s, and graduation would take place in the parking lot. Now NSCC offers more than 50 associate degrees.

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 82 responses

  • 29% Applicable to the real world
  • 26% Learned a lot of new things
  • 22% Will advance my career
  • 11% Will help me switch careers
  • 10% Learned a few new things
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 0% Waste of time
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