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Discover your passion and reach your dreams at Pellissippi State!

We are here to help you discover your passion, reach your dreams and find your success—all with a personalized approach.

That’s why more students are making Pellissippi State their No. 1 choice for college!

You’ll find that becoming a student at Pellissippi State is easy — and uniquely based on your educational background and goals. Whatever you’re passionate about, we’ll help you find the right degree and prepare you for a successful career!

We’re here to help you start strong, stay strong and finish strong. Find out what it means to be #PellissippiStrong!

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To help you graduate with a degree, not debt, we offer many types of scholarships — more than 735 — and financial aid. Many of our students qualify for Tennessee Promise or Tennessee Reconnect! 


Successful students know that learning doesn’t stop at the classroom door. As you travel on your path to success, we hope you will take advantage of our opportunities to broaden your horizons. 

  • Enjoy art exhibits, musical performances and live theatre right on campus through The Arts at Pellissippi State. 
  •  Have fun by joining one or more of our student clubs. Whatever your passion, there’s something for everyone. 
  • Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) connects students with each other through clubs and organizations, activities, leadership development, civic engagement and student recreation. 
  •  Experience other cultures through our many study-abroad opportunities. Pellissippi State recently ranked #3 in the nation for number of study-abroad students. Scholarships are available for study abroad. 
  • Jump right into the workforce with one of our many career program degrees designed to meet high-demand jobs right here in East Tennessee. 


Selecting a major is one of the most important decisions you’ll make, as federal financial aid is now tied to classes you take in your course of study. At Pellissippi State, we have dozens of options, so let’s look at your end goal. Do you want to enter the workforce at the end of your program, transfer to a four-year college or improve a skill? 

Flexibility for Your Schedule

  • Four campuses in Knox and Blount counties: Blount County, Hardin Valley, Magnolia Avenue and Strawberry Plains 
  • Daytime and evening classes 
  • Cohorts in which you progress through a degree program as a group, often at an accelerated pace. 
  • Online and hybrid classes 
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Career Programs

For entering the workforce directly after graduating or, in some majors, going on for a four-year degree.

Architectural Design Technology
 ● Entrepreneurship
 ● Hospitality
 ● Management
Civil and Construction Engineering Technology
Computer Information Technology 
 ● Cyber Defense 
 ● Networking 
 ● Programming 
 ● Systems Administration and Management 
Criminal Justice 
Culinary Arts 
Early Childhood Education 
Electrical Engineering Technology 
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 
General Technology 
Interior Design Technology 
Mechanical Engineering Technology 
Media Technologies 
 ● Audio Production Engineering 
 ● Design for Web and Print 
 ● Photography 
 ● Video Production Technology 
 ● Web Technology 
Medical Office 
 ● Administrative Professional Technology 
Paralegal Studies 
Water Quality Technology 
Welding Technology 

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University Parallel/Transfer Pathways

For pursuing a four-year degree.

General A.A./A.S. 
Nursing Pathways 

(A.A., A.F.A., A.S., A.S.T.) 
 ● Animal Science 
 ● Business 
 ● Plant and Soil Science 
Business Administration 
Computer Science 
Criminal Justice 
Early Childhood Education Pre-K-3 
Elementary Education K-5 
Engineering Technology 
Exercise Science 
Family & Consumer Sciences 
Foreign Language 
Imaging Sciences 
Information Systems 
International Affairs 
Mass Communication 
Nutrition & Food Science 
Physical Education 
Political Science 
Pre-Clinical Laboratory Sciences 
Pre-Dental Hygiene 
Pre-Health Professions: 
 ● Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine 
Pre-Occupational Therapy 
Pre-Physical Therapy 
Secondary Education 
 ● English 
 ● Mathematics 
 ● Social Studies 
Social Work 
Special Education 
Speech Communication 
Sport & Leisure Management 
Theatre Arts 
 ● Design Tech 
 ● Performance 

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Students can earn high-quality, short-term training in the form of certificates. Certificates are especially designed for working students or those who wish to upgrade skills or gain additional certification. 

Learn more about certificates here.

Not sure yet? If you’re undecided about what you want to major in, you can start with a general associate degree!


Pellissippi State tuition is about $2,228 per semester for a full-time student — not counting your books and living expenses. To help you graduate with a degree, not debt, we offer many types of scholarships — more than 735 — and financial aid. 

All students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at and a scholarship application at to take advantage of these opportunities. Completing one scholarship application automatically matches your name to the list of students being considered for each scholarship for which you qualify. 

Most of our students qualify for Tennessee Promise or Tennessee Reconnect. Both are last-dollar scholarships that pay for your tuition and mandatory fees once any federal and state financial aid has been applied. TN Promise is available for new high school graduates who apply during their senior year, complete their required community service hours each semester and attend mandatory meetings with their assigned mentor. For TN Promise information, visit TN Reconnect is for adults who have not yet earned a degree. Information and an application can be found at 

Questions? Email us at or chat with us live!


Even the best students face challenges from time to time, but Pellissippi State offers free support services for all students. No matter what you’re facing, you’ll find more support at Pellissippi State than just about anywhere else. We’re here to help, and will make sure you’re successful! 

Access and Diversity
This office offers support to low-income students, adult learners and underrepresented minorities through mentoring, scholarships and other resources.

Our advisors will help you clarify your academic goals, provide accurate information about your degree and certificate options and assist you in the development of an academic plan.

Counseling Services
Counseling Services helps students manage obstacles that threaten their academic, career and life goals.

Disability Services
This office coordinates services and academic accommodations for students who self-identify and provide appropriate documentation of their disabling condition(s).

Free Tutoring
The Academic Support Center offers students free drop-in tutoring in many subjects taught at Pellissippi State. Tutors are available on all five campuses. 

Pellissippi Pantry and Hardin Valley Campus Garden
The pantry and garden provide students with food support. Orders, which includes a 3-5 day supply of food for each family member, are filled by ID number rather than by name to ensure confidentiality.

Student Care and Advocacy
This office helps students who have nonacademic issues around economic stability, housing, transportation, food access and health care. 

Student Opportunity Fund
This fund assists students who are in danger of dropping out of school due to financial crisis, providing students up to $500 to help with everything from textbooks to child care and car repair to addressing hunger and homelessness.

Stay Strong Success Center
The new PERSiST academic coaching program helps students navigate the many transitions and challenges they may encounter during their college experience.

Funded by a federal grant, this office provides support to low-income and first-generation college students and students with disabilities.

Veterans Affairs
Veterans have a full array of services available to them, from academic advising and financial aid to mentoring.

Throughout the year, Pellissippi State offers free workshops ranging from basic computer literacy to tips for studying smarter.

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Your path to becoming a student begins with applying to the college. Let’s get started!

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You’ll find that becoming a student at Pellissippi State is easy — and uniquely based on your educational background and goals. Contact our Start Strong Center for all of your questions about admissions, records, financial aid and registration.