Columbia State's Lawrence Campus at the Southern Tennessee Higher Education Center


Small Classes • Online • Affordable • Local

Looking for a rewarding and high-demand field? Check out one of our 80+ academic programs, including:

  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Systems Technology
  • Health Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • and more!

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Fall 2021

Full Term, 1st Ten Weeks, 1st Seven Weeks:

  • Apply By: August 13
  • Classes Start: August 23

2nd Ten Weeks

  • Apply By: September 10
  • Classes Start: September 27

2nd Seven Weeks

  • Apply By: September 24
  • Classes Start: October 13
We're Back on Campus! In-person assistance is available on all campuses Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Campuses Open
Virtual Zoom Advising Need help registering for classes or changing your schedule? Join our Virtual Zoom Advising on Wednesdays through August 11. Zoom Advising
Steps to Enroll To get started at Columbia State, click the link below for step-by-step instructions for your academic success. Steps
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Williamson Campus Recruiters If you're looking to apply to Columbia State but have some questions, contact one of our recruiters. Connect with an Admissions Recruiter
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Meet Your Recruiter
Columbia State recruiters are an important part of the admissions process. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to Shelley Butler, recruiter for Lawrence County, and she will be happy to help you.
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Campus Life

It’s not just what you learn in the classroom, Columbia State offers a variety of student clubs, organizations and activities for you to get involved. Here are just a few of the many options available to you: Student Government Association, President's Leadership Society, Phi Theta Kappa, Study Abroad and Arts & Entertainment.

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Columbia State is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate of Art, Associate of Science, Associate of Science in Teaching, Associate of Fine Arts in Music, and Associate of Applied Science degrees, as well as many technical certificates.