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Columbia State Response to the Coronavirus

Advising and registration is open for summer and fall classes. Apply online today!

All summer classes and services are in a virtual format, including online workforce training opportunities. Faculty and staff are available by email and phone. College campuses are not accessible except for approved appointments and labs.

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Library Accepting Items

Do you still have Columbia State items such as library books, calculators or digital cameras from the Spring semester that need to be returned?

The Columbia State library will be accepting items on Monday (5/18) and Tuesday (5/19) from 1-5pm. Students and staff will be required to wear face masks and to practice CDC social distancing guidelines. You will need to know your Banner ID or bring your student ID. Items will be accepted at the following locations:

  • Columbia Campus: Monday May 18th and Tuesday May 19th from 1-5 pm
    Finney Library – Students will place borrowed items in bins at both library entrances.
  • Williamson Campus: Monday May 18th and Tuesday May 19th from 1-5 pm
    Administration Building – Table outside of lobby or inside lobby in case of rain.
  • Lawrence Campus: Monday May 18th and Tuesday May 19th from 1-5 pm
    Front porch curb side pick-up
  • Lewisburg Campus: Monday May 18th and Tuesday May 19th from 1-5 pm
    Curbside pick-up
  • Clifton Campus: Tuesday May 19th from 2-4 pm
    Curbside pick-up

Questions: email

Admissions Recruiter Hotline

Columbia State is offering an admissions recruiter hotline through Zoom for individuals with questions about applying to Columbia State and those wanting to learn more about the college’s academic programs. 

“The admissions team at Columbia State understands the uncertainty and challenges facing the community during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Jill Riley, Columbia State chief enrollment services officer and director of admissions. “We are transitioning to virtual experiences to assist prospective students and their families. We are excited to offer a recruiter hotline, which is a virtual space where students can drop in to ask questions about admissions, academic programs and enrollment.”

Recruiters are available Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom to answer your questions.

Click Columbia State Offers Admissions Recruiter Hotline to read full story.

Help for Our Healthcare Providers

We have an opportunity to help our healthcare providers who are heroes helping all of us. These healthcare providers have also been long time partners supporting our students and college in a variety of ways.  Please consider sharing a note of encouragement with the team of physicians, nurses and staff members. Also, if you sew, or know someone that does, they are very much in need of masks. Visit their websites or go to these links for more information regarding other needs.   

Columbia State Transitions to Online Instruction, Cancels Events Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Columbia State has temporarily transitioned to online classes. All college campuses are closed. However, faculty and staff are working virtually to conduct regular college business and provide services to students.

In addition, all college events are canceled for the immediate future.

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President's Letter to the Students

Dear Columbia State student,

 As you are aware, the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has drastically impacted colleges and universities across the country. Columbia State is no exception.

We continually monitor the latest news and recommendations from public health officials. We have also convened a COVID-19 Task Force and Advisory Group to review information and make decisions to best protect the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff. The Task Force in working with others across campus have decided to transition instruction and college services to a virtual environment in concert with the Level 3 preparedness plan.

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College officials continue to monitor the latest news and recommendations regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in concert with local public health officials. The health and safety of our college community is a priority, and we have a preparedness plan in place for contagious illnesses.

We will continue to closely monitor the virus and provide additional updates to students, faculty and staff via email. Any changes in normal operating hours will also be updated on the Columbia State homepage and at 931.540.2515.

College Offices

  • All Columbia State campuses are closed. However, College offices remain open and operating in a virtual environment.

TN eCampus

  • Students enrolled in TN eCampus classes should continue to complete all course requirements as assigned. 

Campus Tours

  • All campus tours are suspended until further notice.

Commencement & Pinning Ceremonies

  • The Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies have been postponed. In addition, all Spring 2020 pinning ceremonies have been postponed. The College will review alternative dates in an effort to offer spring graduates a chance to celebrate their accomplishments. Students should regularly check their Columbia State email for updates. Email with questions related to commencement.


  • In order to encourage social distancing, all events at all campuses have been canceled for the immediate future. 
  • The March and April Performance Series events that were postponed as a precaution to the COVID-19 virus have been rescheduled. Ticket holders should hold on to their tickets, they will be good for admission on the new dates. Times will remain the same, doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the shows will begin at 7 p.m. Since both shows are later in the year, we will be sure to send you an email reminder about a week before each. 
    Rescheduled Dates
    • “I Wrote That One Too” featuring Steve Dorff: Thursday, August 13, 2020
    • The Sinatra Sounds of Matt Dusk: Thursday, September 17, 2020
  • The Finney Library Renovation Ribbon Cutting & Open House scheduled for Friday, April 17 has been postponed.

Summer Camps

  • All summer camps have been canceled.


  • Following recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NJCAA has made the difficult decision to cancel all upcoming basketball championships, as well as spring competition, effective immediately.

  • In addition, all face-to-face recruiting for all sports will be halted until April 15 with further evaluation to be assessed at that time.


  • At this time, all non-essential institution sponsored travel is canceled until further notice.

Study Abroad

  • All summer study abroad through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) has been canceled.

Workforce and Continuing Education Classes

  • All workforce classes scheduled after March 23 have been canceled until further notice.


  • The library is currently closed.

Help prevent the spread of illness by taking steps to protect yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others:

  • Do not go to school or work if you are sick. Stay home, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.  

Help prevent the spread of misinformation. Visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date and accurate information about the coronavirus.

As a reminder, anyone that is experiencing flu-like symptoms should stay home and seek medical care as needed.

The CDC is reporting increased concerns of spread in the United States. We encourage you to be aware of the symptoms of the coronavirus, which are similar to the flu and include a fever, cough and shortness of breath.

For more information about the coronavirus, visit Information can also be found on the Tennessee Department of Health website at