Nov 19, 2020 | Admissions , Featured

Accepting Spring 2021 Applications

Columbia State’s spring semester begins Jan. 19 and important deadlines are fast approaching for new and returning students.

New students and returning students who have missed one or more semesters must apply for admission by Jan. 8. Spring registration closes Jan. 12.

The spring course schedule will include several instructional formats: live-streaming Desktop Video Conferencing (DVC) via Zoom, online, hybrid, and a limited number of small-group, on-ground classes. Classes will follow the normal academic calendar beginning January 19 to April 30, with final exams scheduled May 1-7. To accommodate the working learner or those desiring shorter sessions, there will be seven- and ten-week terms offered throughout the spring semester. 

All lecture classes will be live-streamed via Zoom. In a live-streamed class, students and faculty can interact with each other in real-time to discuss topics, clarify content and ask questions.

Whenever possible, labs will be in online formats. However, some specific labs and skill-based classes will require a combination of online components, on-ground small-group sessions, or a streaming-hybrid flex design. These courses are primarily in the health sciences, physical education, fire science and engineering technology programs. Workplace learning courses such as clinicals, internships and practicums will continue participation as clinical or assigned work locations allow.

In order to support students and provide opportunities for increased discussion, flex class sessions, study groups or specialized instruction may be offered. These sessions may be on-ground or instructor-led flex sessions to meet the many learning styles and needs of students. In addition, students will have limited access (by appointment only) to computers on each campus.

As in the past, Columbia State will continue to offer a large variety of online classes. An online class is a web class with content posted online and no required class meetings. Students are expected to read content, participate in online discussions, check the course calendar and submit assignments by posted due dates. Columbia State instructors will be available to answer questions. In addition, students may register for TN eCampus classes. These are online classes taught by instructors from other colleges, as well as Columbia State. 

“It is exciting to start another semester and to see students complete their goals,” said Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president. “The students, faculty and staff wish we could return to campus for spring, but to provide consistent learning in our current pandemic environment, we will continue to teach and provide services remotely. A virtual resource room is available online that directs students to the many programs and services available for their success. To provide a successful, collegiate environment, we are offering additional resources including a technology loan program, 24/7 tutoring, virtual advising, lecture series, club meetings and other engagement activities.” 

An Admissions Recruiter Hotline is available for anyone with questions on instructional formats or how to apply. Admissions representatives are available Monday through Friday from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. via Zoom at No appointments are needed for this Zoom room. Students will be assisted on a first-come basis.

Upon acceptance, new students must schedule a virtual appointment with an adviser to register for classes and attend an online orientation session. Columbia State advisers are ready to help students with the registration process, answer questions and create a plan based on their individual needs.

Applications are currently accepted online at

For more information about applying or registering, visit the Columbia State website at, call (931) 540-2790, or email