Pellissippi hits all-time-high enrollment

Pellissippi State Community College has posted a record-breaking enrollment for the fifth consecutive year, exceeding the fall headcount of two Tennessee Board of Regents universities and nearly all state community colleges.

The college’s official headcount for fall semester is 11,049, an increase of more than 7 percent over last year. That enrollment surpasses headcounts for TBR’s Austin Peay State University and Tennessee State University for the second year. TBR is the governing body for all of Tennessee’s 13 community colleges, as well as the 27 technology centers and six of the state universities.

Pellissippi State also has posted the second-highest enrollment of all the community colleges every year since 2006. Only Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis enrolled more students this fall.

To make better use of space and reduce class size, the college offered reduced tuition to get students to take classes at off-peak times this fall.

“A tuition reduction also helps students by offering them a financial break,” Pellissippi State President Allen Edwards said.

The college gave half-tuition scholarships to students who registered for Saturday classes at the Pellissippi Campus, located at 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Students at the Magnolia Avenue and Division Street campuses benefited from half-price tuition if they took an afternoon instead of a morning class. The college introduced Saturday classes fall semester through its Weekend Scholars program.

To find out more about Pellissippi State and its programs, visit or call Enrollment Services at 865-694-6400.

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