2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Mar 25, 2023  
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

President's Welcome

Dear Students,

Welcome to Columbia State Community College - Tennessee's first community college!  We are excited you have chosen to be with us for the 2018-2019 academic year, and we look forward to assisting you as you continue your educational journey, which will help to shape your future. We are pleased that Columbia State is your college and we want you to know that we are committed to your success!
Columbia State is a student-centered college that is dedicated to providing a learning environment that is challenging, yet supportive. The 2018-2019 Catalog has been prepared as a tool to provide you with the information to assist you in applying for admission to the College, registering for classes, applying for financial aid, and for mapping out your academic path - information that will guide you on your journey.
Education is a lifelong journey and it is our goal that you succeed while you are at Columbia State and that you are well-prepared for life and work beyond Columbia State. You will find the outstanding faculty and staff of C-State to be committed, dedicated, passionate, helpful, and available to assist you with any questions you may have. Admissions, Financial Aid, other college offices, and your assigned advisor are here to work with you and to provide you with a rich college experience. 
While you are here at Columbia State, we hope that you will become involved - participate in and/or attend many of the extracurricular activities that will enhance your learning and personal growth. We offer the complete college experience through our campus life activities:   plays, art exhibits, concerts, athletic events, competitions, curriculum/academic societies, and Student Government Association (SGA) to name a few. Through the college app, as well as the many video displays throughout the campus, you can keep up with happenings and events so that you do not miss out on any opportunities.
For leadership opportunities, we offer membership in the President's Leadership Society (PLS). By participating in PLS, your college and academic experiences will be enhanced through workshops, fieldtrips, teambuilding/leadership activities, and much more. PLS is an organization in which I am personally involved, and one that I hope you will consider joining.
Given all this, we understand that life sometimes happens - students transfer or go to work before graduating, but I encourage you to complete your studies.  Walking across the stage demonstrates commitment and follow-through, and that you achieved your goal!   
I am more than honored to be your President and to extend a heartfelt welcome to you on behalf of everyone at Columbia State, and I look forward to the opportunity to say "Congratulations" you as you walk across the stage at graduation!!
Have an awesome academic year!
Janet F. Smith, Ph.D.
PS: Follow me on Twitter @PresCState, Instagram, or Facebook. Also, follow Columbia State on social media to be in the know!