On behalf of the faculty and staff, I welcome you to Tennessee's first community college - Columbia State! We are excited you chose C-State as the foundation for your future. All of us at the College are committed to your success!
We are a student-centered College dedicated to providing a learning environment which is both challenging and supportive. The College's 2021-2022 Academic Catalog has been prepared to assist you in applying for admission and financial aid, registering for classes, and mapping your academic plan, which will guide you on your journey. Also, visit the college webpage frequently - it is your communication source for current helpful and supportive information - https://www.columbiastate.edu/
Education is a lifelong journey and Columbia State will help you build a foundation that supports continuous learning throughout your life. Our goal is to help you succeed by providing an educational environment that nurtures your development for both life and work beyond College. You will find our faculty and staff committed and dedicated to assisting you with any questions you may have. All College offices - Admissions, Financial Aid, and especially your assigned advisor - are here to provide support and assistance for a rich and successful College experience.
While at Columbia State, I encourage you to become involved in the available extracurricular activities. Participating in and/or attending the many activities available will enhance and enrich your academic and personal growth. We offer the complete college experience through our campus life activities: plays, art exhibits, concerts, athletic events, competitions, and academic societies, to name a few. A calendar of activities is maintained on the College website and/or the College app; visit the calendar often so you do not miss out on any of the exciting events and opportunities available.
There are also leadership opportunities offered through membership in the President's Leadership Society (PLS), Student Government Association (SGA), Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), and other College clubs. The President's Leadership Society [PLS] is an organization in which I am personally involved and hope that you will consider joining. Both employers and the College to which you transfer will take notice of your degree/certificate from Columbia State but also the extracurricular accomplishments achieved - it shows commitment, follow-through, and completion of your goals.
As your College President, I am honored to extend a heartfelt welcome to you on behalf of everyone at Columbia State. It is my hope that as you pursue your education, we will have an opportunity to meet and become acquainted. However, one of my greatest pleasures will be the opportunity to say "Congratulations" as you walk across the stage at graduation!! Welcome to Columbia State!
Janet F. Smith, Ph.D.