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First Time College Students

You are a First Time College Student if:

  • You have or will have earned a recognized regular high school diploma or high school equivalency (HSE) diploma by the start of your first semester at Chattanooga State
  • and since graduating high school you have never enrolled in college,
  • and you plan to obtain a college degree or certificate. 

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We’re glad you’re here! You’ve chosen a great place to begin your college career. No matter what courses you take you’ll find that Chattanooga State’s entire faculty and staff are here to help you further your educational dreams.

Admissions Checklist for First Time College Students

Check mark Complete the Online Admissions Application

Check mark Submit Proof of Lawful Presence in U.S / Proof of Citizenship

Valid, unexpired, Tennessee Drivers License  or valid, unexpired, US Passport. Students with a Drivers License issued outside of Tennessee, must also submit a copy of their birth certificate

Send documentation to

Check mark Submit Official High School Transcript or High School Equivalency Exam Score Report (HiSET or GED)

Applicants applying before they graduate high school can submit their current high school transcript and be accepted before they graduate.  They must submit another transcript indicating date of graduation before attending classes. HiSET scores can be obtained by visiting GED test scores can be obtained at

Check mark Official Standardized Test Scores (ACT, SAT, etc.)

  • Request your ACT Test Scores here
  • Use our school ACT number to request scores be sent to Chattanooga State: 4041
  • Your scores must have been issued within the last 5 years.
  • If you do not have ACT or SAT scores you will be given the option to take the college's entrance exam, Accuplacer. Test scores are used to determine placement into college courses.

Check mark Receive Acceptance

An email will be sent to you from the Office of Admissions when you have been accepted to Chattanooga State.

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