How to Apply

First time at college? Fifth time? Looking for a degree or just a class? Native to Nashville or from the other side of the world? Wherever you are from, you belong at Nashville State and we’re here to help you with the application process. Get the education you need to be successful at Nashville State. Apply today!

Nashville State is for everyone!

Data based on Fall 2023 enrollment.
of students are the first in their families to attend college
of students are adult learners (25+)
of students have fully covered tuition without loans

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There are distinct application steps to take depending on what type of student you are looking to be. For example, degree-seeking students have different requirements than those looking to earn a Technical Certificate. Find which status fits you best and figure out how to apply.
First-Time Degree Seekers
If this is your first time at college, get started today! Apply now with our easy application process.
Readmitted Degree Seekers
If you’ve attended Nashville State before but haven’t been enrolled in over a year, pick up where you left off. Reapply today!
Transfer Students

If you've taken classes elsewhere, don't let your credits go to waste. Save time and money by transferring your credits from previous institutions to Nashville State. Transfer and apply today!

International Students
If you’re a citizen or permanent resident from another country and looking to start your college career, this is the application process for you! With courses created for foreign-language-speaking students and organizations for all sorts of interests, we want you to feel right at home. Get started today!
English as a Second Language Students
Ready to start your college career but need ESL support? We'll help you learn the English you need to succeed in college-level courses and you'll be on your way to a degree! Take an English Language Placement Test and apply today.
Certificate & Non-degree Seekers
Earn a Technical Certificate in just a year and immediately see the benefits at work. Try a few courses to see what you like, or take a single course to learn something new. Nashville State has several options if you're looking for a non-degree program. Easily apply today!

Why Nashville State?

Here's Why

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Welcome Center
2nd Floor of S-Building
White Bridge Campus


Monday-Thursday: 8 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 4:30 PM