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First Time College Students

You are a First Time College Student if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • 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.
  • Since graduating high school, you have never enrolled in college.
  • You plan to obtain a college degree or credit certificate. 

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We’re glad you’re here! You’ve chosen a great place to begin your college career. 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 United States Citizenship or lawful presence (This is not required to be admitted to the college. However, students who do not submit the proper proof(s), cannot receive in-state tuition rates or other state benefits.)

Submit one of the following unexpired documents:

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for which the student's U.S. Citizenship or eligible non-citizenship status is confirmed.
  • Regular Tennessee Driver License, State ID, or Learner Permit
  • Out of State:
      -  Driver License and State ID, or Learner Permit
      -  Government-issued birth certificate
  • U.S. Passport
  • Permanent Resident Card with picture ID
  • Certificate of Citizenship (N560 or N561)
  • Certificate of Naturalization (N550, N570, or N578)
International applicants should email for more information.


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

Transcripts: High School Counselors may submit transcripts electronically via one the following methods:

  • Naviance
  • Parchment
  • National Student Clearinghouse
  • Credentials Solutions
  • Email as an attachment to

High School Equivalency Test Scores (HiSET or GED)


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

Test scores are used to determine placement into college courses and must be less than five years old based on the student's respective start of term date. 

If you do not have ACT or SAT scores you will be given the option to take the college's entrance exam, Accuplacer, at the Chattanooga State Testing Center.

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Check mark Receive Your Acceptance Email

When all items are accepted and processed you will receive an email saying that you have been admitted to Chattanooga State. 


Check mark Attend New Student Orientation

You will be emailed step-by-step instructions to register for the mandatory new student orientation.

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