Get Ready for Fall. Apply now for traditional classroom and online courses.

Vol State student on the Gallatin campus

All campus locations (Gallatin, Livingston, Cookeville, and Springfield) are closed to foot traffic from students and community members. Offices are open online and via phone. See below for a list.

Apply Now for Fall Classes

Times are uncertain. There is one thing you can count on: Vol State will be teaching hundreds of classes this coming fall semester. The semester begins August 24. Registration is open now for both traditional classroom courses and online classes. New students will need to apply first.

We have instituted procedures to make all of our campuses as safe as possible. These procedures include asking everyone on campus to wear a mask, keeping social distancing measures in place in classrooms, and extra disinfecting of the common areas and classrooms. 

If for some reason there is another large spike of infections and the college must go to a stay at home plan, we are prepared to continue with classes online. Our students had great success this last spring semester and we found ways to make our online teaching even better. Vol State is proud to be ranked seventh nationally for online education at community colleges in a recent report by College Consensus. The group analyzes publisher rankings and student reviews to get the score. That means we have the skills to help you succeed in your classes no matter what the format.

Students who are taking a break from their university can apply to take fall classes. We have hundreds of general education courses that can be used for credit at many universities. For a list of what classes we have available visit this link.

TN Promise students who have met their requirements for the program are also welcome to join us. If you have not applied to Vol State yet please do so now, before fall classes fill up. Visit www.volstate.edu/apply

If you want to build new career skills using the tuition-free TN Reconnect program, now is the time to apply. The primary eligibility requirement is that you not already have a college degree. Visit this page for everything you need to do to apply with TN Reconnect: www.volstate.edu/reconnect

Do you need help filling out the FAFSA financial aid form? We have special Zoom sessions coming up that can help. Email financial.aid@volstate.edu to sign-up.

No matter what your reason for applying, we’re here to help you succeed. If you have questions email admissions@volstate.edu or call 615-230-3688.

New Academic Programs

Medical Assisting

Get ready to take your place in the fastest growing health care profession in the nation with the new Medical Assisting program at Vol State. You’ll train to work in a doctor’s office or a healthcare clinic. That can eventually lead to a career in management and administration. Duties of the medical assistant include, but are not limited to: recording case histories, taking vital signs, giving injections, EKG work, help with lab testing, and assisting the doctor in the setup and performance of minor office surgeries. Vol State offers a two-year associate of applied science degree that can prepare you for entry level work in healthcare. Best of all, Vol State is a proven leader in healthcare education in Tennessee. Adults who don’t already have a college degree may be able to attend tuition-free with TN Reconnect.  Apply now, classes start in August. Visit www.volstate.edu/medical-assisting for details.

Secondary Education

Secondary Education: English A.S.T. (TTP)

Secondary Education: Math A.S.T. (TTP)

Secondary Education: Social Studies  A.S.T. (TTP)

These are two-year degree programs with a focus on the coursework necessary to keep students on par with other students entering their junior year majoring in Secondary Education- English, Math or Social Studies  at a four year institution. Students majoring in Secondary Education typically get their Bachelor of Science degree and teach a specific discipline at the secondary level in public or private schools. The TTP designation means that they fit Tennessee Transfer Pathways for specific university programs. Visit: https://www.volstate.edu/academics/social-science-and-education/education

Help for Students

Do you need library books or DVDs? Starting Monday, May 18, the library will be offering a contact free pick-up service at the Gallatin campus for physical materials from Thigpen Library. To get started, request materials through your library account or email your request to circulation@volstate.edu. When the items are ready for you, you'll receive detailed instructions on how to pick up your materials. Pickup services will be offered Mondays from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (excluding Memorial Day) and Thursdays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. More information can be found at https://libguides.volstate.edu/cv19/lib. Questions? Please let us know at Circulation@Volstate.edu.

Mentoring opportunity for Adult Learner studentsApply to be a 2020-2021 Pioneer Connections Peer Mentor for an opportunity to support fellow Adult Learner students through Fall & Spring semesters.  Those who qualify and are selected as Peer Mentors are provided a scholarship. Email alva@volstate.edu to learn more and apply!  More info on the program here: https://www.volstate.edu/veterans/pioneer-connections

All Vol State bookstore locations are open online, but closed to visitors. Student book renters can ship their rentals back using a bookstore provided FREE FedEx label. You will find all of the details, including how to print the label, in your student email. Simply print the label, box your rentals, apply label, and drop at any FedEx ground drop off site.  A quick google search for FedEx ground drop off locations will provide the closest location for your area. If you have any questions or issues with accessing the FedEx label - please contact the bookstore directly at 615-230-3636 or 0655mgr@follett.com

Student Resources

These Vol State offices are staffed virtually during normal business hours to receive phone calls and emails.

Online Library Resources

Thigpen Library – Available by phone, online chat, email and online services only. 

There are many research tools and other online help available on the Library web page.

Here are some tips from veteran online students to help you be successful with online classes. We will also have daily tips and info on our Facebook page.

Tutoring and Academic Support

Learning Commons – Closed to the public.  Academic Assistance is available online visit this Academic Support Services link. This guide with has information from all areas of academic support - Library, Learning Commons (tutoring), and Distributed Education (eLearn support) for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Those services are available online for the rest of the semester for these hours: 

Mon-Thur 7:30am-8:00pm 

Fri 8:00am-4:30pm 

Sat 8:00am-12:00pm 

Online appointments can be made with any of the offices:

  • TRIO 615-230-3732 trio@volstate.edu 
  • Vice President for Student Services 615-230-3441 vpss@volstate.edu  
  • Workforce and Community Development Office – Available by phone, email 
  • Vol State College Foundation and Resource Development – Available by phone, email 
  • The Office of Public Relations and Marketing – Available by phone, email 
  • Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Assessment – Available by email
  • Business and Finance – Available by phone, email 
  • Human Resources – Available by phone, email 
  • Information Technology – Available by phone, email 
  • Physical Plant – Available by phone, email 
  • Off-Campus Locations 

Help with WiFi for Students

Xfinity has lifted their hotspot restrictions and has opened them to the public. If you have one near you, it can access free internet. Finder: https://hotspots.wifi.xfinity.com/ 

Following a request by the Federal Communications Commission, several internet service providers are temporarily expanding access to broadband services – either free or deeply discounted – particularly to low-income households and those with K-12 and college students. Students may have to navigate finding what’s available in their areas and what works best for them. To date, here is a summary of current offerings:

• AT&T: Offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program. Additionally, all public Wi-Fi hotspots are open nationwide. To apply, visit https://accessatt.solixcs.com/

• Charter: Free broadband and wifi for 60 days for students do who not already have an account. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395.

• Comcast: Comcast is offering an Internet Essentials service to those households eligible for public-assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, or SSI. Applicants can visit internetessentials.com to enroll in the program; they may also call (855) 846-8376 for English or 855-765-6995 for Spanish.

We have set up a web page with more specific information, including college contacts if students or employees become ill.