Jun 17, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog & Student Handbook 
2024-2025 Catalog & Student Handbook

M.S.C.C. Statement of Mission


Motlow College is a public, multi-campus college offering certificates, associate degrees, and flexible learning pathways for early transfer, college preparation, and workforce training. Students are prepared for employment, career advancement, and four-year college or university transfer. The College serves an eleven-county area comprised of full-time, part-time, traditional, and non-traditional-age students from diverse socio-economic populations with disparate educational and cultural backgrounds. The College offers high-quality accredited educational programs and a variety of support services emphasizing and promoting student success.


Motlow State Community College, an institution governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents in the College System of Tennessee, is a public, comprehensive, two-year, open-access college founded in 1969. The College awards the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of Science in Teaching degrees as well as certificates.

Motlow State strives to develop the cultural, intellectual, and career opportunities of the people in its Southern Middle Tennessee eleven-county service area, which includes Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, DeKalb, Franklin, Lincoln, Moore, Rutherford, Van Buren, Warren, and White Counties. The College is committed to cultivating a diverse student body, faculty, and staff. The College supports diversity, equity, and inclusion by providing a broad spectrum of services to respond to various needs in the learning process and educational opportunities from developmental to advanced programs.

Motlow State is a multi-location community college providing:

  • degree programs designed for transfer to other colleges and universities;
  • degree and non-degree programs designed to develop immediate job-readiness skills and competencies; and
  • public service, lifelong learning, and workforce development programs to promote personal enrichment and economic and community development.

To establish a firm foundation for learning, the College requires a strong core curriculum in degree programs complemented by cultural, scientific, social, and community service activities. Motlow State provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary Honors Scholar Program that encourages students to pursue their own academic interests and give back through service to the community. The versatile curriculum, qualified faculty and staff, and related resources, strengthened by innovative technologies, prepare students for success in the global community. Through a continuous cycle of planning, evaluation, and improvement, Motlow State is dedicated to promoting institutional effectiveness by supporting the College’s initiatives.

Motlow State encourages student success through critical thinking, clear communication, ethical behavior, respect for others, civic responsibility, problem solving, professional discourse during individual and team situations, and an appreciation of one’s own heritage as well as those of others. Motlow State promotes and maintains alliances with businesses, industries, government agencies, and other educational institutions to enhance programs and services.

Motlow State is dedicated to empowering its students and enriching the relationships with the community it serves. Motlow State is committed to promoting diversity and access to educational opportunities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.


To be the area’s recognized center for life‐long learning and growth opportunities.


  1. Motlow College is committed to student learning as our primary focus.
  2. Motlow College is committed to excellence, creativity, trust, respect, diversity, teamwork, integrity, knowledge, honesty, civility, and the free exchange of ideas.
  3. Motlow College is committed to continuous improvement, institutional effectiveness, and efficiency.
  4. Motlow College is committed to our stakeholders and to the total development of individuals and their quality of life; we strive to enhance student competencies and to further the cultural development of our service area.


This Student Handbook/Catalog presents the course offerings and academic requirements in effect at the time of publication but provides no guarantee that offerings will not be changed or rescinded. The course offerings and requirements of Motlow State Community College are continually under examination and review. The College reserves the right to make changes in course offerings, curricula, academic policies, and other rules and regulations affecting students, which will become effective whenever determined proper by the College. Reasonable notice will be given to students regarding any changes in the Student Handbook/Catalog. All updates and/or corrections will be posted in the online version of the Student Handbook/Catalog, which will supersede previous written copies. Changes will govern current, former, and prospective students. This Student Handbook/Catalog is not intended to state contractual terms and does not constitute a contract between the student and the Institution.

Motlow reserves the right to make changes as required in course offerings, curricula, academic policies, and other policies and rules affecting students, to be effective whenever determined by the institution.  Such changes will govern current and formerly enrolled students. Enrollment of all students is subject to these conditions.

Current information may be obtained from the following sources: 

  • Admission Requirements: Office of Admissions and Records
  • Course Offerings: Office of Academic Affairs
  • Degree Requirements: Office of Academic Affairs
  • Fees and Tuition: Business Office