Best Colleges in Memphis

Elvis Sang with a Smile for a Reason

Heart and Soul of Tennessee

Memphis has deep roots and an even deeper arts scene. Home to legendary musicians and comfortable Southern living, this Tennessee town is also home to 18 colleges and universities. Memphis has one of the most diverse campuses in the U.S. for both undergraduate and post-grad education and attracts students from all walks of life. Private universities are also available in Memphis, along with one campus, most recently ranked as a Top 25 school for alternative education.

Outside of college life, the city inspired an award-winning Broadway show and produced Undefeated, an academy award-winning documentary. Memphis is known for its high quality of life, impressive affordability, and plenty of avenues to make friends. Whether you're a music history fan or just wish to eat one of Elvis' famous peanut butter and banana sandwiches, Memphis promises a good time.

*U.S. News and World Report *Newsweek magazine *Wikipedia, "Universities and Colleges in Memphis" *www.memphistn.gov

Best Four Year Universities in Memphis

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Rhodes College Memphis, TN

Rhodes College offers 75 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 569 students graduated with students earning 547 Bachelor's degrees, and 22 Master's degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
2 University of Memphis Memphis, TN

University of Memphis offers 202 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 4,521 students graduated with students earning 3,145 Bachelor's degrees, 978 Master's degrees, 267 Doctoral degrees, and 131 Certificates degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews
3 Christian Brothers University Memphis, TN

Christian Brothers University offers 98 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 487 students graduated with students earning 261 Bachelor's degrees, 226 Master's degrees.

4 Memphis College of Art Memphis, TN

Memphis College of Art offers 7 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 77 students graduated with students earning 54 Bachelor's degrees, and 23 Master's degrees.

5 Visible Music College Memphis, TN

Visible Music College offers 3 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 17 students graduated with students earning 17 Bachelor's degrees.

6 Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences Memphis, TN

Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences offers 12 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 209 students graduated with students earning 208 Bachelor's degrees, and 1 Associate's degree.

7 Le Moyne-Owen College Memphis, TN

Le Moyne-Owen College offers 27 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 148 students graduated with students earning 148 Bachelor's degrees.

8 Remington College-Memphis Campus Memphis, TN

Remington College-Memphis Campus offers 18 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 443 students graduated with students earning 338 Certificates degrees, 85 Associate's degrees, and 20 Bachelor's degrees.

9 Mid-South Christian College Memphis, TN

Mid-South Christian College offers 15 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 13 students graduated with students earning 13 Bachelor's degrees.

10 Victory University Memphis, TN

Victory University offers 0 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city.

Best Community Colleges in Memphis

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Southwest Tennessee Community College Memphis, TN

Southwest Tennessee Community College offers 85 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large city. In 2015, 1,294 students graduated with students earning 785 Associate's degrees, and 509 Certificates degrees.

2 Concorde Career College-Memphis Memphis, TN

Concorde Career College-Memphis offers 30 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large city. In 2015, 1,066 students graduated with students earning 864 Certificates degrees, and 202 Associate's degrees.

3 Vatterott College-Dividend Memphis, TN

Vatterott College-Dividend offers 11 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large city. In 2015, 451 students graduated with students earning 278 Associate's degrees, and 173 Certificates degrees.

4 William Moore College of Technology Memphis, TN

William Moore College of Technology offers 10 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 135 students graduated with students earning 104 Certificates degrees, and 31 Associate's degrees.

5 Vatterott College-Appling Farms Memphis, TN

Vatterott College-Appling Farms offers 7 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 250 students graduated with students earning 142 Associate's degrees, and 108 Certificates degrees.

6 Anthem Career College-Memphis Memphis, TN

Anthem Career College-Memphis offers 0 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large city.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Rhodes College Rhodes College Memphis, TN
5/5
11 : 1 2,063
University of Memphis University of Memphis Memphis, TN
3/5
20 : 1 20,585
Christian Brothers University Christian Brothers University Memphis, TN
5/5
15 : 1 1,842
Memphis College of Art Memphis College of Art Memphis, TN
5/5
7 : 1 410
Visible Music College Visible Music College Memphis, TN
4/5
7 : 1 109
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences Memphis, TN
3/5
17 : 1 1,079
Le Moyne-Owen College Le Moyne-Owen College Memphis, TN
3/5
13 : 1 945
Southwest Tennessee Community College Southwest Tennessee Community College Memphis, TN
2/5
31 : 1 9,135
Remington College-Memphis Campus Remington College-Memphis Campus Memphis, TN
3/5
20 : 1 724
Concorde Career College-Memphis Concorde Career College-Memphis Memphis, TN 29 : 1 1,258
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis Memphis, TN 20 : 1 894
University Logo The University of Tennessee-Health Science Center Memphis, TN 3 : 1 3,075
University Logo Memphis Institute of Barbering Memphis, TN 16 : 1 141
University Logo Mid-South Christian College Memphis, TN
2/5
4 : 1 22
Vatterott College-Dividend Vatterott College-Dividend Memphis, TN
3/5
39 : 1 701
William Moore College of Technology William Moore College of Technology Memphis, TN
2/5
21 : 1 269
University Logo Empire Beauty School-E Memphis Memphis, TN 18 : 1 139
University Logo Tennessee Academy of Cosmetology-Stage Road Memphis, TN 14 : 1 82
University Logo Tennessee Academy of Cosmetology-Shelby Drive Memphis, TN 23 : 1 89
Vatterott College-Appling Farms Vatterott College-Appling Farms Memphis, TN
3/5
27 : 1 322
University Logo The Hair Design School-S Memphis Memphis, TN 25 : 1 124
University Logo The Hair Design School-N Memphis Memphis, TN 23 : 1 68
University Logo The Center for Cosmetology Education Memphis, TN 17 : 1 34
University Logo Gould's Academy Memphis, TN 12 : 1 81
Southern College of Optometry Southern College of Optometry Memphis, TN 10 : 1 528

Top Schools offering Specific Degrees in Memphis

Questions About Going to College in Memphis

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in this city?

Grads interested in transportation and logistics can’t go wrong in Memphis. The city’s Chamber of Commerce calls it “America’s Aerotropolis: Where Runway, Road, Rail, and River Merge.” FedEx, UPS, USPS, and over 400 trucking companies call it a heck of a good place to do business. Other contributors to the economy include manufacturing, financial services, and healthcare. And the small-business sector may grow substantially with a community-wide initiative known as The Entrepreneurship-Powered Innovation Center. It helps prospective business owners with funding and resources. The goal is creating 500 new companies by 2024.

What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in Memphis?

With roughly 32,000 employees, the package delivery service FedEx ranks as the city’s largest private employer. Its corporate headquarters in Memphis hires in a variety of areas, including administration, financial services, engineering, management, and information technology. Three other Fortune 1000 corporations that also call Memphis home—International Paper, ServiceMaster, and AutoZone—similarly hire for a range of positions. Health science grads may find employment with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, and Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. Shelby County Schools seek teachers and other educational professionals.

Is Memphis more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family?

Home to University of Memphis, Rhodes College, Southwest Tennessee Community College, and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, plenty of young professionals flock to Memphis to advance their knowledge and careers. However, with more than 650,000 residents, as the largest city in Tennessee, Memphis obviously attracts more than just students. A cost of living well below the national average provides a major lure, especially for young families looking to stretch their dollars.

What do the locals in Memphis like to do for fun?

Residents come out in droves for Memphis in May, an annual month-long celebration highlighted by the largest pork barbecue cooking contest in the world. It also features a music festival on iconic Beale Street with performers in 2015 including Lenny Kravitz and Paramore. Other seasons bring plenty of events too. Fans of pro basketball enjoy cheering on the Memphis Grizzlies, while minor league baseball’s Memphis Redbirds attract families interested in an afternoon of low-cost summer fun. And Shelby Farms Park with its 4,000+ acres of green space and 6.5 miles of urban trail encourages biking, walking, and other outdoor activities. Try its Go Ape adventure, which will have you swinging and climbing through trees!

What's the dating scene like in Memphis? Will I meet my perfect mate?

Nightlife in Memphis is said to begin and end on Beale Street. And while it may be the official “Home of the Blues,” plenty of singles find the clubs and restaurants there happy places to mingle. Into art? Find a picture-perfect mate while taking a photography class or strolling the picturesque grounds at Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Note, too, that Memphis has a larger African American population than much of Tennessee (about 63 percent compared to 16 percent for the state as a whole), benefiting those seeking diversity.

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