Best colleges in Nashville

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Also known as Music City, Nashville is referred to as the "Athens of the South" due to its thriving academic scene. Nashville has an astounding 21 accredited 4-year and postgraduate institutions, including 4 historically black colleges and universities. These institutions are a huge part of the economic and cultural uniqueness of the area. Business majors take note. Nashville is ranked by Forbes as the 10th best city for business careers, so start practicing your handshake and eye contact now.

And since it's such a famous city, there's more to do than attend school at some of the state's most beautiful campuses. There's music, laughter, and fun awaiting you. Home to the CMA Music Festival and CMA Music Awards, country music has thrived for more than 200 years. Before you leave, enjoy the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Music City Walk of Fame, and Grand Ole Opry. You might also want to chow down on some BBQ as Travel + Leisure readers named Nashville the No. 1 city in the United States for barbeque. To complement those great smoky flavors, Nashville is also home to the Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators, and the NCAA College Football Music City Bowl. and they're working to bring Nascar back to the Nashville Superspeedway. So, bring your cowboy hat, an appetite, and a suit for your new career and move on down to Nashville to start your education.

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Best Four Year Universities in Nashville

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
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Vanderbilt University offers 247 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 3,814 students graduated with students earning 1,700 Bachelor's degrees, 1,379 Master's degrees, 696 Doctoral degrees, and 39 Certificates.

Lipscomb University
Nashville, TN

Lipscomb University offers 190 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 1,494 students graduated with students earning 737 Bachelor's degrees, 561 Master's degrees, 107 Doctoral degrees, and 89 Certificates.

Belmont University
Nashville, TN

Belmont University offers 115 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 2,007 students graduated with students earning 1,464 Bachelor's degrees, 306 Master's degrees, and 237 Doctoral degrees.

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Trevecca Nazarene University offers 142 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 1,046 students graduated with students earning 428 Bachelor's degrees, 421 Master's degrees, 135 Doctoral degrees, 34 Certificates, and 28 Associate's degrees.

Fisk University
Nashville, TN

Fisk University offers 24 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 98 students graduated with students earning 89 Bachelor's degrees, and 9 Master's degrees.

Middle Tennessee State University offers 148 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 4,860 students graduated with students earning 4,008 Bachelor's degrees, 725 Master's degrees, 80 Certificates, and 47 Doctoral degrees.

Hussian College-Daymar College Nashville offers 24 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 42 students graduated with students earning 29 Associate's degrees, 10 Certificates, and 3 Bachelor's degrees.

Nossi College of Art
Nashville, TN

Nossi College of Art offers 6 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 43 students graduated with students earning 32 Bachelor's degrees, and 11 Associate's degrees.

Cumberland University
Lebanon, TN

Cumberland University offers 64 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a outlying town. In 2019, 652 students graduated with students earning 274 Bachelor's degrees, 177 Master's degrees, 164 Associate's degrees, and 37 Certificates.

Tennessee State University offers 97 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 1,592 students graduated with students earning 1,081 Bachelor's degrees, 336 Master's degrees, 75 Doctoral degrees, 59 Certificates, and 41 Associate's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Nashville

Lincoln College of Technology-Nashville offers 12 degree programs. It's a small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 801 students graduated with students earning 754 Certificates, and 47 Associate's degrees.

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Fortis Institute-Nashville offers 7 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 174 students graduated with students earning 104 Certificates, and 70 Associate's degrees.

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John A Gupton College
Nashville, TN

John A Gupton College offers 4 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 51 students graduated with students earning 39 Associate's degrees, and 12 Certificates.

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Remington College-Nashville Campus offers 8 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 166 students graduated with students earning 117 Certificates, and 49 Associate's degrees.

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SAE Institute of Technology-Nashville offers 5 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 127 students graduated with students earning 115 Associate's degrees, and 12 Certificates.

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Columbia State Community College offers 28 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a faraway town. In 2019, 932 students graduated with students earning 777 Associate's degrees, and 155 Certificates.

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Nashville State Community College offers 54 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 1,265 students graduated with students earning 896 Associate's degrees, and 369 Certificates.

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Volunteer State Community College offers 44 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,562 students graduated with students earning 1,198 Associate's degrees, and 364 Certificates.

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Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting offers 4 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 353 students graduated with students earning 297 Certificates, and 56 Associate's degrees.

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List of all colleges in Nashville

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Vanderbilt University Logo Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
5/5
11 : 1 13,131
Lipscomb University Logo Lipscomb University Nashville, TN
5/5
20 : 1 4,595
Belmont University Logo Belmont University Nashville, TN
5/5
22 : 1 8,440
Trevecca Nazarene University Logo Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, TN
5/5
43 : 1 4,088
Fisk University Logo Fisk University Nashville, TN
4/5
15 : 1 874
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro Logo Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro Murfreesboro, TN     552
Middle Tennessee State University Logo Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
3/5
23 : 1 21,721
Hussian College-Daymar College Nashville Logo Hussian College-Daymar College Nashville Nashville, TN
4/5
45 : 1 181
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville Logo Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville Nashville, TN     847
Nossi College of Art Logo Nossi College of Art Nashville, TN
4/5
77 : 1 309
Cumberland University Logo Cumberland University Lebanon, TN
5/5
27 : 1 2,550
Tennessee State University Logo Tennessee State University Nashville, TN
3/5
25 : 1 8,081
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Dickson Logo Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Dickson Dickson, TN     785
Lincoln College of Technology-Nashville Logo Lincoln College of Technology-Nashville Nashville, TN   29 : 1 1,592
Watkins College of Art Design & Film Logo Watkins College of Art Design & Film Nashville, TN
5/5
13 : 1 158
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Hartsville Logo Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Hartsville Hartsville, TN     677
American Baptist College Logo American Baptist College Nashville, TN
3/5
33 : 1 99
Welch College Logo Welch College Gallatin, TN
4/5
25 : 1 426
Fortis Institute-Nashville Logo Fortis Institute-Nashville Nashville, TN
4/5
28 : 1 427
Hussian College-Daymar College Murfreesboro Logo Hussian College-Daymar College Murfreesboro Murfreesboro, TN
4/5
68 : 1 205