Best Colleges in Nashville

Become the Next Nashville Star

Gone country

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

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University offers 370 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 5,072 students graduated with students earning 2,215 Bachelor's degrees, 2,025 Master's degrees, and 832 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 28 Reviews
2 Belmont University Nashville, TN

Belmont University offers 136 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 2,022 students graduated with students earning 1,454 Bachelor's degrees, 309 Master's degrees, and 259 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
3 Lipscomb University Nashville, TN

Lipscomb University offers 220 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 1,550 students graduated with students earning 637 Bachelor's degrees, 569 Master's degrees, 225 Certificates degrees, 119 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
4 Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, TN

Trevecca Nazarene University offers 112 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 716 students graduated with students earning 358 Bachelor's degrees, 294 Master's degrees, 48 Doctoral degrees, 13 Certificates degrees, and 3 Associate's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
5 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN

Middle Tennessee State University offers 150 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 5,527 students graduated with students earning 4,496 Bachelor's degrees, 918 Master's degrees, 83 Certificates degrees, and 30 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
6 Cumberland University Lebanon, TN

Cumberland University offers 78 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a outlying town. In 2015, 480 students graduated with students earning 378 Bachelor's degrees, 102 Master's degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
7 Fisk University Nashville, TN

Fisk University offers 41 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 112 students graduated with students earning 105 Bachelor's degrees, 7 Master's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
8 Tennessee State University Nashville, TN

Tennessee State University offers 81 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a large city. In 2015, 1,773 students graduated with students earning 1,066 Bachelor's degrees, 441 Master's degrees, 116 Associate's degrees, 89 Doctoral degrees, and 61 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
9 Watkins College of Art Design & Film Nashville, TN

Watkins College of Art Design & Film offers 7 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 43 students graduated with students earning 40 Bachelor's degrees, and 3 Certificates degrees.

10 Aquinas College Nashville, TN

Aquinas College offers 18 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 155 students graduated with students earning 96 Associate's degrees, 33 Bachelor's degrees, 26 Master's degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews

Best Community Colleges in Nashville

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Nashville State Community College Nashville, TN

Nashville State Community College offers 45 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large city. In 2015, 1,643 students graduated with students earning 948 Certificates degrees, and 695 Associate's degrees.

2 Columbia State Community College Columbia, TN

Columbia State Community College offers 37 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a far away town. In 2015, 1,161 students graduated with students earning 712 Associate's degrees, and 449 Certificates degrees.

3 Volunteer State Community College Gallatin, TN

Volunteer State Community College offers 39 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,495 students graduated with students earning 910 Associate's degrees, and 585 Certificates degrees.

4 SAE Institute of Technology-Nashville Nashville, TN

SAE Institute of Technology-Nashville offers 6 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 62 students graduated with students earning 42 Associate's degrees, and 20 Certificates degrees.

5 Remington College-Nashville Campus Nashville, TN

Remington College-Nashville Campus offers 11 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 207 students graduated with students earning 147 Certificates degrees, and 60 Associate's degrees.

6 Fortis Institute-Nashville Nashville, TN

Fortis Institute-Nashville offers 12 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 206 students graduated with students earning 161 Certificates degrees, and 45 Associate's degrees.

7 Miller-Motte Technical College-Madison Madison, TN

Miller-Motte Technical College-Madison offers 12 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 292 students graduated with students earning 262 Certificates degrees, and 30 Associate's degrees.

8 John A Gupton College Nashville, TN

John A Gupton College offers 2 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 46 students graduated with students earning 36 Associate's degrees, and 10 Certificates degrees.

9 National College-Nashville Nashville, TN

National College-Nashville offers 26 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 271 students graduated with students earning 181 Associate's degrees, and 90 Certificates degrees.

10 Anthem Career College-Nashville Nashville, TN

Anthem Career College-Nashville 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
Vanderbilt University Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
5/5
4 : 1 12,567
Belmont University Belmont University Nashville, TN
5/5
16 : 1 7,350
Lipscomb University Lipscomb University Nashville, TN
5/5
16 : 1 4,680
Trevecca Nazarene University Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, TN
4/5
22 : 1 2,640
Middle Tennessee State University Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
3/5
23 : 1 22,511
Cumberland University Cumberland University Lebanon, TN
4/5
19 : 1 1,550
Fisk University Fisk University Nashville, TN
4/5
15 : 1 855
Tennessee State University Tennessee State University Nashville, TN
2/5
26 : 1 9,167
Watkins College of Art Design & Film Watkins College of Art Design & Film Nashville, TN
4/5
11 : 1 292
Aquinas College Aquinas College Nashville, TN
4/5
10 : 1 384
Nashville State Community College Nashville State Community College Nashville, TN
2/5
37 : 1 10,192
Columbia State Community College Columbia State Community College Columbia, TN
2/5
32 : 1 5,297
Volunteer State Community College Volunteer State Community College Gallatin, TN
2/5
32 : 1 8,098
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville Nashville, TN 17 : 1 931
Nossi College of Art Nossi College of Art Madison, TN
4/5
20 : 1 259
University Logo Mind Body Institute Nashville, TN 10 : 1 39
SAE Institute of Technology-Nashville SAE Institute of Technology-Nashville Nashville, TN
4/5
47 : 1 141
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Hartsville Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Hartsville Hartsville, TN 29 : 1 621
Remington College-Nashville Campus Remington College-Nashville Campus Nashville, TN
4/5
19 : 1 347
Fortis Institute-Nashville Fortis Institute-Nashville Nashville, TN
4/5
19 : 1 348
University Logo Empire Beauty School-Nashville Brentwood, TN 22 : 1 64
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro Murfreesboro, TN 15 : 1 428
Daymar Institute-Murfreesboro Daymar Institute-Murfreesboro Murfreesboro, TN
4/5
15 : 1 145
Nashville College of Medical Careers Nashville College of Medical Careers Madison, TN 39 : 1 115
University Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Murfreesboro Murfreesboro, TN 22 : 1 198

Top Schools offering Specific Degrees in Nashville

Questions About Going to College in Nashville

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in Nashville?

Who says you’ll never find a job majoring in vocal studies? As might be obvious from the nickname “Music City,” the music industry greatly impacts Nashville’s economy -- to the tune of $9.7 billion yearly. And with visitors flocking to the Grand Ole Opry, the Johnny Cash Museum, and other country music landmarks, the hospitality industry also thrives. But don’t think for a moment that Nashville is a one-hit wonder. Eager to take advantage of an educated workforce, one of the nation’s lowest tax burdens, and the prime location in the center of the United States, some 40,000 diverse businesses call the region home.

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

Nissan North America, Bridgestone Americas, Dollar General, Hospital Corporation of America, and Gibson Guitar all have planted their corporate headquarters in Nashville. These powerhouses require a range of talents – marketers, managers, IT specialists, and customer service reps, to name a few. The city’s largest employer, however, is Vanderbilt University. With its world-renowned medical center and extensive educational offerings, it’s no wonder more than 22,000 people count themselves among employees.

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

More than 100,000 students attend the region’s 20+ institutions of higher education. But while campuses may be hopping, remember that the Nashville metro area contains roughly 1.8 million people. Many grads stay for the job opportunities and find their dollars go a bit farther because of the lack of state income tax on wages. Hipsters have found a niche in Five Points, while the artsy and politically active often choose Belmont/12South. Families crave Brentwood for its safe streets and good schools. But for grad students seeking affordable apartments or first-time homebuyers looking to spruce up a ranch-style abode, Crieve Hall is the place.

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

Yes, the four-day CMA Music Festival each June is a highlight for many residents and the downtown area contains more than a few honky-tonks, but the cultural scene bursts with other options too. The National Symphony holds 140 concerts a year, and the Nashville Ballet performs both classic and contemporary works. Sports enthusiasts keep busy cheering on the Predators (pro hockey), the Titans (pro football), and the Sounds (minor league baseball). And with more than 100 public parks, 80 miles of paved trails, and 56 golf courses, families and weekend athletes find plenty of ways to get their own exercise.

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

In a city with around 679,000 residents and virtually equal percentages of men and women, meeting people should be relatively easy. Still, singles report the dating pool can feel a bit shallow due to the number of individuals already married. Some even dub Nashville “big city, small town” because everyone seems to know everyone already. On the plus side, people from Nashville have a reputation for friendliness, the music scene provides plenty of chances to mingle, and you’ll at least enjoy really great barbeque while getting to know someone.

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