Best Colleges in Tennessee

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Tennessee is home to the best country western artists in the nation as well as rich performing arts and night life scenes. Believe it or not, it’s also a great place to go to school. There is an array of colleges to choose from, including the state’s technology school system that stretches across the entire region.* Community colleges are available for those looking for a smaller option, while four-year private and specialized universities are also on the roster. Some of America’s corporate giants operate out of Tennessee, with graduates finding jobs at AT&T, Bank of America, and Amazon.com.*

When someone thinks of the Volunteer State, Nashville usually comes to mind. When you’re ready for a good time, there’s no doubt this major city is the place to be. Hipsters lost in a country western world will love Bar No. 308, and the Red Door Saloon features a bar top made completely out of pennies. Take in a show at the Grand Ole Opry or visit the Country Music Museum in Bristol.* And when you’re feeling loud and proud, put on your blue and go cheer on the Tennessee Titans. Southern Charm and musical inspiration serve as the perfect backdrops for those seeking higher education in lovely Tennessee.

*www.tnvacation.com *Wikipedia, “List of Colleges and Universities in Tennessee”, “List of Companies based in Nashville”

Best Four Year Universities in Tennessee

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 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
3 The University of Tennessee-Knoxville Knoxville, TN

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville offers 320 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 7,001 students graduated with students earning 4,681 Bachelor's degrees, 1,572 Master's degrees, 604 Doctoral degrees, and 144 Certificates degrees.

Based on 48 Reviews
4 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
5 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
6 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
7 Union University Jackson, TN

Union University offers 207 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a small city. In 2015, 1,340 students graduated with students earning 728 Bachelor's degrees, 434 Master's degrees, 115 Doctoral degrees, 55 Certificates degrees, and 8 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
8 King University Bristol, TN

King University offers 94 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a small city. In 2015, 1,408 students graduated with students earning 1,184 Bachelor's degrees, 208 Master's degrees, 13 Associate's degrees, 3 Certificates degrees.

9 Lee University Cleveland, TN

Lee University offers 174 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a small city. In 2015, 1,058 students graduated with students earning 918 Bachelor's degrees, 130 Master's degrees, and 10 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
10 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

Best Community Colleges in Tennessee

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

Roane State Community College offers 40 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a far away town. In 2015, 1,071 students graduated with students earning 828 Associate's degrees, and 243 Certificates degrees.

2 Cleveland State Community College Cleveland, TN

Cleveland State Community College offers 41 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,001 students graduated with students earning 632 Certificates degrees, and 369 Associate's degrees.

3 Motlow College Tullahoma, TN

Motlow College offers 12 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 723 students graduated with students earning 597 Associate's degrees, and 126 Certificates degrees.

4 Walters State Community College Morristown, TN

Walters State Community College offers 45 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 2,095 students graduated with students earning 1,268 Certificates degrees, and 827 Associate's degrees.

5 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.

6 Pellissippi State Community College Knoxville, TN

Pellissippi State Community College offers 54 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 3,139 students graduated with students earning 1,773 Certificates degrees, and 1,366 Associate's degrees.

7 Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga State Community College offers 66 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,398 students graduated with students earning 957 Associate's degrees, and 441 Certificates degrees.

8 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.

9 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.

10 Northeast State Community College Blountville, TN

Northeast State Community College offers 41 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 1,164 students graduated with students earning 828 Associate's degrees, and 336 Certificates degrees.

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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
Rhodes College Rhodes College Memphis, TN
5/5
11 : 1 2,063
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville The University of Tennessee-Knoxville Knoxville, TN
3/5
18 : 1 27,845
Belmont University Belmont University Nashville, TN
5/5
16 : 1 7,350
University of Memphis University of Memphis Memphis, TN
3/5
20 : 1 20,585
Lipscomb University Lipscomb University Nashville, TN
5/5
16 : 1 4,680
Union University Union University Jackson, TN
5/5
13 : 1 3,583
King University King University Bristol, TN
5/5
17 : 1 2,920
Lee University Lee University Cleveland, TN
4/5
19 : 1 5,041
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
The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN
3/5
22 : 1 11,387
Carson-Newman University Carson-Newman University Jefferson City, TN
5/5
17 : 1 2,528
East Tennessee State University East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN
3/5
17 : 1 14,334
Tennessee Technological University Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN
3/5
22 : 1 10,900
Austin Peay State University Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN
2/5
23 : 1 10,099
Bethel University Bethel University McKenzie, TN
4/5
21 : 1 5,951
Lincoln Memorial University Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, TN
4/5
15 : 1 3,983
Bryan College-Dayton Bryan College-Dayton Dayton, TN
4/5
18 : 1 1,489
Maryville College Maryville College Maryville, TN
5/5
14 : 1 1,213
The University of Tennessee-Martin The University of Tennessee-Martin Martin, TN
3/5
20 : 1 6,827
Johnson University Johnson University Knoxville, TN
3/5
17 : 1 1,171
Christian Brothers University Christian Brothers University Memphis, TN
5/5
15 : 1 1,842
University Logo Milligan College Johnson City, TN
5/5
15 : 1 1,193
Cumberland University Cumberland University Lebanon, TN
4/5
19 : 1 1,550

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