List of Tennessee Colleges, Universities and Schools

Tennessee is home to 99 public and private/not-for-profit colleges and universities. Learn which schools in Tennessee might be right for you based on your preferences.

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If you are searching for a potential college or university in Tennessee, you may choose from almost a hundred schools established in the state. Find out which Tennessee colleges and universities are the largest, are closest to your city, have the lowest net price and have the highest graduation rates based on the data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Tennessee Schools Near Large Cities

Several universities in major cities of Memphis and Nashville offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs. You may choose from the following public or private not-for-profit universities:

  • Christian Brothers University (Memphis)
  • University of Memphis (Memphis)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville)
  • Belmont University (Nashville)
  • Tennessee State University (Nashville)

Largest Schools in Tennessee

You may choose to enroll in a bachelor's, master's or doctoral level of studies available in the largest Tennessee universities. If your goal is to earn a certificate within 1 to 2 years, you may pursue less-than-one-year certifications and associate's degree programs offered by some large schools. Housing facilities within campus are also available for students. The following are the largest schools in Tennessee based on student population as of Fall 2014:

  • The University of Tennessee- Knoxville (30,386)
  • Middle Tennessee State University (22,729)
  • University of Memphis (21,059)
  • East Tennessee State University (14,434)
  • Vanderbilt University (12,686)

Lowest Net Price

The Tennessee schools that offer the lowest net price to students are mostly state community colleges. The average net price is figured by NCES by subtracting the average financial aid package from the estimated cost of attendance. These statistics apply to full time undergraduate students. If you have a tight budget, you can check these colleges with the lowest net price in 2014-2015.

  • Southwest Tennessee Community College ($4,375)
  • Nashville State Community College ($4,776)
  • Cleveland State Community College ($4,797)
  • Walters State Community College ($4,829)
  • Dyersburg State Community College ($5,855)

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rates can provide insight into a school's education quality. The graduation rates are based on full-time undergrads who began their studies in Fall 2009 and earned their first certificate or degree within 150% of the normal program completion time. The following schools have the highest graduation rates in 2014-2015 according to NCES data:

  • Vanderbilt University (92% graduation rate)
  • Rhodes College (83% graduation rate)
  • Sewanee- The University of the South (78% graduation rate)
  • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (70% graduation rate)
  • Belmont University (69% graduation rate)

If you plan to enroll in one of the schools in Tennessee, it is relevant to consider the costs, graduation rates, student population among others prior to choosing the right school for you.

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