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Clarksville, Tennessee (TN) Colleges and Universities

There are 48 schools within a 50-mile radius of Clarksville, Tennessee. Learn about the traditional schools in several categories, including the closest schools to Clarksville and lowest costs, to find the school for you.

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The list of schools located in and around Clarksville is long, in part due to the town's proximity to Nashville. School options include private and public schools of the 4-year and 2-year variety, and one of the private universities is nationally ranked. We compare these traditional schools in terms of four specific statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Clarksville, Tennessee

Some students may desire to attend school near home or a place of work. For students in the Clarksville area, there are several schools to choose from that are nearby. The closest schools to Clarksville tend to be 2-year (or less) institutions.

  • Daymar Institute-Clarksville (located downtown)
  • Miller-Motte Technical College-Clarksville (located downtown)
  • Austin Peay State University (0.8 miles from downtown)
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Dickson (31.4 miles from downtown)
  • Nashville State Community College (37.7 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Clarksville, Tennessee

The largest schools near Clarksville are a good mix of private and public institutions. Many of these larger schools offer undergraduate and graduate level degree programs.

  • Vanderbilt University (12,686 students)
  • Austin Peay State University (10,111 students)
  • Nashville State Community College (10,044 students)
  • Tennessee State University (9,027 students)
  • Belmont University (7,244 students)

Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates a school's net price by subtracting the average amount of awarded financial aid for full-time undergrads from the total cost of attendance, and attendance costs include tuition, fees, books and housing. Many schools near Clarksville have net prices greater than $15,000, but there are less expensive options available, especially among the two-year colleges, per the NCES for 2014-2015.

  • Nashville State Community College ($4,776)
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville ($9,277 for largest program)
  • Tennessee State University ($9,604)
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Dickson ($10,071 for largest program)
  • Austin Peay State University ($12,081)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES calculates a college's overall graduation rate by determining the number of full-time undergraduate students who graduated in 150% percent of the standard time, which would be six years for a bachelor's degree or three years for an associate's degree, for instance. The following NCES statistics apply to students who began either four-year degree programs in fall of 2009 or two-year degree programs or certificate programs in fall of 2012. Several traditional schools in the area had graduation rates of 50% or greater for 2015.

  • Vanderbilt University (92% graduation rate)
  • Belmont University (69% graduation rate)
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville (64% graduation rate)
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Dickson (60% graduation rate)
  • Daymar Institute-Nashville (59% graduation rate)

Clarksville, TN, and the surrounding area provide students with a multitude of private and public institutions to choose from that range in size, price, location, and graduation rates.

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