Knoxville, Tennessee (TN) Colleges and Universities

Knoxville, TN, is home to fifteen postsecondary schools within a 25-mile radius. See comparisons of the traditional schools in Knoxville to determine which schools might be right for you.

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Within the city and area around Knoxville, TN, students will find a diverse blend of postsecondary institutions: public and private nonprofit universities and 4-year colleges, community colleges, beauty schools and for-profit universities and technical schools. We will focus on traditional schools in several categories, using data presented by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Knoxville, Tennessee

Many of the closest schools to Knoxville are less than 2-year specialty schools. The closest traditional institutions tend to be 4-year schools.

  • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (0.9 miles from downtown)
  • South College (5.5 miles from downtown)
  • Virginia College-Knoxville (6.1 miles from downtown)
  • Johnson University (9.7 miles from downtown)
  • Maryville College (12.9 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Knoxville, Tennessee

The largest schools near Knoxville are a good mix of public and private institutions. Several of the larger 4-year schools offer both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

  • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (27,845 students)
  • Pellissippi State Community College (10,325 students)
  • South College (1,335 students)
  • Maryville College (1,213 students)
  • Johnson University (1,171 students)

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  • Agriculture
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  • Computer Sciences
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  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

Finances are usually a factor students consider when choosing a college or university, and examining a school's average net price gives prospective students the opportunity to assess the potential costs they can expect to incur. The average net price is the total cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, books, room and board, minus the amount of financial aid the average full-time undergrad student receives. Traditional schools in the Knoxville area have net prices ranging from about $7,000 to nearly $27,000 for 2014-2015.

  • Pellissippi State Community College ($7,235)
  • Johnson University ($15,458)
  • Maryville College ($16,860)
  • Virginia College-Knoxville ($19,375)
  • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville ($19,960)

Highest Graduation Rate

A school's overall graduation rate is the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who completed their programs within 150% of the 'normal' time it takes to complete the program (six years for a bachelor's degree, for example). Colleges and universities (including specialty schools) in the Knoxville area have overall graduation rates that range from 83% to just 18% for 2015.

  • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (70% graduation rate)
  • Johnson University (57% graduation rate)
  • Maryville College (53% graduation rate)
  • South College (23% graduation rate)
  • Pellissippi State Community College (18% graduation rate)

Even with only a few traditional schools in the area, the public and private schools around Knoxville, TN, differ enough in location, size, price, and graduation rates that students should be able to find a school to meet their needs.

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