Memphis City Schools: Higher Education System Overview

There are 33 schools within a 25-mile radius of Memphis, Tennessee. Learn about the top schools in several categories to find the right school for you.

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Memphis offers prospective applicants the chance to enroll in a variety of institutions including beauty schools, theology seminaries, culinary institutes, art schools and more. Here we will be looking at some of the more traditional options that offer a wide array of programs; students can review information related to these schools' location, price, graduation rate, and size with data obtained from the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES).

Schools Closest to Memphis, Tennessee

There are many school options in the immediate vicinity of downtown Memphis. The five closest schools offer a mix of 2- and 4-year institutions, both public and private. Below are the five schools closest to this city:

  • Southwest Tennessee Community College (downtown Memphis)
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis (1.1 miles away)
  • Le Moyne-Owen College (1.6 miles away)
  • Christian Brothers University (3.1 miles away)
  • Rhodes College (4.2 miles away)

Largest Schools Near Memphis, Tennessee

There is only one large school near Memphis with over 20,000 students including both undergraduates and graduates. While one other school has about 9,000, the remaining schools near the city have less than 2,500 total students. Here is a list of the five largest schools near Memphis:

  • University of Memphis (20,585 total students)
  • Southwest Tennessee Community College (9,135 total students)
  • Rhodes College (2,063 total students)
  • Christian Brothers University (1,842 total students)
  • Le Moyne-Owen College (945 total students)

Lowest Net Price

Net price is an important aspect to consider before deciding to enroll at an institution. The NCES College Navigator provides the average net price that full-time undergraduate students paid for the 2014-2015 school year. The following five schools have the lowest net prices near Memphis, ranging from $4,300 to $15,500:

  • Southwest Tennessee Community College ($4,375)
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis ($6,117)
  • Le Moyne-Owen College ($9,114)
  • University of Memphis ($13,154)
  • Christian Brothers University ($15,556)

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rates are an excellent indication of the overall academic success of the students enrolled at an institution and should be considered before accepting admittance. The NCES College Navigator provides statistics on graduation rates based on first-time, full-time students who graduated in six years. Listed below are the five schools with the highest graduation rates in 2015:

  • Rhodes College (83% graduation rate)
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis (75% graduation rate)
  • Remington College-Memphis Campus (66% graduation rate)
  • Christian Brothers University (52% graduation rate)
  • University of Memphis (45% graduation rate)

While most Memphis schools aren't particularly large, they do offer short commutes and solid graduation rates.

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