Prospective students looking to move to or remain in Nashville will find plenty of traditional academic programs at a variety of colleges in the city. Within Nashville's city limits, students have a number of four-year universities, public and private, and two-year community colleges to research and decide upon. Furthermore, there are many more schools in the surrounding Nashville area. In order to narrow down the many choices, students can use data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on a variety of different factors.
Closest Schools to Nashville, Tennessee
There are many schools just a short drive away from Nashville. The 5 schools closest to downtown Nashville are all four-year institutions and privately owned and operated. Here is the list of schools closest to the city center:
- Fisk University (1.8 miles away)
- Vanderbilt University (2.2 miles away)
- Belmont University (2.5 miles away)
- Trevecca Nazarene University (2.7 miles away)
- Lipscomb University (3.7 miles away)
Largest Schools Near Nashville, Tennessee
There aren't any extraordinarily large schools near Nashville, with only 2 schools having over 10,000 total students; a two-year and four-year institution, respectively. Below are the 5 largest schools near Nashville:
- Vanderbilt University (12,567 total students)
- Nashville State Community College (10,192 total students)
- Tennessee State University (9,167 total students)
- Belmont University (7,350 total students)
- Lipscomb University (4,680 total students)
Lowest Net Price
The net price of a school can be calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid that full-time students receive from the total cost of attendance. For public schools, the net cost is based on in-district or in-state student costs. The five most affordable schools are ranked below, based on NCES 2014-2015 net price figures. These five schools range from $4,700 to around $20,000.
- Nashville State Community College ($4,776)
- Tennessee State University ($9,604)
- Aquinas College ($17,117)
- Trevecca Nazarene University ($17,156)
- Welch College ($20,463)
Highest Graduation Rate
A school's overall graduation rate is defined by the NCES as the percentage of full-time students who graduate within 150% of the 'normal time' for their programs (for example, a bachelor's program typically takes 4 years to complete, so 6 years would be 150% of 'normal time'). Most schools located in Nashville have graduation rates below 60%, and the five schools that top the list in this category all have rates of 53% or higher.
- Vanderbilt University (92% graduation rate)
- Belmont University (69% graduation rate)
- Remington College-Nashville Campus (55% graduation rate)
- Lipscomb University (55% graduation rate)
- Fisk University (53% graduation rate)
Whether students in the Nashville area are looking for a two-year or four-year college, prospective students should weigh these evaluation criteria, including graduation rate, location, price, and size, in order to make an informed decision.