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Colleges in Tennessee

25 colleges
86,560 yearly degrees
$12,659 average yearly in-state tuition
$23,229 average 4-year student loan

There is a smaller number of colleges to choose from in this state. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $12,659 to get their degree at a public Tennessee college, while out of state students will pay an average of $22,249.

About 39% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $5,807.

Browse the biggest schools below sorted by largest to smallest in size:

Public public vs private
7,200 yearly awards
$19,335 net cost

The total student population at The University of Tennessee - Knoxville is 28,321, of which 20,965 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at UT Knoxville. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

About 77% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Approximately 45% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,934. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for UT Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $45,100 after graduation.

#2

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Public public vs private
4,950 yearly awards
$12,416 net cost

There are 15,812 full-time undergraduates at Middle Tennessee State University, and 21,913 students altogether. It takes the average Middle Tennessee State University undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 59%. Around 44% of accepted students are men, and 56% are women.

52% of Middle Tennessee State University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $5,597. The student loan default rate of 9.6% is very similar to the national average.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $38,700.

#3

University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee
Public public vs private
4,620 yearly awards
$13,921 net cost

There are approximately 21,521 students at U of Memphis in total, 12,400 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average U of Memphis undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

85% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Roughly, 58% of students at U of Memphis take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $5,781. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.3% is close to the national average.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from U of Memphis is $37,400.

#4

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit public vs private
4,580 yearly awards
$19,959 net cost

There are approximately 12,592 students at Vanderbilt in total, 6,805 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has an admirable student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1.

About 11% of students who apply get accepted. Around 47% of accepted students are men, and 53% are women.

Approximately 13% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $8,051. The student loan default rate of 0.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt earns $69,000.

#5

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, Tennessee
Public public vs private
3,490 yearly awards
$14,218 net cost

The total student population at East Tennessee State University is 14,353, of which 9,641 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at ETSU. The freshman retention rate is 76%.

85% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

48% of ETSU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $5,826. The student loan default rate of 9.5% is very similar to the national average.

$35,100 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from ETSU earns.

#6

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, Tennessee
Public public vs private
2,580 yearly awards
$14,813 net cost

There are 8,259 full-time undergraduates at Tennessee Tech University, and 10,504 students altogether. It takes the average Tennessee Tech University undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 64%. Around 54% of accepted students are men, and 46% are women.

Roughly, 45% of students at Tennessee Tech University take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $5,383. The student loan default rate of 4.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $40,500.

Public public vs private
2,530 yearly awards
$14,892 net cost

There are 8,962 full-time undergraduates at UT Chattanooga, and 11,587 students altogether. It takes the average UT Chattanooga undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

83% of students who apply get accepted. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

94% of UT Chattanooga students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $3,072. The student loan default rate of 6.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate for UT Chattanooga with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,100 after graduation.

#8

Pellissippi State Community College

Knoxville, Tennessee
Public public vs private
2,350 yearly awards
$5,602 net cost

The total student population at Pellissippi State Community College is 11,168, of which 5,331 students are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 10% of students at Pellissippi State Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $4,583. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$29,500 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Pellissippi State Community College earns.

#9

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, Tennessee
Public public vs private
2,340 yearly awards
$12,619 net cost

There are approximately 10,463 students at Austin Peay State University in total, 7,065 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Austin Peay State University undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

90% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $5,684. The student loan default rate of 10.5% is very similar to the national average.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Austin Peay State University is $34,900.

#10

Belmont University

Nashville, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit public vs private
2,060 yearly awards
$34,819 net cost

There are approximately 8,012 students at Belmont in total, 6,161 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Belmont undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

81% of students who apply get accepted. Around 29% of accepted students are men, and 71% are women.

44% of Belmont students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $8,007. Belmont has a 2.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Belmont earns $44,100.

#11

Walters State Community College

Morristown, Tennessee
Public public vs private
1,940 yearly awards
$3,549 net cost

There are 3,294 full-time undergraduates at WSCC, and 6,075 students altogether.

Approximately 0% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $. WSCC has a 8.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

$27,500 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from WSCC earns.

#12

Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee
Public public vs private
1,640 yearly awards
$11,083 net cost

The total student population at Tennessee State University is 8,177, of which 5,431 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Tennessee State University undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

Roughly, 79% of students at Tennessee State University take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,852. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University earns $35,300.

#13

Volunteer State Community College

Gallatin, Tennessee
Public public vs private
1,510 yearly awards
$7,014 net cost

The total student population at Volunteer State Community College is 8,838, of which 4,974 students are full-time undergraduates.

9% of VSCC students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $3,412. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from VSCC is $32,000.

#14

Chattanooga State Community College

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Public public vs private
1,500 yearly awards
$7,111 net cost

There are approximately 8,152 students at Chattanooga State Community College in total, 4,018 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 18% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $4,307. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for Chattanooga State Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,400 after graduation.

#15

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit public vs private
1,490 yearly awards
$18,466 net cost

There are 1,355 full-time undergraduates at LMU, and 4,770 students altogether. It takes the average LMU undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

About 65% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 30% are men and 70% are women.

Roughly, 60% of students at LMU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $6,329. LMU has a 4.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $38,200.

#16

Northeast State Community College

Blountville, Tennessee
Public public vs private
1,440 yearly awards
$6,196 net cost

There are approximately 6,088 students at Northeast State Technical Community College in total, 3,421 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 6% of students at Northeast State Technical Community College take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,129. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 11.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for Northeast State Technical Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,500 after graduation.

#17

Lipscomb University

Nashville, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit public vs private
1,430 yearly awards
$24,279 net cost

The total student population at Lipscomb University is 4,642, of which 2,723 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Lipscomb undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 60%. Of the accepted students, 34% are men and 66% are women.

Approximately 48% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $6,658. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Lipscomb is $43,200.

#18

Nashville State Community College

Nashville, Tennessee
Public public vs private
1,330 yearly awards
$7,176 net cost

There are 3,499 full-time undergraduates at Nashville State Community College, and 8,197 students altogether.

18% of Nashville State Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $4,425. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$30,500 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Nashville State Community College earns.

Public public vs private
1,270 yearly awards
$10,358 net cost

The total student population at The University of Tennessee - Martin is 6,772, of which 4,950 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average UT Martin undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 62%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

52% of UT Martin students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $6,828. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.2% is close to the national average.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $36,200.

Public public vs private
1,200 yearly awards
$4,918 net cost

There are approximately 9,099 students at Southwest in total, 4,984 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Nearly anyone who applies gets accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 57% are women.

Roughly, 0% of students at Southwest take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Southwest earns $25,700.

#21

Roane State Community College

Harriman, Tennessee
Public public vs private
1,170 yearly awards
$7,647 net cost

There are 2,569 full-time undergraduates at Roane State Community College, and 5,626 students altogether.

Approximately 8% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $4,434. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Roane State Community College is $29,500.

#22

Motlow State Community College

Tullahoma, Tennessee
Public public vs private
1,140 yearly awards
$7,229 net cost

There are 3,599 full-time undergraduates at Motlow, and 6,594 students altogether.

Approximately 0% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $28,700.

#23

Union University

Jackson, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit public vs private
1,120 yearly awards
$22,839 net cost

There are approximately 3,377 students at Union U in total, 1,599 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Union U. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 60%. Around 31% of accepted students are men, and 69% are women.

Roughly, 51% of students at Union U take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,167. Union U has a 4.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate for Union U with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $43,200 after graduation.

#24

Bethel University

McKenzie, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit public vs private
1,060 yearly awards
$14,825 net cost

The total student population at Bethel University is 5,779, of which 3,454 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Bethel undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

94% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 48% are men and 52% are women.

77% of Bethel students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $6,881. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$38,600 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Bethel earns.

#25

Lee University

Cleveland, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit public vs private
1,050 yearly awards
$18,168 net cost

There are 3,854 full-time undergraduates at Lee University, and 5,370 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Lee University. The freshman retention rate is 81%.

85% of students who apply get accepted. Around 31% of accepted students are men, and 69% are women.

Approximately 87% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $6,420. The student loan default rate of 8.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Lee University earns $34,200.

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