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93 Colleges
68,158 Yearly Graduations
$62,632 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$24,856 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly graduations, Tennessee is ranked #22 in the country with 68,158 degrees handed out in 2018. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $15,658 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $19,558 a year.

An estimated 55% of college students in Tennessee take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,214 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

Public Public vs. Private
7,202 Yearly Degrees
$11,244 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 20,965 full-time undergraduates at UT Knoxville, and 28,321 students altogether. For undergraduates at UT Knoxville, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 77%. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Roughly 45% of students at UT Knoxville take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,418 a year. UT Knoxville has a 4.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,900 during the early-career years.

#2

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
4,915 Yearly Degrees
$8,496 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 15,812 full-time undergraduates at Middle Tennessee State University, and 21,913 students altogether. For undergraduates at Middle Tennessee State University, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

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

53% of Middle Tennessee State University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,631 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.6% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
4,624 Yearly Degrees
$9,054 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 21,521 students at U of Memphis in total, 12,400 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 85%. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Approximately 56% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,643 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from U of Memphis is $31,700.

#4

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
4,579 Yearly Degrees
$47,208 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 6,805 full-time undergraduates at Vanderbilt, and 12,592 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt is 4.1 years.

The acceptance rate at Vanderbilt is 11%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Of the accepted students, 47% are men and 53% are women.

Approximately 13% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $9,367 a year. Vanderbilt has a 0.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Vanderbilt is $53,400.

#5

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
3,492 Yearly Degrees
$8,460 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 9,641 full-time undergraduates at ETSU, and 14,353 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at ETSU is 4.6 years.

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

Approximately 49% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,718 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.5% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,500 during the early-career years.

#6

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
2,576 Yearly Degrees
$10,040 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Tennessee Technological University is 10,504, of which 8,259 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Tennessee Tech University is 4.6 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 64%. Of the accepted students, 54% are men and 46% are women.

Roughly 49% of students at Tennessee Tech University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,892 a year. Tennessee Tech University has a 4.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Tennessee Tech University is $32,800.

Public Public vs. Private
2,531 Yearly Degrees
$8,244 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 11,587 students at UT Chattanooga in total, 8,962 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

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

Approximately 95% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $2,875 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,900 during the early-career years.

#8

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
2,342 Yearly Degrees
$7,920 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 10,463 students at Austin Peay State University in total, 7,065 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

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

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,699 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.5% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Austin Peay State University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

Belmont University

Nashville, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,060 Yearly Degrees
$21,870 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 8,012 students at Belmont in total, 6,161 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Belmont, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

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

Roughly 37% of students at Belmont take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,608 a year. Belmont has a 2.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,600 during the early-career years.

#10

Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
1,637 Yearly Degrees
$9,968 Yearly Tuition (In-State

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.

80% of Tennessee State University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,675 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,489 Yearly Degrees
$17,207 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Lincoln Memorial University is 4,770, of which 1,355 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average LMU undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 65%. 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 student loans is $5,201 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from LMU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

Pellissippi State Community College

Knoxville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
1,458 Yearly Degrees

There are 5,331 full-time undergraduates at Pellissippi State Community College, and 11,168 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 9% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,345 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,100 during the early-career years.

#13

Lipscomb University

Nashville, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,434 Yearly Degrees
$17,766 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,723 full-time undergraduates at Lipscomb, and 4,642 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

About 60% of students who apply get accepted. Around 34% of accepted students are men, and 66% are women.

Roughly 48% of students at Lipscomb take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,214 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,900 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
1,274 Yearly Degrees
$8,918 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,950 full-time undergraduates at UT Martin, and 6,772 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 62%. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

54% of UT Martin students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,139 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.2% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,000 during the early-career years.

#15

Volunteer State Community College

Gallatin, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
1,155 Yearly Degrees

There are 4,974 full-time undergraduates at VSCC, and 8,838 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 7% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,759 a year. 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 early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from VSCC is $28,000.

#16

Chattanooga State Community College

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
1,132 Yearly Degrees

There are 8,152 students at Chattanooga State Community College in total, 4,018 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

15% of Chattanooga State Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,371 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,000 during the early-career years.

#17

Union University

Jackson, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,110 Yearly Degrees
$8,200 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,377 students at Union U in total, 1,599 of which are full-time undergraduates. Union U has a freshman retention rate of 86%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

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

Approximately 56% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,207 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Union U with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

Bethel University

McKenzie, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,059 Yearly Degrees
$10,609 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 5,779 students at Bethel in total, 3,454 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Bethel, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

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

84% of Bethel students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,730 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Bethel with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Lee University

Cleveland, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,052 Yearly Degrees
$12,780 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 5,370 students at Lee University in total, 3,854 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Lee University undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

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

Approximately 88% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,627 a year. Lee University has a 8.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,200 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
1,024 Yearly Degrees

There are 9,099 students at Southwest in total, 4,984 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Around 100% of students who apply get accepted. Around 42% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,400 during the early-career years.

#21

King University

Bristol, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
993 Yearly Degrees
$19,500 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,608 full-time undergraduates at King, and 2,162 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 51%. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Roughly 67% of students at King take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,512 a year. King has a 7.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from King is $40,400.

#22

Motlow State Community College

Tullahoma, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
986 Yearly Degrees

There are 3,599 full-time undergraduates at Motlow, and 6,594 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

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’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,300 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
978 Yearly Degrees
$13,375 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,199 students at UTHSC in total, 310 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1.

The student loan default rate of 4.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

#24

Roane State Community College

Harriman, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
947 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,569 full-time undergraduates at Roane State Community College, and 5,626 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 5% of students at Roane State Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,130 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,900 during the early-career years.

#25

Northeast State Community College

Blountville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
946 Yearly Degrees

There are 6,088 students at Northeast State Technical Community College in total, 3,421 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

The student loan default rate of 11.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,700 during the early-career years.

Other Tennessee Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Nashville State Community College 866
27 Walters State Community College 859
28 Trevecca Nazarene University 829
29 Carson - Newman University 813
30 Southern Adventist University 769
31 Columbia State Community College 767
32 Christian Brothers University 618
33 South College 550
34 Jackson State Community College 542
35 Cumberland University 531
36 Rhodes College 518
37 Cleveland State Community College 509
38 Sewanee - The University of the South 504
39 Johnson University 491
40 Tusculum College 486
41 Freed - Hardeman University 416
42 Dyersburg State Community College 359
43 Strayer University - Tennessee 297
44 Milligan College 294
45 Bryan College - Dayton 264
46 Tennessee Wesleyan University 251
47 Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences 247
48 Maryville College 219
49 Meharry Medical College 216
50 Concorde Career College-Memphis 195
51 Daymar College - Clarksville 183
52 Vatterott College-Dividend 178
53 Lane College 171
54 Martin Methodist College 156
55 Fisk University 150
56 Southern College of Optometry 131
56 University of Phoenix - Tennessee 131
58 Le Moyne - Owen College 106
59 Remington College - Memphis Campus 98
60 Welch College 92
61 SAE Institute of Technology-Nashville 91
62 Vatterott College-Appling Farms 84
62 L’Ecole Culinaire-Memphis 84
64 Miller-Motte Technical College-Chattanooga 79
65 Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Inc 77
66 Fortis Institute-Nashville 72
67 Memphis College of Art 64
68 Fountainhead College of Technology 59
69 Richmont Graduate University 51
70 Lincoln College of Technology-Nashville 50
71 Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting 49
71 Memphis Theological Seminary 49
73 Chattanooga College Medical Dental and Technical Careers 48
74 Pentecostal Theological Seminary 45
75 Watkins College of Art Design & Film 43
76 Remington College-Nashville Campus 42
77 DeVry University - Tennessee 38
78 Nossi College of Art 37
79 American Baptist College 34
80 Virginia College - Knoxville 33
81 North Central Institute 31
82 Daymar College - Nashville 27
83 Daymar College - Murfreesboro 24
84 John A Gupton College 23
85 Visible Music College 22
86 Williamson Christian College 20
86 National College-Nashville 20
88 William Moore College of Technology 15
89 Brightwood College-Nashville 14
90 Huntington College of Health Sciences 11
91 Virginia College-Chattanooga 9
92 Oxford Graduate School 8
93 Mid - South Christian College 4

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