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148 Colleges
84,325 Yearly Graduations
$64,414 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$26,029 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly graduations, Tennessee is ranked #23 in the country with 84,325 degrees handed out in 2019. Tennessee colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $16,103 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $20,082 per year.

An estimated 59% of college students in Tennessee take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,507 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

Public Public vs. Private
7,279 Yearly Degrees
$13,264 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 22,815 undergraduates at UT Knoxville, of which 21,489 are full-time, and there are 28,894 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at UT Knoxville. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

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

Approximately 45% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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%.

Students who graduate from UT Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
4,940 Yearly Degrees
$9,070 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 19,252 undergraduates at Middle Tennessee State University, of which 15,511 are full-time, and there are 21,631 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

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 10.3% 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

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
4,514 Yearly Degrees
$52,070 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Vanderbilt University is 12,824, of which 6,861 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,789 are full-time. For undergraduates at Vanderbilt, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

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

13% of Vanderbilt students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,367 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $53,400 during the early-career years.

#4

University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
4,456 Yearly Degrees
$9,912 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Memphis is 21,458, of which 17,233 students are undergraduates and of those, 12,064 are full-time. 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 typical student loan amount is $5,643 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,700 during the early-career years.

#5

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
3,539 Yearly Degrees
$9,259 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 14,317 students at ETSU in total, 11,268 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 9,533 are full-time. 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 typical student loan amount is $5,718 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.6% 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
2,696 Yearly Degrees
$8,934 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,006 undergraduates at Tennessee Tech University, of which 7,999 are full-time, and there are 10,186 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

About 64% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 54% are men and 46% are women.

Approximately 49% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,892 a year. Tennessee Tech University has a 5.0% 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 Tennessee Tech University is $32,800.

Public Public vs. Private
2,574 Yearly Degrees
$9,656 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,638 students at UT Chattanooga in total, 10,239 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 9,099 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UT Chattanooga is 4.6 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 83%. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Approximately 95% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $2,875 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UT Chattanooga is $30,900.

#8

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
2,348 Yearly Degrees
$8,303 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,871 undergraduates at Austin Peay State University, of which 6,993 are full-time, and there are 10,954 students altogether. It takes the average Austin Peay State University undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

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

58% of Austin Peay State University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,699 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,200 during the early-career years.

#9

Belmont University

Nashville, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,180 Yearly Degrees
$35,650 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,666 undergraduates at Belmont, of which 6,367 are full-time, and there are 8,260 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

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

Approximately 37% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,608 a year. Belmont has a 2.4% 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

Pellissippi State Community College

Knoxville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
2,049 Yearly Degrees
$4,378 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,111 full-time undergraduates at Pellissippi State Community College, and 10,894 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. The student loan default rate of 11.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Pellissippi State Community College is $25,100.

#11

Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
1,592 Yearly Degrees
$9,012 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,774 students at Tennessee State University in total, 6,121 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 5,029 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Tennessee State University is 4.7 years.

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 14.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Tennessee State University is $28,500.

#11

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,592 Yearly Degrees
$22,740 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Lincoln Memorial University is 4,798, of which 1,953 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,395 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at LMU is 4.3 years.

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

60% of LMU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,201 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,800 during the early-career years.

#13

Volunteer State Community College

Gallatin, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
1,562 Yearly Degrees
$4,332 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Volunteer State Community College is 9,154, which includes 5,055 full-time undergraduates. 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 average amount of student loans is $3,759 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,000 during the early-career years.

#14

Lipscomb University

Nashville, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,538 Yearly Degrees
$33,424 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,620 students at Lipscomb in total, 2,938 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,738 are full-time. For undergraduates at Lipscomb, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - 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 student loan amount is $7,214 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Lipscomb with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Chattanooga State Community College

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
1,494 Yearly Degrees
$4,358 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,072 full-time undergraduates at Chattanooga State Community College, and 8,241 students altogether. 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 typical student loan amount is $4,371 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Chattanooga State Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#16

Northeast State Community College

Blountville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
1,401 Yearly Degrees
$4,350 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,139 students at Northeast State Technical Community College in total, 3,411 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

This school’s student loan default rate of 9.8% is close 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.

#17

Walters State Community College

Morristown, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
1,330 Yearly Degrees
$4,327 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,995 full-time undergraduates at WSCC, and 6,144 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

The student loan default rate of 8.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from WSCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,285 Yearly Degrees
$9,748 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,048 students at UT Martin in total, 6,674 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,748 are full-time. For undergraduates at UT Martin, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

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.

Approximately 54% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,139 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#19

Nashville State Community College

Nashville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
1,283 Yearly Degrees
$4,294 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,284 students at Nashville State Community College in total, 3,538 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Approximately 17% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,622 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,500 during the early-career years.

#20

Motlow State Community College

Tullahoma, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
1,182 Yearly Degrees
$4,344 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Motlow State Community College is 6,886, which includes 3,455 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

The student loan default rate of 8.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#21

Roane State Community College

Harriman, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
1,130 Yearly Degrees
$4,652 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,522 full-time undergraduates at Roane State Community College, and 5,688 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

5% of Roane State Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,130 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Roane State Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,067 Yearly Degrees
$10,889 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 359 undergraduates at UTHSC, of which 338 are full-time, and there are 3,280 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1.

UTHSC has a 4.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Public Public vs. Private
1,057 Yearly Degrees
$4,352 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,347 students at Southwest in total, 4,732 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Around 100% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% 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.

#24

Union University

Jackson, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,056 Yearly Degrees
$22,415 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Union University is 3,247, of which 2,184 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,778 are full-time. It takes the average Union undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

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 typical student loan amount is $6,207 a year. Union has a 4.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

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

#25

Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,046 Yearly Degrees
$26,098 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,311 undergraduates at TNU, of which 1,886 are full-time, and there are 3,927 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

About 70% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

56% of TNU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,848 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from TNU is $36,900.

Other Tennessee Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Lee University 1,035
27 Bethel University 998
28 Columbia State Community College 950
29 Cleveland State Community College 900
30 Carson - Newman University 841
31 Southern Adventist University 835
32 Concorde Career College - Memphis 802
33 Lincoln College of Technology - Nashville 801
34 King University 767
34 South College 767
36 Jackson State Community College 682
37 Cumberland University 652
38 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville 639
39 Dyersburg State Community College 586
40 Rhodes College 580
41 Tusculum College 543
42 Christian Brothers University 528
43 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Memphis 522
44 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville 513
45 Sewanee - The University of the South 479
46 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Morristown 477
47 Johnson University 475
48 Freed-Hardeman University 442
49 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson 419
50 Strayer University - Tennessee 353
50 Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting 353
52 Milligan College 352
53 Miller-Motte College Chattanooga 343
54 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Murfreesboro 340
54 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Jackson 340
56 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Elizabethton 334
57 Tennessee Wesleyan University 297
58 Bryan College - Dayton 290
59 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Pulaski 285
60 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald 282
61 Maryville College 266
62 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston 261
63 Remington College - Memphis Campus 254
64 Daymar College - Clarksville 242
65 Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences 240
66 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville 226
67 Meharry Medical College 219
68 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Newbern 211
69 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris 193
70 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville 191
70 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Crossville 191
72 Lane College 176
73 Fortis Institute - Nashville 174
74 Tennessee School of Beauty of Knoxville Inc 173
75 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Crump 169
76 Remington College - Nashville Campus 166
77 Martin Methodist College 163
78 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Athens 160
79 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Harriman 159
79 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Covington 159
79 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Oneida - Huntsville 159
82 North Central Institute 146
83 Chattanooga College Medical, Dental, and Technical Careers 143
84 Le Moyne - Owen College 141
85 Genesis Career College-Cookeville 135
86 Fortis Institute - Cookeville 133
87 Southern College of Optometry 132
88 SAE Institute - Nashville 127
89 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Jacksboro 125
90 Paul Mitchell the School Murfreesboro 124
91 EduMed Partners 122
92 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Ripley 121
92 Allied Health Careers Institute 121
94 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Whiteville 118
95 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - McKenzie 117
96 Gould’s Academy 116
97 Fisk University 100
98 William Moore College of Technology 99
99 Paul Mitchell the School Memphis 97
100 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - McMinnville 92
101 Ross Medical Education Center - Knoxville 86
102 Pentecostal Theological Seminary 81
103 Paul Mitchell the School Knoxville 79
104 Ross Medical Education Center - Johnson City 76
105 Genesis Career College-Lebanon 73
105 Queen City College 73
107 Welch College 70
107 Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Inc 70
109 Richmont Graduate University 68
110 Nashville College of Medical Careers 61
111 Empire Beauty School-Nashville 56
112 Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology 52
112 Franklin Academy 52
112 John A Gupton College 52
115 Mind Body Institute 45
115 Watkins College of Art Design & Film 45
117 Nossi College of Art 44
117 Sandra Academy of Salon Services, Inc 44
119 Daymar College - Murfreesboro 43
120 Daymar College - Nashville 42
121 Memphis Theological Seminary 39
122 Empire Beauty School-E Memphis 38
122 Gould’S-Academy 38
122 Empire Beauty School-S Memphis 38
122 The Salon Professional Academy - Nashville 38
126 Nashville Film Institute 37
127 Empire Beauty School-Jackson 34
128 Image Maker Beauty Institute 32
129 Visible Music College 28
130 Huntington College of Health Sciences 27
131 Elite College of Cosmetology 26
132 Vibe Barber College 25
132 Health-Tech Institute of Memphis 25
132 Austin’s Beauty College Inc 25
132 Arnolds Beauty School 25
136 Love Beauty School Inc 24
137 Franklin Hair Academy School of Cosmetology 22
138 Fayetteville College of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences 21
139 American Baptist College 20
140 DeVry University - Tennessee 19
141 Massage Institute of Memphis 16
142 Omega Graduate School 15
142 Williamson Christian College 15
144 Master’s Barber & Styling College 13
145 Mr Wayne’s School of Unisex Hair Design 12
146 Career Beauty College 5
147 Shear Perfection Academy of Cosmetology 2
148 Mid-South Christian College 1

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