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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. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $16,103 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $20,082 a year.

About 59% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,507 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

Public Public vs. Private
7,279 Yearly Degrees
$11,468 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 28,321 students at UT Knoxville in total, 20,965 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average UT Knoxville undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

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

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
4,940 Yearly Degrees
$8,946 Yearly Tuition (In-State

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 who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 59%. Of the accepted students, 44% 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. 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 Middle Tennessee State University is $31,200.

#3

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
4,514 Yearly Degrees
$48,624 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Vanderbilt University is 12,592, of which 6,805 students are full-time undergraduates. Vanderbilt has a freshman retention rate of 97%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

This a very selective school with only 11% of students getting accepted. Of the accepted students, 47% 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 school reports a student loan default rate of 1.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#4

University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
4,456 Yearly Degrees
$9,216 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Memphis is 21,521, of which 12,400 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at U of Memphis is 4.7 years.

About 85% of students who apply get accepted. 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%.

Students who graduate from U of Memphis with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
3,539 Yearly Degrees
$8,640 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 9,641 full-time undergraduates at ETSU, and 14,353 students altogether. It takes the average ETSU undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

Around 85% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% 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. The student loan default rate of 9.6% is very similar 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
$10,280 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Tennessee Technological University is 10,504, of which 8,259 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Tennessee Tech University undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

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

Approximately 49% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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%.

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

Public Public vs. Private
2,574 Yearly Degrees
$8,450 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. 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.

Students who graduate from UT Chattanooga with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
2,348 Yearly Degrees
$8,100 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Austin Peay State University is 10,463, of which 7,065 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Austin Peay State University, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

Around 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 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
$22,680 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 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.

About 81% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 29% 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. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Belmont with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Pellissippi State Community College

Knoxville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
2,049 Yearly Degrees

There are 11,168 students at Pellissippi State Community College in total, 5,331 of which are full-time undergraduates. 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. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Pellissippi State Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
1,592 Yearly Degrees
$10,178 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 8,177 students at Tennessee State University in total, 5,431 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Tennessee State University is 4.7 years.

Approximately 80% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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
$18,093 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,355 full-time undergraduates at LMU, and 4,770 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at LMU is 4.3 years.

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

60% of LMU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,201 a year. LMU has a 3.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

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.

#13

Volunteer State Community College

Gallatin, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
1,562 Yearly Degrees

There are 8,838 students at VSCC in total, 4,974 of which are 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 typical student loan amount 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%.

Students who graduate from VSCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Lipscomb University

Nashville, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,538 Yearly Degrees
$18,414 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,723 full-time undergraduates at Lipscomb, and 4,642 students altogether. For undergraduates at Lipscomb, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

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

Approximately 48% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,214 a year. Lipscomb has a 2.7% 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 Lipscomb is $35,900.

#15

Chattanooga State Community College

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
1,494 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 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

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 9.8% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Northeast State Technical Community College is $22,700.

#17

Walters State Community College

Morristown, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
1,330 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Walters State Community College is 6,075, of which 3,294 students are full-time undergraduates. 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
$9,096 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,950 full-time undergraduates at UT Martin, and 6,772 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UT Martin 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 typical student loan amount is $6,139 a year. UT Martin has a 8.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UT Martin with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Nashville State Community College

Nashville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
1,283 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Nashville State Community College is 8,197, of which 3,499 students 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 typical student loan amount 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%.

Students who graduate from Nashville State Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Motlow State Community College

Tullahoma, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
1,182 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Motlow State Community College is 6,594, of which 3,599 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

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

Approximately 5% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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
$13,099 Yearly Tuition (In-State

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

The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Public Public vs. Private
1,057 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Southwest Tennessee Community College is 9,099, of which 4,984 students 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.

#24

Union University

Jackson, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,056 Yearly Degrees
$9,000 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Union University is 3,377, of which 1,599 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Union U, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

About 60% of students who apply get accepted. 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 school reports a student loan default rate of 4.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,500 during the early-career years.

#25

Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,046 Yearly Degrees
$9,917 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,317 full-time undergraduates at TNU, and 3,620 students altogether. It takes the average TNU undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 70%. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

56% of TNU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,848 a year. TNU 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 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 Technical 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 of Technology-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 Oxford 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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