# Tennessee Colleges

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.

## Most Popular Schools in Tennessee

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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