Tennessee Colleges List

The best college in Tennessee on the University Review Rankings is Vanderbilt University, placed 22nd best university in the USA and 54th best colleges in the world; find out more. Other renown colleges in the state include the University of Tennessee (83rd USA; 326 to 346 world; more), University of Memphis (609th best in the USA; Forbes; more), and the more specific University of Tennessee Health Science Center; learn more.

List of Tennessee Colleges

NameAddressTypeNumber of UG StudentsIn-State TuitionOut of State TuitionAcceptance RateFounded
Aquinas College4210 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205Private508$20,550$20,55052%1961
Austin Peay State University601 College Street, Clarksville, TN 37044Public9500$7,462$23,86086%1927
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences1003 Monroe Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104Private1043$13,050$13,0501912
Belmont University1900 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37212Private5506$28,660$28,66080%1890
Bethel University325 Cherry Avenue, McKenzie, TN 38201Private4239$15,714$15,71462%1842
Bryan College721 Bryan Drive, Dayton, TN 37321Private1573$22,200$22,20038%1930
Carson-Newman College1646 Russell Avenue, Jefferson City, TN 37760Private1689$23,800$23,80061%1851
Christian Brothers University650 East Parkway S, Memphis, TN 38104Private1171$29,190$29,19051%1871
Cumberland University1 Cumberland Square, Lebanon, TN 37087Private1269$20,200$20,20047%1842
East Tennessee State University807 University Parkway, Johnson City, TN 37614Public11820$7,985$17,91789%1911
Emmanuel Christian Seminary1 Walker Drive, Johnson City, TN 37601Private1965
Fisk University1000 17th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208Private607$20,858$20,85821%1866
Freed-Hardeman University158 E. Main Street, Henderson, TN 38340Private1385$20,468$20,46892%1869
Johnson University7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37998Private830$12,050$12,05054%1893
King University (King College)1350 King College Road, Bristol, TN 37620Private2196$25,708$25,70864%1867
Lane College545 Lane Avenue, Jackson, TN 38301Private1512$9,180$9,18033%1882
Lee University1120 Ocoee Street North, Cleveland, TN 37311Private4550$14,280$14,28092%1918
LeMoyne-Owen College807 Walker Avenue, Memphis, TN 38126Private1023$5,450$5,45027%1862
Lincoln Memorial UniversityCumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate, TN 37752Private1713$19,970$19,97070%1897
Lipscomb University1 University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204Private2890$27,390$27,39053%1891
Martin Methodist College433 W. Madison Street, Pulaski, TN 38478Private1107$23,100$23,10094%1870
Maryville College502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804Private1168$31,754$31,75473%1819
Meharry Medical College1005 Doctor D.B. Todd Junior Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37208Private700 (Grad)1876
Memphis College of ArtOverton Park, 1930 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104Private346$28,870$28,87039%1936
Memphis Theological Seminary168 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104Private1821
Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary2095 Appling Road, Cordova, TN 38016Private1971
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia315 Hospital Drive, Madison, TN 37115Private1950
Middle Tennessee State University1301 East Main Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37132Public21162$7,370$24,43470%1911
Milligan College1 Blowers Boulevard, Milligan College, TN 37682Private973$28,730$28,73068%1866
Pentecostal Theological Seminary900 Walker Street Northeast, Cleveland, TN 37311Private1975
Rhodes College2000 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112Private2027$41,572$41,57258%1848
Richmont Graduate University1815 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37404Private2000
South College3904 Lonas Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909Private$18,875$18,8751883
Southern Adventist University4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale, TN 37363Private2896$20,240$20,24046%1892
Southern College of Optometry1245 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104Private1932
Tennessee State University3500 John Merritt Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37209Public6749$6,776$20,13253%1912
Tennessee Technological University1 William L Jones Drive, Cookeville, TN 38505Public10083$7,950$23,45093%1915
Tennessee Wesleyan College204 East College Street, Athens, TN 37303Private1065$22,300$22,30071%1856
Trevecca Nazarene University333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, TN 37210Private1492$23,126$23,12668%1901
Tusculum College60 Shiloh Road, Greeneville, TN 37743Private1844$22,250$22,25072%1794
Union University1050 Union University Drive, Jackson, TN 38305Private2829$28,190$28,19074%1823
University of Memphis3720 Alumni Avenue, Memphis, TN 38152Public17221$8,619$13,27573%1912
University of Tennessee System
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga615 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403Public10297$8,138$24,25678%1886
University of Tennessee Health Science Center920 Court Avenue, Memphis, TN 38163Public2,851 (Grads)1911
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main campus)527 Andy Holt Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996Public21182$11,246$29,69673%1794
University of Tennessee at Martin554 University Street, Martin, TN 38237Public7025$7,880$22,66077%1900
University of the South (Sewanee)735 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383Private1620$37,100$37,10060%1857
Vanderbilt University2201 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37235Private6835$43,838$43,83813%1873
Victory University255 N. Highland, Memphis, TN 38111Private1970$9,760$9,76096%1941
Watkins College of Art, Desig & Film2298 Rosa L Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37228Private362$19,710$19,71094%1887
Welch College3606 W. End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37205Private338$16,891$16,89152%1942
Western Governors University-Tennessee501 Corporate Centre Drive, Suite 390, Franklin, TennesseePrivate2013

Size wise the largest colleges by undergraduate student body are the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main campus) (21,182 students) and the Middle Tennessee State University (21,162 students). While the smallest establishments include Welch College (338 students) and the Memphis College of Art (338 students).

Cost wise, of the main public higher education establishments the cheapest tuition fees are offered by Tennessee State University (In-state tuition: $6,776; Out of state fees: $20,132), and the Middle Tennessee State University (In-state: $7,370; Out of state: $24,434).

Conversely the highest priced public institutions in the list of Tennessee colleges are the University of Tennessee, Knoxville ($11,246 In-state tuition fees and $29,696 Out of state fees), and the University of Memphis ($8,619 In-state; $13,275 Out-of-state).

Of the private institutions, the lowest priced establishments are the LeMoyne-Owen College ($5,450) and Lane College ($9,180), whilst the most expensive universities in the state are Vanderbilt University ($43,838) and Rhodes College ($41,572).

The most selective colleges are Vanderbilt University (13% acceptance rate) and Fisk University (21%). The oldest colleges in Tennessee are Tusculum College and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, both established in 1794.

Scroll to Top