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50 Colleges
5,435 Yearly Graduations
$65,390 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$25,002 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In 2019, 5,435 students received a teaching degree from a college in Tennessee, making it rank #22 in terms of graduations. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $16,348 per year to get their degree at a college in Tennessee, while out of state students will pay an average of $21,842 per year.

An estimated 50% of college students in Tennessee take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,250 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of Memphis

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

There are 21,685 students at UofM in total, 17,378 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 12,066 are full-time. It takes the average UofM undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

About 85% of students who apply get accepted. Around 39% of accepted students 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. The student loan default rate of 11.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

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

#2

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
365 Yearly Degrees
$8,934 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,140 students at Tennessee Tech University in total, 8,957 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 8,004 are full-time. 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%. Around 54% of accepted students 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. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#3

Middle Tennessee State University

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

There are 21,721 students at Middle Tennessee State University in total, 19,461 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 15,721 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Middle Tennessee State University is 4.7 years.

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.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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.

#4

Vanderbilt University

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

The total student population at Vanderbilt University is 13,131, of which 6,886 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,833 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at Vanderbilt is 97%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

This a very selective school with only 11% of students getting accepted. Around 47% of accepted students are men, and 53% are women.

Roughly 13% of students at Vanderbilt take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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%!

Students who graduate from Vanderbilt with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $53,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Carson - Newman University

Jefferson City, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
342 Yearly Degrees
$28,900 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,725 students at Carson - Newman in total, 1,840 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,716 are full-time. For undergraduates at Carson - Newman, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 67%. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Approximately 69% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,708 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Carson - Newman is $31,500.

#6

Lipscomb University

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

There are 2,859 undergraduates at Lipscomb, of which 2,680 are full-time, and there are 4,595 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.

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.

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

#7

Lincoln Memorial University

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

There are 1,975 undergraduates at LMU, of which 1,427 are full-time, and there are 4,867 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

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

Approximately 60% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,201 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#8

East Tennessee State University

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

The total student population at East Tennessee State University is 14,191, of which 11,153 students are undergraduates and of those, 9,228 are full-time. It takes the average ETSU undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

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

49% of ETSU students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

Students who graduate from ETSU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

Trevecca Nazarene University

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

There are 4,088 students at TNU in total, 2,350 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,913 are full-time. For undergraduates at TNU, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

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

Roughly 56% of students at TNU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,848 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#10

Union University

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

There are 3,172 students at Union in total, 2,164 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,796 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at Union is 86%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 60%. Of the accepted students, 31% 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. Union 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 $35,500 during the early-career years.

#11

The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
241 Yearly Degrees
$9,656 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,651 students at UT Chattanooga in total, 10,297 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 9,224 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. UT Chattanooga has a 7.1% 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 UT Chattanooga is $30,900.

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

The total student population at The University of Tennessee - Knoxville is 29,460, of which 23,290 students are undergraduates and of those, 22,018 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at UT Knoxville. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

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

Approximately 45% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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.

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

#13

Lee University

Cleveland, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
202 Yearly Degrees
$18,770 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,686 undergraduates at Lee University, of which 3,677 are full-time, and there are 5,189 students altogether. It takes the average Lee University undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

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

Roughly 88% of students at Lee University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,627 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#14

Austin Peay State University

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

There are 9,971 undergraduates at Austin Peay State University, of which 6,773 are full-time, and there are 11,048 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.

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Austin Peay State University is $29,200.

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

There are 6,763 undergraduates at UT Martin, of which 4,754 are full-time, and there are 7,280 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%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Roughly 54% of students at UT Martin take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,139 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#16

Tusculum College

Greeneville, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
157 Yearly Degrees
$24,860 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,388 undergraduates at Tusculum College, of which 1,263 are full-time, and there are 1,717 students altogether. It takes the average Tusculum College undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

Around 89% of students who apply get accepted. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Roughly 68% of students at Tusculum College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,303 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,500 during the early-career years.

#17

Tennessee State University

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

There are 8,081 students at Tennessee State University in total, 5,875 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,807 are full-time. It takes the average Tennessee State University undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

Roughly 80% of students at Tennessee State University take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,500 during the early-career years.

#18

Cumberland University

Lebanon, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
99 Yearly Degrees
$24,000 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Cumberland University is 2,550, of which 2,279 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,827 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at CU is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 54%. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

Approximately 30% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,617 a year. CU has a 8.0% 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 CU is $34,600.

#19

Freed-Hardeman University

Henderson, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
80 Yearly Degrees
$22,950 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Freed-Hardeman University is 2,117, of which 1,648 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,306 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at FHU is 4.2 years.

Around 95% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Roughly 55% of students at FHU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,362 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,800 during the early-career years.

#20

Belmont University

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

There are 8,440 students at Belmont in total, 6,820 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,563 are full-time. For undergraduates at Belmont, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 81%. 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. 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.

#21

Johnson University

Knoxville, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
55 Yearly Degrees
$16,920 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 725 undergraduates at Johnson University, of which 601 are full-time, and there are 1,037 students altogether. It takes the average Johnson University undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

Around 98% of students who apply get accepted. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

63% of Johnson University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,167 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Johnson University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Christian Brothers University

Memphis, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
50 Yearly Degrees
$33,840 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,968 students at Christian Brothers in total, 1,642 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,384 are full-time. For undergraduates at Christian Brothers, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 53%. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Approximately 59% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,762 a year. Christian Brothers has a 7.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

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

#23

Southern Adventist University

Collegedale, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
45 Yearly Degrees
$22,520 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,834 students at Southern Adventist in total, 2,448 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,085 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

53% of Southern Adventist students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,390 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#24

Milligan College

Milligan College, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
44 Yearly Degrees
$34,650 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Milligan College is 1,310, of which 882 students are undergraduates and of those, 767 are full-time. For undergraduates at Milligan, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

About 58% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Approximately 62% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,966 a year. Milligan has a 3.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

#25

Bethel University

McKenzie, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
43 Yearly Degrees
$11,448 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,119 students at Bethel in total, 2,358 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,638 are full-time. For undergraduates at Bethel, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

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

Roughly 84% of students at Bethel take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,730 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Bethel is $33,100.

Other Tennessee Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Motlow State Community College 37
27 Tennessee Wesleyan University 36
28 Bryan College - Dayton 35
29 Pellissippi State Community College 34
30 Roane State Community College 33
31 Columbia State Community College 31
32 Walters State Community College 30
33 Volunteer State Community College 26
34 Northeast State Community College 25
35 Lane College 19
36 Maryville College 18
37 Rhodes College 16
37 South College 16
37 Strayer University - Tennessee 16
40 King University 15
41 Martin Methodist College 13
42 Dyersburg State Community College 10
43 Nashville State Community College 9
44 Jackson State Community College 7
45 Welch College 6
46 Chattanooga State Community College 5
47 Le Moyne - Owen College 2
47 Southwest Tennessee Community College 2
49 Fisk University 0
49 Cleveland State Community College 0

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