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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 terms of yearly teaching graduations, Tennessee is ranked #22 in the country with 5,435 degrees handed out in 2019. Tennessee colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $16,348 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $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

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.

About 85% of students who apply get accepted. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Roughly 56% of students at UofM take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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.

#2

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
365 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. For undergraduates at Tennessee Tech University, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

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

49% of Tennessee Tech University students take out loans to afford college costs. 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.

#3

Middle Tennessee State University

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

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

About 59% of students who apply get accepted. Around 44% of accepted students 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,200 during the early-career years.

#4

Vanderbilt University

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

There are 6,861 undergraduates at Vanderbilt, of which 6,789 are full-time, and there are 12,824 students altogether. 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. 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 1.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national 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 2,560 students at Carson - Newman in total, 1,774 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,661 are full-time. It takes the average Carson - Newman undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

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

Roughly 69% of students at Carson - Newman take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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 2,938 undergraduates at Lipscomb, of which 2,738 are full-time, and there are 4,620 students altogether. It takes the average Lipscomb undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

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 average amount of student loans is $7,214 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Lipscomb is $35,900.

#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 1,953 undergraduates at LMU, of which 1,395 are full-time, and there are 4,798 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at LMU is 4.3 years.

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.

Approximately 60% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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.

#8

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
267 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. 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.

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 9.6% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from ETSU is $29,500.

#9

Trevecca Nazarene University

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

The total student population at Trevecca Nazarene University is 3,927, of which 2,311 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,886 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at TNU is 4.2 years.

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

Approximately 56% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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%!

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

#10

Union University

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

There are 2,184 undergraduates at Union, of which 1,778 are full-time, and there are 3,247 students altogether. For undergraduates at Union, 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.

56% of Union students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%!

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.

#11

The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

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

The total student population at The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga is 11,638, of which 10,239 students are undergraduates and of those, 9,099 are full-time. For undergraduates at UT Chattanooga, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

About 83% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

95% of UT Chattanooga students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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.

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 28,894, of which 22,815 students are undergraduates and of those, 21,489 are full-time. 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 typical student loan amount is $7,418 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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.

#13

Lee University

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

The total student population at Lee University is 5,386, of which 4,883 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,780 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

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. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Lee University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Austin Peay State University

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

The total student population at Austin Peay State University is 10,954, of which 9,871 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,993 are full-time. 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 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%.

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 7,048 students at UT Martin in total, 6,674 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,748 are full-time. 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%. Around 39% of accepted students 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. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.4% which is much lower than the average 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.

#16

Tusculum College

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

There are 1,407 undergraduates at Tusculum College, of which 1,223 are full-time, and there are 1,735 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Tusculum College is 4.7 years.

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 average amount of student loans 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%.

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

#17

Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
117 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 school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

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

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

There are 2,093 undergraduates at CU, of which 1,694 are full-time, and there are 2,405 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

About 54% of students who apply get accepted. Around 44% of accepted students are men, and 56% are women.

Roughly 30% of students at CU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,617 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,600 during the early-career years.

#19

Freed-Hardeman University

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

There are 2,037 students at FHU in total, 1,546 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,268 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. Around 39% of accepted students 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.

Students who graduate from FHU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Belmont University

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

The total student population at Belmont University is 8,260, of which 6,666 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,367 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Belmont is 4.2 years.

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.

#21

Johnson University

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

The total student population at Johnson University is 1,088, of which 753 students are undergraduates and of those, 632 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Johnson University is 4.1 years.

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

Approximately 63% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,167 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,100 during the early-career years.

#22

Christian Brothers University

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

The total student population at Christian Brothers University is 2,034, of which 1,736 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,442 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Christian Brothers 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.

59% of Christian Brothers students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,762 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,100 during the early-career years.

#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 2,942 students at Southern Adventist in total, 2,531 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,139 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

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

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

#24

Milligan College

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

There are 829 undergraduates at Milligan, of which 734 are full-time, and there are 1,225 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Milligan is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 58%. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Approximately 62% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,966 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

#25

Bethel University

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

There are 4,560 undergraduates at Bethel, of which 2,981 are full-time, and there are 5,407 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Bethel 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 average amount of student loans is $5,730 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.2% is close 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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