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87 Colleges
12,600 Yearly Graduations
$66,679 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$24,054 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly business graduations, Tennessee is ranked #24 in the country with 12,600 degrees handed out in 2019. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Tennessee is $16,670 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $21,248 a year.

An estimated 53% of college students in Tennessee take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,014 per year.

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Public Public vs. Private
1,831 Yearly Degrees
$13,264 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 29,460 students at UT Knoxville in total, 23,290 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 22,018 are full-time. For undergraduates at UT Knoxville, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

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

45% of UT Knoxville students take out loans to afford college costs. 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.

#2

University of Memphis

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

There are 17,378 undergraduates at UofM, of which 12,066 are full-time, and there are 21,685 students altogether. For undergraduates at UofM, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

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

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

#3

Middle Tennessee State University

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

The total student population at Middle Tennessee State University is 21,721, of which 19,461 students are undergraduates and of those, 15,721 are full-time. For undergraduates at Middle Tennessee State University, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

About 59% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

Roughly 53% of students at Middle Tennessee State University take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

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
685 Yearly Degrees
$52,070 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 13,131 students at Vanderbilt in total, 6,886 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,833 are full-time. Vanderbilt has a freshman retention rate of 97%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

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 average amount of student loans is $9,367 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $53,400 during the early-career years.

#5

Tennessee Technological University

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

The total student population at Tennessee Technological University is 10,140, of which 8,957 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,004 are full-time. It takes the average Tennessee Tech University undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

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 student loan default rate of 5.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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.

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

The total student population at The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga is 11,651, of which 10,297 students are undergraduates and of those, 9,224 are full-time. 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. UT Chattanooga has a 7.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

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.

#7

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
542 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. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

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 typical student loan amount is $5,718 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.6% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

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

#8

Bethel University

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

The total student population at Bethel University is 3,119, of which 2,358 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,638 are full-time. It takes the average Bethel undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

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%.

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.

#9

Trevecca Nazarene University

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

The total student population at Trevecca Nazarene University is 4,088, of which 2,350 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,913 are full-time. For undergraduates at TNU, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 70%. Of the accepted students, 35% 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%!

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

Belmont University

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

The total student population at Belmont University is 8,440, of which 6,820 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,563 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Belmont is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 81%. Around 29% of accepted students are men, and 71% are women.

37% of Belmont students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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.

#11

Lipscomb University

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

The total student population at Lipscomb University is 4,595, of which 2,859 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,680 are full-time. 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.

48% of Lipscomb students take out loans to afford college costs. 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.

Students who graduate from Lipscomb with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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

The total student population at The University of Tennessee - Martin is 7,280, of which 6,763 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,754 are full-time. 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.

Approximately 54% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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%.

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

#13

King University

Bristol, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
300 Yearly Degrees
$30,616 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,968 students at King in total, 1,611 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,487 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

About 51% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Approximately 67% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,512 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from King with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $40,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Strayer University - Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
272 Yearly Degrees
$13,515 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,632 undergraduates at Strayer University - Tennessee, of which 116 are full-time, and there are 4,121 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 29 to 1.

The student loan default rate of 10.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

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

#15

Tennessee State University

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

The total student population at Tennessee State University is 8,081, of which 5,875 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,807 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Tennessee State University is 4.7 years.

80% of Tennessee State University students take out loans to afford college costs. 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.

#16

Pellissippi State Community College

Knoxville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
255 Yearly Degrees
$4,378 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,038 full-time undergraduates at Pellissippi State Community College, and 10,694 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 9% of students at Pellissippi State Community College take out loans to pay for college. 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.

#17

Tusculum College

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

The total student population at Tusculum College is 1,717, of which 1,388 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,263 are full-time. 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.

68% of Tusculum College students take out loans to afford college costs. 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.

#18

Austin Peay State University

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

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

Roughly 58% of students at Austin Peay State University take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,200 during the early-career years.

#19

Union University

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

The total student population at Union University is 3,172, of which 2,164 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,796 are full-time. 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.

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%!

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.

#20

Christian Brothers University

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

There are 1,642 undergraduates at Christian Brothers, of which 1,384 are full-time, and there are 1,968 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 53%. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Roughly 59% of students at Christian Brothers take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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.

#21

Lee University

Cleveland, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
174 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.

Approximately 88% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,627 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Lee University is $28,200.

#22

Cumberland University

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

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

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 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%.

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

Public Public vs. Private
152 Yearly Degrees
$4,352 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,526 full-time undergraduates at Southwest, and 9,433 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Around 100% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% 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

Bryan College - Dayton

Dayton, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
151 Yearly Degrees
$27,900 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Bryan College - Dayton is 1,447, of which 1,240 students are undergraduates and of those, 687 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at William Jennings Bryan College is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 54%. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

58% of William Jennings Bryan College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,391 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from William Jennings Bryan College is $34,300.

#25

Carson - Newman University

Jefferson City, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
145 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. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Carson - Newman is 4.2 years.

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.

69% of Carson - Newman students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

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

Other Tennessee Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Rhodes College 134
27 Lincoln Memorial University 130
28 Cleveland State Community College 122
29 Tennessee Wesleyan University 106
30 Southern Adventist University 93
31 Freed-Hardeman University 89
32 Milligan College 86
33 Nashville State Community College 80
33 Northeast State Community College 80
35 Chattanooga State Community College 74
36 Maryville College 73
37 Sewanee - The University of the South 61
38 Volunteer State Community College 56
39 Roane State Community College 51
40 Le Moyne - Owen College 47
41 Columbia State Community College 46
42 Walters State Community College 42
43 Martin Methodist College 39
44 Johnson University 36
44 South College 36
46 Daymar College - Clarksville 34
46 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Morristown 34
48 Lane College 33
49 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Ripley 26
50 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville 20
50 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Jackson 20
50 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Crossville 20
50 Fisk University 20
54 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - McKenzie 19
55 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Pulaski 18
56 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Athens 17
57 DeVry University - Tennessee 16
58 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Elizabethton 15
58 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald 15
58 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson 15
58 Dyersburg State Community College 15
58 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Covington 15
63 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Murfreesboro 14
63 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville 14
63 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston 14
66 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Memphis 13
66 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville 13
66 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Jacksboro 13
66 Jackson State Community College 13
66 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris 13
71 Williamson Christian College 11
72 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Crump 10
72 Miller-Motte College Chattanooga 10
74 Motlow State Community College 9
74 Daymar College - Murfreesboro 9
74 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville 9
74 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Oneida - Huntsville 9
74 Daymar College - Nashville 9
79 Welch College 7
80 Remington College - Memphis Campus 6
81 Omega Graduate School 5
82 Visible Music College 3
83 American Baptist College 2
83 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Harriman 2
85 Health-Tech Institute of Memphis 1
86 Huntington College of Health Sciences 0
86 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Whiteville 0

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