Top Tennessee Colleges and Universities

About this article
Located in the southern portion of the United States, Tennessee is more commonly known as the Volunteer State. There are 47 colleges and universities in Tennessee, five of which are described below.
View available schools

Top Five Schools in Tennessee

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, is a private educational institution. It was founded in 1873 by Cornelius Vanderbilt and has a student population of 11,607. Vanderbilt University is ranked 19th by U.S. News & World Report. There are ten colleges and schools at Vanderbilt University: Arts and Sciences, Music, the Divinity School, Engineering, Graduate School, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Management, Education and Management and Education and Human Development. The undergraduate tuition is $34,414.

University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee is a public educational institution located in Knoxville. It was founded in 1794 and has an undergraduate student population of 20,400. The University of Tennessee is the largest public university in the state. Adding to its reach, the University of Tennessee has satellite campuses in Chattanooga, Tullahoma, Martin and Memphis. The University of Tennessee is ranked 96th in the country by U.S. News & World Report. There are many colleges and schools at the University of Tennessee: Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Architecture and Design; Arts and Sciences; Business Administration; Communication and Information; Education, Health, and Human Sciences; Engineering; Graduate School; Law; Nursing; and Social Work. The undergraduate tuition for residents is $5,932 and $18,174 for non-residents

Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University is a public educational institution located in Murfreesboro. It was founded in 1911 and has an undergraduate student population of 20,899. Middle Tennessee State University was primarily known for its superior programs in nursing and education; however, it has grown considerably to encompass a wide range of academic disciplines. There are eight colleges at Middle Tennessee State University: Basic and Applied Sciences; Business; Education and Behavioral Science; Graduate Studies; Continuing Education and Distance Learning; Liberal Arts; Mass Communication; and University Honors. The undergraduate tuition for residents is $5,278 and $15,554 for non-residents.

University of Memphis

University of Memphis is a public educational institution located in Memphis. It was founded in 1912 and has an undergraduate student population of 15,000. The university is known as being the primary research institution in the state of Tennessee. Some of the research centers that the university hosts include the FedEx Institute of Technology, the Center for Earthquake Research and Information and the Institute of Intelligent Systems. In addition to these research centers, the university houses ten schools and colleges. The undergraduate tuition for residents per year is $5,802 and $16,630 for non-residents.

East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University is a public educational institution located in Johnson City. It was founded in 1911 and has an undergraduate student population of 10,204. East Tennessee State University is nationally known as being one of the best value colleges. In recent years, the university has gained notoriety for its Appalachian Studies program and also its Bluegrass and Country Music program. ETS has ten schools and colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business and Technology, Education, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public and Allied Health, Honors College, Continuing Studies and Graduate Studies. The undergraduate tuition for residents is $4,058 and $10,276 for non-residents.

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Project Management
      • Master of Finance
      • Master of Professional Accounting
      • Master - Information Technology Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration
      • Master - Human Resource Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Communication
      • BS - Human Services
      • BS - Accounting
      • BS - Project Management
      • BS - Marketing
      • Undergraduate Specialization - Criminal Forensics
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Project Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Accounting
      • Graduate Certificate - Cyber Security
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA
      • MBA Dual Concentration: HR & Project Mgmt.
      • MBA Dual Concentration: BS Mgmt. & HR
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Business Mgmt & Project Mgmt.
      • MBA: Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
      • B.S. - Business Management: Entrepreneurial Studies Concentration
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Security Technology Concentration
      • Bachelor: Health Care Management
      • Bachelor: Accounting
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Network Management Concentration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Business Management
      • Associate of Science - Business Studies
      • Associate: Healthcare Management
      • Associate of Science - Information Technology Admin and Management
      • Associate of Science - Accounting
      • Associate of Science - Technology Studies
    Certificate
      • Diploma: Medical Office Admin
      • Diploma: Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting
      • Networking Systems Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Georgetown University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Finance
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
      • Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor - Management - Criminal Justice
      • Doctorate: Computer Science
      • Doctorate - Computer Science: Information Assurance (Executive Format)
      • Doctor of Management - Graduate Level Instructional Practices
      • Doctorate: C.S. - Enterprise Information Systems
      • Doctorate: Management - Organizational Development and Change
    Master's
      • Master of Science in Computer Science
      • Master: Computer Science - Database Systems
      • Master of Business Admin
      • Master of Business Admin - Entrepreneurship
      • MS - Computer Science - Computer Systems Security
      • M.S. - Information Technology
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Psychology
      • BS - Criminal Justice
      • B.S. - Psychology - Organizational Behavior
      • B.S. - Psychology - Consumer Behavior
      • BS - IT - Web Development
      • BS - Criminal Justice - Human Services
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science in Business Administration
  • Campus and Online Programs
    5. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science - Film Production
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
      • M.S. - New Media Journalism
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
      • M.S. - Public Relations
      • M.S. - Internet Marketing
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
      • Bachelor of Science - Software Development
      • BS - Cloud Technologies (Campus)
      • BS - Creative Writing for Entertainment (Campus)
      • BS - Film (Campus)
      • BS - Media Communications (Campus)
    Certificate
      • Cert - English As A Second Language (Campus)
      • Cert - Instructional Design and Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    6. ECPI University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor's - Electronics Engineering Technology
      • Software Development - Bachelor's
      • Bachelor's - Network Security
      • Bachelor's - Mechatronics
    Associate's
      • Associate's - Electronics Engineering Technology
      • Associate's - Network Security
    Certificate
      • Web Design & Dev
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Seton Hall University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Accounting
      • Master of Public Administration in Non-Profit Management
      • Master of Business Administration
      • Master of Business Administration - Accounting
      • Master of Business Administration - Finance
      • Master of Business Administration - Marketing
    Certificate
      • Certificate: Post Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Concordia University Portland

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctorate of Education - Educational Administration
      • Doctorate of Education - Teacher Leadership
      • Doctorate of Education - Higher Education
      • Doctorate of Education - Transformational Leadership
      • EdD Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation
    Master's
      • Master of Education - Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership
      • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
      • M.S. - Curriculum & Instruction: Methods & Curriculum
      • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - Early Childhood Education
      • M.S. - Curriculum & Instruction: Reading
      • M.S. - Curriculum & Instruction: Environmental Education
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - General Business
      • PhD Technology and Innovation Management Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Management
      • Ed.D. - Sports Management
    Master's
      • M.A. in Psychology - General Psychology
      • MBA - Applied Computer Science
      • Master of Business Admin - General Business
      • MEd - General Education
      • Master of Business Admin - Accelerated General MBA
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership - Criminal Justice
    Certificate
      • Education Specialist - Organizational Leadership
      • Education Specialist - Special Education
      • Education Specialist - International Education
      • Education Specialist - Early Childhood Education
      • Education Specialist - Curriculum and Teaching
      • Education Specialist - Instructional Leadership
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Purdue University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Communication
      • Master of Science in Education in Special Education
      • Master of Science in Engineering Technology
      • Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
      • Master of Public Health
      • Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management

Featured Schools

Colorado State University Global

  • Master of Project Management
  • BS - Communication
  • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management

What is your highest level of education?

Herzing University

  • MBA
  • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
  • Associate of Science - Business Management
  • Diploma: Medical Office Admin

What is your highest level of education?

Georgetown University

  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
  • Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate

What is your highest level of education completed?

Colorado Technical University

  • Doctor - Management - Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • B.S. - Psychology
  • Associate of Science in Business Administration

Are you a US citizen?

Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Film Production
  • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
  • Cert - English As A Second Language (Campus)

What is your highest level of education?

ECPI University

  • Bachelor's - Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Associate's - Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Web Design & Dev

What is your highest level of education?

Seton Hall University

  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Public Administration in Non-Profit Management
  • Certificate: Post Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability

What is your highest level of education?

Concordia University Portland

  • Doctorate of Education - Educational Administration
  • Doctorate of Education - Teacher Leadership
  • Master of Education - Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership
  • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)

What is your highest level of education?