Top Tennessee Colleges and Universities

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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.
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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.

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