7 Most Popular Colleges in Tennessee

7 Most Popular Colleges in Tennessee

Check out which colleges are hot with Tennessee students and how much it costs to attend.

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STCC has a program called Crossroads, which is specifically designed to help working adults adjust to academic life.

College students in Tennessee can enjoy the amenities of big cities like Nashville and Memphis and explore the great outdoors in other parts of the state. A college education in Tennessee is also affordable, particularly from several of the most popular colleges.

7. Tennessee Technological University

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 10,361

Cost: In-state: $6,380, Out-of-state: $21,230

Best Programs: Teacher education, mechanical engineering, biology, and business administration.

Fun Fact: TTU is very close to state parks like Burgess Falls and Fall Creek Falls offering students access to the great rural setting Tennessee has to offer. But TTU is also about an hour away from urban hubs like Nashville and Chattanooga.

6. Southwest Tennessee Community College

Type of College: Community College

Enrollment: 10,617

Cost: In-state: $135 per credit hour, $557 per credit hour

Best Programs: Dietetic technician, substance abuse counseling, graphic arts, and criminal justice.

Fun Fact: Southwest Tennessee Community College has a program called Crossroads, which is specifically designed to help working adults adjust to academic life.

5. Vanderbilt University

Type of College: Private University

Enrollment: 11,847

Cost: $42,118

Best Programs: Music, education and teaching.

Fun Fact: Freshman students at Vanderbilt live in the 10 houses that make up the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, where they build friendships and are encouraged to develop their talents.

4. East Tennessee State University

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 13,119

Cost: In-state: $235 per credit hour, Out-of-state: $610 per credit hour

Best Programs: Allied health, early childhood development, health sciences.

Fun Fact: Eastern Tennessee State is close to several museums and galleries like the Gray Fossil Site Museum and the Hands On Museum.

3. University of Memphis

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 20,379

Cost: In-state: $7,276, Out-of-state: $15,340

Best Programs: Education, sociology, business management and marketing, and interdisciplinary studies.

Fun Fact: Notable alumni of the University of Memphis include NFL players like Isaac Bruce, Stephen Gostkowski, Wade Smith, and DeAngelo Williams.

2. Middle Tennessee State University

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 23,246

Cost: In-state: $7,018, Out-of-state: $21,406

Best Programs: Business, performing arts, communication, and journalism.

Fun Fact: MTSU boasts an exceptional setting for students who have demanding personal lives. Most students report working at least 20 hours while going to school.

1. University of Tennessee

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 29,937

Cost: In-state: $8,396, Out-of-state: $25,238

Best Programs: Psychology, sociology, engineering, and journalism.

Fun Fact: Many students at the University of Tennessee have the opportunity to participate in research projects at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Quick Facts

  • Are you a resident of Tennessee? CollegeforTN.org is a great resource for high school students about the different college options you have in Tennessee.
  • If you have to take out a loan to afford college tuition, try to get federal loans first. If private loans are a necessity, look for ones that have a low interest rate and won't penalize you for early repayment.


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