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94 Schools in Tennessee Match Your Criteria

  1. School Name Tuition & Fees Years Accredited Student Population School Type Degree Levels
  2. School Name

    Argosy University-Nashville

    Nashville, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $12,685
    Years Accredited
    3 (2011)
    Student Population
    851
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  3. School Name

    Austin Peay State University

    Clarksville, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $6,648
    Years Accredited
    68 (1947)
    Student Population
    12,694
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  4. School Name

    Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences

    Memphis, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $11,830
    Years Accredited
    15 (1999)
    Student Population
    1,224
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    School Website
  5. School Name

    Belmont University

    Nashville, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $26,130
    Years Accredited
    56 (1959)
    Student Population
    6,673
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  6. School Name

    Bethel University

    McKenzie, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $14,520
    Years Accredited
    63 (1952)
    Student Population
    6,872
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  7. School Name

    Bryan College-Dayton

    Dayton, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $20,150
    Years Accredited
    45 (1969)
    Student Population
    2,317
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  8. School Name

    Carson-Newman University

    Jefferson City, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $22,652
    Years Accredited
    88 (1927)
    Student Population
    2,182
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  9. School Name

    Chattanooga State Community College

    Chattanooga, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $3,555
    Years Accredited
    47 (1967)
    Student Population
    13,606
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  10. School Name

    Christian Brothers University

    Memphis, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $27,290
    Years Accredited
    57 (1958)
    Student Population
    2,232
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  11. School Name

    Cleveland State Community College

    Cleveland, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $3,509
    Years Accredited
    45 (1969)
    Student Population
    4,986
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  12. School Name

    Columbia State Community College

    Columbia, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $3,511
    Years Accredited
    46 (1968)
    Student Population
    7,393
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  13. School Name

    Cumberland University

    Lebanon, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $20,200
    Years Accredited
    53 (1962)
    Student Population
    1,749
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  14. School Name

    Daymar Institute-Clarksville

    Clarksville, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $18,000
    Years Accredited
    60 (1954)
    Student Population
    1,162
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  15. School Name

    Daymar Institute-Murfreesboro

    Murfreesboro, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $18,000
    Years Accredited
    11 (2003)
    Student Population
    750
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  16. School Name

    Daymar Institute-Nashville

    Nashville, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $18,000
    Years Accredited
    60 (1954)
    Student Population
    702
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  17. School Name

    DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management-Tennessee

    Memphis, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    44 (1970)
    Student Population
    324
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Masters
    School Website
  18. School Name

    DeVry University-Tennessee

    Memphis, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $15,915
    Years Accredited
    7 (2007)
    Student Population
    462
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  19. School Name

    Dyersburg State Community College

    Dyersburg, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $3,531
    Years Accredited
    43 (1971)
    Student Population
    4,765
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  20. School Name

    East Tennessee State University

    Johnson City, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $6,715
    Years Accredited
    88 (1927)
    Student Population
    17,562
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  21. School Name

    Emmanuel Christian Seminary

    Johnson City, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    33 (1981)
    Student Population
    172
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
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College Costs

In recent years, tuition at Tennessee colleges and universities has stayed slightly above the national average, with the in-state cost of public 4-year university increasing by 45% between 2006 and 2011 (compared to 42% nationally). That being said, next year may be a shock for students. The state Board of Regents voted in the spring of 2014 to approve tuition increases for both community colleges and the state university system. While the University of Tennessee is set to increase tuition by 4-6%, some community colleges will increase tuition by up to 10%. In addition, many 2-year and 4-year schools are increasing student fees, which aren't included in tuition numbers but can add $1000 or more to a year's bill. On the other hand, the state signed Tennessee Promise into law, allowing the majority of state high school graduates to attend community college for free.

College Enrollment

State enrollment trends between 2005 and 2010 stayed on par with national averages at 4-year public schools, with both hovering near 15%. On the other hand, over the same time period enrollment at 2-year schools in Tennessee rose 30.9%, compared to just a 16.7% increase nationally. Reasons for this include many people choosing to go back to school, as well as increasing costs at Tennessee's flagship public universities. In light of Tennessee Promise and dramatically shifting tuition prices in the state, enrollment numbers may fluctuate in the next couple years as students enroll in community colleges for free.

Higher Education Initiatives

  1. Official State Links

  2. College Savings

    • TN Stars: The state's 529 savings plan includes incentives for opening an account, 14 investment options, and low minimum contribution limits. There's one age-based option, as well. The program is run by the Tennessee Treasury Department.
  3. Education Nonprofits

    • Tennessee Promise: Just approved by the Tennessee government this year, Tennessee Promise is dedicated to providing a higher education for every student in the state. The organization is currently identifying community colleges with which it can partner; the premise is that every high school student that applies to the program and meets its requirements will be able to attend a community college for free.
    • Public Education Foundation Chattanooga: This national nonprofit has a state organization in Tennessee. It aims to support public education at all levels, but it also hosts college-specific workshops for students who face barriers in accessing higher education. PEF holds "Camp College" every summer, providing 40 rising seniors the opportunity to explore postsecondary education.
    • Tennessee College Access & Success: This nonprofit works with communities to create a culture of interest and participation in higher education. Its goal is to increase the number of Tennessee residents who finish college or university and earn a degree. They work with legislators, community leaders, and educators to expand awareness.
  4. Higher Education News

Higher Education in Tennessee

Tennessee Schools vs US State Average

Graduation Rate and Average Test score at Public 4-year Institutions

    • 51% Tennessee
      Graduation Rate
    • 19.7 ACT Tennessee
      Average Test Score
    • 56% National
      Graduation Rate
    • 21.1 ACT National
      Average Test Score

Average Tuitions and Fees in Tennessee

  • TN US
    Public 2-Year
  • TN US
    Public 4-Year
  • TN US
    Private 4-year

Tennessee Institutions

  • TN US
    Degree-Granting Institutions
  • TN US
    Public
    Institutions
  • TN US
    Private Not-For-Profit Institutions
  • TN US
    Private For-Profit Institutions

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