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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

    Fisk University

    Nashville, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $20,002
    Years Accredited
    85 (1930)
    Student Population
    563
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  3. School Name

    Fountainhead College of Technology

    Knoxville, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $17,000
    Years Accredited
    47 (1967)
    Student Population
    266
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  4. School Name

    Freed-Hardeman University

    Henderson, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $20,468
    Years Accredited
    59 (1956)
    Student Population
    2,224
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  5. School Name

    Hiwassee College

    Madisonville, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $18,340
    Years Accredited
    1 (2013)
    Student Population
    251
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  6. School Name

    International Academy of Design and Technology-Nashville

    Nashville, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $12,700
    Years Accredited
    10 (2004)
    Student Population
    819
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  7. School Name

    Jackson State Community College

    Jackson, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $3,508
    Years Accredited
    45 (1969)
    Student Population
    6,752
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  8. School Name

    Johnson University

    Knoxville, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $10,250
    Years Accredited
    44 (1970)
    Student Population
    978
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  9. School Name

    Kaplan Career Institute-Nashville

    Nashville, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    29 (1985)
    Student Population
    732
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  10. School Name

    King College

    Bristol, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $24,960
    Years Accredited
    68 (1947)
    Student Population
    2,668
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  11. School Name

    Lee University

    Cleveland, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $13,370
    Years Accredited
    55 (1960)
    Student Population
    5,537
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  12. School Name

    Lincoln Memorial University

    Harrogate, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $18,740
    Years Accredited
    79 (1936)
    Student Population
    5,319
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  13. School Name

    Lipscomb University

    Nashville, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $24,754
    Years Accredited
    61 (1954)
    Student Population
    5,013
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  14. School Name

    Martin Methodist College

    Pulaski, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $21,368
    Years Accredited
    63 (1952)
    Student Population
    1,208
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  15. School Name

    Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting

    Nashville, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    5 (2009)
    Student Population
    347
    School Type
    Private for-profit, less-than 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    School Website
  16. School Name

    Middle Tennessee State University

    Murfreesboro, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $7,210
    Years Accredited
    87 (1928)
    Student Population
    30,929
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  17. School Name

    Miller-Motte Technical College-Chattanooga

    Chattanooga, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $10,692
    Years Accredited
    12 (2002)
    Student Population
    919
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  18. School Name

    Miller-Motte Technical College-Clarksville

    Clarksville, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $9,900
    Years Accredited
    25 (1989)
    Student Population
    1,098
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  19. School Name

    Milligan College

    Milligan College, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $26,760
    Years Accredited
    55 (1960)
    Student Population
    1,370
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  20. School Name

    Motlow State Community College

    Tullahoma, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $3,516
    Years Accredited
    43 (1971)
    Student Population
    6,689
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  21. School Name

    Nashville State Community College

    Nashville, TN
    Tuition & Fees
    $3,465
    Years Accredited
    42 (1972)
    Student Population
    14,329
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    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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