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Number of
4-year colleges in Tennessee

249,595

Students attending
4-year colleges in Tennessee

$18,672

Average
in-state tuition

$20,492

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

356 Forbes

Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

Total undergraduates: 6,636
Acceptance rate: 81%
Average annual cost: $34,678
Average salary: $43,000
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Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN

351 Forbes
Bethel's mission is to create opportunities for members of the learning community to develop to their highest potential as whole persons--intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically--in a Christian environment.

Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN

Total undergraduates: 5,889
Acceptance rate: 66%
Average annual cost: $14,583
Average salary: $38,100
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Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Christian Brothers University

Memphis, TN

516 Forbes

Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Christian Brothers University

Memphis, TN

Total undergraduates: 1,919
Acceptance rate: 52%
Average annual cost: $16,660
Average salary: $43,900
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Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Maryville College

Maryville, TN

602 Forbes

Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Maryville College

Maryville, TN

Total undergraduates: 1,213
Acceptance rate: 57%
Average annual cost: $15,542
Average salary: $37,000
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Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Rhodes College

Memphis, TN

108 Forbes
Rhodes College aspires to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. We will achieve our aspiration through four strategic imperatives: Student Access To attract and retain a tal

Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Rhodes College

Memphis, TN

Total undergraduates: 2,102
Acceptance rate: 54%
Average annual cost: $29,839
Average salary: $49,600
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Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Sewanee The University of the South

Sewanee, TN

134 Forbes

Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Sewanee The University of the South

Sewanee, TN

Total undergraduates: 1,835
Acceptance rate: 43%
Average annual cost: $30,726
Average salary: $40,600
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Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, TN

473 Forbes

Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, TN

Total undergraduates: 10,215
Acceptance rate: 67%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $37,600
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Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Knoxville, TN

243 Forbes

Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Knoxville, TN

Total undergraduates: 23,803
Acceptance rate: 77%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $43,400
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Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Union University

Jackson, TN

373 Forbes

Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Union University

Jackson, TN

Total undergraduates: 2,853
Acceptance rate: 62%
Average annual cost: $25,759
Average salary: $41,200
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Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

27 Forbes

Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Total undergraduates: 7,006
Acceptance rate: 10%
Average annual cost: $23,150
Average salary: $64,500
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Our Methodology

We show up to 10 universities for our "best colleges" section. These universities are chosen based on Forbes or US News rank (depending on what you've chosen) and sorted alphabetically. If there are fewer than 10 universities that are Forbes (or US News) ranked, we add alphabetically. Forbes' 2016 Rank of America's Best Colleges factors in post-graduate success (including salaries and awards like MacArthur Fellowships, National Academy of Sciences seats, and performing arts honors), student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate, and academic success (which includes how many students go on to get advanced degrees or receive prestigious fellowships).

Read more about the rankings. US News' 2016 Best Colleges Rankings are also based on a variety of factors, including graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni giving rate. Read more about their methodology. You can also sign up for a free RaiseMe profile to customize your college search by location, popular majors and more!

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