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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

Bryan College - Dayton

Dayton, TN

Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Bryan College - Dayton

Dayton, TN

Total undergraduates: 1,840
Acceptance rate: 41%
Average annual cost: $16,431
Average salary: $34,900
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Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, TN

Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, TN

Total undergraduates: 12,499
Acceptance rate: 91%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $34,600
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Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN

181 US News

Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN

Total undergraduates: 3,705
Acceptance rate: 60%
Average annual cost: $23,426
Average salary: $39,800
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Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Milligan College

Milligan College, TN

Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Milligan College

Milligan College, TN

Total undergraduates: 1,084
Acceptance rate: 68%
Average annual cost: $16,976
Average salary: $35,700
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Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Rhodes College

Memphis, TN

51 US News
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

41 US News

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 State University

Nashville, TN

Tennessee State University, a Historically Black College/University (HBCU), fosters scholarly inquiry and research, life-long learning, and a commitment to service.

Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN

Total undergraduates: 8,012
Acceptance rate: -
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $34,400
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Best colleges in Tennessee 2018

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Knoxville, TN

103 US News

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

176 US News

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

14 US News

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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