Tennessee Best Colleges Comparison

View the Tennessee Best Colleges Comparison and compare the schools with key academic characteristics such as tuition and test scores to get right decision.
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Colleges In Tennessee Statistics

There are 184 colleges in Tennessee - 52 public and 132 private schools. The 2020 average undergraduate tuition & fees of the schools is $16,332 and the average graduate tuition & fees is $19,452. The average SAT scores of enrolled students is 1,117 and the average acceptance rate is 71% for Tennessee Best Colleges Comparison.
Next table shows the key academic facts for all colleges in Tennessee. You may want to check more statistics and compare all Tennessee colleges at Tennessee Statistics page.
2019-2020 Colleges In Tennessee Statistics
Top 20 colleges in TennesseeAll colleges in Tennessee
Number of Schools20 schools
(5 public, 15 private)
184 schools
(52 public, 132 private)
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees$10,436 (in-state)
$31,534 (out-of-state)
$5,685 (in-state)
$16,332 (out-of-state)
Graduate Tuition & Fees$11,468 (in-state)
$20,444 (out-of-state)
$11,363 (in-state)
$19,452 (out-of-state)
Average Financial Aid$18,243$7,353
Test Scores1,182 SAT, 25 ACT 1,117 SAT, 23 ACT
Acceptance Rate68.55% 71.30%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)28.95% 37.14%
Population151,190339,370
Undergraduate116,323286,845
Graduate34,86752,525
Graduation Rate62.05%56.52%
Transfer-out Rate20.58%18.91%
Students to Faculty Ratio13.20 to 115.07 to 1

Top Colleges In Tennessee Comparison

Next table lists the top 20 colleges in Tennessee for academic year 2019-2020. Vanderbilt University ranked top in the Tennessee Best Colleges Comparison and The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Rhodes College follows it. The 2020 average tuition & fees is $31,534 for undergraduate programs $20,444 for graduate programs. The average SAT score of the top colleges in Tennessee is 1,182 and the acceptance rate is 68.55%. The average students to faculty ratio is 13.20 to 1 for top colleges in Tennessee. You can sort the schools by clicking column name that you want to sort.
2019-2020 Top colleges in Tennessee Comparison
Rank*NameTuition & FeesAverage Financial AidPopulationAcceptance RateTest ScoresStudents to Faculty Ratio
1 Vanderbilt University
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Private, 4 yearsNashville, TN
$56,966 $44,675 13,5377% 1,525 SAT
35 ACT
8 to 1
2 The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
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Public, 4 yearsKnoxville, TN
$31,664
($13,244)
$10,035 30,55975% 1,255 SAT
28 ACT
17 to 1
3 Rhodes College
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Private, 4 yearsMemphis, TN
$50,910 $32,184 1,87557% 1,410 SAT
30 ACT
9 to 1
4 Union University
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Private, 4 yearsJackson, TN
$35,510 $21,886 3,07153% 1,225 SAT
27 ACT
10 to 1
5 Lipscomb University
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Private, 4 yearsNashville, TN
$35,752 $29,268 4,88474% 1,185 SAT
26 ACT
14 to 1
6 Freed-Hardeman University
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Private, 4 yearsHenderson, TN
$23,300 $14,179 2,18888% 1,090 SAT
24 ACT
13 to 1
7 The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
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Public, 4 yearsChattanooga, TN
$25,966
($9,848)
$8,753 11,72886% 1,130 SAT
23 ACT
18 to 1
8 Bryan College-Dayton
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Private, 4 yearsDayton, TN
$17,360 $19,201 1,41251% 1,118 SAT 12 to 1
9 Trevecca Nazarene University
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Private, 4 yearsNashville, TN
$26,898 $14,910 3,96878% 1,147 SAT
23 ACT
13 to 1
10 Belmont University
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Private, 4 yearsNashville, TN
$38,430 $17,051 8,20488% 1,245 SAT
27 ACT
14 to 1
11 Christian Brothers University
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Private, 4 yearsMemphis, TN
$34,820 $27,646 1,91897% 1,155 SAT
22 ACT
11 to 1
12 Cumberland University
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Private, 4 yearsLebanon, TN
$25,412 $11,573 2,70458% 1,005 SAT
21 ACT
17 to 1
13 Tennessee Technological University
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Public, 4 yearsCookeville, TN
$19,834
($9,802)
$7,613 10,17779% 1,150 SAT
25 ACT
18 to 1
14 Lincoln Memorial University
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Private, 4 yearsHarrogate, TN
$24,210 $16,836 4,88570% 1,110 SAT
22 ACT
13 to 1
15 Middle Tennessee State University
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Public, 4 yearsMurfreesboro, TN
$28,264
($9,232)
$7,637 22,08068% 1,110 SAT
23 ACT
17 to 1
16 King University
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Private, 4 yearsBristol, TN
$32,838 $14,981 1,74666% 1,080 SAT
21 ACT
11 to 1
17 University of Memphis
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Public, 4 yearsMemphis, TN
$14,088
($10,056)
$7,591 22,20595% 1,095 SAT
23 ACT
16 to 1
18 Milligan University
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Private, 4 yearsMilligan, TN
$36,140 $24,047 1,33860% 1,093 SAT
25 ACT
9 to 1
19 The University of the South
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Private, 4 yearsSewanee, TN
$49,418 $26,285 1,80060% 1,295 SAT
29 ACT
10 to 1
20 Fisk University
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Private, 4 yearsNashville, TN
$22,906 $8,505 91161% 1,210 SAT
23 ACT
14 to 1
Average$31,534
($10,436)
$18,243 151,19068.55% 1,182 SAT
25.1053 ACT
13.20 to 1
*Ranking data provided by CollegeEvaluator.
All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2019-2020