Colleges in Tennessee: Universities, Trade and Technical Schools

Tennessee Colleges Summary

Tennessee has nearly 300,000 students with over 150 colleges and career schools. A relatively low percentage of Tennessee's population goes to these schools, with just about 5.2%, the fourth lowest of any US state. The largest college is the University of Tennessee which has over 37,000 students. Two other especially large colleges, with more than 20,000 students, are Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Memphis.

There are three other colleges in Tennessee with more than 10,000 students. These are: East Tennessee State University, Southwest Tennessee Community College, and Vanderbilt University. As of 2005 there were 13 community colleges in Tennessee. There were also more than 20 schools with under 100 students. Many of these are personal care oriented schools which typically have smaller levels of enrollment.

Tennessee has more than a dozen colleges with a religious affiliation. The four biggest ones are: Southern Adventist University, Trevecca Nazarene University, Christian Brothers University, and Bethel College. Each of these has more than a thousand students.

The mailing address and web site address for the Tennessee State Department of Education is as follows:

Andrew Johnson Tower, Sixth Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-0375
Website: http://www.state.tn.us/education/

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Colleges and Universities in Tennessee

School City Students Dorms Open Admission Typical SAT Range
American Baptist College Nashville 108 50 Yes
Aquinas College Nashville 857   No V: 370-600
M: 290-540
Arnolds Beauty School Milan 62   Yes
Austin Peay State University Clarksville 9,094 1,411 No V: 440-550
M: 448-515
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences Memphis 925 100 No
Belmont University Nashville 4,742 2,100 No V: 540-630
M: 530-630
Bethel College McKenzie McKenzie 2,155 541 No V: 350-490
M: 400-480
Buchanan Beauty College Shelbyville 37   Yes
Career Beauty College Lawrenceburg Lawrenceburg 32   Yes
Carson Newman College Jefferson City 2,012 1,290 No M: 460-570
Chattanooga College Medical Dental and Technical Careers Chattanooga 147   Yes
Chattanooga State Technical Community College Chattanooga 8,108   Yes
Christian Brothers University Memphis 1,874 542 No V: 470-610
M: 480-620
Church of God Theological Seminary Cleveland 247 22 No
Cleveland State Community College Cleveland 2,999   No
Columbia State Community College Columbia 4,633   No V: 390-520
M: 360-480
W: 390-520
Concorde Career College Memphis Memphis 1,101   No
Crichton College Memphis 1,007 176 No V: 400-420
M: 395-425
W: 410-411
Cumberland University Lebanon 1,335 410 No V: 440-540
M: 450-520
Draughons Junior College Clarksville Clarksville 441   Yes
Draughons Junior College Inc Nashville 286   Yes
Draughons Junior College Murfreesboro Murfreesboro 560   Yes
Dyersburg State Community College Dyersburg 2,568   No
East Tennessee State University Johnson City 13,119 2,387 No V: 440-550
M: 430-555
Emmanuel School of Religion Johnson City 118 62 No
Fayetteville College of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences Fayetteville 26   Yes
Fisk University Nashville 814 775 No V: 415-520
M: 400-510
W: 390-510
Fountainhead College of Technology Knoxville 90   Yes
Franklin Academy Cleveland 47   No
Free Will Baptist Bible College Nashville 324 335 Yes
Freed Hardeman University Henderson 2,011 1,368 No V: 510-630
M: 460-590
Genesis Career College of Cookeville Cookeville 100   Yes
Genesis Career College of Lebanon Lebanon 267   Yes
Hiwassee College Madisonville 434 336 No M: 330-407
W: 350-442
Institute of Hair Design Adamsville Adamsville 58   No
International Barber & Style College Nashville 111   Yes
Jackson State Community College Jackson 4,380   No
John A Gupton College Nashville 123 14 Yes
Johnson Bible College Knoxville 901 576 No V: 480-612
M: 470-560
W: 487-562
King College Bristol 1,515 493 No V: 450-540
M: 440-550
Lambuth University Jackson 751 611 No V: 440-570
M: 460-570
Lane College Jackson 1,766 1,250 No
Last Minute Cuts School of Barbering and Cosmetology Memphis 65   No
Le Moyne Owen College Memphis 592 144 No
Lee University Cleveland 4,089 1,843 No V: 470-590
M: 460-580
Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate 3,255 705 No V: 420-530
M: 430-570
Lipscomb University Nashville 2,744 1,495 No V: 490-600
M: 490-610
Martin Methodist College Pulaski 924 364 No V: 430-520
M: 410-460
Maryville College Maryville 1,176 937 No V: 460-630
M: 480-610
W: 450-610
Meharry Medical College NASHVILLE 752 213 No
Memphis College of Art Memphis 341 165 No V: 470-630
M: 460-570
W: 450-610
Memphis Theological Seminary Memphis 278 40 No
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Madison 210   No
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro 23,246 2,925 No V: 450-580
M: 450-580
Milligan College Milligan College 1,006 656 No V: 500-598
M: 463-600
W: 460-575
Motlow State Community College Tullahoma 4,113   No V: 383-488
M: 393-540
W: 415-480
Mr Waynes School of Unisex Hair Design Cookeville 27   No
Nashville College of Medical Careers Madison 209   Yes
Nashville State Technical Community College Nashville 7,077   No V: 385-485
M: 385-510
New Concepts School of Cosmetology Cleveland 52   Yes
New Directions Hair Academy Brentwood 198   Yes
North Central Institute Clarksville 182   Yes
Northeast State Technical Community College Blountville 5,237   No
Nossi College of Art Goodlettsville 381   No
O'More College of Design Franklin 220   No V: 545-695
M: 450-615
W: 500-635
Paul Mitchell the School Knoxville Knoxville 32   Yes
Paul Mitchell the School Nashville Antioch 239   Yes
Pellissippi State Technical Community College Knoxville 8,608   No V: 465-630
M: 470-660
W: 460-630
Plaza Beauty School Memphis 171   Yes
Queen City College Clarksville 151   Yes
Rhodes College Memphis 1,697 1,245 No V: 580-680
M: 580-670
W: 580-680
Richmont Graduate University Chattanooga 264   No
Roane State Community College Harriman 5,404   No
Sewanee: The University of the South Sewanee 1,561 1,425 No V: 568-680
M: 580-680
Shear Academy Crossville 18   Yes
Southern Adventist University Collegedale 2,640 1,817 No V: 460-580
M: 450-570
Southern College of Optometry Memphis 480   No
Southern Institute of Cosmetology Memphis 72   Yes
Southwest Tennessee Community College Memphis 10,617   No M: 375-515
Styles and Profiles Beauty College Selmer 21   Yes
Temple Baptist Seminary Chattanooga 122 1,601 No
Tennessee Academy of Cosmetology East Shelby Drive Memphis Memphis 90   Yes
Tennessee Academy of Cosmetology Stage Road Memphis Memphis 101   Yes
Tennessee Career Institute Columbia 144   Yes
Tennessee School of Beauty of Knoxville Knoxville 304   Yes
Tennessee State University Nashville 9,065 2,700 No V: 390-498
M: 390-510
Tennessee Technological University Cookeville 10,321 2,282 No V: 470-620
M: 510-650
Tennessee Technology Center at Athens Athens 133   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Covington Covington 199   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Crossville Crossville 392   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Crump Crump 285   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Dickson Dickson 523   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Elizabethton Elizabethton 555   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman Harriman 142   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Hartsville Hartsville 206   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Hohenwald Hohenwald 427   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Jacksboro Jacksboro 199   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Jackson Jackson 435   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Knoxville Knoxville 766   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston Livingston 677   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at McKenzie McKenzie 243   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at McMinnville McMinnville 230   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Memphis Memphis 857   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Morristown Morristown 625   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Murfreesboro Murfreesboro 273   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Nashville Nashville 785   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Newbern Newbern 128   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Oneida Huntsville Huntsville 261   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Paris Paris 345   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Pulaski Pulaski 203   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Ripley Ripley 128   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville Shelbyville 536   Yes
Tennessee Technology Center at Whiteville Whiteville 160   Yes
Tennessee Temple University Chattanooga 623 1,604 No V: 355-610
M: 335-535
Tennessee Wesleyan College Athens 861 415 No V: 390-520
M: 430-560
The Beauty Institute Memphis Memphis 210   Yes
The University of Tennessee Knoxville 29,937 8,734 No V: 520-630
M: 530-640
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chattanooga 9,558 2,801 No
The University of Tennessee Martin Martin 7,171 2,376 No
Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville 2,286 735 No V: 480-600
M: 460-580
Tusculum College Greeneville 2,605 594 No V: 430-480
M: 433-547
Union University Jackson 3,235 1,102 No V: 510-650
M: 510-640
University of Memphis Memphis 20,379 2,391 No V: 460-620
M: 460-580
W: 460-570
Vanderbilt University Nashville 11,847 5,689 No V: 650-740
M: 680-760
W: 650-730
Virginia College School of Business and Health Chattanooga 357   No
Visible School Music and Worships Arts College Lakeland 66 100 No V: 430-580
M: 440-600
Volunteer Beauty Madison Madison 72   Yes
Volunteer Beauty Nashville Nashville 43   Yes
Volunteer Beauty School Dyersburg 64   Yes
Volunteer State Community College Gallatin 7,065   No
Walters State Community College Morristown 5,825   No
Watkins College of Art & Design Nashville 400 96 No V: 450-550
M: 450-550
W: 450-550
West Tennessee Business College Jackson 297   No
William Moore College of Technology Memphis 170   Yes
Williamson Christian College Franklin 65   No
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