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Nashville Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Nashville Colleges and Schools

Nashville is the capital of the state of Tennessee and the county seat of popular Davidson County. Known by many as "Music City," Nashville offers a hip, urban vibe, plenty of opportunities for culture and recreation, and some of the top music venues in the United States.

According to The Tennessean, key industries in Nashville include health care, the music industry, tourism and hospitality, automotive manufacturing, residential real estate, and manufacturing and distribution. And in 2013, Nashville's economy ranked as one of the top producers in the country.

Colleges and Schools in Nashville, Tennessee

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 32 institutions of higher education can be found in the Nashville area. That figure includes a diverse array of schools including career colleges, beauty schools, community colleges, and public, four-year schools. Collectively, Nashville colleges and schools enrolled approximately 58,631 students in 2014.

Belmont University

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $28,660
  • Graduation rate (2008): 70%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 80 undergraduate, 18 graduate

As a private, four-year school, Belmont University offers an array of undergraduate and graduate degrees in fields such as business, health care, finance and religious studies. Enrollment included 7,244 students in 2014, and they enjoyed small class sizes with a student-to-faculty ratio of just 13:1.

Lincoln College of Technology - Nashville

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $27,326
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 63%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 4 career training programs

Lincoln College of Technology in Nashville offers four automotive technology programs that focus on various aspects of commercial and personal vehicle care and maintenance. Enrollment included 1,782 students in 2014, and the school is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

Nashville State Community College

  • In-state tuition and fees (2014-15): $3,753
  • Graduation rate (2011): 12%, plus 12% transferred out
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 22 Associate of Applied Science and Technical Degree programs, 22 certificate programs, 15 transfer programs

As a two-year school, Nashville State Community College offers associate degrees, certificates, and transfer programs in fields such as health care, technical trades, and business. Enrollment included 10,044 students in 2014, and the school offers online courses alongside their on-campus programming.

Remington College - Nashville

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $15,995
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 56%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 16 associate degrees, 10 bachelor's degrees, and 10 diploma programs

Remington College of Nashville is a private school that offers many two-year and four-year degrees, some of which can be completed online. The school also offers diploma programs that can prove competency and add to a resume, all while increasing one's job prospects. As of last count, student enrollment at Remington's Nashville campus was 380.

Tennessee State University

  • In-state tuition and fees (2014-15): $6,930
  • Graduation rate (2008): 42%, plus 9% transferred out
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 45 bachelor's degrees, 24 master's degrees, various doctoral programs

As a premier institution in the state, Tennessee State University offers top notch programs in fields such as health care, business, agriculture, biological sciences, and computer technology. Although student enrollment was over 9,000 in 2014, small class sizes and a student-to-faculty ratio of 19:1 were maintained.

Welch College

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $16,890
  • Graduation rate (2008): 39%, plus 3% transferred out
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: More than 40 undergraduate majors, 4 online degrees

As a private Baptist college, Welch College focuses on small class sizes and career preparation. Currently, the school offers undergraduate degrees in fields such as religious studies, business, music, and education. Enrollment included 315 students in 2014, and class sizes had a student-to-faculty ratio of just 10:1.

Facts for Students of Nashville Colleges and Schools

Nashville Economy

According to data from The Tennessean, Nashville recently ranked third in the country based on GMP, or gross metropolitan product. This is likely the result of Nashville's booming economy, including the region's music industry and its growing influence. Median household income was $46,686 through 2013, which was slightly higher than the state median income of $44,298 that year. Low housing costs add to the allure of the Nashville area as well. Through 2013, the median housing value was just $165,200.

Nashville Demographics

More than 644,000 individuals lived in the Nashville area in 2014 according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Through 2013, 35.3 percent of the adult population had a Bachelor's degree, and 86.2 percent had a high school diploma or better.

Nashville Fun Facts

Nightlife in Nashville can sometimes last all day long. The city is home to numerous music and theatrical landmarks including the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, the Nashville Opera, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and of course the Grand Ole Opry, which sits right outside the city.

Sources:

  1. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  2. Guide to Top Industries in Middle Tennessee, The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/davidson/2014/10/08/healthy-economy-music-city/16928807/
  3. Nashville, Music City, http://www.visitmusiccity.com/
  4. State & County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, Nashville - Davidson, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/47/4752006.html

Featured Colleges in the Nashville Area (QuickSchools™)

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Lincoln Tech


Nashville, TN

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  • Program Categories: Criminal Justice, Legal and Safety, Health, Healthcare and Nursing
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Argosy University


Nashville, TN

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Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

  • Program Categories: Business, Criminal Justice, Legal and Safety, Psychology, Counseling and Mental Health
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master
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Nashville Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

American Baptist College
1800 Baptist World Ctr Dr
Nashville, TN 37207

  • Programs: theology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 108 students, 87 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 50 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.

Draughons Junior College Inc
340 Plus Park Blvd
Nashville, TN 37217

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: medical assistant, criminal justice and safety, medical records tech, business administration, dental assistant, electronic commerce, legal assistant, computer support
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 286 students, 628 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Free Will Baptist Bible College
3606 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37205-0117

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: bible studies, business management, pastoral counseling, youth ministry, early childhood education, elementary school teaching, psychology, secondary teaching
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 324 students, 252 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 335 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Member of a national athletic association.

International Barber & Style College
3744 Annex Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209

  • Programs: cosmetoloty instructor, barber
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 111 students, 198 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Placement assistance.

John A Gupton College
1616 Church St
Nashville, TN 37203-2954

  • Programs: funeral and mortuary
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 123 students, 118 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 14 student capacity.
  • Notable: Career counseling.

Nashville College of Medical Careers
1556 Crestview Dr
Madison, TN 37115

  • Programs: medical assistant, medical secretary
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 209 students, 390 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Paul Mitchell the School-Nashville
5510 Crossings Circle
Antioch, TN 37013

  • Programs: cosmetology, aesthetician and skin care, cosmetoloty instructor
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 239 students, 336 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Tennessee Technology Center at Nashville
100 White Bridge Rd
Nashville, TN 37209-4515

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: licensed practical nurse, truck and bus driver, cosmetology, aesthetician and skin care, clinical and medical lab science, dental lab tech, welding, MIS
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 785 students, 691 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Volunteer Beauty Madison
1793 B Gallatin Pke N
Madison, TN 37115-2122

  • Programs: cosmetology, personal grooming
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 72 students, 133 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Volunteer Beauty Nashville
5338 Charlotte Ave.
Nashville, TN 37209-3033

  • Programs: cosmetology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 43 students, 38 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Colleges in Nashville with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Aquinas College
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205

  • Programs: registered nursing, business administration, teacher ed, liberal arts and sciences
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 857 students, 598 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 370-600. Math: 290-540.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services.

Belmont University
1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212-3757

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: music management, business management, registered nursing, music performance, accounting, liberal arts and sciences, teacher ed, occupational therapy
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 4,742 students, 4,404 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 2,100 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 540-630. Math: 530-630.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Fisk University
1000 17th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208-4501

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: psychology, business, sociology, biology, physics, political science, English, chemistry
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 814 students, 830 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 775 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 415-520. Math: 400-510. Writing: 390-510.
  • Flexibility: AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204-3951

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, curriculum and instruction, accounting, psychology, registered nursing, marketing, elementary school teaching, biology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 2,744 students, 2,612 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,495 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 490-600. Math: 490-610.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Meharry Medical College
1005 DB TODD BLVD
NASHVILLE, TN 37208

  • Programs: medicine, dentistry, public health, biological and biomedical sciences
  • Degrees/Certificates: Master's.
  • Student Body: 752 students, 100 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 213 student capacity.
  • Notable: Career counseling.

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
315 Hospital Drive
Madison, TN 37116

  • Programs: nurse anesthetist
  • Degrees/Certificates: Master's.
  • Student Body: 210 students, 195 full-time equivalent.

Nashville State Technical Community College
120 White Bridge Rd
Nashville, TN 37209-4515

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, child development, computer networking, administrative assistant, criminal justice and police, surgical tech, business management, various music studies
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 7,077 students, 4,468 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 385-485. Math: 385-510.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Tennessee State University
3500 John Merritt Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209-1561

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: registered nursing, liberal arts and sciences, business management, psychology, educational administration, curriculum and instruction, drama, criminal justice and administration
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's.
  • Student Body: 9,065 students, 7,867 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 2,700 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 390-498. Math: 390-510.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Trevecca Nazarene University
333 Murfreesboro Rd
Nashville, TN 37210

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, educational administration, elementary school teaching, physician assistant, library science, psychology courses, education courses, marriage and family therapy
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's.
  • Student Body: 2,286 students, 2,155 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 735 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 480-600. Math: 460-580.
  • Flexibility: Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Vanderbilt University
2101 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37240

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, social services, economics, law, political science, biomedical engineering, Spanish language, psychology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 11,847 students, 9,351 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 5,689 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 650-740. Math: 680-760. Writing: 650-730.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Watkins College of Art & Design
2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37228

  • Programs: graphic design, interior design, fine arts, cinematography, photography
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 400 students, 278 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 96 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 450-550. Math: 450-550. Writing: 450-550.
  • Flexibility: AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Study abroad option.
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