Students seeking colleges in Tennessee can find a variety of public and private schools to consider. The University of Tennessee (UT) is the state's public four-year university system. UT Knoxville is the largest campus in the system and is recognized as a leader in research. UT's other three campuses are also known for academic excellence.
There are also nearly 50 private four-year universities in Tennessee. One of the most notable is Vanderbilt University, a major research institution and medical center. Its nursing and engineering programs are especially well-known, and the university consistently receives high rankings and accolades.
For those interested in certificate or associate degree programs, there are 13 community colleges in Tennessee. And the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) system comprises 27 two-year public colleges that provide technical education and occupational training. Local industry demand may influence the program offerings at each campus.
Students interested in trade and technical training can find dozens of private Tennessee colleges where they can pursue certificates or associate degrees in technology, medical assisting, cosmetology, culinary arts, and more.
Through TN eCampus students may access online programs offered by Tennessee Board of Regents institutions. Students can access more than 400 courses and more than 500 online degree options to pursue a certificate, degree, or graduate-level work. Tennessee also participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which makes it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in other states.
For more information about postsecondary education, visit the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and Student Assistance Corporation.