Knoxville Colleges and Schools

A booming city that sits at the intersection of three major interstates and was once the site of a very successful World's Fair, Knoxville has a colorful history and bright future. This business-friendly city has a wealth of higher education options that can prepare students for work in a wide variety of fields.

Knoxville colleges and universities have room for students who like the idea of studying, working and playing in Volunteer country. Here's an overview for aspiring students.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Knoxville

Two of the public colleges in Knoxville focus on skilled trades: the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, which offers programs in areas like industrial electricity, cosmetology, automotive technology, and Pellissippi State Community College, which allows students to earn anything from a quick certificate to an associate degree. In addition, smaller, private trade and vocational schools, such as Ross Medical Education Center and the Tennessee School of Beauty, round out the choices for programs of two years or less.

Fun Facts about Knoxville Colleges and Universities

One of the state's largest universities is the University of Tennessee, which celebrated its 200th anniversary in 1994. This land-grant university is also known as a public research institution. Students on the massive 910-acre campus (and those who attend online) can embark on one of more than 900 programs of study, spread out over 11 colleges. During downtime, students can cheer on the Tennessee Vols and the beloved "Smokey" mascot while singing "Rocky Top" as loudly as possible.

Other universities in Knoxville and the surrounding area offer a rich experience as well. Johnson University is one example; with dozens of bachelor's programs taught in a Christ-centered setting, the school provides some unique options, such as middle eastern studies, child ministry and music education degree programs.

Graduate Schools in Knoxville

Those seeking a master's or doctoral degree through colleges in Knoxville can find them through Johnson University, South College, and the University of Tennessee. Huntington University of Health Sciences offers two advanced degrees in the field of nutrition. Johnson University offers several graduate degree programs that can be obtained through on-campus attendance, as well as several online programs. UT has more than 530 graduate programs, including certificate and professional degree programs as well as master's and doctoral options.


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  • Johnson University, Academics, Accessed December 2018,
  • Pellissippi State Community College, Career Programs, Accessed December 2018,
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology Knoxville, Programs,
  • The University of Tennessee Knoxville, Accessed December 2018, Quick Facts,

Education Institutes in Knoxville
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Knoxville
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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Colleges and Universities in Knoxville
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
Fountainhead College of TechnologyN/AFour or more years$14,7507
The University of Tennessee Institute for Public ServiceN/AFour or more yearsN/AN/A
The University of Tennessee System OfficeN/AFour or more yearsN/AN/A
Huntington University of Health Sciences134Four or more years$6,6856
Johnson University1,088Four or more years$16,06063
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville792At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A33
Pellissippi State Community College10,894At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,27642
Tennessee School of Beauty of Knoxville Inc221Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A4
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville28,894Four or more years$13,006266
Virginia College-KnoxvilleN/AAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A15
Ross Medical Education Center-Knoxville98Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A3
Paul Mitchell the School-Knoxville177Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A3
South College2,722Four or more years$16,57548

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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