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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

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Nashville Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, //nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

American Baptist College
1800 Baptist World Ctr Dr
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities, Theology and religious vocations, Public administration and social service professions
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: Baptist
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 157
  • In-State Tuition: 8760
  • Out-of-State tuition: 8760

Daymar Institute-Nashville
560 Royal Parkway
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Legal professions and studies, Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 153
  • In-State Tuition: 17000
  • Out-of-State tuition: 17000

Welch College
3606 West End Ave
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: Education, English language and literature/letters, Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities, Biological and biomedical sciences, Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies, Theology and religious vocations, Psychology, Visual and performing arts
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: Free Will Baptist Church
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 346
  • In-State Tuition: 17398
  • Out-of-State tuition: 17398

Nashville State Community College
120 White Bridge Rd
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: Agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences, Computer and information sciences and support services, Personal and culinary services, Education, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Family and consumer sciences/human sciences, Legal professions and studies, Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 10192
  • In-State Tuition: 3648
  • Out-of-State tuition: 15048

Tennessee State University
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: Agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences, Communication, journalism, and related programs, Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Engineering, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Family and consumer sciences/human sciences, English language and literature/letters
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 9167
  • In-State Tuition: 6072
  • Out-of-State tuition: 18792

Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville
100 White Bridge Rd
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: Personal and culinary services, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Family and consumer sciences/human sciences, Construction trades, Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians, Precision production, Transportation and materials moving, Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 931

Volunteer Beauty Academy-Nashville
5338 Charlotte Ave.
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 29

International Barber & Style College
3744 Annex Avenue
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 103

SAE Institute of Technology-Nashville
7 Music Circle N
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Communications technologies/technicians and support services, Visual and performing arts
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 141
  • In-State Tuition: 18432
  • Out-of-State tuition: 18432

Lincoln College of Technology-Nashville
1524 Gallatin Rd
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 1609

Brightwood College-Nashville
750 Envious Lane
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Legal professions and studies, Construction trades, Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 398

National College-Nashville
1638 Bell Road
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 507
  • In-State Tuition: 11412
  • Out-of-State tuition: 11412

The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville
100 Centerview Drive, Suite 250
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Communications technologies/technicians and support services, Computer and information sciences and support services, Personal and culinary services, Visual and performing arts, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 740
  • In-State Tuition: 17496
  • Out-of-State tuition: 17496

Argosy University-Nashville
100 Centerview Dr, Suite 225
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities, Psychology, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Public administration and social service professions, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors, Associates, Bachelors
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 392
  • In-State Tuition: 13464
  • Out-of-State tuition: 13464

Fortis Institute-Nashville
3354 Perimeter Hill Drive, Suite 105
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians, Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 348
  • In-State Tuition: 16320
  • Out-of-State tuition: 16320

The Salon Professional Academy-Nashville
2710 Old Lebanon Road, Suite 6
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 50

Mind Body Institute
2416 Music Valley Drive, Suite 119
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 39

Colleges in Nashville with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, //nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Aquinas College
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Education, English language and literature/letters, Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities, Philosophy and religious studies, Theology and religious vocations, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services, History
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 384
  • In-State Tuition: 19950
  • Out-of-State tuition: 19950

Belmont University
1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: Natural resources and conservation, Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies, Communication, journalism, and related programs, Communications technologies/technicians and support services, Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics, Legal professions and studies
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors, Bachelors
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 7350
  • In-State Tuition: 28600
  • Out-of-State tuition: 28600

Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: Natural resources and conservation, Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies, Communication, journalism, and related programs, Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Engineering, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: Churches of Christ
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 4680
  • In-State Tuition: 26428
  • Out-of-State tuition: 26428

Fisk University
1000 17th Ave North
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics, English language and literature/letters, Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities, Biological and biomedical sciences, Mathematics and statistics, Physical sciences
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 855
  • In-State Tuition: 19624
  • Out-of-State tuition: 19624

John A Gupton College
1616 Church St
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 120
  • In-State Tuition: 9920
  • Out-of-State tuition: 9920

Meharry Medical College
1005 DB Todd Blvd.
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Biological and biomedical sciences, Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: United Methodist
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 829

Trevecca Nazarene University
333 Murfreesboro Rd
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: Communication, journalism, and related programs, Communications technologies/technicians and support services, Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Engineering, Family and consumer sciences/human sciences, English language and literature/letters, Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of the Nazarene
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 2640
  • In-State Tuition: 23248
  • Out-of-State tuition: 23248

Vanderbilt University
2101 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies, Communication, journalism, and related programs, Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Engineering, Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics, Family and consumer sciences/human sciences, Legal professions and studies
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 12567
  • In-State Tuition: 43620
  • Out-of-State tuition: 43620

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

  • Programs: Visual and performing arts
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelors
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 292
  • In-State Tuition: 19305
  • Out-of-State tuition: 19305

ITT Technical Institute-Nashville
2845 Elm Hill Pike
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Visual and performing arts, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 458
  • In-State Tuition: 17748
  • Out-of-State tuition: 17748

Remington College-Nashville Campus
441 Donelson Pk Ste 150
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 347
  • In-State Tuition: 15868
  • Out-of-State tuition: 15868

Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting
1507 County Hospital Road
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 402

DeVry University-Tennessee
3343 Perimter Hill Dr., Ste. 200
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Communication, journalism, and related programs, Computer and information sciences and support services, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 257
  • In-State Tuition: 17052
  • Out-of-State tuition: 17052

University of Phoenix-Tennessee
616 Marriott Dr
Nashville, TN

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Multi/interdisciplinary studies, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Public administration and social service professions, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 1436
  • In-State Tuition: 10607
  • Out-of-State tuition: 10607
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