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    Top Colleges in Tennessee

    Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Updated: May 7th, 2024

    You’ve heard about the barbecue, you’ve heard about the country music and the Great Smoky Mountains. But did you know that Tennessee is also home to many great colleges and universities? The state is home to Ivy League member Vanderbilt University, as well as Berea College, a groundbreaking institution that offers tuition-free education to its students. And those are only two on a long list of great college options. Check out our list below to find your Tennessee college match.

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    Vanderbilt University

    Nashville, TN • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Nashville, TN

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    7% acceptance rate
    7,104 undergraduate students
    93% graduation rate
    $22,204 average per year after aid
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    Rhodes College

    Memphis, TN • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Memphis, TN

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    57% acceptance rate
    1,983 undergraduate students
    85% graduation rate
    $27,647 average per year after aid
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    Baptist Health Sciences University

    Memphis, TN • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Memphis, TN

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    35% acceptance rate
    888 undergraduate students
    60% graduation rate
    $6,265 average per year after aid
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    The University of the South

    Sewanee, TN • Private, Non-Profit, Rural

    Sewanee, TN

    Private, Non-Profit, Rural

    60% acceptance rate
    1,725 undergraduate students
    80% graduation rate
    $27,958 average per year after aid
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    The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

    Knoxville, TN • Public, City

    Knoxville, TN

    Public, City

    75% acceptance rate
    24,957 undergraduate students
    72% graduation rate
    $18,853 average per year after aid
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    Lipscomb University

    Nashville, TN • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Nashville, TN

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    74% acceptance rate
    2,945 undergraduate students
    71% graduation rate
    $24,627 average per year after aid
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    Freed-Hardeman University

    Henderson, TN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Henderson, TN

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    88% acceptance rate
    1,422 undergraduate students
    65% graduation rate
    $17,099 average per year after aid
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    Tennessee Technological University

    Cookeville, TN • Public, Town

    Cookeville, TN

    Public, Town

    79% acceptance rate
    8,186 undergraduate students
    60% graduation rate
    $14,795 average per year after aid
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    Bryan College-Dayton

    Dayton, TN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Dayton, TN

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    --% acceptance rate
    869 undergraduate students
    58% graduation rate
    $15,470 average per year after aid
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    Union University

    Jackson, TN • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Jackson, TN

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    53% acceptance rate
    1,850 undergraduate students
    68% graduation rate
    $27,475 average per year after aid
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    Middle Tennessee State University

    Murfreesboro, TN • Public, City

    Murfreesboro, TN

    Public, City

    68% acceptance rate
    17,713 undergraduate students
    54% graduation rate
    $12,553 average per year after aid
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    The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

    Chattanooga, TN • Public, City

    Chattanooga, TN

    Public, City

    86% acceptance rate
    9,970 undergraduate students
    54% graduation rate
    $12,732 average per year after aid
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    University of Memphis

    Memphis, TN • Public, City

    Memphis, TN

    Public, City

    95% acceptance rate
    14,591 undergraduate students
    54% graduation rate
    $14,023 average per year after aid
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    The University of Tennessee-Martin

    Martin, TN • Public, Town

    Martin, TN

    Public, Town

    75% acceptance rate
    4,743 undergraduate students
    52% graduation rate
    $10,857 average per year after aid
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    Belmont University

    Nashville, TN • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Nashville, TN

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    88% acceptance rate
    7,050 undergraduate students
    68% graduation rate
    $31,519 average per year after aid
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    Welch College

    Gallatin, TN • Private, Non-Profit, Rural

    Gallatin, TN

    Private, Non-Profit, Rural

    --% acceptance rate
    261 undergraduate students
    62% graduation rate
    $18,875 average per year after aid
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    Lincoln Memorial University

    Harrogate, TN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Harrogate, TN

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    70% acceptance rate
    1,575 undergraduate students
    53% graduation rate
    $16,017 average per year after aid
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    Cumberland University

    Lebanon, TN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Lebanon, TN

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    58% acceptance rate
    1,870 undergraduate students
    52% graduation rate
    $25,895 average per year after aid
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    Austin Peay State University

    Clarksville, TN • Public, City

    Clarksville, TN

    Public, City

    93% acceptance rate
    7,490 undergraduate students
    42% graduation rate
    $14,480 average per year after aid
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    Bethel University

    McKenzie, TN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    McKenzie, TN

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    50% acceptance rate
    2,372 undergraduate students
    38% graduation rate
    $16,668 average per year after aid
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