Best Tennessee Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in Tennessee for 2021

There are 86 colleges and universities in Tennessee enrolling 316,508 students. Explore the list of top colleges in Tennessee below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in Tennessee offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

Tennessee is home to nationally ranked institutions like Vanderbilt University, Sewanee The University of the South, Rhodes College and Union University. The highest ranked college in Tennessee is Vanderbilt University and the top rated public state college is The University of Tennessee.

Local college options can be explored in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga or other cities.

86 results found

List of the Best Tennessee Colleges

Vanderbilt University
V
Nashville, TN
Vanderbilt University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 12,824enrollment
  • $25,855net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.76Avg GPA
Sewanee The University of the South
S
Sewanee, TN
Sewanee The University of the South

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,785enrollment
  • $34,971net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1340SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Rhodes College
R
Memphis, TN
Rhodes College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 2,036enrollment
  • $30,632net price
  • 45%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1430SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.78Avg GPA
Union University
U
Jackson, TN
Union University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 3,247enrollment
  • $31,980net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1280SAT range
  • 22-30ACT range
  • 3.67Avg GPA
Lipscomb University
L
Nashville, TN
Lipscomb University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 4,620enrollment
  • $26,013net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1290SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.56Avg GPA
The University of Tennessee
T
Knoxville, TN
The University of Tennessee

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 28,894enrollment
  • $21,024net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1330SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.85Avg GPA
Belmont University
B
Nashville, TN
Belmont University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 8,260enrollment
  • $36,976net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1320SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences
B
Memphis, TN
 
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,064enrollment
  • $10,088net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • 20-24ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA
Lincoln Memorial University
L
Harrogate, TN
Lincoln Memorial University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 4,798enrollment
  • $20,374net price
  • 50%acceptance rate
  • 990-1210SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA
Trevecca Nazarene University
T
Nashville, TN
Trevecca Nazarene University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 3,927enrollment
  • $18,036net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1288SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA
Christian Brothers University
C
Memphis, TN
 
Christian Brothers University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 2,034enrollment
  • $19,802net price
  • 50%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.73Avg GPA
Johnson University
J
Knoxville, TN
 
Johnson University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,088enrollment
  • $18,921net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1008-1206SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.27Avg GPA
Tennessee Technological University
T
Cookeville, TN
Tennessee Technological University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 10,186enrollment
  • $16,634net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 990-1260SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
King College
K
Bristol, TN
 
King College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,948enrollment
  • $22,098net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 990-1205SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
East Tennessee State University
E
Johnson City, TN
East Tennessee State University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 14,317enrollment
  • $14,696net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 970-1180SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA
The University of Tennessee Martin
T
Martin, TN
 
The University of Tennessee Martin

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 7,048enrollment
  • $11,673net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA
Maryville College
M
Maryville, TN
Maryville College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,146enrollment
  • $19,778net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1016-1266SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.45Avg GPA
Carson Newman College
C
Jefferson City, TN
 
Carson Newman College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 2,560enrollment
  • $18,531net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • 923-1178SAT range
  • 19-29ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA