Best Tennessee Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in Tennessee for 2020

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. Ranking methodology is outlined on the data discussion 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, Rhodes College, Union University and Lipscomb 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
  • $23,295net price
  • 10%acceptance rate
  • 1450-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.76Avg GPA
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Rhodes College
R
Memphis, TN
Rhodes College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 2,036enrollment
  • $29,144net price
  • 45%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1410SAT range
  • 28-31ACT range
  • 3.78Avg GPA
Union University
U
Jackson, TN
Union University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 3,247enrollment
  • $25,162net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1360SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.67Avg GPA
Lipscomb University
L
Nashville, TN
Lipscomb University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 4,620enrollment
  • $25,050net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1320SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.56Avg GPA
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Bryan College
B
Dayton, TN
 
Bryan College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,363enrollment
  • $15,409net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 970-1260SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA
Aquinas College
A
Nashville, TN
Aquinas College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 342enrollment
  • $20,892net price
  • 40%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1370SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
The University of Tennessee
T
Knoxville, TN
The University of Tennessee

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 28,894enrollment
  • $20,995net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1330SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.85Avg GPA
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Maryville College
M
Maryville, TN
Maryville College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,146enrollment
  • $18,597net price
  • 55%acceptance rate
  • 910-1160SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.45Avg GPA
Milligan College
M
Milligan College, Tennessee
Milligan College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,208enrollment
  • $17,371net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1270SAT range
  • 22-26ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Belmont University
B
Nashville, TN
Belmont University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 8,260enrollment
  • $35,382net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1300SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
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Trevecca Nazarene University
T
Nashville, TN
Trevecca Nazarene University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 3,927enrollment
  • $19,480net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1240SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA
Lincoln Memorial University
L
Harrogate, TN
Lincoln Memorial University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 4,798enrollment
  • $19,008net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1200SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA
Johnson University
J
Knoxville, TN
 
Johnson University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,088enrollment
  • $15,639net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1240SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.27Avg GPA
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Tennessee Technological University
T
Cookeville, TN
Tennessee Technological University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 10,186enrollment
  • $14,702net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1260SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
Tennessee Wesleyan College
T
Athens, TN
 
Tennessee Wesleyan College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,008enrollment
  • $12,557net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 920-1160SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.25Avg GPA
Carson Newman College
C
Jefferson City, TN
 
Carson Newman College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 2,560enrollment
  • $18,598net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 960-1170SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
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King College
K
Bristol, TN
 
King College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,948enrollment
  • $18,197net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 950-1160SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
Freed Hardeman University
F
Henderson, TN
 
Freed Hardeman University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 2,037enrollment
  • $16,684net price
  • 93%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1300SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA