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The Best Colleges in Tennessee Ranked for 2019

These are the best four year colleges in Tennessee as ranked by CollegeSimply. This Tennessee ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading the 2019 ranking as the best college in Tennessee is Vanderbilt University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in Tennessee
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Vanderbilt University 14 20 37
2 Rhodes College 111 323 220
3 Lipscomb University 223 524 482
4 Union University 238 526 530
5 The University of Tennessee 262 1,061 483
6 Belmont University 261 1,174 349
7 Aquinas College 260 164 1,271
8 Bryan College 573 396 670
9 Maryville College 830 293 738
10 Tennessee Technological University 445 650 882
11 Milligan College 706 738 429
12 Trevecca Nazarene University 575 829 708
13 Fisk University 389 227 1,053
14 Middle Tennessee State University 574 496 1,054
15 Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences 1,697 395 448
16 King College 828 322 1,182
17 Lee University 443 1,298 917
18 Watkins College of Art Design & Film 749 192 1,303
19 Lincoln Memorial University 829 679 918
20 Carson Newman College 827 737 1,052
21 Christian Brothers University 1,698 369 806
22 Johnson University 442 1,538 737
23 Freed Hardeman University 789 1,498 881
24 Cumberland University 739 397 1,351
25 Tennessee Wesleyan College 1,012 525 1,083
26 The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 444 1,241 1,247
27 East Tennessee State University 658 1,297 1,082
28 Sewanee The University of the South 1,705 251 86
29 University of Memphis 492 1,299 1,272
30 The University of Tennessee Martin 1,707 585 953
31 Memphis College of Art 1,703 398 1,405
32 Austin Peay State University 618 1,391 1,350
33 Visible Music College 339 1,596 1,581
34 Lane College 1,700 278 1,352
35 Tusculum College 1,065 1,371 1,273
36 O'More College of Design 1,704 96 1,795
37 Hiwassee College 1,089 649 1,794
38 Bethel University 1,136 1,473 1,404
39 Martin Methodist College 1,702 1,557 919
40 Le Moyne Owen College 1,701 1,590 1,618

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.