The Best Tennessee Colleges

The Best Colleges in Tennessee for 2022

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in Tennessee as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2022 as the best overall college in Tennessee is Vanderbilt University. The top rated public state college is The University of Tennessee. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


27 results

Vanderbilt University
V
Nashville, TN
Vanderbilt University

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in America

  • 13,537enrollment
  • $25,804net price
  • 12%acceptance rate
  • 1470-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.86Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

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

  • 1,800enrollment
  • $36,244net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1340SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Rhodes College
R
Memphis, TN
Rhodes College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,875enrollment
  • $29,852net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1400SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Union University
U
Jackson, TN
Union University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Value Colleges in Tennessee

  • 3,071enrollment
  • $26,906net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1330SAT range
  • 22-30ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

The University of Tennessee
T
Knoxville, TN
The University of Tennessee

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Tennessee

  • 30,559enrollment
  • $21,133net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1303SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.93Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

Lipscomb University
L
Nashville, TN
Lipscomb University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 4,884enrollment
  • $26,421net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1310SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.76Avg GPA

Belmont University
B
Nashville, TN
Belmont University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 8,204enrollment
  • $34,368net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1300SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.83Avg GPA

Trevecca Nazarene University
T
Nashville, TN
Trevecca Nazarene University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 3,968enrollment
  • $16,508net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1253SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.43Avg GPA

Lincoln Memorial University
L
Harrogate, TN
Lincoln Memorial University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 4,885enrollment
  • $22,251net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1220SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.29Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Southern Adventist University
S
Collegedale, TN
 
Southern Adventist University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 2,730enrollment
  • $24,491net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 970-1250SAT range
  • 19-27ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 30

Christian Brothers University
C
Memphis, TN
 
Christian Brothers University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,918enrollment
  • $17,830net price
  • 50%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.78Avg Weighted GPA

Johnson University
J
Knoxville, TN
 
Johnson University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,039enrollment
  • $18,292net price
  • 55%acceptance rate
  • 878-1070SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.47Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

Tennessee Technological University
T
Cookeville, TN
Tennessee Technological University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Tennessee

  • 10,177enrollment
  • $16,618net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1270SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

East Tennessee State University
E
Johnson City, TN
East Tennessee State University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Tennessee

  • 13,713enrollment
  • $13,661net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 940-1170SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.33Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

Tennessee Wesleyan College
T
Athens, TN
 
Tennessee Wesleyan College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,116enrollment
  • $13,183net price
  • 61%acceptance rate
  • 850-1060SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

King College
K
Bristol, TN
 
King College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,746enrollment
  • $22,020net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 960-1150SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.47Avg Weighted GPA

Maryville College
M
Maryville, TN
Maryville College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,072enrollment
  • $19,548net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 880-1160SAT range
  • 20-28ACT range
  • 3.58Avg Weighted GPA

The University of Tennessee Martin
T
Martin, TN
 
The University of Tennessee Martin

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Tennessee

  • 7,117enrollment
  • $11,895net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.57Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1