Top Rated Tennessee Private Colleges

The Best Private Colleges in Tennessee for 2022

These are the top ranked private four-year colleges in Tennessee. Leading the rankings for 2022 as the highest ranked private college in Tennessee is Vanderbilt University. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


19 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

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 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

Freed Hardeman University
F
Henderson, TN
 
Freed Hardeman University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 2,188enrollment
  • $17,350net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1270SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Carson Newman College
C
Jefferson City, TN
 
Carson Newman College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#16 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 2,911enrollment
  • $19,172net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 950-1130SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.51Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Lee University
L
Cleveland, TN
Lee University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 5,204enrollment
  • $17,629net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 970-1200SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA

Bethel University
B
McKenzie, TN
 
Bethel University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#18 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 4,001enrollment
  • $15,612net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 880-1095SAT range
  • 16-21ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA