To identify the Best Colleges in Tennessee for 2019 we averaged the results from the most respected college ranking systems (Niche.com + US News & World Report) from around the web to produce an entirely unique College Reviews Score for each school. And then ordered the schools based on that ranking. You won’t find a more exhaustive ranking of the best colleges and universities in Tennessee anywhere.

About The Best Colleges In Tennessee

Tennessee is home to more than 200 higher education institutions. Knoxville, Nashville and Chattanooga all add to the state’s character and history, with many educational options to choose from.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Vanderbilt University and Nashville have received the top rankings of all of the schools in Tennessee and are on US News & World Report’s list of America’s Best Colleges. Tennessee State University is one of the state’s best state colleges.

Rhodes College, Austin Peay State University and the University of Memphis are also popular public Tennessee colleges. There are more than a dozen trade schools & community colleges that are located throughout the state offering options to students looking to complete their education in two years.

Regional Information about Tennessee

Regional Information About Tennessee
Major Cities:Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville
Attractions: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Graceland and the Elvis Presley Memphis Complex, Birth of the Music Biz: Memphis and Nashville.
Cost of Living: Best Places Tennessee Cost of Living
Popular Schools: Vanderbilt University, Sewanee-The University of the South,Rhodes College.

About Our Methodology

Our methodology for determining the best colleges in Tennesse takes both editorial rankings from US News & World Report, Times Higher Education and combines it with student rankings from Niche.com. We weight student rankings higher giving them about a 80% weighted score vs editorial rankings. Thus creating a more accurate viewpoint of the best colleges in any given state.

  1. Vanderbilt University
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  2. Sewanee - The University of the South
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  3. Rhodes College
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  4. Union University
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  5. University of Tennessee
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  6. University of Memphis
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  7. Milligan College
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  8. Lipscomb University
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  9. Johnson University
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  10. Christian Brothers University
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  11. Bryan College - Tennessee
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  12. Lincoln Memorial University
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  13. Belmont University
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  14. Tennessee Technological University
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  15. Maryville College
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  16. Southern Adventist University
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  17. University of Tennessee - Martin
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  18. Middle Tennessee State University
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  19. University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
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  20. Lee University
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