Best Tennessee Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in Tennessee for 2022

There are 86 colleges and universities in Tennessee enrolling 310,188 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. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology 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, Sewanee The University of the South, Rhodes College and Union 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

List of the Best Tennessee Colleges

Vanderbilt University
V
Nashville, TN
Vanderbilt University

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in Tennessee

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

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 3,071enrollment
  • $26,906net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1330SAT range
  • 22-30ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA
The University of Tennessee
T
Knoxville, TN
The University of Tennessee

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in Tennessee

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

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best 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

#7 Best 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

#8 Best 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

#9 Best Colleges in Tennessee

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

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in Tennessee

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

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best 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

#12 Best Colleges in Tennessee

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

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 10,177enrollment
  • $16,618net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1270SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA
East Tennessee State University
E
Johnson City, TN
East Tennessee State University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in Tennessee

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

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in Tennessee

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

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best 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

#17 Best 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

#18 Best Colleges in Tennessee

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