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    From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Mississippi River, the Volunteer State is home to over 200 colleges, universities, and secondary institutions. Nationally ranked public schools such as the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the University of Memphis are popular Tennessee colleges, while the prestigious private institutions of Vanderbilt University and Sewanee: The University of the South take top honors for private schools. The state is rich in history and vibrant scenery, and cities such as Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga offer a variety of educational opportunities. The state is also home to over a dozen community colleges throughout the state, including some that are focused on granting technical degrees or ideal for students who are looking to complete their education in two years.

    • Vanderbilt University

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      2101 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37240
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      The bookstore apparently does not sell a t-shirt that reads, "Vanderbilt…It Even Sounds Expensive," but it could, because the campus, a registered arboretum, looks like it costs plenty. Great academics, southern charm, SEC football, and the bright lights of Music ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Rhodes College

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      2000 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112
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      Tiny Rhodes College in Memphis offers its students the best of many worlds: a highly touted academic program, a beautiful campus, and accessibility to a major metropolis. Rhodes also boasts a highly committed faculty and a killer reputation with graduate ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Religiously affiliated, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Organization logo Aquinas College - Nashville

      Aquinas College - Nashville Save

      4210 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205
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      Aquinas College in Nashville is a small Catholic school of that boasts several unique programs here. Aquinas Weekend College is a concentrated program specifically designed for busy adults. Also, the Troops to Teachers program offers a scholarship equal to 50% ... learn more

      Religiously affiliated, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Sewanee-The University of the South

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      735 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383
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      High on a hill in Tennessee, not far from Lookout Mountain and the Chickamauga Civil War battlefield, the University of the South, known as Sewanee, means to replicate of piece of Anglican Old England in what was once the heart ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Religiously affiliated, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Christian Brothers University

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      650 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104
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      "All students receive a solid liberal arts education at Christian Brothers University, an affordable Catholic school "in the heart of" Memphis that is "small, yet diverse and rich in resources." Personal attention is available to the 1400 or so students ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Master's University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Freed-Hardeman University

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      158 E Main St, Henderson, TN 38340
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      Freed-Hardeman University in southwestern Tennessee, about 90 miles from Memphis, is a Church of Christ-affiliated school with a decidedly Christian perspective. Popular majors at FHU include business, education, and interdisciplinary studies. learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Master's University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Southern Adventist University

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      4881 Taylor Cir, Collegedale, TN 37315
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      Southern Adventist University is Adventist college with 2825 students located in Collegedale, TN. learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Fisk University

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      1000 17th Ave North, Nashville, TN 37208
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      "Historically African American Fisk University is a fantastic place to learn where individuals are definitely "allowed to excel" and "develop a rapport with" the challenging, open-minded, and caring professors. Several affordable Southern-style restaurants and food stands are near campus, including ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Liberal Arts College, Historically Black College or University (HBCU), Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

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      527 Andy Holt Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996
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      The very large University of Tennessee-Knoxville has great facilities and offers fabulous academic opportunities by the bushel, including prominent programs in the sciences, engineering, education, business, textiles, and advertising. Socially, students here are not averse to partying and they bleed ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Land Grant
    • Lipscomb University

      Lipscomb University Save

      One University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204
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      Located in the Green Hills section of Nashville, Lipscomb University is a Christian liberal arts college with 4,500 students (about 3,000 of whom are undergrads). It boasts women's and men's Division I athletics, a 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, and bachelor's degrees ... learn more

      Master's University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Milligan College

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      1 Blowers Blvd., Milligan College, TN 37682
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      Tiny Milligan College, located about 100 miles from Knoxville, provides a liberal arts education firmly rooted in Christian growth and heritage. Chapel services, Bible studies, and service opportunities are big extracurricular activities, and there are a number of sand volleyball ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Union University

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      1050 Union University Dr, Jackson, TN 38305
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      Small Southern Baptist-affiliated Union University offers a liberal arts and sciences education with a strongly Christian perspective. Union is located in Jackson, Tennessee, about 80 miles from Memphis, and more than two-thirds of students' rooms on campus have their own ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Master's University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science

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    • There are 99 Colleges in Tennessee.

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