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List of Tennessee Colleges, Universities, and Schools

Higher Education Articles February 21, 2013

The majority of Tennessee largest schools are public universities and colleges. Among the largest in the state are Vanderbilt University in Nashville and University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Southwest Tennessee Community College is the largest two-year college that is located in Memphis, Tennessee.

Southwest Tennessee Community College – Memphis, Tennessee

Established in 2000, Southwest Tennessee Community College (STCC) has a couple of campuses in Memphis; in addition to many centers spread around Fayette and Shelby Counties. Through three academic divisions, the college offers academic and technical certificate and associate degree programs in more than one hundred focus areas of study. Career education programs in dietetic technician, nursing, landscape management and hospitality management are offered at STCC. Academic programs in natural sciences, business administration, allied health science, philosophy, art and social work are devised to prepare students to enroll for continuing education at a four-year university. A Partnership Enrollment Program maintained by the University of Memphis and STCC is aimed at ensuring that students are given admission to the university’s bachelor degree programs.

Contact Information
•Address: P.O. Box 780, Memphis, Tennessee 38101
•Phone Number: (901) 333-5000

University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Tennessee

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, which began functioning in 1794, is the flagship campus of the university system, and the university is spread over 560 acres that is adjacent to city’s downtown area. The university has twelve academic schools and colleges that cover education, communication, design, architecture, social work, nursing, health, agriculture, engineering and business; with over three hundred graduate and undergraduate programs offered. In 2010, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university’s graduate nuclear engineering supply chain management and logistics programs among USA’s top twenty (source: This land-grant research university maintains space and science institutes, public service, and agriculture along with different collaborative research institutes with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Contact Information
•Address: Circle Park, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
•Phone: (865) 974-1000

Vanderbilt University – Nashville, Tennessee

Vanderbilt University has a 330-acre wooded campus within two miles of downtown Nashville. The university offers graduate and undergraduate programs in the fields of music, education, engineering, and the liberal arts and sciences; through its ten academic schools. The school also offers additional professional and graduate programs in management, nursing, medicine, law and divinity. Vanderbilt’s graduate school of education was rated as the country’s best in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 list, while the schools of law, engineering, management and medicine featured among the country’s top forty in their respective fields (source: Located next to Vanderbilt’s main campus is its reputed Medical Center renowned for its pediatric and adult research, hospitals and specialties.

Contact Information
•Address: 211 Kirkland Hall, Nashville, Tennessee 37240
•Phone Number: (615) 322-7311

List of Tennessee Largest Colleges and Universities

Name of School Student Enrollments Type of Institution
Austin Peay State University 9,401 Public, Four-year
Belmont University 4,991 Private, Four-year
Chattanooga State Community College 8,485 Public, two-year
Columbia State Community College 4,770 Public, two-year
East Tennessee State University 13,646 Public, Four-year
Middle Tennessee State University 23,872 Public, Four-year
Nashville State Community College 7,716 Public, two-year
Northeast State Community College 5,470 Public, two-year
Pellissippi State Community College 8,743 Public, two-year
Roane State Community College 5,534 Public, two-year
Southwest Tennessee Community College 11,427 Public, two-year
Tennessee State University 8,254 Public, Four-year
Tennessee Technological University 10,793 Public, Four-year
The University of Tennessee – Martin 7,574 Public, Four-year
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 9,807 Public, Four-year
University of Memphis 20,220 Public, Four-year
University of Tennessee 30,410 Public, Four-year
Vanderbilt University 12,093 Private, Four-year
Volunteer State Community College 7,241 Public, two-year
Walters State Community College 5,918 Public, two-year

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