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Tennessee Nursing Colleges

75 Colleges
7,292 Yearly Graduations
$59,780 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$25,010 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly nursing graduations, Tennessee is ranked #23 in the country with 7,292 degrees handed out in 2019. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $14,945 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $20,985 a year.

An estimated 50% of college students in Tennessee take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,252 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
474 Yearly Degrees
$9,259 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 14,191 students at ETSU in total, 11,153 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 9,228 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Around 85% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Approximately 49% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,718 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.6% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from ETSU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
448 Yearly Degrees
$52,070 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 13,131 students at Vanderbilt in total, 6,886 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,833 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt is 4.1 years.

The acceptance rate at Vanderbilt is 11%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Of the accepted students, 47% are men and 53% are women.

Roughly 13% of students at Vanderbilt take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,367 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Vanderbilt with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $53,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
399 Yearly Degrees
$22,740 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,867 students at LMU in total, 1,975 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,427 are full-time. For undergraduates at LMU, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 65%. Of the accepted students, 30% are men and 70% are women.

60% of LMU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,201 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from LMU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
384 Yearly Degrees
$9,912 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 21,685 students at UofM in total, 17,378 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 12,066 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UofM is 4.7 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 85%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Roughly 56% of students at UofM take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,643 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UofM with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
295 Yearly Degrees
$13,264 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 29,460 students at UT Knoxville in total, 23,290 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 22,018 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at UT Knoxville is 86%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

About 77% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

45% of UT Knoxville students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,418 a year. UT Knoxville has a 4.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,900 during the early-career years.

#6

Southern Adventist University

Collegedale, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
293 Yearly Degrees
$22,520 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Southern Adventist University is 2,834, of which 2,448 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,085 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Southern Adventist is 4.7 years.

Roughly 53% of students at Southern Adventist take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,390 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,100 during the early-career years.

#7

Union University

Jackson, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
260 Yearly Degrees
$22,415 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Union University is 3,172, of which 2,164 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,796 are full-time. Union has a freshman retention rate of 86%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

About 60% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 31% are men and 69% are women.

56% of Union students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,207 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Union is $35,500.

Public Public vs. Private
205 Yearly Degrees
$10,889 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 297 undergraduates at UTHSC, of which 268 are full-time, and there are 3,252 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1.

UTHSC has a 4.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

#9

King University

Bristol, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
195 Yearly Degrees
$30,616 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at King University is 1,968, of which 1,611 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,487 are full-time. It takes the average King undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 51%. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Approximately 67% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,512 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $40,400 during the early-career years.

#10

Belmont University

Nashville, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
189 Yearly Degrees
$35,650 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Belmont University is 8,440, of which 6,820 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,563 are full-time. It takes the average Belmont undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

About 81% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 29% are men and 71% are women.

Roughly 37% of students at Belmont take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,608 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Belmont is $34,600.

#11

The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
171 Yearly Degrees
$9,656 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,651 students at UT Chattanooga in total, 10,297 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 9,224 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UT Chattanooga is 4.6 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 83%. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

95% of UT Chattanooga students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $2,875 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from UT Chattanooga with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
164 Yearly Degrees
$8,303 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,048 students at Austin Peay State University in total, 9,971 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,773 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Around 90% of students who apply get accepted. Around 36% of accepted students are men, and 64% are women.

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,699 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Austin Peay State University is $29,200.

#13

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
163 Yearly Degrees
$8,934 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Tennessee Technological University is 10,140, of which 8,957 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,004 are full-time. It takes the average Tennessee Tech University undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 64%. Around 54% of accepted students are men, and 46% are women.

49% of Tennessee Tech University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,892 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Tennessee Tech University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
144 Yearly Degrees

There are 847 students at TCAT - Nashville in total, 610 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from TCAT - Nashville with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
136 Yearly Degrees
$12,332 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 989 students at Baptist College of Health Sciences in total, 971 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 420 are full-time. It takes the average Baptist College of Health Sciences undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 54%. Around 8% of accepted students are men, and 92% are women.

Roughly 79% of students at Baptist College of Health Sciences take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,265 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Baptist College of Health Sciences with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $50,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#16

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
131 Yearly Degrees
$9,070 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Middle Tennessee State University is 21,721, of which 19,461 students are undergraduates and of those, 15,721 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

About 59% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

Roughly 53% of students at Middle Tennessee State University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,631 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Middle Tennessee State University is $31,200.

#17

Walters State Community College

Morristown, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
124 Yearly Degrees
$4,327 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,243 full-time undergraduates at WSCC, and 6,279 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

WSCC has a 8.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from WSCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

Cumberland University

Lebanon, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
122 Yearly Degrees
$24,000 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,279 undergraduates at CU, of which 1,827 are full-time, and there are 2,550 students altogether. It takes the average CU undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 54%. Around 44% of accepted students are men, and 56% are women.

Roughly 30% of students at CU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,617 a year. CU has a 8.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CU is $34,600.

Public Public vs. Private
121 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson is 785, which includes 578 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,500 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
118 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Elizabethton is 439, which includes 419 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from TCAT - Elizabethton is $25,200.

#21

Chattanooga State Community College

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
117 Yearly Degrees
$4,358 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Chattanooga State Community College is 8,050, which includes 3,821 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 15% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,371 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Chattanooga State Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
115 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville is 909, which includes 583 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 30 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from TCAT - Knoxville is $23,200.

#23

South College

Knoxville, Tennessee
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
111 Yearly Degrees
$17,025 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at South College is 2,843, of which 2,006 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,006 are full-time. For undergraduates at South College, the average graduation time is 4.0 years.

Roughly 58% of students at South College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $10,148 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from South College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

Dyersburg State Community College

Dyersburg, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
100 Yearly Degrees
$4,338 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Dyersburg State Community College is 2,840, which includes 1,278 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

10% of DSCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $2,841 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,000 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
86 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Jackson is 562, which includes 373 full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at TCAT - Jackson is 90%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Students who graduate from TCAT - Jackson with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Tennessee Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Roane State Community College 85
26 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville 85
28 Tennessee State University 84
28 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Morristown 84
30 Columbia State Community College 78
31 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston 71
32 Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Inc 70
32 Jackson State Community College 70
34 Carson - Newman University 66
34 The University of Tennessee - Martin 66
36 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Newbern 65
36 Pellissippi State Community College 65
38 Tennessee Wesleyan University 63
39 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Murfreesboro 62
39 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris 62
41 Motlow State Community College 61
42 Northeast State Community College 59
43 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Memphis 56
44 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald 54
45 Lipscomb University 53
46 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Ripley 52
47 Freed-Hardeman University 47
48 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Athens 45
49 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Crossville 44
50 Southwest Tennessee Community College 43
50 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Oneida - Huntsville 43
52 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Covington 40
53 Tusculum College 39
54 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Whiteville 38
55 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Harriman 37
56 Fortis Institute - Nashville 35
57 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville 34
58 Lee University 33
59 Concorde Career College - Memphis 32
59 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Pulaski 32
59 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Jacksboro 32
59 Milligan College 32
63 Nashville State Community College 29
64 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - McMinnville 27
64 Bethel University 27
66 Chattanooga College Medical, Dental, and Technical Careers 25
67 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Crump 24
68 Martin Methodist College 19
69 Miller-Motte College Chattanooga 15
69 Trevecca Nazarene University 15
71 Christian Brothers University 12
72 Cleveland State Community College 9
73 Remington College - Memphis Campus 4
74 Health-Tech Institute of Memphis 3
75 Strayer University - Tennessee 1

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