Tennessee Colleges and Universities

Tennessee is likely to offer potential college students a classic mix of the great outdoors, live entertainment, and a healthy dose of Southern charm. Tennessee offers the diverse nightlife of country-western Nashville and Memphis, as well as lakes and mountains rich with opportunities for hiking, boating, hunting, and fishing. Memphis, along the busy Mississippi River, is the state's largest city, bustling with restaurants, music clubs, and museums celebrating a rich Southern history. In the middle of the state, Nashville has the largest combined metropolitan area population and offers its residents lively riverfront diversions in its restaurants, bistros, and nightclubs.

Tennessee may be an entertainment capital, but don't overlook its rich education system. Tennessee is home to more than 100 public and private colleges and universities. The state's largest school, The University of Tennessee, was founded in Knoxville in 1794, and today has satellite campuses across the state. In Nashville, private Vanderbilt University, founded in 1873, is a teacher and research institution offering a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Total Number of Tennessee Schools: 186

# of Public Schools: 50
# of Private Schools: 136



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