Located in the southeastern part of the United States, Tennessee is the 17th most populous state in the country, with a total population of 6,296,254 (2013 U.S. Census Bureau estimates). It is bordered by Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia. Nashville is the state capital, while Memphis is the largest city. Other major cities include Chattanooga, Clarksville, Knoxville, and Murfreesboro.
The state is famous as the country music capital of the world, and is considered by many to be the birthplace of the blues. Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, is located in Tennessee, and remains a hugely popular attraction. Other famous musicians from the state include Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and Justin Timberlake.
Nearly half the state is covered by farmland. Major agricultural products include beef cattle, broilers, soybean, cotton, corn, and tobacco. Manufacturing in the state mostly revolves around food processing, transportation equipment manufacturing and chemicals. Tennessee is home to over 900 auto manufacturers and suppliers, including Nissan, Volkswagen, and GM.
The Tennessee Higher Education Commission coordinates higher education in the state. There are over 30 independent institutions and 51 public college and universities, serving more than 300,000 students. The Nashville-based Vanderbilt University is ranked #16 among the top 100 national universities (2015 US News).
Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.
For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Tennessee, contact the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
|College||Popular Majors||Type of Institution||Enrollment|
|University of Tennessee: Martin||Biological/Life Sciences,Logistics/ Transportation,Psychology||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Vanderbilt University||Business,Engineering,Health||Pari||>10,000||Request Info|
|East Tennessee State University||Business,Health,Liberal Arts||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of Memphis||Business,Engineering,Security/ Protective Services||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of Tennessee: Knoxville||Business,Communications/ Journalism,Parks/Recreation||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Lee University||Business,Education,Theological Studies||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Tennessee State University||Business,Health,Liberal Arts||Public||>10,000||Request Info|