Aug 20, 2017


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.

TennesseeThe 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).

Top Reasons to Study in Tennessee

  • Cost of Living:Tennessee has relatively low living costs, compared to other states. A 2013 report by CNBC ranked the state as having the second lowest living costs in the country.
  • Employment Prospects: Ten Fortune 500 companies claim Tennessee as their home state, including FedEX Corporation. HCA Holdings, Dolla General, International Paper, and Autozone.

Featured Colleges and Universities

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
Lee University Business,Education,Theological Studies Private >10,000 Request Info
Tennessee State University Business,Health,Liberal Arts Public >10,000 Request Info
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

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