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The perfect college in Tennessee for your budget, lifestyle, and career goals is waiting for you! CollegeStats helps you compare Tennessee colleges offering a variety of degree programs to choose from.

List of the Largest Colleges in Tennessee

Tennessee is home to many great large colleges that offer a plethora of opportunities and resources for students to thrive. Students who are looking to join big sports teams or participate in research will definitely want to consider attending a big college in the state. Big colleges also offer endless options when it comes to classes and degree programs. If you are one to take advantage of big, well-stocked libraries, you will make yourself right at home at one of these schools! If you are thinking about attending a large institution in Tennessee, take a moment to browse through our list of the state's biggest colleges.

Rank School Name City State Net Cost School Level Retention Rate Details
1

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Knoxville

TN

$17,863

4 year

86.55%

# of Students 33,332

2

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro

TN

$10,910

4 year

70.6%

# of Students 28,115

3

University of Memphis

Memphis

TN

$12,369

4 year

78.17%

# of Students 25,072

4

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City

TN

$14,708

4 year

69.48%

# of Students 16,999

5

Southwest Tennessee Community College

Memphis

TN

$5,126

2 year

54.13%

# of Students 16,180

6

Pellissippi State Community College

Knoxville

TN

$7,196

2 year

55.91%

# of Students 15,244

7

Nashville State Community College

Nashville

TN

$7,898

2 year

52.66%

# of Students 14,573

8

Vanderbilt University

Nashville

TN

N/A

4 year

96.83%

# of Students 13,577

9

Chattanooga State Community College

Chattanooga

TN

$7,797

2 year

52.08%

# of Students 13,104

10

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Chattanooga

TN

$12,267

4 year

70.03%

# of Students 12,965

11

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville

TN

$13,677

4 year

75.71%

# of Students 12,603

12

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville

TN

$11,417

4 year

72.42%

# of Students 12,592

13

Volunteer State Community College

Gallatin

TN

$6,841

2 year

53.9%

# of Students 11,482

14

Tennessee State University

Nashville

TN

$8,888

4 year

62.14%

# of Students 10,408

15

Bethel University

McKenzie

TN

N/A

4 year

55.51%

# of Students 8,545

16

The University of Tennessee-Martin

Martin

TN

$8,512

4 year

70.98%

# of Students 8,507

17

Roane State Community College

Harriman

TN

$8,848

2 year

57.74%

# of Students 8,183

18

Walters State Community College

Morristown

TN

$4,412

2 year

55.69%

# of Students 8,010

19

Northeast State Community College

Blountville

TN

$6,407

2 year

58.79%

# of Students 7,676

20

Belmont University

Nashville

TN

N/A

4 year

82.78%

# of Students 7,425

21

Columbia State Community College

Columbia

TN

$6,563

2 year

59.62%

# of Students 7,070

22

Motlow State Community College

Tullahoma

TN

$8,249

2 year

58.22%

# of Students 6,434

23

Jackson State Community College

Jackson

TN

$9,033

2 year

48.14%

# of Students 6,180

24

Lipscomb University

Nashville

TN

N/A

4 year

80.44%

# of Students 5,629

25

Lee University

Cleveland

TN

N/A

4 year

79.7%

# of Students 5,585


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