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Tennessee Trade Schools

120 Colleges
16,600 Yearly Graduations
$56,706 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$25,444 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Tennessee ranked #18 in the nation for trade school degrees handed out in 2019. Around 16,600 students received some type of diploma that year. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $14,177 per year to get their degree at a college in Tennessee, while out of state students will pay an average of $19,645 per year.

About 59% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,361 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
801 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Lincoln College of Technology - Nashville is 1,692, which includes 1,692 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

Approximately 77% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,407 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.1% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Lincoln Tech - Nashville is $29,200.

#2

Concorde Career College - Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
770 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Concorde Career College - Memphis is 1,394, which includes 1,394 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 31 to 1.

Around 86% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 8% are men and 92% are women.

82% of Concorde Career College - Memphis students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,950 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Concorde Career College - Memphis is $18,200.

Public Public vs. Private
597 Yearly Degrees

There are 726 full-time undergraduates at TCAT - Nashville, and 888 students altogether. 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from TCAT - Nashville is $24,900.

Public Public vs. Private
504 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville is 792, which includes 700 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 30 to 1.

Students who graduate from TCAT - Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
500 Yearly Degrees

There are 902 students at TCAT - Memphis in total, 789 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $20,800 during the early-career years.

#6

Chattanooga State Community College

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

There are 8,241 students at Chattanooga State Community College in total, 4,072 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 15% of students at Chattanooga State Community College take out loans to pay for college. 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.

#7

Volunteer State Community College

Gallatin, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
414 Yearly Degrees
$4,332 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,154 students at VSCC in total, 5,055 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

7% of VSCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,759 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from VSCC is $28,000.

Public Public vs. Private
408 Yearly Degrees

There are 629 full-time undergraduates at TCAT - Morristown, and 876 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from TCAT - Morristown is $26,400.

#9

Northeast State Community College

Blountville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
405 Yearly Degrees
$4,350 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,139 students at Northeast State Technical Community College in total, 3,411 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

The student loan default rate of 9.8% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,700 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
386 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson is 713, which includes 583 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Students who graduate from TCAT - Dickson with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $21,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
353 Yearly Degrees

There are 534 full-time undergraduates at Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting, and 584 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

#12

Miller-Motte College Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
330 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Miller-Motte College Chattanooga is 526, which includes 391 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

40% of MMC Chattanooga students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,153 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 25.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $19,400 during the early-career years.

#13

South College

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

The total student population at South College is 2,722, of which 1,944 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,944 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,700 during the early-career years.

#14

Roane State Community College

Harriman, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
303 Yearly Degrees
$4,652 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,688 students at Roane State Community College in total, 2,522 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

5% of Roane State Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,130 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Roane State Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Pellissippi State Community College

Knoxville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
299 Yearly Degrees
$4,378 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Pellissippi State Community College is 10,894, which includes 5,111 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 9% of students at Pellissippi State Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,345 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Pellissippi State Community College is $25,100.

Public Public vs. Private
295 Yearly Degrees

There are 458 full-time undergraduates at TCAT - Elizabethton, and 484 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Students who graduate from TCAT - Elizabethton with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
293 Yearly Degrees

There are 408 full-time undergraduates at TCAT - Jackson, and 547 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at TCAT - Jackson. The freshman retention rate is 90%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from TCAT - Jackson is $24,200.

Public Public vs. Private
283 Yearly Degrees

There are 539 students at TCAT - Murfreesboro in total, 367 are 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 - Murfreesboro is $28,000.

#19

Middle Tennessee State University

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

The total student population at Middle Tennessee State University is 21,631, of which 19,252 students are undergraduates and of those, 15,511 are full-time. It takes the average Middle Tennessee State University undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 59%. Around 44% of accepted students 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.

Public Public vs. Private
255 Yearly Degrees

There are 647 students at TCAT - Hohenwald in total, 395 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Students who graduate from TCAT - Hohenwald with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
255 Yearly Degrees

There are 619 students at TCAT - Pulaski in total, 206 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Students who graduate from TCAT - Pulaski with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Nashville State Community College

Nashville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
253 Yearly Degrees
$4,294 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,538 full-time undergraduates at Nashville State Community College, and 8,284 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Approximately 17% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,622 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,500 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
241 Yearly Degrees

There are 333 full-time undergraduates at TCAT - Livingston, and 1,259 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,600 during the early-career years.

#24

Remington College - Memphis Campus

Memphis, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
224 Yearly Degrees
$15,399 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Remington College - Memphis Campus is 611, which includes 611 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

84% of Remington College - Memphis Campus students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,041 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Remington College - Memphis Campus with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $21,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Columbia State Community College

Columbia, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
211 Yearly Degrees
$4,582 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,221 students at Columbia State Community College in total, 3,110 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 6% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,718 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,600 during the early-career years.

Other Tennessee Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
27 East Tennessee State University 196
28 Southwest Tennessee Community College 189
29 Walters State Community College 186
30 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville 184
31 Jackson State Community College 183
32 Motlow State Community College 176
33 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris 174
34 Tennessee School of Beauty of Knoxville Inc 173
35 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Crossville 171
36 Daymar College - Clarksville 167
37 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville 164
38 Remington College - Nashville Campus 163
39 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Harriman 157
40 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Crump 151
41 North Central Institute 146
42 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Oneida - Huntsville 144
43 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Athens 143
44 Cleveland State Community College 141
45 Fortis Institute - Nashville 139
46 Austin Peay State University 138
47 Genesis Career College-Cookeville 135
48 Fortis Institute - Cookeville 133
49 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Covington 127
50 Paul Mitchell the School Murfreesboro 124
51 Chattanooga College Medical, Dental, and Technical Careers 123
52 EduMed Partners 122
53 Allied Health Careers Institute 121
54 Gould’s Academy 116
55 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Jacksboro 112
55 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Whiteville 112
57 Tennessee State University 109
58 William Moore College of Technology 99
59 Paul Mitchell the School Memphis 97
60 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - McMinnville 92
61 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Ripley 89
62 Dyersburg State Community College 87
63 Ross Medical Education Center - Knoxville 86
64 Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences 84
65 Paul Mitchell the School Knoxville 79
66 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - McKenzie 78
67 Ross Medical Education Center - Johnson City 76
68 Tennessee Technological University 74
69 Queen City College 73
69 Genesis Career College-Lebanon 73
71 Nashville College of Medical Careers 61
72 Empire Beauty School-Nashville 56
73 Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology 52
73 John A Gupton College 52
73 Franklin Academy 52
76 Mind Body Institute 45
77 Lincoln Memorial University 44
77 Sandra Academy of Salon Services, Inc 44
79 Cumberland University 42
80 Lee University 38
80 The Salon Professional Academy - Nashville 38
80 Empire Beauty School-S Memphis 38
80 Gould’S-Academy 38
80 Empire Beauty School-E Memphis 38
85 King University 37
86 The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga 34
86 Empire Beauty School-Jackson 34
88 Trevecca Nazarene University 33
89 The University of Tennessee - Health Science Center 32
89 Image Maker Beauty Institute 32
91 Daymar College - Murfreesboro 30
92 Daymar College - Nashville 29
93 University of Memphis 28
94 Elite College of Cosmetology 26
95 Vibe Barber College 25
95 Johnson University 25
95 Arnolds Beauty School 25
95 Austin’s Beauty College Inc 25
99 Health-Tech Institute of Memphis 24
99 Love Beauty School Inc 24
101 Franklin Hair Academy School of Cosmetology 22
102 Fayetteville College of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences 21
103 Southern Adventist University 19
104 Christian Brothers University 18
105 Massage Institute of Memphis 16
106 Master’s Barber & Styling College 13
107 Mr Wayne’s School of Unisex Hair Design 12
108 Tusculum College 9
109 Union University 7
109 Bethel University 7
111 Tennessee Wesleyan University 6
112 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville 5
112 Career Beauty College 5
114 Shear Perfection Academy of Cosmetology 2
115 Lipscomb University 1
116 Bryan College - Dayton 0
116 Maryville College 0
116 Milligan College 0
116 Carson - Newman University 0
116 DeVry University - Tennessee 0

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