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120 Colleges
16,600 Yearly Graduations
$57,571 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$26,785 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 live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $14,393 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $19,688 a year.

An estimated 56% of college students in Tennessee take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,696 per year.

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Private for-profit Public vs. Private
801 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,638 students at Lincoln Tech - Nashville in total, 1,638 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 30 to 1.

Approximately 71% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,470 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Lincoln Tech - Nashville with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#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 1,367, which includes 1,367 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 26 to 1.

Around 97% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 6% are men and 94% are women.

Roughly 89% of students at Concorde Career College - Memphis take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,948 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Concorde Career College - Memphis with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $18,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
597 Yearly Degrees

There are 815 students at TCAT - Nashville in total, 619 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

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

Public Public vs. Private
504 Yearly Degrees

There are 582 full-time undergraduates at TCAT - Knoxville, and 893 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 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 1,444 students at TCAT - Memphis in total, 826 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 7,452 students at Chattanooga State Community College in total, 3,404 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

15% of Chattanooga State Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,509 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,000 during the early-career years.

#7

Volunteer State Community College

Gallatin, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
414 Yearly Degrees
$4,312 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,832 students at VSCC in total, 4,296 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Roughly 5% of students at VSCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,664 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.7% 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 681 students at TCAT - Morristown in total, 511 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 - Morristown is $26,400.

#9

Northeast State Community College

Blountville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
405 Yearly Degrees
$4,326 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Northeast State Community College is 5,397, which includes 2,843 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

1% of Northeast State Technical Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,650 a year. Northeast State Technical Community College has a 7.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate 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

There are 798 students at TCAT - Dickson in total, 627 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 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 761 full-time undergraduates at Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting, and 816 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 71 to 1.

The student loan default rate of 8.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

#12

Miller-Motte College Chattanooga

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

There are 336 full-time undergraduates at MMC Chattanooga, and 351 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 31 to 1.

Roughly 60% of students at MMC Chattanooga take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,874 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 26.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from MMC Chattanooga with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $19,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

South College

Knoxville, Tennessee
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
321 Yearly Degrees
$16,975 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,171 students at South College in total, 4,175 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,563 are full-time. It takes the average South College undergraduate about 4.0 years to complete their degree.

Roughly 41% of students at South College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,850 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from South College is $25,700.

#14

Roane State Community College

Harriman, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
303 Yearly Degrees
$4,552 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,119 full-time undergraduates at Roane State Community College, and 5,172 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 4% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,857 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Roane State Community College is $24,900.

#15

Pellissippi State Community College

Knoxville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
299 Yearly Degrees
$4,318 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Pellissippi State Community College is 9,334, which includes 4,348 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

6% of Pellissippi State Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,420 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Pellissippi State Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
295 Yearly Degrees

There are 434 full-time undergraduates at TCAT - Elizabethton, and 468 students altogether. TCAT - Elizabethton has a freshman retention rate of 93%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from TCAT - Elizabethton is $25,200.

Public Public vs. Private
293 Yearly Degrees

There are 562 students at TCAT - Jackson in total, 386 are full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at TCAT - Jackson is 86%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,200 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
283 Yearly Degrees

There are 508 students at TCAT - Murfreesboro in total, 429 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Students who graduate from TCAT - Murfreesboro with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Middle Tennessee State University

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

There are 19,188 undergraduates at Middle Tennessee State University, of which 15,520 are full-time, and there are 22,080 students altogether. For undergraduates at Middle Tennessee State University, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

Around 94% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Approximately 46% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,139 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.7% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
255 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald is 528, which includes 284 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 - Hohenwald is $25,100.

Public Public vs. Private
255 Yearly Degrees

There are 576 students at TCAT - Pulaski in total, 227 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,200 during the early-career years.

#22

Nashville State Community College

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

There are 7,064 students at Nashville State Community College in total, 2,984 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

13% of Nashville State Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,864 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Nashville State Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
241 Yearly Degrees

There are 243 full-time undergraduates at TCAT - Livingston, and 1,254 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

Students who graduate from TCAT - Livingston with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

Remington College - Memphis Campus

Memphis, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
224 Yearly Degrees
$15,498 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 638 full-time undergraduates at Remington College - Memphis Campus, and 638 students altogether. It takes the average Remington College - Memphis Campus undergraduate about 4.0 years to complete their degree.

92% of Remington College - Memphis Campus students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,770 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 $21,900 during the early-career years.

#25

Columbia State Community College

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

There are 3,047 full-time undergraduates at Columbia State Community College, and 5,931 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 5% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,330 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.9% 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 The Hair Academy LLC 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 University 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 University 0
116 Carson - Newman University 0
116 DeVry University - Tennessee 0

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