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119 Colleges
16,907 Yearly Graduations
$57,840 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$26,785 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly trade school graduations, Tennessee is ranked #19 in the country with 16,907 degrees handed out in 2021. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Tennessee is $14,460 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $19,461 a year.

About 56% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,696 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

South College

Knoxville, Tennessee
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,114 Yearly Degrees
$17,335 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,175 undergraduates at South College, of which 2,563 are full-time, and there are 5,171 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 41% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,850 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,707 during the early-career years.

#2

Concorde Career College - Memphis

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

There are 1,367 students at Concorde Career College - Memphis in total, 1,367 are 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.

Approximately 89% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,948 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.8% 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 $26,035 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
650 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Lincoln College of Technology - Nashville is 1,638, which includes 1,638 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 typical student loan amount is $6,470 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Lincoln Tech - Nashville is $39,069.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
486 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 school reports a student loan default rate of 6.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $56,995 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
447 Yearly Degrees

There are 893 students at TCAT - Knoxville in total, 582 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 - Knoxville is $28,281.

Public Public vs. Private
436 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville is 815, which includes 619 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,821 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
427 Yearly Degrees

There are 562 students at TCAT - Jackson in total, 386 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,156 during the early-career years.

#8

Chattanooga State Community College

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
414 Yearly Degrees
$4,430 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.

Roughly 15% of students at Chattanooga State Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,509 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,450 during the early-career years.

#9

Volunteer State Community College

Gallatin, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
393 Yearly Degrees
$4,384 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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

Approximately 5% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,664 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from VSCC is $32,138.

Public Public vs. Private
381 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.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from TCAT - Dickson is $27,968.

Public Public vs. Private
346 Yearly Degrees

There are 468 students at TCAT - Elizabethton in total, 434 are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at TCAT - Elizabethton. The freshman retention rate is 93%.

Students who graduate from TCAT - Elizabethton with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,276 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
319 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Morristown is 681, which includes 511 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Students who graduate from TCAT - Morristown with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,685 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
316 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Murfreesboro is 508, which includes 429 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 $32,147.

#13

Northeast State Community College

Blountville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
316 Yearly Degrees
$4,422 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,843 full-time undergraduates at Northeast State Technical Community College, and 5,397 students altogether. 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 average amount of student loans is $5,650 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Northeast State Technical Community College is $26,356.

Public Public vs. Private
306 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.

Students who graduate from TCAT - Memphis with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,881 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#16

Pellissippi State Community College

Knoxville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
304 Yearly Degrees
$4,456 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.

Roughly 6% of students at Pellissippi State Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,420 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,170 during the early-career years.

#17

Roane State Community College

Harriman, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
292 Yearly Degrees
$4,636 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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

4% of Roane State Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,857 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Roane State Community College is $29,072.

Public Public vs. Private
268 Yearly Degrees

There are 477 students at TCAT - Newbern in total, 301 are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at TCAT - Newbern. The freshman retention rate is 90%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from TCAT - Newbern is $32,470.

#19

Remington College - Memphis Campus

Memphis, Tennessee
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
263 Yearly Degrees
$17,468 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 638 students at Remington College - Memphis Campus in total, 638 are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Remington College - Memphis Campus is 4.0 years.

Approximately 92% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $9,770 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Remington College - Memphis Campus is $23,716.

#20

Nashville State Community College

Nashville, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
258 Yearly Degrees
$4,372 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 typical student loan amount is $4,864 a year. The student loan default rate of 12.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Nashville State Community College is $28,779.

Public Public vs. Private
256 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Crossville is 494, which includes 342 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 $30,454 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
255 Yearly Degrees
$4,430 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Southwest Tennessee Community College is 7,371, which includes 3,243 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,906 during the early-career years.

#23

Walters State Community College

Morristown, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
253 Yearly Degrees
$4,399 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,742 students at WSCC in total, 2,883 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

The student loan default rate of 2.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from WSCC is $28,776.

#24

Dyersburg State Community College

Dyersburg, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
249 Yearly Degrees
$4,410 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Dyersburg State Community College is 2,650, which includes 1,129 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 7% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,033 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from DSCC is $26,497.

#25

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Public Public vs. Private
232 Yearly Degrees
$9,232 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Middle Tennessee State University is 22,080, of which 19,188 students are undergraduates and of those, 15,520 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Middle Tennessee State University is 4.6 years.

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

Roughly 46% of students at Middle Tennessee State University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,139 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,660 during the early-career years.

Other Tennessee Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Motlow State Community College 229
27 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville 213
27 Cleveland State Community College 213
29 Tennessee School of Beauty of Knoxville Inc 204
30 Jackson State Community College 200
31 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald 184
32 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston 181
33 Genesis Career College-Cookeville 178
34 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville 172
35 Fortis Institute - Nashville 171
35 Remington College - Nashville Campus 171
37 East Tennessee State University 169
38 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Pulaski 167
39 Columbia State Community College 166
40 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Harriman 155
41 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Jacksboro 150
42 Paul Mitchell the School Murfreesboro 149
43 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris 141
44 Miller-Motte College Chattanooga 134
45 William Moore College of Technology 132
46 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Covington 127
47 Daymar College - Clarksville 126
48 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - McMinnville 125
49 Austin Peay State University 124
50 Tennessee State University 119
51 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Ripley 117
52 EduMed Partners 116
53 Chattanooga College Medical, Dental, and Technical Careers 114
54 Paul Mitchell the School Memphis 113
54 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Oneida - Huntsville 113
56 Gould’S-Academy 105
57 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Crump 102
58 North Central Institute 98
59 Fortis Institute - Cookeville 97
60 Gould’s Academy 96
60 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Athens 96
62 Genesis Career College-Lebanon 91
63 Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology 89
64 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - McKenzie 84
65 Austin’s Beauty College Inc 82
66 Allied Health Careers Institute 76
67 Ross Medical Education Center - Knoxville 74
68 Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences 73
69 Shear Perfection Academy of Cosmetology 72
70 Franklin Academy 65
71 Ross Medical Education Center - Johnson City 63
71 Paul Mitchell the School Knoxville 63
73 Tennessee Technological University 62
74 Queen City College 59
75 Empire Beauty School-E Memphis 58
76 The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga 53
77 John A Gupton College 52
78 Empire Beauty School-Nashville 51
79 University of Memphis 45
80 King University 39
81 Mind Body Institute 38
82 Elite College of Cosmetology 37
82 The Salon Professional Academy - Nashville 37
82 Trevecca Nazarene University 37
82 The University of Tennessee - Health Science Center 37
82 Arnolds Beauty School 37
87 Sandra Academy of Salon Services, Inc 35
88 Image Maker Beauty Institute 30
89 Southern Adventist University 27
90 The Hair Academy LLC 25
90 Lee University 25
90 Love Beauty School Inc 25
93 Cumberland University 23
94 Vibe Barber College 22
95 Franklin Hair Academy School of Cosmetology 21
95 Lincoln Memorial University 21
97 Empire Beauty School-S Memphis 19
98 Daymar College - Murfreesboro 18
98 Daymar College - Nashville 18
100 Tennessee Wesleyan University 17
101 Empire Beauty School-Jackson 15
102 Massage Institute of Memphis 14
103 Health-Tech Institute of Memphis 13
104 Maryville College 11
104 Master’s Barber & Styling College 11
106 Mr Wayne’s School of Unisex Hair Design 10
107 Christian Brothers University 9
108 Union University 7
109 Lipscomb University 6
110 Bethel University 5
110 Career Beauty College 5
112 Bryan College - Dayton 3
113 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville 2
114 Johnson University 0
114 Milligan University 0
114 Mid-South Christian College 0
114 Carson - Newman University 0
114 DeVry University - Tennessee 0
114 Tusculum University 0

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