2017 Best Colleges in Tennessee

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    Vanderbilt University

    • Nashville, TN
    • 1,156 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love Vandy even though it's super hard and my first year was really tough. The classes are really challenging but the social life and the people you meet here make up for it.
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    College Sophomore:The people here in Sewanee are great, and they have been helpful in pointing me in the right direction. It's a close-knit community, and I would still choose to go to Sewanee again because of the personal growth I've achieved in the past year.
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    Rhodes College

    • Memphis, TN
    • 604 reviews
    College Sophomore:The sense of community is great, the classes are challenging but not overwhelming, and there are amazing opportunities to get to know Memphis. Plus, I'm a Bonner Scholar, so I have amazing intern opportunities and I get money to put towards my tuition.
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    College Sophomore:So far Baptist College has done a great job impressing me. I am excited to start my school year and get to know people who will serve as fellow healthcare providers.
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    University of Tennessee

    • Knoxville, TN
    • 3,184 reviews
    College Sophomore:Top 3rd school for supply chain placement for jobs. Active in searching and providing opportunities for the students, and their revamping their branding so the degree has even more value.
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    Union University

    • Jackson, TN
    • 595 reviews
    College Sophomore:I have found some of my closest friends at Union University. The faculty here at Union really care about the students and seeing them succeed as well.
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    Lipscomb University

    • Nashville, TN
    • 674 reviews
    College Sophomore:My favorite thing about Lipscomb is my program. All of the faculty know every single music student and they are so easy to talk to. They only want to see you do your best and become an amazing musician. We all work together to create wonderful performances and watch each other succeed.
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    Maryville College

    • Maryville, TN
    • 313 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:Overall I enjoyed my time at Maryville College. Though I wish my program was overall stronger and the advisor was more prepared and challenging. I made great friends, leaving me with great experiences!
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    Milligan College

    • Milligan College, TN
    • 272 reviews
    College Senior:I cannot say enough good things about Milligan. Every staff member is friendly and helpful. All the professors take an active role in each students' success. If you are struggling they want to know how they can help. The whole atmosphere on campus is different. It's a loving community. The ONLY negative is the price however 1) it's a private college and 2) it's actually lower in price than comparable schools. I LOVE Milligan!
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    Trevecca Nazarene University

    • Nashville, TN
    • 341 reviews
    College Sophomore:Many people say the don't like Trevecca, but I seriously have nothing negative bad to say about it. They have helped me in everything I need. I was not eligible for any sort of financial aid because of my immigration status. Trevecca helped me out so much and believed in me regardless of my ACT scores or GPA. I don't live on campus and most, if not all, of my professors are great with communication.
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    University of Memphis

    • Memphis, TN
    • 1,789 reviews
    College Sophomore:My overall experience at the University of Memphis has to be amazing! Everyone that I have made a connection with, encouraged me to never give up. I never came across anyone who was mean or disrespectful, it is just a school filled with wonderful people. My favorite experiences I enjoyed was attending the 2015 Spring fling and Stroll off and these events are full of fun and to be with friends. What makes my school unique is the school spirit.
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    Tennessee Technological University

    • Cookeville, TN
    • 932 reviews
    College Junior:To start this off I only applied to my university because I had always dreamed of going here therefore I only applied to it. I loved the school since the beginning, the campus is big enough to enjoy a university setting, and small enough to walk to classes from anywhere on campus within 10 minutes. For the past three years not once have si thought about transferring. I genuinely enjoyed my time at Tech and will continue to enjoy it.
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    Southern Adventist University

    • Collegedale, TN
    • 691 reviews
    College Sophomore:Overall the professors are well educated and passionate about their material and students. The quality of the courses is above average and there is a wide variety available. The class sizes are smaller than most universities but more personal and hands-on.
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    Christian Brothers University

    • Memphis, TN
    • 360 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love my school! The professors and staff are friendly and the grounds, though small, are well designed and are beautiful during the spring and fall. The food is pretty good as well. My only complaint would be that I feel the tuition is a little high, but it's a great school, so I suppose it is well worth the cost.
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    King University - Tennessee

    • Bristol, TN
    • 321 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:When I knew I was moving to Germany, I had to figure out how to continue my degree in communications. The biggest problem I was faced with was finding a good school with an accredited communications program at a school that I would be proud to attend. I searched for a while, and then a friend told me about King University's online degree program. I had heard of King and knew it was a private Christian school located in Bristol, TN. However, I had no idea of their many online programs. I went straight to their website and chatted online with someone from the college who answered all my immediate questions, set me up with an admissions counselor, and got me on track to enroll. The online program is set up with five week accelerated courses. There are due dates, but also flexibility to fit your busy schedule. The instructors were great and very helpful. Most importantly, while at King I have become a more efficient learner and all together a better student. Going to school online was not something I was looking forward to, but the experience was something that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am so extremely thankful for the opportunity to further my education with King University, and I would recommend anyone who is interested in getting their education online to learn more about the many programs King offers.
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    Lee University

    • Cleveland, TN
    • 1,378 reviews
    College Junior:The campus is beautiful. Most of the professors generally care about students receiving and education, with that actually learning not just retaining to regurgitate it back on a test. It is really far away from home witch has been the hardest part but the area is rough on one side but it opens up a great opportunity to help others and build relationships with people who are a little down right now.
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    Middle Tennessee State University

    • Murfreesboro, TN
    • 2,913 reviews
    College Junior:I've had some professors that will go out of their way to help others (including me) and there are some but not many professors that are just really nonchalant. I feel that the subjects that I am more interested in are the classes that I tend to put my best efforts into and the ones that I don't really care for so much, I will do my work just to get by in the class which is something that I really need to work on.
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    College Sophomore:UTM is a great place to be! There are so many opportunities for students to achieve greatness. Resources for anything and everything are available all over campus. I have made many friends just by being at UT Martin for two semesters. I have learned to not be afraid of getting help in any of my classes. The University of Tennessee at Martin is a wonderful school that will help me achieve my academic achievements.
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    Belmont University

    • Nashville, TN
    • 1,441 reviews
    College Junior:I love the city that my school is in and all of the experiences I have had so far. I felt like some of the classes I have taken so far I could do without but overall everything has been great.
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    Johnson University

    • Knoxville, TN
    • 243 reviews
    College Freshman:I have greatly enjoyed my time at college, including the one on one time I have been able to spend discussing academic topics with my professors.
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    Freed-Hardeman University

    • Henderson, TN
    • 406 reviews
    College Sophomore:Pretty great environment for academics. Some professors need to be dealt with but other than that everything here is pretty satisfactory if not great.
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    Bryan College - Tennessee

    • Dayton, TN
    • 203 reviews
    College Sophomore:Bryan college has an interesting atmosphere. One of the greatest attributes it possesses is the ability for the students to simply find a professor who is willing to sit down with the student and discuss any topic.
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    University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

    • Chattanooga, TN
    • 1,278 reviews
    College Sophomore:My university is alright but it seems as if we do not have many class choices for my major that will steer me in the right direction for what I want to do with the rest of my life. Also, with me being an African-American student at a PWI, there have been some cases of racism that I have seen but none have been directly towards me. Other than that, I love my university. I am very involved on campus and enjoy the college lifestyle.
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    Carson-Newman University

    • Jefferson City, TN
    • 396 reviews
    College Junior:Even though the caf is disgusting and the dorms are moldy, I love this school and am glad that I found a college with such a great sense of community.
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    Lincoln Memorial University

    • Harrogate, TN
    • 279 reviews
    College Junior:The courses are well constructed and easy to understand. The professors are helpful and will help students who are struggling to recieve help from tutors.
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