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Last Updated: October 08, 2021

Tennessee - The Volunteer State

The state of Tennessee is located in the south-eastern part of the United States. Tennessee received its statehood in June 1796. Nashville is the capital of the State as well as the largest city. The state of Tennessee is bordered by Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Missouri. According to the United States Census Bureau, the estimated population of Tennessee is about 6.95 million in 2021. Native American tribes such as the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, and Shawnee were the original inhabitants of this region. The state experiences a temperate climate, where the monthly average temperature ranges from a high of 90° F to a low of 27° F.

Major Cities in Tennessee


The capital city of the state, Nashville is also the largest in Tennessee. It is popularly known as the "Music City USA" due to the city's strong musical influence from the past and is also often called the "Athens of the South". The city was founded in the year 1779 and was named in honor of a renowned hero of the American Revolutionary War, Brigadier General Francis Nash. One of the best public universities in the country, Vanderbilt University, is situated in Nashville. The presence of other popular institutes such as Belmont University, Trevecca Nazarene University, Lipscomb University, etc., makes the city a major educational hub. Popular tourist attractions in this city are Music Row, The Nashville Parthenon, Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and a lot more.


Memphis is the second-largest city in Tennessee known for ostrich culture and history. The city of Memphis was founded in the year 1819 and was established as a city in 1826. It is a major economic and industrial epicenter with the presence of large companies such as FedEx, AutoZone, and International Paper. Popular educational institutes such as the University of Memphis and Rhodes College are situated in this city. Just like the capital city of Tennessee, Memphis is also popular for its music culture. The city’s major tourist attractions include Graceland: The Home of Elvis Presley, Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Sun Studio, Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, The Memphis Zoo, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and so on.


Situated in Knox County, Knoxville is the third-largest city in the state of Tennessee. It was founded in the year 1791. It is popularly known as the 'Marble City' due to the marble deposits available here that contribute to the state’s economy. The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is one of the most prestigious universities situated in this city. Popular sites in Knoxville include World’s Fair Park, McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, Tennessee Theater, Mabry-Hazen House Museum, Knoxville Zoo, Ijams Nature Center, and so on.


Chattanooga is the fourth-largest city in the state of Tennessee. Established in 1816, the city is situated in Hamilton County. is also popularly known as the ‘River City' due to the presence of the Tennessee River or the 'Scenic City' because of the greenery that engulfs the city. The city is also a major transportation hub. The popular public university, The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga is also situated here. Some of the most fascinating sites in this city are Chattanooga Choo Choo, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, Tennessee Aquarium. Chattanooga Zoo, Raccoon Mountain Caverns, and a lot more.

Economy/Job Market

Tuition Fee and Living Cost in Tennessee

The cost of living in Tennessee is lower than that of the United States’ national average. Housing costs are the cheapest, whereas the cost for healthcare services is on the more expensive side, being slightly higher than the national average. The most affordable cities in Tennessee are Milan, Lewisburg, Manchester, and Munford. Some of the most expensive cities include Athens, Nashville, Cookeville, and Sevierville.

Education costs in this state can be high or low. Some of the top universities/colleges have a tuition fee that is twice the amount of the national average, while there are a few institutions that have moderate to low costs.

List of Few Major Universities/Colleges

The public higher education system in the state of Tennessee is mainly managed by two boards. The first one being "The Tennessee Board of Regents" which supervises 13 community colleges and 27 technology centers. The second is the "University Of Tennessee Board Of Trustees" which has the University of Tennessee System under it. Some of the best universities and colleges in the state are:

Scholarships/Financial Aid for Students

Young students generally are full of dreams and aspirations about the career path they will follow. This is eventually followed by the plan of pursuing good education from the best institutes to reach the goal. But affording good quality education may not be everyone's cup of tea. The state of Tennessee as well as the institutions within the state have come up with several grants and scholarships that assist students to be educated without much trouble.


“Tennessee"America at Its Best” is the official slogan of the state which justifies the very spirit of this state. This is a land of diverse people, landscapes, and a rich history that gives its visitors the invigorating experience of exploring Tennessee. The state has numerous amazing attractions such as The Smokies: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Elvis Presley's Graceland, Tennessee Aquarium, Dollywood, The Parthenon, Nashville, Ruby Falls, American Museum of Science and Energy, and several others.

The Volunteer State has also got a lot of exotic dishes to offer. The classic Meat and Three, Banana Pudding, Fried Pickles, Catfish, Country Ham, Greens and Potlikker, Bushwacker, Barbecue Nachos, etc., are some of the best delicacies available here.

Universities & Colleges in Tennessee

University (city) Total StudentsUG (in) / UG (out)G (in) / G (out)
Vanderbilt University (Nashville) 13634$55408 / $55408$52272 / $52272
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Knoxville) 31477$14636 / $32408$14636 / $33454
University of Memphis (Memphis) 24603$10454 / $14636$11499 / $15681
Rhodes College (Memphis) 2120$52272 / $52272$52272 / $52272
Sewanee-The University of the South (Sewanee) 2004$48090 / $48090$18818 / $18818
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences (Memphis) 1079$11499 / $11499$N/A / $N/A
Belmont University (Nashville) 8733$37636 / $37636$25090 / $25090
Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville) 5017$28227 / $28227$11499 / $11499
Union University (Jackson) 3718$24045 / $24045$10454 / $10454
The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (Chattanooga) 12718$10454 / $27181$11499 / $19863
Lipscomb University (Nashville) 4680$30318 / $30318$19863 / $19863
Tennessee Technological University (Cookeville) 11154$9409 / $26136$12545 / $28227
Tennessee Wesleyan College (Athens) 1108$27181 / $27181$21954 / $21954
Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro) 25239$10454 / $29272$11499 / $28227
Johnson University (Knoxville) 1379$17772 / $17772$11499 / $11499
Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate) 5587$24045 / $24045$19863 / $19863
Freed-Hardeman University (Henderson) 1828$22999 / $22999$11499 / $11499
East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) 16350$10454 / $29272$11499 / $27181
Aquinas College (Nashville) 384$21954 / $21954$14636 / $14636
Cumberland University (Lebanon) 1550$22999 / $22999$6272 / $6272
Austin Peay State University (Clarksville) 12707$9409 / $14636$10454 / $15681
Fisk University (Nashville) 800$24045 / $24045$22999 / $22999
Lee University (Cleveland) 5985$19863 / $19863$14636 / $14636
Carson-Newman University (Jefferson City) 3126$30318 / $30318$10454 / $10454
Maryville College (Maryville) 1213$34499 / $34499$N/A / $N/A
Watkins College of Art Design & Film (Nashville) 204$26136 / $26136$26136 / $26136
Bryan College-Dayton (Dayton) 1489$25090 / $25090$11499 / $11499
Tusculum College (Greeneville) 1809$24045 / $24045$7318 / $7318
King University (Bristol) 2920$28227 / $28227$10454 / $10454
Bethel University (McKenzie) 5951$11499 / $11499$12545 / $12545
Hiwassee College (Madisonville) 280$16727 / $16727$N/A / $N/A
Lane College (Jackson) 1376$10454 / $10454$N/A / $N/A
Christian Brothers University (Memphis) 2330$35545 / $35545$14636 / $14636
The University of Tennessee-Martin (Martin) 8264$10454 / $16727$11499 / $17772
Le Moyne-Owen College (Memphis) 945$11499 / $11499$N/A / $N/A
Richmont Graduate University (Chattanooga) 258$N/A / $N/A$16727 / $16727
Martin Methodist College (Pulaski) 1105$25090 / $25090$8363 / $8363
Welch College (Nashville) 346$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A
Daymar Institute-Clarksville (Clarksville) 533$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Inc (Madison) 224$N/A / $N/A$74226 / $74226
Nossi College of Art (Madison) 259$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A
O'More College of Design (Franklin) 167$29272 / $29272$N/A / $N/A
Milligan College (Milligan College) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Daymar Institute-Murfreesboro (Murfreesboro) 145$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A
Daymar Institute-Nashville (Nashville) 153$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A
Fountainhead College of Technology (Knoxville) 94$15681 / $15681$N/A / $N/A
American Baptist College (Nashville) 157$11499 / $11499$N/A / $N/A
Meharry Medical College (Nashville) 829$N/A / $N/A$30318 / $30318
South College (Knoxville) 4893$18818 / $18818$29272 / $29272
Memphis College of Art (Memphis) 125$35545 / $35545$36590 / $36590
Tennessee State University (Nashville) 8723$10454 / $22999$12545 / $25090
Remington College-Memphis Campus (Memphis) 724$16727 / $16727$N/A / $N/A
Pentecostal Theological Seminary (Cleveland) 677$3136 / $3136$12545 / $12545
Memphis Theological Seminary (Memphis) 267$N/A / $N/A$13590 / $13590
Williamson Christian College (Franklin) 61$15681 / $15681$12545 / $12545
Southern Adventist University (Collegedale) 3125$21954 / $21954$11499 / $11499
Southern College of Optometry (Memphis) 528$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Argosy University-Nashville (Nashville) 392$14636 / $14636$14636 / $14636
Emmanuel Christian Seminary (Johnson City) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville (Nashville) 740$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A

*UG - Undergraduate
*G - Graduate
*in - In-state Fees
*out - Out-of-State Fees
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