Universities & Colleges in Tennessee
The state of Tennessee is located in the south-eastern part of the United States. Nashville is the capital of the State while Memphis is the largest city bearing a population of ~ 670,000. According to the United States Census Bureau the estimated population of Tennessee was 6,403,353 in 2011. Rutherford County however has the maximum concentration of population.
The state experiences a temperate climate, where the monthly average temperature ranges from a high of ~ 91F to a low of ~27F.
Studying in Tennessee
The Public higher education in the state of Tennessee is managed by two boards. 'The Tennessee Board of Regents' supervises 13 community colleges, 26 technology centers and 6 universities. The second is the University Of Tennessee Board Of Trustees that has 4 universities under it.
With growing industries and work opportunities Tennessee is now drawing huge attention of international students every year. Some of the important education centres of the state are
University of Tennessee,
Tennessee Technological University,
Tennessee State University
The state admitted ~6,400 international students during 2011 with maximum number of students from countries namely, china, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, India and Malaysia. The Vanderbilt University and University Of Tennessee Knoxville had the maximum number of international student followed by East Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University and University of Tennessee - Martin.
The University of Tennessee (UT) Knoxville, founded in the year 1794, allows the students to customize their education by choosing from approximately 170 majors.
Due to the highest number of international students in Vanderbilt University, this university has 'international office' that assists students in case of any issue. Apart from this, there are numerous intercultural leadership services and program conducted to help international student feel comfortable.
An average tuition fee in Tennessee is around ~$25,000 with room and boarding cost of ~$8400 and ~$4500 as other expenses. The University of Tennessee has an annual tuition cost of ~$18000 for international students while Vanderbilt University reports a tuition cost of approx. $35,000 in 2011.
International students coming to Tennessee for higher education are not applicable for Federal Financial Aid however; they are eligible for scholarships and grants offered by the specific university.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Tennessee is lower than that of United State's national average. Consumer price index is ~6% lower than US city average.
Median household income for a period of 2006 to 2010 in Tennessee is $43,000 while per capita income is around ~$23,000. The average salary is also lower than the nationwide average by ~$5,000. The state thus ranks 44th in United States of America in terms of its average income statistics. A bachelor's degree holder gets an average annual payment of ~$52,000 while for a Doctorate the amount is as high as ~$75,000.
The top industries in Tennessee are manufacturing, automotives and health care. The fortune five hundred companies of the state include FedEx, International Paper, Dollar General, HCA Holdings, Vanguard Health Systems, Eastman Chemical and many more.