Nashville, TN Colleges and Universities

Nashville is home to many colleges and universities including Vanderbilt, Belmont, Tennessee State University, and more.

Carol Cowan
On Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 15:08
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With more than 20 four-year colleges and universities to its credit - as well as six community colleges and 11 vocational and technical schools - the Nashville area is a hub for higher education.

Founded in Nashville in 1873, Vanderbilt University consistently ranks among America’s top higher-learning institutions. The 2009 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list – a survey of 1‚400 accredited colleges and universities – ranks Vanderbilt 18th in the nation. Its 10 schools and total enrollment of more than 11‚000 make the university a driving economic force in the city.

Lipscomb University, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ denomination, offers more than 100 programs of study, including undergraduate degrees with a sustainability focus and Tennessee’s first “green” MBA.

Well-known for its music and music business programs, Belmont University is the largest Christian university and second-largest private university in the state (behind Vanderbilt). It recently opened the $34 million, 100,000-square-foot Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences and Nursing.

Nashville also boasts three of the most prestigious historically black colleges in the country: Meharry Medical CollegeTennessee State University and Fisk University.

Cumberland University in Lebanon is a private‚ liberal arts institution that offers five undergraduate divisions‚ four graduate programs‚ degree completion programs for working adults and non-credit continuing education.

With campuses conveniently located throughout Middle Tennessee, Nashville State Technical Community College offers a wide range of associate’s degree programs, certificate programs and university transfer programs.

A host of other higher-education options exist in the Nashville area, from traditional academic degrees to credentials in fields such as cosmetology, massage therapy, auto mechanics, and art and design. Classes are available in a variety of settings, including satellite campuses and online.

Learn more about why you should move to Nashville, TN.


Carol Cowan began her writing career in 2006 as a staff writer for JournalCommunications.