Nashville's Best Colleges and Universities

Have you been thinking about continuing your education at a Middle Tennessee college or university? If so, add the following top schools in Nashville and the Middle Tennessee region to your list of campuses to visit. You'll find African-American colleges, Christian colleges, community colleges and both public and private universities. The schools below are listed in alphabetical order.

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    Founded in 1924, the American Baptist College, a predominantly African-American college, is located on 53 acres along the Cumberland River in Nashville. American Baptist College is a four-year, coeducational liberal arts Bible college and professional career education institution.

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    Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tenn., awards undergraduate and graduate degrees from departments such as the College of Business, College of Education and School of Technology and Public Management. Although AP is still locally known as a learning school for teachers, it includes more than 50 undergraduate majors and 91 different concentrations.

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    Belmont University is one of Nashville's most historical schools with a rich heritage that dates back into the late 1800s. This Christian school offers more than 90 areas of undergraduate study, 20 master degrees and several doctoral degrees.

     

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    Founded in 1966, Columbia State Community College was Tennessee's first two-year college. It teaches more than 50 programs of study on five campuses and awards degrees in areas such as teaching, science and fine art.

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    Fisk University is a predominately African-American liberal arts university offering 25 majors and pre-professional certification programs. This leading liberal arts school is the top producer of African-Americans with master's degrees in physics. Its annual enrollment is approximately 1,000 students.

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    Founded in 1891, Lipscomb University is a private coeducational Christian school that offers more than 130 programs of study in nearly 50 majors. The school has a College of Engineering and College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences among other academic departments.

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    Meharry Medical College is the largest independent historically African-American medical college in the nation. One of its main goals is to educate minority physicians who in turn will care for the medically underserved.

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    Middle Tennessee State University is a Tennessee Board of Regents Institution that is the largest undergraduate institution in Tennessee. It offers degrees through seven university colleges, including basic and applied sciences, business, education and behavioral science, honors, mass communication and graduate studies.

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    Nashville State Community College offers around 80 degree programs as well as certificate programs. The main programs of study include an Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degrees. Classes are available at five campuses or online. Credits easily transfer to four-year institutions.

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    Tennessee State University offers more than 45 undergraduate programs, more than 20 graduate programs and several doctorate programs. Founded in 1912, the university has two campuses catering to approximately 10,000 students annually.   

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    Founded in 1901, Trevecca Nazarene University is a private Christian school with beliefs based on the teachings of the Church of the Nazarene, a denomination in the Wesleyan tradition. It offers approximately 86 majors, 20 masters, two doctoral-level programs of study and six certificates.

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    Vanderbilt University is a private research university comprised of 10 schools. It consistently ranks as one of the top 20 universities in the nation. Areas of study include law, medicine, nursing, engineering and divinity.

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    Volunteer State Community College is a public two-year community college located 30 miles north of Nashville in Gallatin, Tenn. Vol State offers associate degrees, certificates and continuing education courses for more than 90 programs. Its five major divisions are Business and Technology, Humanities, Math and Science, Social Science and Education and Health Sciences.