5 Standout Institutions Of Higher Education In Tennessee

Tennessee isn't only home to Graceland, Dollywood, and the nation's most visited national park: it's also a state boasting a number of great colleges and universities. The ones included here offer a range of terrific degree programs, athletic opportunities, and educational experiences for students from near and far. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

5 Noteworthy Tennessee Colleges

School Location
Maryville College Maryville
LeMoyne-Owen College Memphis
Austin Peay State University Main campus in Clarksville, with branches in Springfield as well as Fort Campbell, KY
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis
The University of Memphis Memphis

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Benefits Of Higher Education

  • Students gain new life experience
  • Graduates earn more money over time
  • Opens minds up to new perspectives
  • Gives students a chance to network with their peers
  • Provides more career opportunities
  • Improves critical thinking skills
  • Allows students to realize where their passions lie
  • Earning a diploma comes with a sense of accomplishment

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In Depth

In "Rocky Top," Tennessee's unofficial bluegrass anthem, the narrator celebrates a rural lifestyle with the lines: "ain't no smoggy smoke on Rocky Top, ain't no telephone bills." There are, however, a number of top of the line colleges and universities. This list, presented in no particular order, looks at educational institutions in the Volunteer State.

At #1, we have Maryville College, located in the eponymous city, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville. The school offers several majors, including Child Development and Learning, Nursing, Neuroscience, Medieval Studies, and Marketing. The college is associated with the Presbyterian Church, and students are encouraged to connect scholarship, worship, and community.

The college's Mountain Challenge program allows students to go on outdoor adventures, such as rock climbing or canoeing, to earn academic credit. There are other clubs available, such as the Black Student Alliance, the Dance Team, and the Equestrian Team, which competes against riders from schools such as the University of Tennessee, University of the South, Rhodes College, and more.

The college's Mountain Challenge program allows students to go on outdoor adventures, such as rock climbing or canoeing, to earn academic credit.

Next up, at #2, we have LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis. It is a historically Black school and aims to educate students for urban-focused leadership, scholarship, service, and professional careers. There are many academic departments, including Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Fine Arts and Humanities, and Business and Economic Development.

The school's library was named after Hollis F. Price, its first African American president. It is home to over 117,000 volumes and subscribes to more than 375 periodicals. LeMoyne-Owen College serves both traditional and non-traditional students, helping those who have been out of school for awhile or chose to postpone college after high school. It is home to a drumline, called the Magical Marching Magicians.

Coming in at #3 is Austin Peay State University, located in Clarksville, Tennessee, which is less than an hour away from Nashville. The school offers 48 Bachelor's Degree programs in Education, Business, Behavioral and Health Sciences, and more. Its Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement helps students find volunteer opportunities in the community.

Its Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement helps students find volunteer opportunities in the community.

The university has a robust study abroad initiative, offering faculty-led programs that range from one to five weeks as well as exchange programs with partner institutions that run for full semesters or academic years. Austin Peay State University's Foy Center is a comprehensive fitness space, complete with group exercise classes, such as Zumba and yoga, and a swimming pool.

Our #4 entry is the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, located in Memphis. Since 1911, it has been training medical professionals through education, research, clinical care, and public service. Its Colleges of Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy serve over 3,000 students, post-docs, and fellows across four campuses.

The university is very active in the community, offering clinical and preventative care as well as health education to the people of Tennessee. Clinica Esperanza brings medical care to the area's underserved minority population, and the Council for International and Area Outreach promotes awareness of global health care needs.

Clinica Esperanza brings medical care to the area's underserved minority population, and the Council for International and Area Outreach promotes awareness of global health care needs.

The last entry, #5, is the University of Memphis, located in the eponymous city. Students can choose from a variety of majors, such as Education, Anthropology, and Mathematical Sciences. The school's Division of Research and Innovation supports academic thought and interdisciplinary collaboration by university faculty, staff, and students and has many dedicated facilities for this effort.

For student-athletes, the university offers several sports, including basketball, volleyball, baseball, football, and track and field. The school offers many initiatives through its Multicultural Affairs department, such as the Diversity Ambassador Program, which encourages students to take an active role on campus and promote awareness toward issues of multiculturalism, equality, and social justice.