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2021 Best Colleges in Tennessee by Salary Score

By the GradReports team | Updated 3/1/2021

We calculated a Salary Score for each college in Tennessee to compare the first-year earnings of alumni from each college to earnings for alumni with the same major at other colleges. The Salary Scores on this list represent the combined scores for all the bachelor's degree programs at a college and indicate how alumni from all majors at a specific school performed. Vanderbilt University, for example, is ranked first in Tennessee because it has a Salary Score of 90.46. It also ranks #36 on our 2021 list of Best Colleges in the U.S.

To be considered for our state rankings, schools must offer and provide data for at least 8 bachelor's programs. You can click on a school's name to view individual program scores. Read our methodology to learn more about how schools were ranked.

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Salary Scores based on data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Salary Score
#1 #1 Vanderbilt University Nashville Nashville $49,816 90.46
#2 #2 Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville Nashville $25,598 56.71
#3 #3 Rhodes College Memphis Memphis $47,890 49.00
#4 #4 Belmont University Nashville Nashville $34,310 46.57
#5 #5 Sewanee-The University of the South Sewanee Sewanee $45,120 46.45
#6 #6 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro Murfreesboro $8,858 42.43
#7 #7 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville Knoxville $13,006 39.09
#8 #8 Tusculum University Greeneville Greeneville $24,860 38.74
#9 #9 Lipscomb University Nashville Nashville $32,144 37.41
#10 #10 Freed-Hardeman University Henderson Henderson $21,950 37.18
#11 #11 Maryville College Maryville Maryville $34,880 34.79
#12 #12 Union University Jackson Jackson $32,610 34.27
#13 #13 Lee University Cleveland Cleveland $17,690 34.13
#14 #14 The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga Chattanooga Chattanooga $8,664 33.40
#15 #15 Southern Adventist University Collegedale Collegedale $21,950 32.38
#16 #16 Austin Peay State University Clarksville Clarksville $8,159 31.28
#17 #17 Tennessee State University Nashville Nashville $8,792 30.68
#18 #18 University of Memphis Memphis Memphis $9,317 29.74
#19 #19 Tennessee Tech University Cookeville Cookeville $8,731 29.22
#20 #20 Carson-Newman University Jefferson City Jefferson City $27,900 28.13
#21 #21 The University of Tennessee - Martin Martin Martin $9,512 25.11
#22 #22 East Tennessee State University Johnson City Johnson City $8,935 19.27
#23 #23 King University Bristol Bristol $29,714 18.78