Types of Colleges
Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs)
DegreesTechnical Certificate or Associate Degree
HousingNo on-campus housing offered
DegreesBachelor's Degree or Associate Degree
HousingMost schools offer on-campus housing and may even require students to live on campus for a period of time.
Costs can vary widely by college based on tuition rates and available financial aid options.
Public: Most public schools offer a reduced tuition rate for students who are residents of the state.
Private: Private colleges offer one standard tuition rate, regardless of whether the student is a resident of the state. Private schools may offer more financial aid options and scholarship opportunities.
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Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Though students of any race can attend these schools, the student body is largely African-American because the schools were originally created when schools were still largely segregated. Today, students look to the nation's 101 HBCUs for many reasons, including the unique resources and diverse community they provide to students of color.
Schools include: Fisk University, Alabama A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University
Liberal Arts Colleges
These schools prioritize smaller class sizes, allowing students to get to know each other and their professors more, and offer a wider range of subjects and fields than other schools.
Schools include: Sewanee, Maryville College, Lipscomb University, Rhodes University
Religiously Affiliated Colleges
These schools are aligned with a specific religious denomination. They may require students to take a religion course or attend religious services.
Schools include: Union University, University of Notre Dame, Trevecca Nazarene University, Texas Christian University
These schools are run in order to create revenue for the owner of the institution. They typically offer more online classes than other schools, but have higher tuition costs and lower job placement rates.
Schools include: Lincoln Tech, University of Phoenix, Strayer University, DeVry University