2016 Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in Tennessee

Schools in Tennessee have plenty of online learning choices to explore. Many of the ten universities in the state’s public university system have extensive online courseware and degree options. The biggest public university in the state, The University of Tennessee, offers a host of online degrees at the bachelor’s and master’s levels through the UT Online program.


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    Tennessee has more than 169 post-secondary institutions, of which 45 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, eight are public four-year colleges or universities and seven are public community or technical colleges and 30 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. 387 online certificate programs, 1,965 online associate programs, 5,510 online bachelor’s programs, 2,093 online master
    s programs, 2,578 online professional programs, and 485 online doctoral programs are offered at these schools. These programs offer students courses in subjects such as ESL, photography, and sound engineering.

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    The state has about 2.5 million employed workers.The average wage in Tennessee is less than the national average. Employees in Tennessee earn an average annual income of $38,330 while the national average annual income is $42,871. The highest paid workers in the state earn over $67,350 annually, while the lowest paid workers earn under $16,830 annually. The median annual income for employees is roughly $29,920.


    Tuition for online college courses varies based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program. Public four-year colleges and universities in Tennessee charged students an average of $4,975 per year. On average, tuition at public community and technical colleges was $2,834 per year. Tuition for students at private accredited online colleges ranged from $8,040 to $34,270 per year.


    The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is in charge of school accreditation in Tennessee. SACS is a regional institutional accrediting agency recognized by the highest officials in the U.S. Department of Education as an organization worthy of awarding accreditation to schools and individual degree programs in the state. Online schools in Tennessee with SACS accreditation have a guaranteed minimum of academic excellence and should be considered over state schools without any accreditation.

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      Tennessee is located in the Ohio Valley region of the United States. The state, which has an area of 42,144 square miles, is the 16th smallest in the US. The average annual temperature in the state is approximately 60°F.

      The population of Tennessee is the 17th largest in the U.S. The state has 96 counties and 6,346,105 residents living in these counties. About 40 percent of Tennessee’s population is under the age of 30. With approximately 24 percent of its population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group, the state has one of the least diverse populations in the US.

      Although Tennessee’s capital city is Nashville, the largest city in the state is Memphis, with a population of 646,889 residents. Approximately 9.81 percent of the state’s residents live in the Memphis metropolitan area. Other large cities in the state include Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Clarksville.

      Tennessee residents normally have a higher than average level of education as compared to those around the U.S. According to the 2010 Census, an estimated 22.4 percent of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have completed high school, 3.8 percent have at least an associate degree, 3.1 percent have degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher, and 1 percent hold a graduate level degree.