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Nashville Colleges Universities and Technical Schools

Updated on April 19, 2012

College is an important step in a high school graduates life. Choosing the right school is an important part of that leap into the real world. Nashville has many great colleges, universities, and technical schools to choose from.

When picking a school you should keep in mind things like study curriculum, student aid, and dorm life.

We will go over all of these and include a list of Nashville colleges universities and technical schools.


Your first step and you may have this figured out already is "What am I going to study"? This is the most important step because with this question you build a plan, a course of action that leads you into the rest of your life.

Didn't mean to scare you and sound so grim, but it's the truth. Without asking yourself this question you set yourself up for many hard decisions along the way.

Of course you don't have to know what you're going to do FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! Though, it does help to know.

My suggestion would be that you do a lot of soul searching. Ask yourself many questions about your future, look at what your parents did, and their parents before them did, and most importantly what you may be passionate about.

It is always good to do something you like. Then it may feel more like a hobby rather than a career.

Federal Student Aid

Student Aid

How are you going to pay for school? Yeah getting a summer job is great and money from grandma and grandpa from your graduation party will help but will it cover everything? Sadly enough the answer is probably no.

When picking the right student aid you should consider grants and loans. Also choosing a nonpaying internship as your summer job with a company that handles matters you plan to study isn't a bad idea either.

If you are lucky enough to snag an internship with a company you would like to someday work for they may have money set aside to pay part of your tuition.

When you start your loan process try finding someone that might offer deferment. This will help put off payment until after you graduate.

Below are some student aid options.

Dorm Room Essentials

Dorm Life

Dorm life can be chaotic with parties every night of the week and commune type living. There are many different types of dorm situations. Choosing the one that's right for you is the tricky part.

Although there are schools that have on campus facilities you may choose something more independent.

You may want to rent an apartment or select a home in the area that is for rent. When you rent a home near the campus most of the time you will find that they are multi-room homes. This is a good and bad thing. It's good if you have a few friends that are also attending the school of your chose, a bad thing if you are a loner.

In the case of you being on your own you may want to choose the dorm room or a single room apartment. This will allow you just the right amount of space for personal items and quiet time to focus on studies.

In any case you will find the links below helpful in the transition from mom and dad's to college life.

Nashville Area Colleges Universities and Technical Schools

In this section we will go over some of the colleges, universities, and technical schools in the Nashville area that you may want to consider. There are many schools here in Nashville and surrounding areas, but you will get some idea of what Nashville has to offer.



Middle Tennessee State University is the oldest university in Middle Tennessee. Established in 1911 as one of three teacher colleges then becoming Tennessee's primary state teachers school in 1925. Then reaching advanced University status in 1965 and is now a Tennessee Board of Regents Institution.

This a very popular school in Middle Tennessee.

The school covers a wide range of programs. Anything from Art History to Political Science. If you'd like to study it they probably have it.

School Details:

Application Deadlines:

  • February 15 - First priority deadline for fall semester.
  • December 15 for spring semester

Required High School Courses:

  • 4 Units - English
  • 1 Unit - Visual and/or Preforming Arts
  • 2 Units - Algebra I or Math for Technology II and Algebra II
  • 1 Unit - Geometry
  • 2 Units - Natural/Physical Sciences
  • 1 Unit - Social Studies
  • 1 Unit - United States History
  • 2 Units - One Single Foreign Language

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: (615) 898-2300
  • Mail: Middle Tennessee State University
              1301 East Main Street,
              Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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Belmont University

Belmont University is on an historic site situated on 75 acres of land that was once owned by Joseph and Adelicia Acklen. The Victorian home still stands surrounded by the campus. The school was first erected as Belmont College from 1890-1913.

It offered elementry through junior college education to women.

From 1913-1951 the school became a merger of Ward Seminary and Belmont College to become Ward-Belmont School for Women. Then becoming Belmont coed college in 1951.

In 1991 Belmont College became Belmont University.

Belmont boast it has students from every state in the nation and host students from 29 countries. Enrollment for 2008-2009 was 5023 students.

Belmont was also host to one of the 2008 Presidential debates between President Elect Barack Obama and Senator John McCain.

School Details:

Application Deadlines:

  • August 1st - Fall Admission
  • November 15th - Spring Admission

Required High School Courses: Please inquire for more information.

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: (615) 460-6000
  • Mail: Belmont University
    1900 Belmont Boulevard
    Nashville, TN 37212


Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University was founded all thanks to a man in Tennessee needing medical treatment and having to go to New York to find it. That man was Methodist Bishop Holland N. McTyeire. After receiving the treatment he came back to Tennessee to recover.

While in recovery he stayed at the home of his cousin and her husband.

As Bishop Mctyeire spent time in his cousin home he had grown to enjoy talking with his cousins husband. One main focus of discussion was the fact that he had to travel to New York from Tennessee to receive treatment. Now this did not seem right to either man.

So in the spring of 1873 the man who hosted Bishop Mctyerie gave $1 million to build a University.

That man's name was Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt.

Today Vanderbilt University is world renowned as a leader in medical research and care with not only the campus but, medical center as well. Although the school is known for medical studies they also provide degrees in arts and science, engineering, and music.

School Details:

Application Deadlines:

School Requirements:


UT Knox

University of Tennessee Knoxville

In 1794 a college was established in Blount County Tennessee. Blount College was nonsectarian. This was uncommon during that period in history. This college was an all male alumni. This was the case with most of the schools of the time.

It wasn't until just two years shy of it's centennial that this was rectified and women started attending the school now dubbed East Tennessee College.

In 1826 the college was moved to it's present location in Knoxville. With this relocation came yet another name change. East Tennessee College was now East Tennessee University. The University was and still is located on 40 acres and received the nickname "The Hill", because the school was founded atop a hill on that 40 acres of land.

When the battles of the Civil War reached East Tennessee the university was forced to close it's doors to the students, but keep them open to the wounded soldiers of the Confederate army.

East Tennessee University was able to open it's doors after the war. This reopening would bring great advantages for the school.

The Morrill act passed congress and the state legislature selected the university as the states federal land-grant institution. This allowed the school to expand it's curriculum and offer agricultural and engineering courses and military science which was a requirement of the Morrill act.

Since then the school has grown leaps and bounds offering more curriculum than the founders would have ever even been able to imagine.

It's hard to mention higher education in Tennessee without eventually talking about UT Knox.

School Details:

Application Deadline:

School Requirements:


Honorable Mention

The schools above are some of the larger schools in the area. As I mentioned earlier there are a lot of great schools in the Nashville area to choose from and the ones below are no less important than the rest. Considering any of the schools listed here would be a wise decision. The most important thing about choosing a career that I also mentioned before is liking what you do and that doesn't always call for a 4 to 6 year school.


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      Kieron Walker 

      7 years ago from Saratoga Springs, NY

      I'm a Vanderbilt grad so I couldn't resist stopping by. I can say that all of the schools in the Nashville area are doing great things. Good luck to whoever decides to enroll in any of them!


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