10 Best Colleges For Jobs In Tennessee For 2019

By Chris Kolmar - Oct. 9, 2019

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One of the biggest things that incoming college freshmen consider when they’re thinking about what school to attend is the likelihood that a school will improve their job prospects.

Jobs are hard to come by nowadays, after all, and the everyday expenses of living in a country like America aren’t cheap.

Compared to a lot of other states, Tennessee has some unique advantages as far as attending college here goes. There are impressive research universities, quality state schools, and the ability to study majors that will prepare you well for the job market.

All that made us curious — with so many good colleges to attend in TN, which ones, in particular, were most likely to help their graduates land a job? Using data from IPEDS as well as College Scorecard as a baseline, we created this list of some of the best colleges for jobs in Tennessee.

The full list can be found further down, but first, here’s a look at the top ten best colleges for jobs in Tennessee:

  1. Rhodes College
  2. Belmont University
  3. Fisk University
  4. Vanderbilt University
  5. Maryville College
  6. The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  7. The University of the South
  8. Christian Brothers University
  9. Tusculum University
  10. The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best programs the state of Tennessee has to offer.

How We Determined The Best Schools In Tennessee For Jobs

Using the College Scorecard Data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated.

We limited the analysis to the 37 public and non-profit, four year institutions colleges in Tennessee that offer at least a bachelors degree.

Then, we ranked each college from best to worst on the percentage of graduates with jobs. For the purposes of readability, each school’s rating was then rounded down to the last two decimal places.

The school with the highest percentage of grads with jobs, Rhodes College, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in Tennessee.’

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Best Colleges For Getting A Job In Tennessee

Rank College Employed
1 Rhodes College 92.78%
2 Belmont University 91.69%
3 Fisk University 91.32%
4 Vanderbilt University 90.98%
5 Maryville College 90.84%
6 The University of Tennessee-Knoxville 90.52%
7 The University of the South 90.44%
8 Christian Brothers University 90.39%
9 Tusculum University 90.23%
10 The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga 90.21%
11 King University 90.19%
12 Tennessee Technological University 90.1%
13 Tennessee Wesleyan University 89.93%
14 Lipscomb University 89.62%
15 Tennessee State University 89.54%
16 Lane College 89.44%
17 Cumberland University 89.36%
18 Carson-Newman University 88.92%
19 Middle Tennessee State University 88.84%
20 The University of Tennessee-Martin 88.56%
21 University of Memphis 88.51%
22 Trevecca Nazarene University 88.17%
23 Union University 88.08%
24 Freed-Hardeman University 88.0%
25 Bethel University 87.91%
26 Lincoln Memorial University 87.34%
27 Bryan College-Dayton 86.58%
28 Johnson University 86.43%
29 Lee University 86.2%
30 Le Moyne-Owen College 85.99%
31 East Tennessee State University 85.65%
32 Hiwassee College 85.6%
33 Southern Adventist University 85.15%
34 Remington College-Memphis Campus 83.25%
35 Austin Peay State University 83.25%
36 Watkins College of Art Design amp; Film 82.31%
37 Martin Methodist College 82.29%

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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