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2021 Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature in Tennessee

9 Colleges
759 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,936 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value English Language & Literature School for You

Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature in TennesseeIn 2018-2019, 759 bachelor's degrees were awarded to English language and literature students who went to a Tennessee college or university. This makes it the #15 most popular major in the state. This means that 1.8% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for English Language & Literature in Tennessee ranking looked at 9 colleges that offer a bachelor's in English language and literature. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. For this ranking, we are identifying those English language and literature schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value English Language & Literature Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Value English Language & Literature Schools in Tennessee

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for English language and literature majors.

Best Value English Language & Literature Schools in Tennessee

#1

Rhodes College

Memphis, TN

Our rankings recognize Rhodes College as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Memphis, Rhodes College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Rhodes College not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Tennessee list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Rhodes College is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $35,699. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College is about $144,581. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#2

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

University of Memphis comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Memphis, U of Memphis is a public school with a fairly large student population. U of Memphis also made our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Tennessee list, coming in at #6.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of Memphis is 4.7 years, and it costs about $21,599 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of Memphis is about $101,083. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Vanderbilt, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Tennessee ranking.

It takes the average student at Vanderbilt about 4.1 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $31,704. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt is $128,401. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Sewanee - The University of the South comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the rural area of Sewanee, Sewanee is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Sewanee has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Tennessee ranking.

It takes the average student at Sewanee about 4.1 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $37,673. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Sewanee is $153,706. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#5

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, TN

Austin Peay State University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Austin Peay State University is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Clarksville. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Austin Peay State University, the school also landed the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Tennessee ranking.

At Austin Peay State University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,346. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay State University is $105,057. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Middle Tennessee State University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Murfreesboro, Middle Tennessee State University is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Middle Tennessee State University, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Tennessee ranking.

It takes the average student at Middle Tennessee State University about 4.6 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,337. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University is about $130,917. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize The University of Tennessee - Knoxville as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public college with a very large student population. UT Knoxville also made our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Tennessee list, coming in at #4.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UT Knoxville is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $35,508. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UT Knoxville be around $155,525. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga. Located in the medium-sized city of Chattanooga, UT Chattanooga is a public college with a large student population. UT Chattanooga also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Tennessee rankings.

It takes the average student at UT Chattanooga about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,949. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UT Chattanooga is $126,329. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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East Tennessee State University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. ETSU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Johnson City. ETSU not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for English Language & Literature in Tennessee list.

It takes the average student at ETSU about 4.6 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,612. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from ETSU is $127,015. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best English Language & Literature Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best English Language & Literature Colleges in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 260
Florida 2,145
Virginia 1,746
Georgia 1,015
West Virginia 285
North Carolina 1,191
South Carolina 597
Alabama 546
Louisiana 460
Kentucky 461
Arkansas 334

English Language & Literature Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General English Literature 690
Writing Studies 64
Literature 5

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 2,175
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 1,084
Theology & Religious Vocations 586
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 474
Philosophy & Religious Studies 207

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 9 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Mike Hazard.

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