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2021 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Tennessee

8 Colleges
1,084 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,187 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in TennesseeLiberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities is the #12 most popular major in Tennessee with 1,084 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that of the 45,514 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 2.4% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Tennessee ranking looked at 8 colleges that offer a bachelor's in liberal arts / sciences and humanities. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality liberal arts / sciences and humanities programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the liberal arts / sciences and humanities program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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2021 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students in Tennessee

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying liberal arts / sciences and humanities.

Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

Belmont University tops the 2021 list of our schools in Tennessee that are best for non-traditional liberal arts / sciences and humanities students. Located in the large city of Nashville, Belmont is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. Belmont also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Tennessee rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.4%. Approximately 1,856 students take at least one class online at Belmont. There are roughly 739 part time students in attendance at Belmont. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Middle Tennessee State University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Murfreesboro, Middle Tennessee State University is a public school with a fairly large student population. Middle Tennessee State University also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Tennessee rankings.

Approximately 5,857 students take at least one class online at Middle Tennessee State University. There are roughly 5,400 part time students in attendance at Middle Tennessee State University. Middle Tennessee State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Tennessee Technological University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Tennessee Tech University is a fairly large public school located in the town of Cookeville. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Tennessee Tech University, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Tennessee ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.0%. Approximately 6,322 students take at least one class online at Tennessee Tech University. 1,896 students are part time. Tennessee Tech University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#4

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

University of Memphis comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. UofM is a fairly large public school located in the city of Memphis. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UofM has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Tennessee ranking.

Approximately 5,191 students take at least one class online at UofM. 7,478 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#5

Union University

Jackson, TN

Our rankings recognize Union University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Jackson, Union is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Union has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Tennessee ranking.

The student loan default rate at Union is lower than is typical, just 4.7% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,033 students at Union that take at least one class online. There are roughly 785 part time students in attendance at Union. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to East Tennessee State University. ETSU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Johnson City. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, ETSU has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Tennessee ranking.

There are approximately 5,895 students at ETSU that take at least one class online. There are roughly 2,802 part time students in attendance at ETSU. ETSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#7

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, TN

Austin Peay State University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Austin Peay State University is a fairly large public school located in the city of Clarksville. Austin Peay State University also made our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Tennessee list, coming in at #8.

Approximately 4,081 students take at least one class online at Austin Peay State University. 3,629 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Lee University

Cleveland, TN

Lee University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Cleveland, Lee University is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. Lee University also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities in Tennessee rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 8.2%. 540 of Lee University students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 1,411 part time students in attendance at Lee University.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 926
Florida 1,256
Virginia 2,248
Georgia 596
West Virginia 1,154
North Carolina 929
South Carolina 437
Alabama 322
Louisiana 1,139
Kentucky 1,015
Arkansas 572

Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 9,203

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 2,523
Theology & Religious Vocations 958
English Language & Literature 898
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 498
Philosophy & Religious Studies 266

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 8 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Jacques Sablet (Switzerland, Morges, 1749-1803).

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