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Educational resources

With top primary/secondary schools, four community colleges, two 2-year colleges and six 4-year colleges and one of the most respected university programs in the country, East Tennessee offers a topnotch education for everyone.  Several of East Tennessee's schools annually rank among the nation's best in a variety of categories and two of the state's top three school systems are in the region.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
As the state's flagship, research-extensive university, UT Knoxville is among the nation's top public universities.  With its main campus in Knoxville, UTK offers 100 major programs in 15 different colleges. Many of the 1,200 faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized for their contributions to research and teaching.

The university has 15 colleges and schools with major research programs in the fields of energy, polymer engineering, advanced and composite materials, biomedical sciences and geological sciences, many of which are leaders in the nation, as the following rankings illustrate:

  • The College of Engineering
    • Graduate program in nuclear engineering ranked 9th nationally
    • Undergraduate program ranked 32nd among public institutions
  • The College of Business Administration undergraduate business program is ranked 28th in the nation  among public institutions
  • The supply chain management/ logistics program is ranked 7th nationally and 5th among public universities
  • Eight UT programs are listed in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of top graduate programs including: logistics,  law, education, civil engineering, and materials engineering

Community Colleges

The Knoxville region is served by four community colleges with campuses throughout the region:

  • Cleveland State Community College is a publicly-supported community college operated by the Tennessee Board of Regents and serves five counties in East Tennessee.

  • Pellissippi State Technical Community College is one of the most modern technical community colleges in the country. It ranked in the top 50 community colleges nationwide in number in of computer science technology graduates.

  • Roane State Community College is known for excellence in health sciences and its focus on business management.

  • Walters State Community College is a comprehensive community college with four campuses serving 10 East Tennessee counties.

Private Colleges

  • Carson-Newman College is a liberal arts college recognized as one of the Top Colleges in the South by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review and listed in the Forbes "America's Best Colleges List" for 2009.

  • Fountainhead College of Technology provides training for career positions in technology. Designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

  • Hiwassee College is a private, four-year Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church founded in 1849.

  • Johnson University is private, co-educational college and is one of the oldest continuing Bible colleges in the United States.

  • King University is a Presbyterian, master's-level comprehensive college structured on a university model offering more than 80 majors, minors, and pre-professional degrees.

  • Knoxville College is a private, four-year, coeducational, liberal arts institution. The historically black college was founded in 1875.
  • Lincoln Memorial University is a private four-year co-educational liberal arts college. The Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and Duncan School of Law is offered through LMU.
  • Maryville College is a private four-year liberal arts college founded in 1819. It is one of the fifty oldest colleges in the United States and the twelfth oldest institution in the South.

  • National College of Business and Technology is a for-profit career college operating in the southeastern and east-central United States.  Recently ranked fifth in Forbes magazine’s 100 Best Places for Business and Careers.

  • South College is a private, co-educational, non-sectarian academic institution that offers professional and career-focused curricula.

  • Strayer University is a private, for-profit educational institution that specializes in higher education for working adults seeking career advancement.

  • Tennessee Wesleyan College is a small liberal arts college with a branch campus in Knoxville that houses the Tennessee Wesleyan College and Fort Sanders School of Nursing and an evening business program.

  • Tusculum College is is a coeducational private college listed in the Templeton Foundation's 'Guide to Character Building Colleges'; selected by the Carnegie Foundation as a model institution for education that encourages effective citizenship. It is Tennessee’s oldest college and the 23rd-oldest operating college in the United States.

  • 1 Major university
  • 4 Community colleges
  • 2 Two-year colleges
  • 6 Four-year colleges

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