By GVC Staff
Posted January 2016
In this article, we review the top 10 colleges for an online degree in Nashville, Tennessee.
Not only is Nashville the capital of Tennessee and the music industry’s epicenter, but the city is home to numerous colleges and universities recognized throughout the nation. Nashville has earned several nicknames, but when it comes to higher education, it is known as the Athens of the South. The sheer number of colleges and universities within the city and metropolitan area makes Nashville one of the largest undergraduate populated places in the country. Nashville is home to four historically black colleges, a full-sized university, and many private institutions.
We reviewed the colleges and universities found in the Nashville metropolitan area and found the top 10 colleges to earn an online degree. We selected accredited institutions that were highly ranked with Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review, and U.S. News and World Report. Only schools offering more than one online degree program were included in our list.
Below are the top 10 colleges for an online degree in Nashville, TN.
#10 – Middle Tennessee State University
Located approximately thirty miles from Downtown Nashville, Middle Tennessee State University is a popular institution for working students who want to earn an online degree. The university offers various online degree programs, including the BS in Liberal Studies, BS in Organizational Communication, and the RN to BSN program. The school is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as among the most recommended universities by high school counselors. Several graduate schools at the university are ranked among similar Tier 2 programs. These programs include Best Education Schools, English, and History. The university has been in operation since 1911.
#9 – Trevecca Nazarene University
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Trevecca Nazarene University offers online degree programs in select areas of study. Trevecca is a private Christian university affiliated with the Nazarene faith. The school was founded in 1901 and today serves a student population of approximately 1,677 students. The school is nationally ranked as a Tier 2 university. U.S. News and World Report ranks the school’s Physician Assistant Graduate Program as the 121st Best in the Country. Trevecca serves a large online student community by offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. The most popular online programs include the Bachelor of Arts in Management and Human Relations and the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration.
#8 – Tennessee State University
Tennessee State University is a public institution located along the outskirts of downtown Nashville. Once a historically black university, today, Tennessee State serves a diverse student population of 7,000. The university is ranked 21st among all historically black colleges and universities, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 edition of Best Colleges. Several of the school’s graduate programs are also listed among top 200 rankings. The school offers numerous online undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies, Sociology, and Urban Studies. Master’s degree programs available online include the MS in Holistic Nursing, the MSN, and the Master of Education.
#7 – Austin Peay State University
Located just outside of Nashville proper, Austin Peay State University is a highly ranked liberal arts institution that promotes a public university atmosphere. The school was founded in 1927 and today serves a student population of approximately 9,300. The school is ranked with U.S. News and World Report as being one of the best regional universities in the South. In fact, U.S. News ranks Austin Peay as the 68th Best Regional University in the South, the 29th Top Public School, and the 50th Best College for Veterans. The school’s online graduate business programs (excluding the MBA) are ranked 86th in the country.
#6 – Welch College
Welch College is a private Christian institution that offers both on-campus and online degree opportunities in select programs. The school is highly ranked in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges published by U.S. News and World Report. In fact, the publication lists Welch College as the 63rd Best Regional College in the South. Online degree options at Welch include three Associate’s degrees in Business, General Studies, and Ministry. A Bachelor of Science in Theological Studies is also available entirely online. The school caters to working students and those who are fulfilling ministry obligations while attending school.
#5 – Aquinas College
Rooted in the Catholic Dominican tradition and faith, Aquinas College is a private institution founded in 1861 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The college serves a small student population of approximately 415 students and is regionally ranked by U.S. News and World Report. In fact, U.S. News ranks Aquinas as the 19th Best Regional College in the South and the 14th Best College for Veterans. Select online degree programs are offered for busy students who require flexible learning opportunities. The School of Business and the School of Education offer various undergraduate online degree programs.
#4 – Lipscomb University
Lipscomb University is a private institution founded in 1891 and affiliated with the Church of Christ. Today, the university serves fewer than 3,000 students and offers various degree programs. The school is nationally ranked with U.S. News and World Report. In fact, the 2016 edition of Best Colleges lists Lipscomb as the 18th Best Regional University in the South. The school is also ranked as the 8th Most Innovative School and the 16th Best College for Veterans. Lipscomb’s online programs are also recognized by U.S. News and World Report. The school’s online graduate education program ranks #60 among similar programs.
#3 – Belmont University
Belmont University is a private Christian institution nestled in the heart of the Music City. The university sits so close to downtown Nashville scene that students claim to listen to music while studying. Belmont is ranked as the 5th Best Regional University in the South, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 edition of Best Colleges. Belmont also ranks as having the 2nd Best Undergraduate Teaching program. The school is recognized by Forbes magazine and The Princeton Review as being an innovative school. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks the university as the 2nd Most Innovative School in the country.
#2 – Fisk University
The private and highly ranked Fisk University was founded in 1866, and today is considered one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. U.S. News and World Report ranks Fisk as the 171st Best National Liberal College and the 7th Best Historically Black College and University in the United States. According to Forbes magazine, Fisk ranks as the 66th Best College in the South. The university offers a distance-learning option that allows students to complete particular degree programs entirely online. Programs in Economics, Business Information Systems, Psychology, and Sociology are available. The institution currently is expanding their online program selection.
#1 – Vanderbilt University
Founded in 1873, Vanderbilt University is a private institution nestled in the scenic Nashville landscape. The university is comprised of ten schools and colleges that cover various disciplines, from engineering to music. The school is highly ranked with U.S. News and World Report, as well as other ranking organizations. In fact, U.S. News ranks Vanderbilt as the 15th Best National University in the country. The school’s online graduate nursing program ranks #61 out of 1,200 similar online programs. Vanderbilt University also ranks as the 12th Best Value School, the 13th Best College for Veterans, and the 3rd Best Education School in the country. The school is also known for its notable and highly ranked law school.
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