Private Colleges

  • Carson-Newman University:  A liberal arts college recognized as one of the Top Colleges in the Southeast 2016 by Princeton Review.

  • Johnson University:  A private, co-educational college; one of the oldest continuing Bible colleges in the country.

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

  • Lincoln Memorial University:  A private four-year co-educational liberal arts college. The Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and Duncan School of Law are offered through LMU.
  • Maryville College:  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.

  • South College:  A private, non-sectarian academic institution that offers professional and career-focused curricula.

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

  • Tennessee Wesleyan University:  A 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 University:  A  private college 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.