Universities and Colleges in the Greater Knoxville and Smoky Mountains Region
Colleges and universities are essential to the quality of any community
No place to live is complete without access to colleges and universities. This region has an outstanding public university and community college system, as well as many excellent private colleges and schools. You are also within half a day driving distance of a number of the top-rated colleges and universities in the United States. These universities, colleges, and schools help make East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains great places to live, to retire, to work, to raise a family, and just enjoy life. It is real America!
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The University of Tennessee at Knoxville
The University of Tennessee offers high quality instruction, research, and outreach programs throughout the state of Tennessee. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional education merge seamlessly with the exploration of new knowledge and dissemination of practical information and technology to the state and its citizens. With 26,000 students in Knoxville, UTK provides a wide range of academic and professional degrees from the bachelor to the doctorate level. Comprehensive information on UTK is available at the UT web site.
Maryville College is a private, four year institution renowned for its liberal arts education. Founded in 1819 by Rev. Isaac Anderson, the school has long been dedicated to training young people to be responsible citizens and leaders. Its acclaimed first year program has been designed to acclimate students to college life, and the long-standing tradition of senior theses teaches students to work independently. In partnership with the cities of Maryville and Alcoa, the school is constructing a civic arts facility called the Clayton Center for the Arts.
Carson-Newman College, in Jefferson City, is another liberal arts college and offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. It is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Association and offers graduate training in ministry. Undergraduate enrollment is about 2100 students.
Pellissippi State Community College
Pellissippi State, located in West Knox County, has 11,000 students and a diverse offering of subject matter. The college has three branches, at Division Street in Knoxville, on Magnolia Avenue in Knoxville, and in Alcoa, which serves Blout County and Maryville, Tennessee.
Walters State Community College, with a main campus in Morristown, Tennessee, has branches in Sevierville, Greenville, and Cocke County. Walters State has over 6000 students.
Roane State Community College
Roane State Community College, with a main campus in Harriman, Tennessee, has branches in our region at Lenoir City (Loudon County) and Oak Ridge and a health sciences center in West Knox County. Roane State has approximately 5000 students.
Other Colleges in the Knoxville region include:
Knoxville College, north of downtown Knoxville
Lee University, located in Cleveland, Tennessee
- Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee
South College, west of downtown Knoxville
Tusculum College, located in Greeneville, TN
Johnson University, a few minutes southeast Knoxville
Top Universities Accessible to the Region
Residents of the Smoky Mountains and Greater Knoxville region have access to additional top-rated universities located within easy driving distance (6 hours or less) of the region. Those include:
University of Alabama, located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Clemson University, located in Clemson, South Carolina
Emory University, located in Atlanta, Georgia
Georgia Tech, located in Atlanta, Georgia
University of Georgia, located in Athens, Georgia
Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee
Virginia Tech, located in Blacksburg, Virginia
Wake Forest University, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina