Best Online Colleges in Tennessee Highlighted by

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More than 25 Online Education Programs Ranked for Cost, Quality in 2016-2017 School Year

A leading online higher education resource provider has released the names of the Best Online Colleges in Tennessee for 2016-2017. pinpointed 27 two- and four-year schools across Tennessee who offer the best combination of value and flexibility in online learning, with University of Memphis, Lee University, Bethel University, Cumberland University and Tennessee State University scoring highest among four-year schools and Cleveland State Community College, Volunteer State Community College, Chattanooga State Community College, Motlow State Community College and Columbia State Community College scoring highest among two-year schools.

"Undergraduate e-learning programs make up more than 15 percent of all undergraduate instruction at four-year public colleges in Tennessee, and more than 25 percent at two-year public colleges,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of "Our lists highlights schools that are helping to maximize student success with e-learning programs, specifically those focusing on maintaining affordability and quality standards while giving students more flexible learning paths.”

Schools qualify for a spot on the Best Online Colleges in Tennessee only if they meet the base criteria set by Each must be an accredited institution that holds public or private not-for-profit status. Each college is also required to meet affordability standards; in-state tuition may not exceed more than $5,000 annually at two-year schools and $25,000 annually at four-year schools to qualify. Colleges meeting these criteria points are then scored and ranked based on a comparison of more than a dozen unique statistics, including variety of online programs, graduation rates and more.

Complete details on the information and methodology used to determine the Best Online Colleges in Tennessee can be found at the link below, along with more specific information on each school’s score and rank:

A full list of the Best Two-Year Online Colleges in Tennessee for 2016-2017:

Chattanooga State Community College
Cleveland State Community College
Columbia State Community College
Motlow State Community College
Nashville State Community College
Northeast State Community College
Pellissippi State Community College
Roane State Community College
Volunteer State Community College
Walters State Community College

A full list of the Best Four-Year Online Colleges in Tennessee for 2016-2017:

Austin Peay State University
Bethel University
Bryan College-Dayton
Cumberland University
East Tennessee State University
Johnson University
Lee University
Southern Adventist University
Tennessee State University
Tennessee Technological University
Tennessee Wesleyan College
The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville
The University of Tennessee - Martin
Trevecca Nazarene University
University of Memphis
Welch College

### began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.

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