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Tennessee has over 169 post-secondary institutions, of which 45 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, eight are public four-year colleges or universities and seven are public community or technical colleges and 30 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. 387 online certificate programs, 1,965 online associates programs, 5,510 online bachelors programs, 2,093 online masters programs, 2,578 online professional programs, and 485 online doctoral programs are offered at these schools. These programs offer students courses in subjects such as ESL, photography, and sound engineering.
Of the online colleges in Tennessee, University of Phoenix offers the most number of programs online. It is a 4-year research university. The school offers 44 online programs. These programs are offered in the following areas:
- Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science
- Advanced Nursing
- Allied Health
- Business Administration
- Business Management
- Computer Programming
- Computer Science
- Construction Management
- Criminal Justice
- Educational Leadership
- Elementary Education
- Emergency Management
- Forensic Nursing
- Game Design
- Health Information
- Healthcare Administration
- Healthcare Management
Tuition for online college courses varies based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program. Public four-year colleges and universities in Tennessee charged students an average of $4,975 per year. On average, tuition at public community and technical colleges was $2,834 per year. Tuition for students at private accredited online colleges ranged from $8,040 to $34,270 per year.
College students in Tennessee received an estimated $20,906,038,848 worth of financial aid each year to help offset tuition. Around 52.87% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. The remainder was in the form of loans that had to be paid back. About 55.37% of the scholarships and grants were in institutional grants. In 2010, the accredited Tennessee online colleges gave their students $6,770,509,661 in institutional scholarships and grants.
Job and Careers
Based on the total gross state product for Tennessee, which was $256.561 billion in 2010, Tennessee has the 18th strongest economy amongst the states in the nation.
The state has about 2,569,420 workers employed in the state. The three biggest industries in the state are:
- Arts and entertainment
- Public administration
Tennessee’s arts and entertainment industry employs an estimated 9% of all Tennessee employees. Another 6% are employed in Tennessee’s financial industry. Also, Tennessee’s public administration industry employs an estimated 5% of the total number of Tennessee employees.
The average wage in Tennessee is less than the national average. Employees in Tennessee earn an average annual income of $38,330 while the national average annual income is $42,871. The highest paid workers in the state earn over $67,350 annually, while the lowest paid workers earn under $16,830 annually. The median annual income for employees is roughly $29,920. The highest paid employees are obstetricians who can make up to $221,260 per annum, while the lowest paid employees in the state are cafeteria workers who can make as little as $17,030 per year. Across the US, obstetricians earn an average annual salary of $210,340. On the other hand, cafeteria workers around the US earn $19,280 per year on average.
Tennessee is located in the Ohio Valley region of the United States. The state, which has an area of 42,144 square miles, is the 16th smallest in the US. The average annual temperature in the state is approximately 60°F.
The population of Tennessee is the 17th largest in the US. The state has 96 counties and 6,346,105 residents living in these counties. About 40% of Tennessee’s population is under the age of 30. With approximately 24% of its population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group, the state has one of the least diverse populations in the US.
Although Tennessee’s capital city is Nashville, the largest city in the state is Memphis, with a population of 646,889 residents. Approximately 9.81% of the state’s residents live in the Memphis metropolitan area. Other large cities in the state include Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Clarksville.
Tennessee residents normally have a higher than average level of education as compared to those around the US. According to the 2010 Census, an estimated 22.4% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have completed high school, 3.8% have at least an associates degree, 3.1% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree.