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20,000 Degrees Earned from Tennessee’s Private Colleges and Universities

Monday, September 23, 2019  
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20,000 Degrees Earned from Tennessee’s Private Colleges and Universities
More than 100,000 Degrees Awarded in the Last Five Years

Nashville, TN— Tennessee’s private non-profit colleges and universities awarded more than 20,000 degrees in the 2018-2019 academic period to students completing a wide range of academic and professional programs. Continuing a trend of strong academic completion, TICUA institutions awarded more than 100,000 degrees in the last five years.

“Tennessee college graduates must be prepared to enter a dynamic economy with high-value, in-demand degrees,” said TICUA President, Claude Pressnell. “Our 34 member institutions ensure students receive the academic and financial support they need to not only begin their degree— but complete it.”

The most popular degrees were in business, health care, and education. More than 2,600 degrees were awarded in the STEM or technical fields.

“As our state pushes toward the Drive to 55, TICUA member institutions are helping more students access a great education and earn a degree— no matter where or when they started college,” said Pressnell. “All students should have the opportunity to attend a school that best meets their needs, and our institutions show year after year that student choice is critical to student success.”

Of the 20,000 degrees awarded, 31% went to students who transferred into one of the TICUA member colleges and universities. Additionally, 26% of the degrees were awarded to students age 25 and over.  The most popular degrees awarded to adult learners included business, health related fields, and criminal justice.

TICUA engages Tennessee's private, non-profit colleges and universities to work collaboratively in areas of public policy, cost containment, and professional development to serve better the State and its citizens.  TICUA membership includes 31 four-year colleges and universities and 3 professional colleges. In fall 2017, TICUA member colleges and universities throughout the State enrolled over 81,000 students and employed over 37,000 faculty and staff.  For more information about TICUA, please visit our website at