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Tennessee’s Private Colleges and Universities Awarded Over 20,000 Degrees in 2019-2020

Tuesday, September 22, 2020   (0 Comments)
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NASHVILLE, TENN.— The number of high-quality degrees awarded by Tennessee’s private non-profit colleges and universities has jumped over 25% during the last decade. 

The most recent data show Tennessee’s independent colleges and universities awarded 20,356 degrees in the 2019-2020 academic year - up from the 16,198 degrees awarded in 2009-2010.

Continuing a trend of strong academic completion, these institutions have awarded more than 100,000 degrees in just the last five years.

Early reports indicate TICUA Institutions are also seeing record-breaking enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year. Cumberland University, Carson-Newman University, Milligan University, Tennessee Wesleyan University, Lipscomb University, and Freed-Hardeman University have all recently reported record numbers of students enrolled for the Fall of 2020. 

“These numbers once again demonstrate that our 35 member institutions are deeply committed to ensuring that their students are getting the personalized attention, quality instruction, and financial support they need to complete their degrees,” said Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) President Claude Pressnell. “This has never been more important than during this COVID crisis.”

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, TICUA institutions worked with their students to help them graduate on time. The 2019-2020 degrees awarded dipped only slightly (-0.7%) year over year from the pre-COVID period.  

“We are excited to see our campuses pivoting to keep our faculty and students safe during the pandemic while continuing to attract and educate new students in record numbers,” Pressnell said. “Students from around our state, the nation, and indeed the world are receiving high-value, in-demand degrees from these outstanding Tennessee institutions. We salute all of our member institutions and the important work they are doing to serve students, our communities, and our state.” 

Other 2019-2020 Highlights:  

  • The most popular degrees awarded were in the fields of Healthcare (4,386), Business (3,759), and Education (2,649). 

  • TICUA institutions awarded over 2,919 STEM degrees.

  • 25% of undergraduate degrees were awarded to adults (25 and over).


Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association is made up of 35 institutions and counts among its membership each independent, non-profit, regionally accredited college and university in Tennessee with a traditional arts and science curriculum.  In addition, there are several non-profit, regionally accredited members that specialize in such fields as medicine, dentistry, optometry, and fine arts. In fall 2019, TICUA member colleges and universities throughout the state enrolled over 81,000 students and employed nearly 21,000 faculty and staff.  For more information about TICUA, please visit our website at