Trevecca among best universities in Tennessee in WalletHub ranking

Trevecca is ranked among the best colleges and universities in the state, according to WalletHub. The personal finance website released its “2021 College and University Rankings” on Oct. 19. Trevecca ranked fifth among Tennessee schools. 

Designed to help prospective college students make informed decisions, the WalletHub ranking seeks to determine “top-performing schools at the lowest possible cost to undergraduates.” 

Using data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics, Council for Community and Economic Research, the U.S. Department of Education and more, WalletHub compared more than 1,000 colleges and universities across the country based on 30 key measures. Metrics included admission rates, tuition and fees, and the return on educational investment, among others.  

Ranked ninth in WalletHub’s 2019 ranking of Tennessee institutions and fifth last year, Trevecca maintained fifth in the 2021 rankings, with Vanderbilt University topping the list. Trevecca ranked 227th nationally, higher than Lipscomb University, the University of Tennessee and Tennessee Wesleyan, among other institutions. 

  1. Vanderbilt University
  2. Rhodes College
  3. Union University
  4. Maryville College
  5. Trevecca Nazarene University
  6. Tennessee Wesleyan University
  7. Lipscomb University
  8. Lincoln Memorial University
  9. University of Tennessee
  10. Bryan College
  11. Carson-Newman University
  12. Freed-Hardeman University
  13. King University

Read the entire ranking and methodology here

Among the four Nazarene colleges and universities included in the ranking, Trevecca ranked first in two categories: cost/financing and campus experience. The cost and financing category is determined by a weighted system that includes factors such as net cost, availability of student employment services and student loan debt. The campus experience category considers the number of international students, NCAA membership and gender/racial diversity, among other factors. 

About Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca Nazarene University is a Christian university in the heart of Nashville focused on preparing students for lives of leadership and service. Founded in 1901, Trevecca is committed to holistic education, encouraging students to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

This commitment extends from Trevecca’s historic main campus just one mile from thriving downtown Nashville to two other locations across Tennessee, and online classes offered worldwide. With students from 47 states and 25 countries, Trevecca offers 20 associate degrees, 73 undergraduate majors, 16 master’s programs and three doctoral programs as well as specialist and certificate programs.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Trevecca as a national university in the annual “2021 Best Colleges,” making the University the only Nazarene institution to receive the national ranking. The Carnegie Foundation has classified Trevecca as a doctoral university, ranking it among the top seven percent of schools nationwide. The University is listed among the top 10 colleges and universities in Tennessee in personal finance website WalletHub's 2021 College and University Ranking. 

The campus is certified as both an arboretum and the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA, one of just nine universities and colleges in the state to receive the recognition. A member of NCAA Division II, Trevecca boasts 15 men’s and women’s teams who compete in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference as well as 12 intramural teams.

Media contact: Mandy Crow,, 615-248-1695