Tennessee promotes the value of liberal arts education by means of the many colleges present here. The private and public schools and colleges boast of the rich cultural heritage and its effective academic curriculum. Apart from that, the institutions aim at allowing the students to express and nurture their talents.
Fisk University aims towards promoting education along with mental, emotional and intellectual enrichment in its students. Along with liberal arts and science programs, music and performing arts are also widely appreciated on this campus. This gives the students a chance to portray their talent and skills and nurture them. The school was formed just 6 months after the Civil War ended, mainly with the idea of providing education to the poverty stricken students. Fisk University offers different kinds of housing options, both on and off campus. The first year students go through New Student Orientation to get to know the school, which is rather non-selective.
Maryville College is a beautiful and picturesque college campus located between Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The students here are made to think outside of the box, form their own ideas and have proper leadership skills. The academics are of primary importance here, and the school is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Maryville gives its students a break for the month of January, so they can engage in extensive courses or internships, be it on campus or even abroad. The college is also very athletically strong. It is part of the Division III athletics and keeps the students engaged in 13 varsity sports including soccer, volleyball and tennis.
Rhodes College provides its students with a variety of subjects to choose from, but the most popular courses here include the business programs, language programs and literature department. The main goal at Rhodes is to provide education while rooting for an overall development of the students to make them socially responsible. Music and performing arts are also common here. Apart from that, the students have a number of clubs and organizations to choose from as co-curricular activities. There are also student support services that aid them with interview preparation, internships and placements. This moderately selective college in Memphis offers work-study programs to help the students finance their own education.
Sewanee — The University of the South is home to around 1900 students, and the school’s nickname of ‘Sewanee’ is actually incorporated in the official name. The school follows the motto of “Ecce quam bonum et quam iucundum habitare fratres in unum,” which translates to “behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” It is only moderately selective, but boasts of a friendly campus life. The students go for hiking, canoeing, cycling activity trips every year. Leadership qualities are fostered in the students here.