Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, TN, USA

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Austin Peay State University
3.95 Average Rating

Terralee from Mount Juliet, TN

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
The teachers here are very helpful.They have open door polices for students.They teach to u not at u which is always good.
Am enjoying being here
I am enjoying being here.Campus is not too big or to small but just right.You can walk across campus in 10 min.The scene is very relaxing and makes u feel like u are home.
Bang for the buck
You get to go to every home football game for free.They give free t-shirts free.The cool part is they give free tutoring for any students who need help in classes.Tuition is very affordable.
Tips for prospective students
Apply here.If u r looking for a school that cares about students and in your budget price.
Great for these types of students
Small country or city people.People who are looking for a nice size campus to be at.
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April from Clarksville, TN

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
Members of Austin Peay's faculty are very friendly and helpful. Most professors have an open door policy and are willing to do anything to help their students learn. Also, with the honors program, there are multiple opportunities to build on the basic curriculum through research and additional studies. There are also many opportunities to study abroad in places such as Russia, Asia, London, and several others.
Am enjoying being here
There is something for everyone! There are opportunities for athletes, and intramural sports for those just interested in playing for fun. From bass fishing to swing dancing to wildlife and much more... Austin Peay has several clubs and societies to choose from. There are also a a number of sororities and fraternities that are actively involved on campus. Also, the student government association and student life and leadership works hard to please students' wants and needs. They plan concerts, games, and other activities allowing students to be involved on campus. Austin Peay is small enough to feel like a community, yet large enough so that there's always an opportunity to meet new people.
Bang for the buck
It is one of the least expensive universities in Tennessee, and offers a myriad of scholarships and work study opportunities. You will receive a quality education without breaking the bank. With over 50 majors to choose from, there is a course of study for almost everyone. Some particularly popular majors are nursing, business, theatre, health and human performance, and education. There are also many preprofessional programs for aspiring doctors, dentists, physical therapists, dental hygienists, lawyers, pharmacists, optometrists, veterinarians, etc. And with a state of the art science complex, you can't go wrong at Austin Peay.
Tips for prospective students
If you apply, be sure to submit the separate scholarship application found at this link: https://www.apsu.edu/secure/scholarships/index.htm
Any extra money is helpful, trust me!

If you're wondering how to say Peay ... you're not alone. It's pronounced like pea. Now, don't be alarmed if you do decide to attend school here, or even if you just make a visit... A common cheer here is let's go PEAY. What other college could say that?
Great for these types of students
If you want to attend a university, but dislike the thought of being an overlooked 'number' in a crowd of students in a classroom, Austin Peay is a great choice! Classroom sizes are typically smaller, allowing for a more intimate learning experience.

Also, if you're a non-traditional adult student, Austin Peay is a great choice. There are several paths you can take to obtain your degree, whether it's your first, second, third, or beyond. Online classes and night classes are very popular. You won't feel intimidated, and there are many other non-traditional students, so you don't worry about feeling out of place.

Austin Peay is also a great option for members of the military and military spouses. The main campus is located in Clarksville, about 25 minutes from the Fort Campbell Army Post. There is also a campus located on Fort Campbell. Austin Peay works to accommodate soldiers and their spouses achieve their academic goals.

If you’re not yet in the military, but interested, Austin Peay has one of the top ROTC programs in the country. You can learn more at their website: http://www.apsu.edu/rotc/



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Gen from TN

a current student here
8 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Right now im taking my core classes. They are really easy its like a review of high school, english is like middle school level. The professors are decent you get some that are young like you and are nice but others are old and want to stick with ALL the rules but they all want to work with you and their common goal is that you graduate,even if they have to meet with you on their off days to make up work some of them will
Am enjoying being here
I love walking around campus I meet a new person everyday. Its not to big but its not to small. Especially when football season starts there is the Mudbowl event where everyone comes and plays vollyball in the mud ALOT of fun and the frat and sor step show in the plaza that hundreds of students attend. APSU is where it is at I have a blast everyday
Bang for the buck
APSU is very affordable if you live in state and are just taking regular classes with no extra fees you need about 4000 a semester to get a nice refund check and get everything paid for. Not all the courses require the newest versions of books or they dont require books at all ,so that helps out alot. The school bookstore is expensive but you can rent books from them for a discounted price at the beginning of every semester. Or you can visit the local bookstore Studymasters and get the same books for even cheaper and campus still approves them. APSU has a lot of activities that students can do for free through out the year mainly in the fall but free is free.
Tips for prospective students
Have a little money saved up for books at least 400 before the semester starts because sometimes refund checks come later then the teacher wants to start working on material
Great for these types of students
Of you are looking to save a few dollars or you have to take out a student loan and dont want to have to pay for it forever then APSU is your school. If you need a group of friends at all times there are plenty of organizations for you to join or you can just hang out in the plaza area.
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Emily from Woodlawn, TN

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
If you go to class and work along in your book, you will do well in most classes. Be sure that you know how to work well in a group, and DON'T PROCRASTINATE. If there is an emergency most professors will understand and will work with you to succed. None of the Professors want you to fail and if you don't understand something just ask, or go to their office when they have their scheduled office time, if they can't help you they will help you find someone who can. If you do these things and want to learn you will.
Am enjoying being here
The area and people in it are great. The campus looks big, but you can easily walk from one side to the other in 10 minutes or less, and if you don't want to walk the Peay Pickup goes around every 15 or 20 minutes and it is free with your student I.D. and Peay Pickup card you get at the begining of the semester. Since coming here I have not meet anyone I didn't like or that wasn't friendly.
Bang for the buck
Austin Peay is less expensive than most other 4 year colleges, plus you get to ride any city bus for free, if you live in the dorms, you have access to a free laundry room, the library is HUGE, and there is always something going on. Overall it is deffinantly a great deal.
Tips for prospective students
Turn in your application as early as possible. Fill out financial aid forms as fast as possible, the money does run out. If possible live on campus, it makes the early class that you are likely to have to get a lot easier, if you don't have to get up extra early to drive to school. If you must drive arrive sometime between 6:30-7:10 for morning classes, and 12:30-1:10 for afternoon classes if want a decent parking spot. If you have a dorm room that is kind of out of the way, or if you are a commuter student I would try to get a locker, there are some lockers on the first floor of the MUC and there are some for Art students in Trahern. There may be more but I don't know where they are.
Great for these types of students
I see students of all types here and they all can succeed. You just have to not be afraid of asking for help when you know that you need it. There are resources to help with just about any problem that you may have.
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Marguerite from Clarksville, TN

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
I love APSU. It may be my hometown college but it keeps me focused. I'm not trying to explore a new city or find out where the night-life is.
Tips for prospective students
AS a prospective student, APSU is a simple place to focus on your studies but still have fun and enjoy the town.
Academic Rigor
I would give APSU 4 stars just because they do not have any and all majors a person could want. Although, they provide a way to create you own degree by double majoring or double minoring.
Dorm Life
Dorm life is the best part of APSU. It gives the student the freedom from home, yet there are still rules and consequences to abide by.
Food and Dining
I give Food and Dining 3 stars not becuase the food isn't great (because it is), but because their avaiability is not ideal for students.
What to do for fun
For fun, there is plenty to do. The recreation center is a great place to just hang out with friends or workout with a game of basketball or even take an aerobic dance class.
Bang for the buck
For in-state students, it's the cheapest place in Tennessee to attend. I believe it has the most open and accepting faculty and staff.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
For the smokers out there,there used to be several smoking huts around campus before the SGA passed the Smoke-free campus rule. Now there is only one and it is a place of acceptance and relaxation in between classes and before or after classes. We call it Byzantium.
Clubs and Activities
There are a variety of clubs and activities for everyone on campus. If there is an activity that does not have a club, any student can create one through a rather simple process.
Greek Life
Greek Life is always active around campus. Through charities and helping to improve campus gives APSU a good name for Greek life.
Campus Safety
APSU has one of the safest campuses in Tennessee. With its own police force, APSU keeps it's students safe and takes care of them.
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Christina from Old Hickory, TN

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
Your class load varies on how many “hours” you sign up for—your credit hours just count how many hours a week that you will be in class. I took 17 credit hours this past semester, which is really close to a heavy load; most people only take 12 or 13 which is the average amount you must take to be a full time student (and keep your HOPE scholarship). I can tell you from experience though; if you take this many hours you have to stay serious about school! No partying, no staying out late or up late on the internet, and do not procrastinate! I had to do six projects in three days before finals! And I have learned from this to do my projects early—maybe as soon as they are assigned.
Am enjoying being here
For those interested in Austin Peay, I would definitely recommend it. It isn’t too big, and it’s quite comfy—a good place to stay for those serious about school.
APSU, like most other universities, require that you stay on campus during your first year of college. Which isn’t too much of a problem, the dorms are pretty nice for being a bit old. The dorm I’m staying in—Killebrew—is a very nice size; you have to share your room with one other person (of your gender of course!) and your small bathroom with the two people beside you. So, you have a roommate and two suitemates! A good relationship with them comes in handy when you get locked out of your room, haha~ The dorms also have a free laundry service offered in the bottom floor of the building; you of course have to get your own detergent and softener, but you don’t have to pay to use the washers and dryers. Just remember when you put your things in or they’ll end up on the floor later! And never do your laundry on Sundays, that’s when everyone gets in from the weekend thus everyone decides to do their laundry.
Bang for the buck
The meal plans offered are really nice, and they have an equivalence system set up so that you can eat at other restaurants around campus with your meal plan without using up your “plus dollars” or extra food money. For example, you get a value of 3.50 for breakfast that you can use as a meal at another restaurant if you get tired of the cafeteria; and depending on your plan you can have a different amount of meals a week. I only have ten meals a week, but you can have up to 19! A lot, eh? The cafeteria has an all-you-can-eat buffet styled system, and is open from 7am to 7pm almost every day. It opens late on the weekends; and you’d better remember that or you’re going to be confused and hungry! But do watch what you eat! Because the cafe is all-you-can-eat you can gain a lot of weight quick! So be mindful of what you eat, ok?
And since your tuition pays for it, make a stop by the Foy, or the fitness cener located on campus. Working out keeps your body and mind healthy...and you can avoid that freshman 15!
Tips for prospective students
Most all of the professors are pretty understanding, and all have e-mails which is a great way to keep in touch with them if something comes up or if you need help with an assignment. There is also a website that professors use called Determined 2 Learn or D2L; and on this website professors can post assignments, how to guides, links to helpful websites, hold discussions on a forum, create a space for you to submit your work, and even set up a chat room for you to talk to your other classmates with. It’s a pretty neat site, though only one of my teachers used it this past semester.
I say to learn to like coffee. If you’re a good student, you will be up studying all night or finishing a paper at some point. I recommend going to Einstein’s, a coffee shop there at APSU, it is open late! Good luck everyone and don’t let the stress of learning to be an adult get to you! ?
Great for these types of students
I am an art major so my classroom hours are longer than most as it is because they are “studio hours” since well, you stay and work in the classroom on your piece. Because APSU isn’t huge like other universities classroom sizes are pretty small, so you can have a better relationship with your professor. This was especially useful in my arts classes, since my professors were right there to help me with my projects, show me what I could do to fix something, or even show me a technique to make something a bit easier to do. I also got the opportunity to work with a few professors that I didn’t have a class with his past semester. Kell Black was sort of substituting for my electronic imaging class with Emily Stiegler one day, and was so helpful with my animation. He even found me later working one night and let me borrow this really neat cartoon animations book to take notes from and photo-copy for later reference!
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Colorado girl

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
APSU is very student centered and even though it's a small Division 1 school, you get to know your professors very well. There are a lot of different clubs and organizations and anyone can find a fit here. Clarksville is 10 minutes from Ft. Campbell--so the city is very military and student friendly.
Tips for prospective students
It's a great value. If you are out of state, you can get a waiver and pay in state tuition by getting a 24 or higher on your ACT. If you want to get involved and care about your academic career, APSU is a great school.
Academic Rigor
I'm a Nursing student so I'm always studying! The academic rigor is probably average--we have specialized programs that are hard to find elsewhere, yet also the main programs people tend to major in.
Dorm Life
I lived in the all girls, worst dorm(oldest) on campus and even it was great! I was in the center of everything and the laundry facilities and rooms were great.
Food and Dining
The food is awesome. Even now that I'm off campus, I get a meal plan. I was surprised at the healthy choices it has for being a southern school. Really fresh and good. The cooks have a ton of experience. They even bring in local farmers so you can see where your food is coming from.
What to do for fun
There is only 1 mall in Clarksville, and Nashville is 45 minutes south--lots to do in Nashville. I feel like there are a lot of activities offered on campus for students. Concerts, shows, movies, etc. Our baseball and basketball teams are great. We have great cheer/dance teams as well. All sporting events are free to students and the teams are fun to watch!
Bang for the buck
The out of state waiver is huge, or if you are from TN it's a great value. It's the worst value if you pay the out of state, compared to other TN colleges out of state.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Some of the buildings are considered haunted. There are sink holes that they have decorated on campus.
Great for these types of students
Great for down to earth students on a budget. Also great for specific majors like Criminal Justice with the Homeland Security concentration, great nursing and agriculture. Known for business as well.
Clubs and Activities
There's lots of religious groups, athletics and intramurals. Lots of employment opportunities on campus as well. You can always community service and volunteer opportunities.
Greek Life
We have a good greek community--probably 20-30% are involved in that.
Campus Safety
I feel very safe on campus. Clarksville has some crime for sure, but I feel our campus police as well as Clarksville police do a great job.
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Elizabeth from Nashville, TN

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Austin Peay is a big campus but it's small. The teachers are willing to work with you and make sure you are getting the education needed.
Am enjoying being here
I love Austin Peay. It feels good to walk around campus and people knows your name. Campus life is a very wonderful experience and I am currently enjoying every minute.
Tips for prospective students
Austin Peay is boring but I blame Clarksville for that problem. If you join some type of Organization or Sport then that will take away from the boring. Also attend as many events as you can because thats how people will recognize you. If you put forth the effort in meeting people then they will do the same.
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Consuelo from Nashville, TN

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
I really am enjoying my classes. I have had very good teachers and very good experiences in my classes. I went to a very academically challenging high school, so I am not challenged beyond belief here, which is very good. I feel that it is a good amount of work and gets challenging at times, but you have to be wise and manage your time.
Am enjoying being here
I definitely am enjoying my time at Austin Peay. I have so much fun on campus and have met some amazing people. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with all of the different campus organizations, sports teams, sororities, fraternities as well as other extracurricular activities. There is always something to do and I really love it.
Bang for the buck
I am most definitely getting a quality education and at a good price. I am in-state, so I'm not really sure how that would be for out-of-state students. But I know for a fact that AP is well priced.
Tips for prospective students
Be sure to get involved! School will suck if you aren't involved in extracurricular activities. There is always something going on and if you attend these functions and join these clubs, you won't have a problem meeting new people and truly enjoying yourself.
And on a serious note: You are an adult now, so be responsible. It's great to have fun, but procrastination will catch up to you so just be wise with your scheduling. :]
Great for these types of students
A really big deal breaker for me was the size of the school. It is a pretty small school, so classes are intimate and you can get to know your teacher and even faculty/staff around campus. But it's not too small to where you are bored out of your mind and meet everyone in the first month. I continued to see new faces throughout the entire year.
I personally think it is a great school for just about anyone. The only exception I can think of is if you are coming from a really big city, you may not fully enjoy yourself. Clarksville is relatively small, not cows-on-a-farm small, but still. So if you're coming from Chicago where there's a booming city, you may not enjoy it. But anyone else, come on! :]
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Sarriah from Milan, TN

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Will learn a lot
You should enroll in the honors program to ensure that you are challenged.
Will enjoy being here
I met a lot of new people the times that I visited. All of the students are really kind, and are willing to help you.
Bang for the buck
This University's tuition is very appropriate.
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