Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN, USA
3.46 Average Rating

With two campuses in Nashville, Tennessee State University is the only state-funded Historically Black College and University in the state of Tennessee and part of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. TSU grants bachelor’s and graduate degrees in 77 academic fields of study. Every year, TSU celebrates its HBCU legacy through the university’s annual Founder’s Day Convocation. During the spring, undergraduates are invited to take part in the annual Tennessee State University-Wide Research Symposium to learn about having their research evaluated by faculty and professionals.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • HBCU
  • Coed

Need Aware

This school may consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Major city
0
100
53%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Fall Regular Decision August 1, 2020
Spring Regular Decision December 1, 2018

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
54%
Out-Of-State Students
33%
87%
Submitting ACT
8%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 18
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1025
0
1600

Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
8,177
Total Number of Undergrads
6,505
Academic Calendar

Semester

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
60%
20-39 Students
36%
40-99 Students
3%
0
100
14%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
15%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
18:1
US National: 21:1

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$11,083
Calculate your net cost
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$8,792
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$21,512
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$7,806
Books and Supplies
$2700

Aid & Grants

0
100
49%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
56%
Average Aid Per Year
$8,597
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
56%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,142
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$6,609

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
79%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$6,852
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$14,750
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$295

Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
38%
62%
Student Organizations
103
Size of Town
Major city
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
Yes

Housing

0
100
39%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
No

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Tigers/Tigerbelles
School Colors
blue and white
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Ohio Valley Conference

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
No

After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Nashville
Atlanta
Memphis
Chicago
Washington
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$39,800

What Students Are Saying

3.46 Average Rating
It is a excellent H B C college. I am glad I pick Tennessee State University
Brooklyn from Nashville, TN
Tennessee State University is an Ok school. Its very big but it's not what I expected it to be. The campus offer a lot of help for tutoring if you need it but financial aid is extremely slow
TSU17
Tennessee state university also known as the land of golden sunshine in my opinion has a warm family feel environment. The student are close, teachers also have close relationships with the students. Since the classroom sizes are so small your able to get to know your fellow classmates & teachers better. I love my HBCU!
Ma'Khya from Southfield, MI
Tennessee State University is truly a school for everyone. My experiences so far have been amazing and I haven't regretted a single one of them. If you're interested in a beautiful school with great and involved teachers, friendly students and faculty, and plenty of school spirit; TSU is the school for you. GO BIG BLUE!
Paris from Las Vegas, NV
TSU is an great school, full of educational opportunities, networking, and fun. You will become apart of the family. It is vital to stay on top of your work and paperwork at Tennessee State University.
Mikayla Austin from Cincinnati, OH
Tennessee State University is a campus that is filled with opportunity and chances to change your life. The atmosphere is a family oriented, and a welcoming vibe for new students. The staff care about you as if you were their own.
Kiara from Ellenwood, GA

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