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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    D-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    C+
Tennessee State is a public university located in Nashville, Tennessee. As a historically black college, TSU has a strong history of and commitment to the education of black Americans. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,029 undergraduate students. The Tennessee State acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Health Professions, Business, and Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration. Graduating 30% of students, Tennessee State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,500.
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ohio Valley Conference

Tennessee State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

TSU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$9,186/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,394/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
69%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.101 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.114 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.114 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
6
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
1
Online Bachelor's Programs
5
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    95%
  • On Campus
    2%
  • Online
    3%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,029Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,092
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
73%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 78 responses
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  • Friendly
    38%
  • Outgoing
    21%
  • No one person is the same , it is hard to group
    18%
  • Energetic
    10%
  • Undereducated (high school)
    9%
  • Rude
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.137 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.158 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 79 responses
Report
  • "Think.Work.Serve"
    72%
  • Unorganized and unfair
    6%
  • Finesse
    4%
  • Home away from home
    4%
  • Tough Sh*t University
    4%
  • Unorganized and unfriendly
    4%
  • Underrated
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
30%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.79 responses
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Best HBCU in the land! Just like all colleges it has its ups and downs and a lot can be improved. Getting in contact with admissions can be very difficult and I did not know I was accepted until months later, but after that mistake all was great. They make you feel very welcome as you adjust to college life and the upperclassmen are very welcoming. Everyone wants you to succeed which makes it a great atmosphere. The athletics are great and no game or party is dull.
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I received two Masters Degrees from TSU. My first in Administration and Supervision, my second in Speech Pathology. I had great experiences with my first Masters and enjoyed working with the Education department. However, my second Master's degree the experience was completely different. Mary Dale Fitzgerald was very condescending to me and even accused me of plagiarism. The online professors were not prepared, and classes were canceled or not held a majority of the time. Because of this, I was not prepared to take my Praxis exam, resulting in me not passing the test by just a few points.

Knowing what I know now, I wish I had filed complaints. I do not want any others to experience what I had experienced. Since then I have earned an Ed.S degree from a different University. When you attend a University with competent and professional instructors it is a reminder of how unprofessional the Speech Path department is at TSU.
I like the experience at Tennessee State University. Ive made friends and learned more than I did in high school. I would say the food, room and board could be better for the price. I wish the TSU and other HBCU's had an actual class offered or required for seniors to display opportunities and wisdom on what is available after graduation. No one gives you actual insight on what it is like to graduate and have absolutely no idea on what's to come next or options on what do next for the next chapter of your life. How are students suppose to be financially stable coming out college? How are students being successfully prepared for the future if not given guidance. TSU is a great school to attend overall for many different reasons.Of course there are several things that should be fixed like any other college, but overall I couldn't have picked a better university to attend.