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C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 5,431 undergraduate students. The Tennessee State acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration. Graduating 29% of students, Tennessee State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,500.
About Tennessee State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ohio Valley Conference
Address
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209
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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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
High School GPA
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$10,325/ 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
$8,597/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
69%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.101 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.113 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.113 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,431Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,074
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 79 responses
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  • Friendly
    38%
  • Outgoing
    19%
  • No one person is the same , it is hard to group
    18%
  • Energetic
    10%
  • Undereducated (high school)
    9%
  • Rude
    4%
  • Diverse
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.136 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.157 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 78 responses
Report
  • "Think.Work.Serve"
    73%
  • Unorganized and unfair
    6%
  • Finesse
    4%
  • Tough Sh*t University
    4%
  • Unorganized and unfriendly
    4%
  • Home away from home
    3%
  • Underrated
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
29%
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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I like the University of Tennessee's professors the most. They are very helpful and great at explain main concepts. The new Student Union has great places to eat at and the Hodges Library is an excellent place to study.University of Tennessee is a great public university. The campus is really pretty with great landscaping most of the buildings are very well taken care of. The professors are very good and really engage with the students.I loved the atmosphere created by the teachers. They were there to help you learn, understand, and stretch your minds. My teachers pushed me to excel beyond what I thought I was capable of.
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With Complete Honesty, I originally didn’t choose this HBCU due to rumors I heard. But once I got to the campus it was like rumors never existed because culturally speaking it’s truly like a family connection with whomever you come in contact with. Staff and administration included and I love that about TSU. I had a plan before for when I went in but after my freshman year I definitely knew I was going to stay at TSU all 4 years of my college career and I’m happy with my decision and no one will ever change that! #GOBIGBLUE
The faculty are very nice, they will go out of their way to help you even if it has nothing to do with their class. They will help you find internships and fill out scholarships and can also find jobs for you or give you recommendation letters. The alumni presence is very strong here as well, they love their school and anybody who attends. Many times the alumni have came together to help pay for people to stay here when they couldn't afford it. It's a wonderful experience to be a part of, I love my HBCU.The academics, the opportunities, and the spirit are the top three reasons one should attend Tennessee State University.