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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B-
  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
    C
  12. Safety
    C+
Tennessee State University is ...
Public, HBCU
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

Cost

Net Price
$9,614/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,657/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,059/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,061/ year
  • $76-110k
    $15,153/ year
  • $110k+
    $16,497/ year
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Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
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.107 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.107 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,699Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
70%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 73 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    38%
  • Outgoing
    21%
  • No one person is the same , it is hard to group
    18%
  • Energetic
    11%
  • Undereducated (high school)
    8%
  • Rude
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.130 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.151 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 72 responses
Report
  • "Think.Work.Serve"
    78%
  • Finesse
    4%
  • Tough Sh*t University
    4%
  • Unorganized and unfair
    4%
  • Unorganized and unfriendly
    4%
  • average level classes
    1%
  • Need more tutors
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
34%
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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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
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I love that my school is and HBCU and we are still diverse! Everybody is treated with fairness and you can find a friend anywhere on campus! We have events that go on through out the school year so it's never a dull moment. Campus police ride around all day to ensure we have safety. Our student section during games are the livest! The best part is we have a community service class that is mandatory which gives you the opportunity to get community service hours. Our mission statement is think, work, serve, so come and be great with us!
Tennessee State University is a well known hbcu. My first year was a roller coaster, the school can be very unorganized at times and the staff pick and choose when they want to help. If you are getting financial aid I would STRONGLY recommend making sure everything is taken care of before you get there or you could lose housing and or get “purged” or removed from your classes. Resulting in you having to wait a entire semester to start class. The dorms are small and you have visitation but that depends on if your RA decides you deserve it or not. More than likely you won’t have it. If you want to have a successful college career at Tennessee State University, you have to be very self disciplined and very focused or one wrong turn and everything is going all bad.