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
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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

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.104 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.104 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 70 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    37%
  • Outgoing
    21%
  • No one person is the same , it is hard to group
    19%
  • Energetic
    11%
  • Undereducated (high school)
    7%
  • Rude
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.127 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.148 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 69 responses
Report
  • "Think.Work.Serve"
    81%
  • Tough Sh*t University
    4%
  • Unorganized and unfriendly
    4%
  • Finesse
    3%
  • Unorganized and unfair
    3%
  • 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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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!
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I give Tennessee State three stars because my years there were up and down. My first two years, I had teachers that did not speak fluent English. It was very hard to understand them and for them to understand me. There were teachers who didn't care about helping the students. Once I got in my degree required classes, I was excited to go to school. I loved the teachers because they would teach exactly what were on the test. They taught what you needed to know versus teaching anything just to say they taught something! I learned so much in my last two years that I can use in my career!
My tenure here at TenState has definitely been nothing but life experiences and lessons. There honestly isn't anything special about the University itself, the students is what makes TSU's experience. Tennessee State Univ. could stand to update their traditional policy of discrimination upon appearance (including professionally), be more diverse of professors who can relate regarding cultural classes, and be more tentative to it's students overall needs. I wouldn't necessarily recommend TSU unless on scholarship or if someone is already a TN resident.