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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C+
  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 5,699 undergraduate students. The Tennessee State acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business Administration and Management, and Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration. Graduating 34% of students, Tennessee State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $26,800.
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

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.109 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.109 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 75 responses
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  • Friendly
    39%
  • Outgoing
    20%
  • No one person is the same , it is hard to group
    17%
  • Energetic
    11%
  • Undereducated (high school)
    8%
  • Rude
    4%
  • Diverse
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.132 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.153 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 74 responses
Report
  • "Think.Work.Serve"
    76%
  • Finesse
    4%
  • Tough Sh*t University
    4%
  • Unorganized and unfair
    4%
  • Unorganized and unfriendly
    4%
  • Underrated
    3%
  • average level classes
    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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Over the summer I visited multiple HBCU’s, one happened to be TSU and I fell in love! The campus was so open offering a nice scene of trees. The tour was great to we had a tour of the whole campus besides the dorms that’s something I wish we would’ve seen. After my visit to Tennessee State University it’s one of my top choices and may be going there in Fall of 2019.
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!