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Tennessee State University

3500 John A. Merritt Blvd, Nashville, TN

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History

Tennessee State University first welcomed students in 1912. At that time it was known as Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial Normal School. By 1922, the school had become a college and in 1951, its status escalated to university. Tennessee State University is located in Nashville, Tennessee.

Academics

Tennessee State University is made up of several different colleges and schools, which offer a wide variety of choices. Forty different bachelor degrees can be obtained. Examples include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Nursing
  • Consumer Sciences
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • African Studies
  • Music Education
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Aeronautical and Industrial Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Biology

Tennessee State University offers Master's degrees in many fields. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Public Administration
  • Computer Information System Engineer
  • Chemistry

There are some departments that offer courses only on a graduate level.

Student Life

There are eleven student organizations at Tennessee State University. Examples include:

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority
  • Fellowship Christian Athletics
  • Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

There is a performing arts center and an amphitheatre on campus as well as the Tennessee State University Library, which includes a smart classroom.

Unique Programs

The Aerospace studies program offers the Air Force ROTC program. These programs teach and prepare students to be aerospace experts.

Community

Nashville has much to offer Tennessee State University students. Be sure to take in a performance at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. If you are a country music fan, the Grand Ol' Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame are must-sees. Loretta Lynn's Ranch is approximately a one-hour drive from campus. It's a great place to camp with picturesque scenery, sparkling clear water, trail rides, a museum and shopping.

Other venues include a cruise on the river aboard the General Jackson Showboat, or if you enjoy gardening, the Cheekwood Botanical Garden is beautiful. For those who love animals, the Nashville Zoo is a perfect place to get away or visit Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park where you can hike or take in a special event. Whatever your tastes, there is something for you in and around Nashville.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give you an idea of the candidates Tennessee State University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Tennessee State University is around 9,200 students, with undergraduate students making up about 79% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

$9,600

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $9,600. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $25 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $6,100-$7,300
    • Out-of-State: $19,000-$22,550
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $250-$300 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $780-$940 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid93%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships83%$9,180
Receiving Student Loans70%$7,179
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Tennessee State University may provide student services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Student employment
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

Tennessee State University has an overall graduation rate which is around 30%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years8%
Graduating in 5 Years15%
Graduating in 6 Years7%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dental Hygienist Program
  • Dietetics Program
  • Music Program
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
  • Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN) Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

Tennessee State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Basketball (Ohio Valley Conference)
  • Track and Field (Ohio Valley Conference)
  • Football (Ohio Valley Conference)
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Tennessee State University by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Physical Sciences

Psychology

Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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FINANCIAL AID RATE
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FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
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