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Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN

Tennessee State, founded in 1912, is a public, historically black university. Programs are offered through the Schools of Agriculture and Home Economics, Allied Health Professions, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering and Technology, and Nursing. Its 465-acre main campus is located north of the center of Nashville.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students7,007
   Women4,136 (59.0%)
   Men2,871 (41.0%)
Graduate Students1,746


Entrance DifficultyMinimally difficult
Overall Admission Rate53% of 8,857 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineAugust 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA2.86
SAT Math388-483 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading400-463 range of middle 50%
SAT WritingNot reported
ACT Composite16-20 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $20,244
Out-of-state: $33,600
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $7,568
Out-of-state: $20,924
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met56%
Average Freshman Award$11,175
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 20% of classes
10-19 students: 24% of classes
20-29 students: 33% of classes
30-39 students: 16% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 3% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes


Nashville Population624,496
Nearest Metropolitan AreaNashville
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 80% of freshmen, 39% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.8% Asian
79.3% Black/African-American
1.6% Hispanic/Latino
2.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
14.8% White
0.8% Unknown
International Students10.7% from 21 countries
First-Year Students Returning59.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Not reported
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Average 3.30 3.40 633 523 21
Low 2.40 2.40 430 420 14
High 3.96 4.61 790 680 30
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• In 2006 TSU established a center for Academic Excellence in Intelligence Studies (in other words, espionage).

• Boeing funded TSU's development of software that calculates how many pilots and others can safely work in a plane cockpit.

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