Tuition & Fees

$7,112

$19,832

not including room and board

in-state out-of-state More Financial Details

undergraduateRatios

41%

59%

male

female

1
14

teacher

students

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Selective

53%

acceptance rate

Accepted 4,710
Declined + 4,147
Total Received 8,857
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Public

7,007

undergraduate students

1,746

graduate students

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

600-699
4%
500-599
17%
400-499
62%
300-399
17%
600-699
4%
500-599
13%
400-499
46%
300-399
33%
200-299
4%
30-36
1%
24-29
7%
18-23
36%
12-17
47%
6-11
9%
24-29
5%
18-23
25%
12-17
70%
24-29
5%
18-23
45%
12-17
50%
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Fun Facts

  • Oprah Winfrey received a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech and performing arts.

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School Facts

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

Public/private Public
Campus Enrollment 8,753
Established in 1912
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Historically Black college/university yes
Accredited by •  AAFCS (American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences)
•  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  ADA (American Dental Association)
•  AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association)
•  APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)
•  ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association)
•  CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs)
•  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
•  NLN (National League for Nursing)
•  SACS (Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools)

Nashville, TN

465-acre main campus north of Nashville (population: 659,042); downtown campus for adult evening classes. Served by air and bus. School operates transportation between campuses and to downtown area. Public transportation serves campus.

Tennessee State University
3500 John A. Merritt Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37209-1561

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
39%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
80%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus

Greek Life

 
22 fraternities 3% of male students
 
25 sororities 7% of female students

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

600-699
4%
500-599
17%
400-499
62%
300-399
17%
600-699
4%
500-599
13%
400-499
46%
300-399
33%
200-299
4%
30-36
1%
24-29
7%
18-23
36%
12-17
47%
6-11
9%
24-29
5%
18-23
25%
12-17
70%
24-29
5%
18-23
45%
12-17
50%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $25
Common application accepted no
Application deadline May 1 (priority deadline)
August 1
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Required of some
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Selective

53%

acceptance rate

Accepted 4,710
Declined + 4,147
Total Received 8,857

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Not Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

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Admissions Contact

Sedric Griffin
Director of Admissions and Recruitment
P: 615 963-5701
F: 615 963-2930
sgriffin01@tnstate.edu

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $7,112
Room $2,380
Board $400
Total $9,892
Average Financial Aid - $10,539
Total with Avg. Aid $-647

Financial Aid

53%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$10,539

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $20,971,209
State $2,699,893
Institutional
Other external
Total $23,671,102

Non-need-based

Federal $1,053,769
State $3,174,880
Institutional $13,423,176
Other external $9,310,543
Total $26,962,368

Varsity Sports

M W
basketball
cross-country
football
golf
softball
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Ohio Valley Conference (Division I, Football I-AA)
Mascot
Tigers/Tigerbelles
School colors
blue and white
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Administration/Supervision
Aeronautical/Industrial Technology
African Studies
Agricultural Science
Architectural Engineering
Art
Arts/Sciences
Biology
Business Administration
Cardiorespiratory Care Sciences
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Science Engineering
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Administration
Curriculum/Instruction
Dental Hygiene
Early Childhood Education
Economics
Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
Engineering
English
Finance
Foreign Languages
General Interdisciplinary Studies
Guidance/Counseling
Health Care Administration/Planning
Health/Physical Education/Recreation Administration
Health/Physical Education/Recreation Education
History/Geography/Political Science
Home Economics
Home Economics Education
Hotel/Restaurant Administration
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Technology
Music
Music Education
Nursing
Occupational Therapy
Office Management
Physical Therapy
Physics/Mathematics
Psychology
Public Administration
Reading Education
Social Work/Sociology
Special Education
Speech Communication/Theatre Arts
Speech Pathology/Audiology
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Undergraduate

80%

7,007
students

Female
59%
4,136

Male
41%
2,871

Graduate

20%

1,746
students

Female
65%
1,142

Male
35%
604

undergraduateFull-time

81%

5,692
students

Female
58%
3,277

Male
42%
2,415

undergraduatePart-time

19%

1,315
students

Female
66%
859

Male
34%
456

Student Break-down

11%
Nonresident aliens
70%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Hispanic/Latino
12%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
2%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

49%

Transfer applicants accepted

63%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.90
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Not Required/Recommended
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Required of All
Essay or personal statement Not Required/Recommended

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: August 1

Spring: December 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

45

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

84%

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Reader services
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens
Countries most often represented Brazil
Central African Republic
China
India
Mexico
Saudi Arabia
Special services offered for international applicants English lab
Host family program
International student center
Special counselors/advisors

International Student Contact

Shirley Wingfield
Coordinator
615 963-5639
swingfield@tnstate.edu

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