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Fisk University

Nashville, Tennessee

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Fisk University overview
Location Nashville, Tennessee
Online fisk.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Fisk University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Fisk University, established in 1866, is a private historically black university located in Nashville, Tennessee. Known for its rigorous liberal arts curriculum and active research initiatives, Fisk is one of the oldest institutions of higher education for African Americans. The campus boasts notable historic buildings, such as Jubilee Hall, an example of Victorian Gothic architecture and the first permanent structure built in the South for the education of black students. Fisk's urban setting offers students a vibrant atmosphere just minutes from downtown Nashville, providing a blend of cultural, educational, and professional opportunities. The university offers on-campus housing options, encouraging a cohesive and supportive educational environment. Fisk is recognized for its interdisciplinary Fisk Race Relations Institute and its strong programs in business administration, biology, and the humanities. Admissions are moderately selective, seeking students who demonstrate strong academic potential and a commitment to the university's ethos. While not primarily known for athletics, Fisk University competes in various sports in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference under the team name the Fisk Bulldogs.

In the most recent statistical year 7,268 prospective students applied, and 5,158 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 323 enrolled in the school.  1,017 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 38 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $21,600 plus fees of $1,978. Fisk University is ranked 630 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Fisk University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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Fisk University is rated within the lower 48% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 1090/1450
ACT 19/25
GPA 3.1

Applications Accepted

Fisk University overview
Applications Due Aug 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Fisk University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,000
Other Fees$1,978
Room and Board $11,500
Budget for Other Expenses$3,200
Total One Year Cost$40,278

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$35,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

45% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Fisk University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 21%
Biology 17%
Psychology 17%
Social Sciences 13%
Physical Sciences 9%

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