Public 4 Year

Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee

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Tennessee State University overview
Location Nashville, Tennessee
Online tnstate.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large City
Tennessee State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Tennessee State University (TSU) is a comprehensive, historically black university located in Nashville, Tennessee, recognized for its vibrant campus life within a bustling urban setting. Established in 1912, TSU boasts a diverse range of academic offerings, with notable programs in business, engineering, and health sciences drawing a significant number of students annually. While the campus exudes a rich heritage with modern facilities, it is particularly known for its expansive agricultural research capabilities and its unique architectural blend that reflects both its historical roots and contemporary advancements. The institution provides on-campus housing options to accommodate its student population. TSU maintains a moderately selective admissions process, reflecting a commitment to accessible higher education while ensuring a competitive academic environment. The university's athletic teams, known as the Tigers, participate in the NCAA Division I Ohio Valley Conference, but the focus remains primarily on the academic and research ventures of the institution.

Tennessee State University has an open admission policy which permits enrollment by any high school graduate or GED holding student.  7,335 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,883 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $7,128 plus fees of $1,208.

Tennessee State University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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Admission Requirements

Open Admission

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Annual Cost to Attend

Tennessee Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Tennessee State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,500
Other Fees$1,208
Room and Board $8,542
Budget for Other Expenses$5,514
Total One Year Cost$23,892

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Tennessee State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,500
Other Fees$1,208
Room and Board $8,542
Budget for Other Expenses$5,514
Total One Year Cost$37,248

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$38,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

36% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Tennessee State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 25%
Business 15%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 13%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=221838 IPEDS survey data for Tennessee State University.

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