Austin Peay State University

Austin Peay State University

Austin Peay State University or APSU is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents system and the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

APSU is a regional university organized as

  • the College of Graduate Studies,
  • the College of Arts and Letters,
  • the College of Professional Programs and Social Sciences,
  • the College of Science and Mathematics and
  • the School of Technology and Public Management.

The athletic teams of APSU compete in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). Student athletes are known as the "Governors." Some of the notable alumni of APSU include former Tennessee State Treasurer, Steve Adams, David Bibb, a Deputy Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration and NBA player Trenton Hassell.

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Austin Peay State University
601 College St
Clarksville , TN 37044
General Phone: (931) 221-7011

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Austin Peay State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts392foreign language and literature, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, interdisciplinary studies, political science, sociology, history, ...
Business and Management293business, business management, non-profit management
Education and Teaching153education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, teacher education, health teaching, reading teaching
Nursing and Emergency Medicine102registered nursing
Science94biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Media80mass communication
Therapy and Counseling66psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy54health and physical education
Art Studies40art studies
Family and Social Work38social work
Security and Law Enforcement36criminal justice and administration
Computer Science and Engineering32computer and info science
Agricultural Science and Management20agriculture
Engineering Technician15engineering technology
Medicine14medical preparatory
Mechanics and Repair12mechanics and repairers
Medical Support and Technology7clinical lab tech
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy
Office and Administration4office data entry

Number of programs and degrees for Austin Peay State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,15932
Master's degree21515
Post-master's certificate81
Associate's degree1084

Austin Peay State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Austin Peay State had a total enrollment of 9,094 students (7,616 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 44%
Women 56%
Full-Time 88%
Part-Time 12%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 90%
Graduate 10%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 62%
Black 17%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 3%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 19%
20-21 19%
22-24 17%
25-29 17%
30-34 10%
35-39 7%
40-49 7%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown3%

Austin Peay State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 66 %
Part-Time 36 %

Austin Peay State Room and Board (2007)

Austin Peay State offers campus housing for 1,411 of its 7,616 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Clarksville, Tennessee for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Tennessee Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Austin Peay State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440550
SAT Math448515
ACT Verbal1925
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite2024

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT2%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT81%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Austin Peay State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,526
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,418
Room and board $ 5,870
Room charge $ 3,640
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,230
Books and supplies $ 1,550
Other expenses $ 2,000

Financial Aid:
Austin Peay State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 347800)

Austin Peay State Faculty

Austin Peay State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track5966
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1517

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*2*
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*2*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year65$70,20333$66,337
Associate professoracademic year41$58,50525$54,784
Assistant professoracademic year50$45,79857$45,231
Instructoracademic year7$31,76915$35,082
No academic rankacademic year3$34,9562*
All faculty totalacademic year166$57,705132$50,948

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Austin Peay State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Ohio Valley Conference
Basketball Ohio Valley Conference
Baseball Ohio Valley Conference
Track Ohio Valley Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports167894

Austin Peay State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agriculture, General

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Health Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Engineering Technician
Engineering Technology, General

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
General Studies
History, General
History, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Mechanics and Repairers, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Office And Administration
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Austin Peay State Apart:

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