Fisk University

Overview of Fisk University

Fisk is found in Nashville, TN. Nashville is a large city. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Master's degree at Fisk.

Areas of Study

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. Fisk is known for its programs in liberal arts, mathematics, science, therapy and counseling.

Fisk Selectivity

Admission to the school is not automatic; not everyone who applies gets in. Hats off to the 54% of those who apply who get accepted. Three quarters of students in 2007-2008 had SAT verbal scores of at least 415. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 400 and 510.


Fisk maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Body

Students numbered 814 in 2007-2008 at Fisk. The school has a large minority student population.

Student Life

Fisk has a residential or campus feel. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Fisk values student athletics, and belongs to the Division III Independents, Division III Independents, Division III Independents.

The school reports its educational mission is:
"Fisk University provides a rich academic experience steeped in the liberal arts tradition. Our faculty, staff and students exhibit a passion for learning and personal growth. We are committed to ethical leadership and engagement in our local and global communities."

More complete details are provided below.

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Contacting Fisk

Fisk University
1000 17th Ave N
Nashville , TN 37208-4501
General Phone: (615) 329-8500

Fisk Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts33Spanish language, English, general studies, political science, sociology, history
Therapy and Counseling32psychology
Science30biology, chemistry, physics
Business and Management19business
Education and Teaching3special ed, music teaching
Fine Arts2fine arts
Drama and Performing Arts2drama
Religion and Philosophy1philosophy and religious studies
Computer Science and Engineering1computer and info science
Music0music, music performance

Number of programs and degrees for Fisk in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree10720
Master's degree164

Fisk Student Body

Fisk is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Fisk had a total enrollment of 814 students (830 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 31%
Women 69%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 89%
Graduate 11%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 40%
(Foreign Students) 60%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 45%
20-21 32%
22-24 13%
25-29 4%
30-34 1%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Fisk Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 82 %
Part-Time 100 %

Fisk Room and Board (2007)

Fisk offers campus housing for 775 of its 830 (full-time) students.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Fisk Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal415520
SAT Math400510
SAT Writing390510
ACT Verbal1722
ACT Math1620
ACT Composite1722

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT43%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT74%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Fisk Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 16,240
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,240
Room and board $ 7,725
Room charge $ 4,480
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,245
Books and supplies $ 1,400
Other expenses $ 3,350

Financial Aid:
Fisk participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 349000)

Fisk Faculty

Fisk has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Lecturercalendar year2*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*0*

*: 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 year8$65,0680*
Associate professoracademic year13$50,02415$48,755
Assistant professoracademic year4$45,2496$42,395
Lectureracademic year3$32,5005$33,551
All faculty totalacademic year28$51,76326$44,363

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

Fisk Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Division III Independents
Baseball Division III Independents
Track Division III Independents

Fisk Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Fisk Highlights

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What Sets Fisk Apart:

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Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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% of degrees in therapy and counseling
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% of degrees in liberal arts
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Female % of student body
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% of degrees in mathematics
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Top 16%Fisk % of degrees in mathematics
Number of students
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Top 19%Fisk Number of students

checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, navy, air force)

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