Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University

Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University, or TSU, is a comprehensive, urban, coeducational land-grant university in the United States. The main campus is spread across an area of 450 acres and consists of more than 65 buildings. TSU offers more than 40 bachelor degree programs and over 20 master degree programs. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Public Service and Urban Affairs
  • School of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences
  • School of Graduate Studies and Research
  • School of Nursing

TSU's sports teams are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and they are nicknamed the Tigers.

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Tennessee State University
3500 John Merritt Blvd
Nashville , TN 37209-1561
General Phone: (615) 963-5111

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Tennessee State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts232African-American studies, foreign language and literature, English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, political science, sociology, history
Education and Teaching210curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, early childhood education, family/home economics teaching, music teaching
Business and Management204business management, accounting, managerial economics
Nursing and Emergency Medicine181registered nursing
Therapy and Counseling107psychology, school psychology, physical therapy
Medical Support and Technology93audiology and speech pathology, dental hygienist, respiratory care tech, clinical lab tech
Family and Social Work72family resource management, public administration, social work
Drama and Performing Arts64drama
Science64biology, chemistry, physics
Engineering58engineering, architectural engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
Security and Law Enforcement56criminal justice and administration
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy53health and physical education, occupational therapy
Office and Administration27office management
Medicine26health professions
Medical Administration19health care administration, medical records admin
Engineering Technician19aerospace engineering tech
Agricultural Science and Management19agriculture
Computer Science and Engineering12computer science, computer engineering
Art Studies11art studies

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree94244
Master's degree41925
Post-master's certificate323
Associate's degree1492
Postbaccalaureate certificate21

Tennessee State Student Body

Tennessee State is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Tennessee State had a total enrollment of 9,065 students (7,867 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 76%
Graduate 24%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 23%
Black 73%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 21%
20-21 20%
22-24 20%
25-29 14%
30-34 8%
35-39 6%
40-49 7%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

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

West Virginia2%

Tennessee State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 70 %
Part-Time 45 %

Tennessee State Room and Board (2007)

Tennessee State offers campus housing for 2,700 of its 7,867 (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 offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Tennessee State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal390498
SAT Math390510
ACT Verbal1521
ACT Math1518
ACT Composite1620

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT10%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT90%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Tennessee State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,132
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,024
Room and board $ 3,990
Room charge $ 2,380
Board (meal plan) charge $ 1,810
Books and supplies $ 1,600
Other expenses $ 3,900

Financial Aid:
Tennessee State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 352200)

Tennessee State Faculty

Tennessee State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track6152
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3648

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year7$88,6643$74,280
Associate professorcalendar year10$70,14113$64,201
Assistant professorcalendar year20$57,36320$52,806
Instructorcalendar year1*7$49,235
All faculty totalcalendar year38$66,28543$57,168

*: 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 year71$75,06432$68,167
Associate professoracademic year53$59,37640$54,648
Assistant professoracademic year61$51,79661$47,603
Instructoracademic year12$42,51023$39,729
All faculty totalacademic year197$61,656156$52,467

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

Tennessee 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 Sports93342

Tennessee 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/Managerial Economics

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science

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

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Architectural Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Family Resource Management Studies, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
General Studies
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music, General

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

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

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

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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What Sets Tennessee State Apart:

% of degrees in drama and performing arts
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Tennessee State % of degrees in drama and performing arts
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Tennessee State Number of students
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 10%Tennessee State Number of degree programs
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 14%Tennessee State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Tennessee State Dorm rooms per full-time student
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 17%Tennessee State Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Minority % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Tennessee State Minority % of student body
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Tennessee State Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs

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