Tennessee State University in Nashville

Nashville, TN

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Tennessee State University offers 227-degree programs and 13 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1. 1 high safety campus. 39.8% are women, and 60.2% are men. 8% percents of international students. Tennessee State University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Tennessee State University is 9770$, that is at the level of national average. Total price of living is between $10230 and $19064 per year. 35% of full-time Tennessee State University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $34,700, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Tennessee State University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Tennessee State University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$8,798
$30,001 - $48,000$9,579
$48,001 - $75,000$12,735
$75,001 - $110,000$14,605



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 3574

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


5785 of Tennessee State University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 83 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Tennessee State University number 10 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Tennessee.

Students at Tennessee State University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Tennessee State University.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Tennessee State University graduation rate is below the national average.

35% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Tennessee State University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Tennessee State University is 16:1, that means that for every 16 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Tennessee State University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Tennessee State University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Not reported location.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 3500 John Merritt Blvd. address in Nashville, Tennessee.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Tennessee State University with 0.6% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are robbery, aggravated assault, and burglary.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Tennessee State University offers 227 programs in total: 113 are for Bachelor's degree, 64 - for Master's degree, 21 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, 19 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 6 - for Associate's degree, and 4 are Post-master's certificate.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 43 universities in Davidson county, with one of the highest number of Post-master's certificate. Tennessee State University is one of the few institutions in Davidson that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 13 distance learning programs that are offered in the Tennessee State University: 6 are for Bachelor's degree, 4 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate and 3 are Master's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Tennessee state average data to help you compare.


Tennessee State University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 6252 students with 187545 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1441 with 34593 credit hours.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Tennessee State University

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What a disgusting place to get your education. In the library it sounds like a zoo. The dorms are filthy and are extremely loud. The bathrooms are filthy. ThE university is literally decaying. So many things are broken and nonfunctional. The food in the cafeteria is barely edible. Some of the classrooms look like they have been abandoned for years. The financial aid office is an absolute nightmare. Everybody that works in there is a moron. The campus is not safe. It's in a bad neighborhood. Sure you can get a degree from here. But all the things that you would have to endure to get it is most likely not worth it. The type of students here will not be good for you if you are serious about your education. You'll be saddened by how many students don't care anything about the education. Prepare to present a stupid TSU ID upon entering the facilities. Prepare for all the immature and unprepared students that abound here. If your reading this far then I can only offer you one thing. That is a very stern warning. DO NOT GO THROUGH THE PAIN AND MISERY I WENT THROUGH BY ATTENDING THIS COLLEGE. I HAVE GONE THROUGH IT FOR YOU. YOU DONT HAVE TO GO THROUGH IT. THIS REVIEW IS THE END OF YOUR HOMEWORK FOR THIS COLLEGE.

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Overall Rating:

Worlds best HBCU Love AOB

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Tsu stand for Tennessee suck universal!! Nobody owe yall nothing!! Stop been mad all the time get your education move on with your life!!!

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All the people giving TSU 5 stars please hear us parents and students who are currently attending. It is the worst mistake I and my daughter made. Her entire freshman year has been ruined she is a resident of Wilson hall and that place needs to shut down and torn down and rebuilt. And when you voice your opinion about the issues then you are the problem. NO I'm not the issue as long as TSU is getting federal/state and my hard earned dollars they will have to do BETTER.Financial Aid is a joke can never reach anyone and don't send an email because you will never get an answer.Thanks for NOTHING TSU but we are done after this Spring semester.

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Overall Rating:

The class instructors have been back to back world class credentials for my two years. Some other faculty can be a distraction since we have kids coming from all over, not just southern ways. But that is this area problem. The educated college kids and Profs don't see color only any longer. The uneducated kids and staff do stick out though. But sadly also aren't here more than a semester or so. I’ve had a great experience so far overall. Ten stars to instructors and classmates, three for other. I love TSU! - ♥️one of our white girls

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Location & Website

Address: 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +6159635111

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: tnstate.edu

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