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 a huge number of students. This index 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 educational institutions.

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 contain real-time elements. 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

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

As you may or may not know, it's as great HBCU that produces exceptional talent academically and athletically in spite of its underfunding by the state governing body. Imagine what if! What are you going to do about it?

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Where do I even start with this place. Let's start with the dorms. I stayed in the dorms. The dorms are loud constantly. Residents are constantly slamming doors. Loud music plays 24/7 in the dorms. There is a constant marijuana scent inside the dorms along with other unpleasant smells. The dorms are a cold place to be. They are extremely dusty with many appliances and furniture broken or simply not functioning. The showers have curtains broken off. I recall when the fire alarm went off several times during the night and day. It would go on for hours. Some students would purposely pull down the fire alarm in the middle of the night. There were other times when there was an actual fire in the laundry room. The fire department came several times. Many of the machines in the laundry room are broken or just dont work at all. The laundry room is extremely dirty and dusty. If you enter the dorms ever, it's like a time machine that takes you into the past. They are very outdated. Students yell out of the dorm room windows nearly every night and speak atrocious language at each other. They also throw objects out. Let's talk about the campus. Crime is very much so a problem on the campus and outside of it. Most of the buildings are detoriated. I recall a time when I walked into a biology class in MCcord Hall. The classroom was extremely outdated. Parts of the ceiling was hanging down. It was disorganized. Extremely dusty and dirty. I couldn't believe what my tuition dollars were paying for after this experience. The library is another problem. Students are constantly disturbing others. Faculty are always getting on the microphone to warn the students to quiet down. That doesn't seem to help. The paperwork process at this college nearly caused me not to attend my first semester here. They paperwork is extremely slow moving. I found myself going in never ending loops from one department to another. The lines at departments such as financial aid can be extremely long. The food served in the cafeteria is unhealthy. Sometimes food fights would break out. Then students would talk about it proudly. In the classroom there seems to be a lot of disturbances caused by other talking when they shouldn't be or someone trying to be funny. Overall I found that the students here are not serious about their education. Immature behavior by students is a very strong presence in the university. This university seems to be on a extremely fine line between a functional university and a university that catastrophically fails at its mission. The university messed up my account by adding a balance several weeks after a semester ended and all payments had been finalized in the beginning of the semester. I really feel cheated by this university not only by that mistake but also the terrible quality of education they offer. I did not find the classes offered here to be challenging. Sometimes professors would say inappropriate things. Many are not professional. This is not a place I felt proud of going to by any means. In fact I was ashamed to say I went to TSU. I am glad I made the decision to stop going here and never look back. I'll admit that I should have done more research before going to this college. Should have taken a tour. But this review is not about that. I think I have reviewed this college honestly and I hope anyone that reads it can decide for themselves whether they want to attend here or take the steps necessary to go to a better college. Do not make this college your only option like I did. I just think that this college is very close if not at the point of what is unacceptable for a university.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I graduated here back in Fall 2017 with my BBA in Accounting. It's a rocky road dealing with staff; even during slow times outside of registration. I used to work in the college system, so I understand the workflow of how I am supposed to handle being a student (which offices to go to for help, who to ask help from, keeping track of specific documents I need to turn in, etc.). However, it was difficult to get help when needed. Some staff can be very rude and unhelpful if they ever answered their phone/email. I would also go to the main campus offices to try to talk to someone, and there were several occurrences where offices would be randomly closed without putting it in their voicemail or webpage. This is not helpful when you work full-time and have to take off work to go to campus. Aside from the nightmarish organization of student services, this is a really great university! Most of my professors were very passionate about their teaching, and actually showed willingness to help you if you are struggling or congratulate you if you are doing well. Going into upper-level accounting courses were tough, but rewarding, and I felt like the professors and classmates were there to support me all the way. What's also great about this university is how affordable it is. I managed to graduate here with no student loans. It's hard, but doable. I also appreciate the accreditation is the same as other local large universities. So if you are looking for an affordable and good university, check out TSU. Just be prepared to take off time, and prepare for some disappointments dealing with staff and admin.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I was supposed to have been transferred here last fall as part of their community college transfer program. I went through all of the paperwork and kept asking when my classes would be put on record so I could sign up for classes. (everything I needed to take had prerequisites that my community college credits would satisfy) after being told repeatedly that it would be taken care of in time. Despite this, my transcript wasn't updated on time, the semester started and I was still unable to sign up. Furthermore, even if they got my transcript applied it wouldn't have mattered because the financial aid office also proved to be inept. I had submitted all of my documents on time and was sent one last thing to fill out on my computer. Each time it would come back a few days later saying the information was incorrect (it wasn't) I tried to contact the financial aid office and never heard anything back. Because of all of this my plans for the future got completely sidetracked. I had to take another job while I waited to get to a different school. Thanks to TSU's negligence I am also now unable to receive a community-college transfer scholarship because it has been too long since I left NSCC. I would not recommend anyone attend this school, administration is absolutely awful.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

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

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

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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