Tennessee State University in Nashville

Nashville, TN

(Rating 2 based on 5 reviews)

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 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 perception. 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 fully online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So look carefully into 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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Tennessee State University is an asset to the City of Nashville as it is the city's only public university. I have had very negative experiences there and many positive experiences too. The admin structure appears to be top heavy, leaving more essential areas staffed thin, this is why I believe administrative operations run slowly at times. I have encountered less than professional staff members but teaching faculty has been excellent. The Early Learning Center Staff is excellent as well. I have read comments about the area. While the area isn't the best, it is going through a urbal renewal and, for better or worse, the landscape is rapidly changing. Tips for incoming students: Keep copies of everything; be persistent in the face of adversity; and most importantly, remain calm and professional even in the rare occasion when staff members aren't.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

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Everyone keeps saying you guys are trash and you guys are located near Memphis Tennessee. And thanks for cleaning up underneath that old bridge.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

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I went went to TSU to get an endorsement for teaching. It was affordable and it seemed like I could be done within a year. My classes were online. I finished the program, only to be told that I couldn't be endorsed by them and I would have to find another institution. It wasted my time and my money. The reason they could not endorse me is because they didn't turn some paperwork in on time. This place is unorganized. To accomplish anything at this institution you have to do it yourself. You will spend a lot of time on the phone and you won't be able to reach the right people. I did not get my money back. STAY AWAY!

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I'm an extremely "benefit of the doubt" kinda of individual. Yet it's remarkable how a collegiate institution excels in areas such as: lack of communication, disregard for student input, inefficiency of staff, lack of diligent staff, staff misconduct, the list truly continues. I'd highly advise alternate universities and staff positions else where.

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Overall Rating:

Over the years, I have heard many students complain about the administration at Tennessee State University. Many of the students that have complained have felt that they were powerless to their situation and gave up on their fight for what they knew was right. It’s challenging for me as an adult to consistently sit back and watch our money that we pay for a quality education get wasted because of “Power”. The power that I speak of is the one that faculty holds which includes any one that is a part of the administration. Attending an HBCU is a dream that many African American children are taught at an early age. The sad part is that so many times, the same institutions that were designed for us, fail us! What is our recourse in this matter. Typically we find ourselves talking to other students that feel just as powerless as we do. We then attempt to go up the channel and speak with those whom we feel can give us relief from our situation. When we go up the channel, typically via emails, we are ignored and disregarded. Our situation goes to the back of the line as if it’s not important. However it’s important for us to pay tuition and when we don’t, they quickly purge us. Emails at Tennessee State University are ignored. We’re not even worthy of getting a response that takes two minutes to type. It can easily be something as simple as, I am in receipt of your message. Acknowledgment is respect that anyone should be worthy of. There should never be a time where you are facing a challenging issue, and you are completely ignored by the administration that holds the most power. The President’s Office!!! I as a 2nd year Graduate Student now share those same emotions. The problem with this is it starts to mentally affect you, especially when your grades are on the line and you’re starting to realize that the 45,000 plus that you have spent on an education is going to waste. Stress levels and anxiety starts to elevate to an even higher level when you’re four months from graduation and the emails that need to be read and responded to has been neglected by the MOST powerful administration on campus and that’s the office of the President and it’s board members. Today I am posting this in hopes that someone sees it and take the many complaints that’s being overlooked serious. I have been fighting with the administration of TSU since 11-26-2018, but to be honest the issue started in August 2018. The issue that I’m fighting about is not minuscule! It’s is very complaint and lawsuit worthy?A Frustrated, Mentally Drained Graduate Student,Sheneka Davis

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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