Tennessee State University
Nashville, TN 37209-1561


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Medium
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 8,760
Religious affiliation None
Open Admission
Student to faculty ratio 15:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 3,000 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Tennessee State University has an open admission policy. That means there is no standardized test or GPA requirements. Any high school graduate or GED certificate holder may get admission.

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students

Tuition & Fees

Tennessee State University charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $18,936 and in-state students paid $6,216.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 97% of Tennessee State University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 70% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,955 (which is 11.8% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Tennessee State University in 2016-2017, was 1,073, which is 77% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $6,331 (which is 19.4% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Tennessee State University has enrolled a total of 8,760 students (6,396 students full-time and 2,364 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 8,760 students, 524 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 40% men and 60% women and 7,014 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 1,746 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 482 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

Black/African American: 65%

White: 18%

Non-resident alien: 11%

Two or more races: 3%

Hispanic: 1%

Asian: 1%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Tennessee State University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Health Professions And Related Programs 30% 1,447 0
Education 9% 416
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 8% 399 0
Psychology 5% 254
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 4% 205 36
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 3% 155
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 3% 151
Engineering 3% 137
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 3% 127
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 3% 124

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Tennessee State University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of Tennessee State University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $16,200. Last year, out of the total 72 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 72 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 155 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 112 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $16,200 $15,300
Employment Rate 100% 72%
Total Graduates 72 155

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

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88.5 mile away
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