Tennessee State University

3500 John Merritt Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209-1561

School Details

Tennessee State University is a public university located in Nashville, Tennessee that was established in 1912 as the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School.


In 1922, the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School was transformed into a four-year teachers college. Due to the increase in growth, the school received university status in 1951 and the university changed its name to Tennessee State University in 1968. Today, the university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Currently, TSU has around 6,745 undergraduate and 1,995 graduate students. The undergraduate student to faculty ratio is 16:1, which provides students with a more student-focused learning environment. Apart from the academics, TSU offers many different extracurricular activities on campus ranging from clubs or sports. There are more than 100 different clubs and organizations on campus that students are encouraged to participate in. Around 12% of students participate in Greek life. TSU offers different programs in leadership development and community outreach as well. Many students utilize their time by helping the local community or participate in on-campus activities. The campus itself also houses many different facilities that students can utilize including a recreation center, cafés, gym, climbing wall, wellness center, stadium, library, and a performing arts center.


Tennessee State University is a comprehensive, co-educational university that offers 38 bachelor’s degrees and 25 master’s degrees. The school is organized through the following colleges, schools, and programs:

  • Agriculture, Human, and Natural Sciences
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering 
  • Graduate Studies and Research
  • Health Sciences
  • Public Service and Urban Affairs

In addition to traditional academic offerings, Tennessee State University also offers a variety of online programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional licensure levels. The baccalaureate programs include: Interdisciplinary Studies; Professional Studies with concentrations in Health Administration, Information Technology, International Organizational Leadership; Sociology; and Urban Studies. The graduate programs include: Master of Science in Holistic Nursing, Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Science, Master of Education - Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning, Master of Professional Studies (MPS) with concentrations in Strategic Leadership, Human Resource Leadership, and Training and Development; as well as a Master of Science in Nursing. In addition to these academic degrees. a student can also take advantage of professional programs that result in teaching endorsements, transitional licensure, occupational licensure, and professional development courses in both completely online and hybrid learning environments.


Prospective students are encouraged to apply through an online application. A downloadable paper copy is available as well. Tennessee State University has an open admissions policy. In-state base tuition is $6,426 and out-of-state is $18,954. Financial aid is available to those students who qualify. Within the past year, 99.6% of students who applied for financial aid received some form of aid. Students may receive aid through loans, grants, scholarships, or work-study opportunities.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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  • Percent Admitted:
    Open Admissions
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