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Tennessee State University
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd, Nashville, Tennessee 37209-1561
Distance from ZIP:  0.0 miles from 37209
General information:  (615) 963-5111
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  9,027 (7,073 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  19 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
Athletic Graduation
Mission Statement
  Tennessee State University, a Historically Black College/University (HBCU), fosters scholarly inquiry and research, life-long learning, and a commitment to service.
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral/Research Universities
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Other Characteristics
Historically Black College or University
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty364175
Research and public service310
Total graduate assistants-159
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,800$1,985$1,985$2,1005.8%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$5,910$6,120$6,310$6,7026.2%
Off Campus
Room and board$7,800$7,900$7,900$6,404-18.9%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$16,598$17,431$17,693$19,0647.7%
Off Campus$19,088$19,811$19,883$18,766-5.6%
Off Campus with Family$8,788$9,411$9,483$10,2307.9%
On Campus$29,126$29,959$30,413$31,7844.5%
Off Campus$31,616$32,339$32,603$31,486-3.4%
Off Campus with Family$21,316$21,939$22,203$22,9503.4%
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  • The estimated price does not include room and board, books and supplies, &c. (where applicable) and is based on previous years' tuition and fees data. Tuition and fees may vary by program. Please contact this institution for detailed price information.
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
In-state tuition$7,940
In-state fees$1,026
Out-of-state tuition$19,580
Out-of-state fees$1,026
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,29898%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,14386%$10,851,509$9,494
Federal grants97674%$4,946,261$5,068
Pell grants97273%$4,527,844$4,658
Other federal grants18514%$418,417$2,262
State/local government grant or scholarships51339%$2,210,407$4,309
Institutional grants or scholarships39530%$3,694,841$9,354
Student loan aid95772%$6,364,392$6,650
Federal student loans95472%$6,040,904$6,332
Other student loans292%$323,488$11,155
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid15,53081%$44,739,799$8,090
Pell grants4,40965%$18,973,794$4,303
Federal student loans4,92772%$38,180,064$7,749
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$8,264$8,038$8,888
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$7,821$8,719$8,798
$30,001 – $48,000$8,637$9,532$9,579
$48,001 – $75,000$11,702$12,460$12,735
$75,001 – $110,000$13,934$13,783$14,605
$110,001 and more$13,609$15,711$14,709
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment9,027
Undergraduate enrollment7,073
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment610
Graduate enrollment1,954
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 80%
Part-time: 20%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 41%
Female: 59%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 71%
Hispanic/Latino: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 15%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 8%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 73%
25 and over: 26%
Age unknown: 1%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 63%
Out-of-state: 28%
Foreign countries: 6%
Unknown: 3%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 44%
Part-time: 56%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 4%
Enrolled in some distance education: 13%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 83%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 17%
Enrolled in some distance education: 12%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 72%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $25
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 62%
Part-time students: 38%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 64 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 42%
Transfer-out rate: 9%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 10%
6-year: 35%
8-year: 41%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 10%
6-year: 40%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 32%
Female: 46%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 50%
Asian: 67%
Black or African American: 40%
Hispanic/Latino: 57%
White: 44%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 44%
Non-resident alien: 50%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agriculture, General-720--
Category total-720--
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies-2---
Category total-2---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-3965-
Category total-3965-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-4636--
Business/Managerial Economics-17---
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management----15d
Office Management and Supervision-16---
Category total-9836-15d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General-52---
Category total-52---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science-13---
Category total-13---
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--3--
Curriculum and Instruction--3113-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching-3---
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--2118
Elementary Education and Teaching--0--
Music Teacher Education--4--
Special Education and Teaching, General--7--
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels-108d---
Category total-111d47248
Architectural Engineering-6---
Civil Engineering, General-13---
Computer Engineering, General--53-
Electrical and Electronics Engineering-8---
Engineering, General--10--
Mechanical Engineering-19---
Category total-46153-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician-8---
Category total-8---
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-164--
Category total-164--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Family Resource Management Studies, General-29---
Category total-29---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist-046d--
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist1913---
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing----7
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator-17---
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-33---
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-6--13
Nursing Education----3d
Occupational Therapy/Therapist--31--
Physical Therapy/Therapist---35-
Public Health, General--10--
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other----1d
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse8529160--
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist-23---
Category total104121247d3524d
History, General-9---
Category total-9---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-684--
Category total-684--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies-6d11--
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-10---
Category total-16d11--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-23--
Category total-23--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General-3417--
Category total-3417--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-1811--
Category total-1811--
Psychology, General-672114-
School Psychology----2
Category total-6721142
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration--20d4-
Social Work-1714--
Category total-1734d4-
Social Sciences
Geographic Information Science and Cartography----2d
Political Science and Government, General-12---
Urban Studies/Affairs-3d---
Category total-27d--2d
Visual and Performing Arts
Music, General-7---
Category total-7---
Grand total1048074768551
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
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
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 130
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 31
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 21
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 4
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $11,807
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $11,282
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $6,422
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $4,381
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
All Track Combined6861
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1946 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in Dietetics4/1/1977 -  Accredited
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs6/1/1975 -  Accredited
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program(!)4/1/1983 -  Accredited
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program3/1/1997 -  Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Dental Hygiene (DH)5/16/1953 -  Accredited
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs2/1/1993 -  Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist4/20/2005 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs3/10/2000 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs7/1/1985 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1995 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1962 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1962 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession797
Drug law violations65327
Liquor law violations27107
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession647
Drug law violations37204
Liquor law violations2727
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible213
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault922
Motor vehicle theft512
  • For 2012, Line g. was changed from 6 to 16 because of a typo error in 2012.
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible013
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault120
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate12.0%11.5%13.5%
Number in default366322345
Number in repayment3,0262,7822,550
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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