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IPEDS ID: 221838
OPE ID: 00352200
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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
Website:  www.tnstate.edu
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:  9,167 (7,264 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  16 to 1
Admissionswww.tnstate.edu/admissions/
Apply Onlinewww.tnstate.edu/admissions/apply.aspx
Financial Aidwww.tnstate.edu/financial_aid/
Net Price Calculatorwww.tnstate.edu/financial_aid/tuition_calculator.aspx
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veteranswww.tnstate.edu/records/veteran/
Athletic Graduation Rateswww.tnstate.edu/ir/cds.aspx
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 Universities: Moderate Research Activity
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 (Army, 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 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty341133
Instructional309133
Research and public service320
Total graduate assistants-128
Instructional-49
Research-79
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 year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees
In-state$6,426$6,498$6,930$7,1122.6%
Out-of-state$18,954$19,218$19,650$19,8320.9%
Books and supplies$1,985$1,985$2,100$2,1000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$6,120$6,310$6,702$6,9103.1%
Other$2,900$2,900$3,332$3,3450.4%
Off Campus
Room and board$7,900$7,900$6,404$6,5041.6%
Other$3,500$3,500$3,332$3,4002.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$1,000$1,000$1,200$1,3008.3%
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
In-state
On Campus$17,431$17,693$19,064$19,4672.1%
Off Campus$19,811$19,883$18,766$19,1161.9%
Off Campus with Family$9,411$9,483$10,230$10,5122.8%
Out-of-state
On Campus$29,959$30,413$31,784$32,1871.3%
Off Campus$32,339$32,603$31,486$31,8361.1%
Off Campus with Family$21,939$22,203$22,950$23,2321.2%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
In-state tuition$8,180
In-state fees$1,040
Out-of-state tuition$19,820
Out-of-state fees$1,040
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
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 aid11,28793%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,14983%$10,547,747$9,180
Federal grants98371%$4,965,593$5,051
Pell grants97571%$4,444,964$4,559
Other federal grants20815%$520,629$2,503
State/local government grant or scholarships51237%$2,140,615$4,181
Institutional grants or scholarships47735%$3,441,539$7,215
Student loan aid96170%$6,898,647$7,179
Federal student loans96170%$6,544,225$6,810
Other student loans282%$354,422$12,658
  • 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 aid15,78583%$53,666,158$9,277
Pell grants4,35062%$18,836,698$4,330
Federal student loans4,81369%$38,591,581$8,018
  • 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.
2012-20132013-20142014-2015
Average net price$8,038$8,888$9,604
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 Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$8,719$8,798$9,716
$30,001 – $48,000$9,532$9,579$10,504
$48,001 – $75,000$12,460$12,735$11,553
$75,001 – $110,000$12,494$14,605$15,948
$110,001 and more$16,903$14,709$15,413
  • 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 2015
Total enrollment9,167
Undergraduate enrollment7,264
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment554
Graduate enrollment1,903
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 82%
Part-time: 18%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 40%
Female: 60%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 70%
Hispanic/Latino: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 14%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 11%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 74%
25 and over: 26%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 63%
Out-of-state: 28%
Foreign countries: 6%
Unknown: 3%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
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: 3%
Enrolled in some distance education: 13%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 84%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 18%
Enrolled in some distance education: 9%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 73%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $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: 64%
Part-time students: 30%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
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, 71 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 39%
Transfer-out rate: 26%
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 2007]
4-year: 8%
6-year: 29%
8-year: 31%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 16%
6-year: 40%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
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: 45%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 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: 0%
Asian: 50%
Black or African American: 40%
Hispanic/Latino: 86%
White: 48%
Two or more races: 18%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 50%
Non-resident alien: 42%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
Certificate
  • 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-1924--
Category total-1924--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-31184-
Category total-31184-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting-17---
Business Administration and Management, General-5029--
Business/Managerial Economics-15---
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management----14d
Office Management and Supervision-16---
Category total-9829-14d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General-48---
Category total-48---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science-14---
Category total-14---
Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--10--
Curriculum and Instruction--263-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching-8---
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--638
Elementary Education and Teaching--10--
Special Education and Teaching, General--9--
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels-89d---
Category total-97d6168
Engineering
Architectural Engineering-8---
Civil Engineering, General-9---
Computer Engineering, General--92-
Electrical and Electronics Engineering-12---
Engineering, General--10--
Mechanical Engineering-11---
Category total-40192-
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-14---
Category total-14---
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Family Resource Management Studies, General-30---
Category total-30---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist--24d--
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist238---
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing----3
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator-20---
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-38---
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-14--6
Nursing Education----2
Occupational Therapy/Therapist--25--
Physical Therapy/Therapist---35-
Public Health, General--16--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse935494--
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist-21---
Category total116155159d3511
History
History, General-3---
Category total-3---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-849--
Category total-849--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies-915--
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-10---
Category total-1915--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-4---
Category total-4---
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General-4314--
Category total-4314--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-612--
Category total-612--
Psychology
Psychology, General-72105-
Category total-72105-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration--19222
Social Work-2519--
Category total-2538222
Social Sciences
Geographic Information Science and Cartography----3
Political Science and Government, General-24---
Sociology-11---
Urban Studies/Affairs-6d---
Category total-41d--3
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General-6---
Music, General-15---
Category total-21---
Grand total1168724085458
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
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 140
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 26
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 9
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 3
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: $12,258
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $15,983
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $3,164
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,496
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 92%
Part-time students: 50%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
All Track Combined5557
Basketball1116
Football101
Golf86
Softball19
Tennis56
Volleyball13
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 - 4/19/2013Accredited
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
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession975
Drug law violations3274
Liquor law violations1073
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession475
Drug law violations2044
Liquor law violations273
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible13
Rape2
Fondling0
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery51212
Aggravated assault2210
Burglary163618
Motor vehicle theft121
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible13
Rape0
Fondling0
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery296
Aggravated assault207
Burglary61814
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • (!) 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.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • 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 http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate12.7%12.0%11.5%
Number in default433366322
Number in repayment3,3933,0262,782
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)