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Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate56%
Acceptance Rate56%

About Tennessee State University

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Tennessee State University Overview

Tennessee State University is a public, state school in an urban setting in Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee State University was founded in 1912 and the school now enrolls around 8,077 students per year, which includes 6,375 undergraduate students. Tennessee State University provides on-campus housing for up to 2,960 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Tennessee State University!

Interested in music or performing? At Tennessee State University you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Tennessee State University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? Tennessee State University has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Tennessee State University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Tennessee State University on the Student Life page.

2022 Tennessee State University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 56%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.2
In-State Tuition $7,128
Out-of-State $20,484
Percent of Need Met 67%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $8,005

Is Tennessee State University a Good School?


The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer idea of what Tennessee State University offers and if the school seems like the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Tennessee State University

It is not difficult to get into Tennessee State University. The acceptance rate at Tennessee State University is 56%. Last year, 10,497 students applied to Tennessee State University and 5,911 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Tennessee State University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 53% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Tennessee State Universityreturn for the next year. Around 31% of students who started at Tennessee State University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Tennessee State University Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with Tennessee State University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Tennessee State University

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Tennessee State University meets 67% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $8,005 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $32,601 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Tennessee State University.

Based on this information, how does Tennessee State University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Tennessee State University a good school for you?

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Where is Tennessee State University Located?

Tennessee State University is located in the urban setting of Nashville, Tennessee, less than an hour from Nashville.

If you would like to see Tennessee State University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 40 to Nashville, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Nashville International Airport.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Tennessee State University and Nashville are like without leaving home.

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College Info

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Tennessee State University Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$19,592

In State

$32,948

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$8,336
$21,692
Fees
$1,208
$1,208
Housing
$8,548
$8,548
Books
$1,500
$1,500

Student Life

Wondering what life at Tennessee State University is like? There are approximately 8,077 students enrolled at Tennessee State University, including 6,375 undergraduate students and 1,702 graduate students. 77% percent of students attend school full-time, 51% percent are from TN and 49% percent of students are from other states.

77%

Full Time

23%

Part Time

51%

In State

49%

Out-of-State

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

8,077

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

56%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$9,544

Out-of-State

$22,900

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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