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About Tennessee State University

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Tennessee State University is a public, state school that was founded in 1912. It is slightly difficult to get into Tennessee State University. The institution enrolls around 7,615 students a year, including 6,000 undergrads.

Tennessee State University does not offer early action and does not offer early decision.

Acceptance Rate for Tennessee State University

In 2021, Tennessee State University accepted 57% of applicants. Out of 10,580 applications received in 2021, 6,016 students were offered admission .

Tennessee State University Application Deadlines

Early Admissions at Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University does not offer early decision. Tennessee State University does not offer early action.

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 57%
Average GPA 3.2
Mean ACT score 18
Mean SAT score 952
In-State Tuition $6,576
Out-of-State $19,296

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to Tennessee State University.

Financial Aid at Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University meets 53% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $14,547 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. 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 be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Dorms at Tennessee State University

Most Tennessee State University students live off campus.

Homecoming, Greek Weeks, and and Student Elections are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Tennessee State University.

How Do I Get Into Tennessee State University?

Tennessee State University is considered slightly difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities, recommendations and essays. Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. The mean composite SAT score is 952. The mean ACT scores is 18.

Does Tennessee State University Require the ACT or SAT?

Tennessee State University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 5% submitted the SAT. 95% submitted the ACT.

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Tennessee State University Waitlist 2021

Tennessee State University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

Is Tennessee State University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Tennessee State University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Tennessee State University, around 66% return for their sophomore year.

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 Outcomes and Debt for Tennessee State University Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $33,501 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Tennessee State University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! 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 want to see Tennessee State University for yourself, 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

Tennessee State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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Tennessee State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

16 - 20

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

20 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Tennessee State University is 18. Students with an ACT score of 20 and above have a good chance of getting into Tennessee State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 16 and 20 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 16 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Tennessee State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

863 - 990


Math SAT Range

413 - 520


Reading SAT Range

450 - 510

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

990 and Above


863 to 990


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Tennessee State University students is 952. Applicants with SAT scores of 990 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Tennessee State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 863 to 990 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 863 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Tennessee State University.

Tennessee State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Tennessee State University is like? There are approximately 7,615 students enrolled at Tennessee State University, including 6,000 undergraduate students and 1,615 graduate students. 80% percent of students attend school full-time, 53% percent are from TN and 47% percent of students are from other states.


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