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Study at Tennessee State University

Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University, or TSU, is a comprehensive, urban, coeducational land-grant university in the United States. The main campus is spread across an area of 450 acres and consists of more than 65 buildings. TSU offers more than 40 bachelor degree programs and over 20 master degree programs. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Public Service and Urban Affairs
  • School of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences
  • School of Graduate Studies and Research
  • School of Nursing
TSU's sports teams are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and they are nicknamed the Tigers.

Profile of Tennessee State University

Tennessee State is located in Nashville, TN (a large city). The school is a public institution. The highest degree level offered by Tennessee State is the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in drama and performing arts.

Tennessee State Selectivity

Tennessee State does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 400. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 390 and 480.


Tennessee State has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

The school had 9, 065 enrolled students in 2007. Tennessee State has a large minority student population.

Student Life

The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Tennessee State offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Ohio Valley Conference.

Tennessee State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts242liberal arts and sciences, English, political science, sociology, general studies, history, foreign language and literature, African-American studies
Education and Teaching239educational administration, curriculum and instruction, elementary school teaching, school Counselling, special ed, early childhood education, music teaching, family/home economics teaching
Business and Management186business management, accounting, managerial economics
Nursing and Emergency Medicine136registered nursing
Therapy and Counselling106psychology, physical therapy, school psychology
Medical Support and Technology84dental hygienist, audiology and speech pathology, respiratory care tech, clinical lab tech
Science76biology, chemistry, physics
Family and Social Work76family resource management, public administration, social work
Engineering60electrical engineering, engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, architectural engineering
Security and Law Enforcement56criminal justice and administration
Drama and Performing Arts55drama
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy45health and physical education, occupational therapy
Medical administration33medical records admin, health care administration
Computer Science and Engineering26computer science, computer engineering
office and Administration24office management
Medicine24health professions
Agricultural Science and Management18agriculture
Art Studies8art studies
Hospitality0hotel management

Contact: Tennessee State

Tennessee State University

3500 John Merritt Blvd

Nashville, TN 37209-1561

General Phone: (615) 963-5111


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