Quick Facts


Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University is a nationally recognized land grant institution founded in 1912 with more than a century of spirit and traditions, championships and pride. We’re building on a rich tradition as a leading historically black university to welcome and inspire all students who have the drive to succeed.

Living on Campus. Eight residence halls with traditional, suite-style or apartment-style living options. All feature internet, cable, study rooms, community lounges, full-service laundry, and barber and beauty salons.

Financial Aid. 85 percent of students receive some form of financial aid, including grants, scholarships, loans and employment.

Location. Nashville is a major hub for healthcare, music, banking, publishing and transportation. It’s also home to a vibrant college social scene and some of the world’s greatest musical talent.

Students. 6,800 undergraduates from 46 states and 45 countries.

Faculty dedicated to undergraduate teaching and research 96 percent hold the highest degree in their field. The average class size is 16.

Technology. A computer lab in every classroom building, a wireless campus, technology-enhanced classrooms and an extensive library collection of publications and online resources.

Academic Support. Extensive academic advising and support services and peer tutoring.

Career Preparation. Extensive career services, including internship networks, paid cooperative education opportunities, employer workshops and on-campus recruiting.

Alumni chapters active in major cities throughout the nation NCAA Division I Athletics, Ohio Valley Conference, 15 varsity athletic teams.

Student Life. More than 100 student-run organizations, including fraternities, sororities, national honor societies, academic clubs, spirit groups and intramural teams.

Experiential Learning. Research, internship and career connections with federal defense, intelligence and environmental agencies as well as major corporations. Study abroad opportunities in many countries.

Degree Programs. 40 bachelor’s programs, 25 master’s degrees and 7 doctoral programs.

Research. $40 million in grants annually. Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities collaborative program and annual symposium. New research center for molecular biology and biotechnology, computer sciences and robotics, computational sciences and mathematics, and learning sciences.

Enrichment Opportunities. University Honors Program, Air Force ROTC, Leadership TSU, The Scholar’s Experience and nationally recognized service opportunities.

Resources. TV studio, financial trading room, speech and hearing clinic, community literacy center, Curriculum Laboratory and FAA-recognized Aviation Education Resource Center.

  • “WTST, The Blaze!”

  • real-world research and internships.

  • moving up.

  • using your voice.

  • not giving up without a fight.

  • the ferocity of the tiger.

  • comfortable in your own skin.

  • impeccable manners.

  • trusting your perspective.

  • doing graduate work at yale, mit, penn state, purdue and ohio state.

  • Originality.

  • inheriting the strength of leaders and champions.

  • confidently making your way in the world.

  • social preparedness.

  • fearsome on the field.

  • looking sharp.

  • passion.

  • knowing and speaking your mind.

  • home to the inventor of the cell phone microchip.

  • the Warm Welcome BBQ on the quad.