Student Life


8 things you need to

know about life at TSU.

Our students most often use the word “comfortable” to describe how they feel on campus. It means you can be the way you are with your family—relaxed, accepted, cared for, happy. But comfortable doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot going on. Here are eight reasons why each day at Tennessee State holds new and exciting experiences.

1. Blue From the Start

You’ll feel welcome right away when you come for New Student Orientation. As peer mentors show you the ropes, you’ll make friends and learn your way around campus. Meet the rest of your TSU family at the Welcome BBQ during the first week of classes.

2. From Many, One Family

With students from 46 states and 45 countries, our student body represents many cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds. Diversity enriches everything from TSU’s social atmosphere to academic conversations. You can’t even imagine the amazing people you’ll come to call friends, or even family.

3. Game Day

Whether you’re playing for one of our NCAA Division I teams or cheering from the sidelines, game days at TSU electrify the campus with excitement. Help plan a tailgate with your fraternity, sorority or club. Dress for spirit days with your friends. Walk over to Hale Stadium for the game with your roommates.

4. Make Yourself at Home

Freshmen live in fully furnished traditional residence halls. Upperclassmen housing options include traditional and suite-style residence halls and apartment-style living. Every hall features internet, cable TV, study rooms, community lounges, full-service laundry, and barber and beauty salons.

5. Music City, U.S.A.

Nashville is home to some of the world’s greatest musical talent in country, rock, jazz and gospel. See shows at the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and Museum, Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the Tennessee Performing Art. Check out galleries, museums, comedy acts, concerts, theaters, nightclubs. And of course, there’s live music: all day, every night, all over town.

Nashville also hosts a vibrant college social scene, with nearly 20 colleges in the area. There are tons of places to hang out and all kinds of restaurants to try, from southern-fried to international fare. Besides cheering for our own Tigers and Lady Tigers, sports fans can catch professional football and hockey matches or minor league baseball games.

6. Do What You Love

We’ve got more than 100 active student-run organizations, and new ones are started every year. Interested in Greek Life? We have 11 social or service fraternities and sororities. You can find clubs related to career interests, social and political causes, the arts, faith, service, mentoring or just hobbies. Here are just a few:

  • Every Nation Campus Ministries
  • Big Machine Label Group
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Generation of Educated Men
  • Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students
  • My Sister’s Keeper
  • New Direction Gospel Choir
  • Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity
  • Pre-Alumni Council (special interest club)
  • Social Work Club
  • The Meter (student newspaper)
  • Thomas E. Poag Players Guild (arts club)
  • Tiger Gems
  • WTST (student radio)

7. We Know How to Celebrate

TSU draws crowds for several events throughout the year. Our Homecoming is a weeklong event unlike any other, with parades, socials, performances, competitions and the big game. The African Street Festival, held every September, features daily stage shows with poetry, rap, reggae, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B and drama, as well as vendors offering everything African.

8. Room to Grow

Our 500-acre campus by the river has lots to offer: an Olympic-size indoor pool; a 10,557-square-foot wellness center with exercise equipment and zumba, aerobics and martial arts classes; a rec center with bowling lanes, air hockey, foosball, billiards, board games and pingpong tables. Take your energy outdoors for a run around the track or activities like archery, basketball under the pavilion, tennis, touch football, fishing, cycling, canoeing and hiking. Gather friends and enjoy an outdoor concert or cookout.

  • the Warm Welcome BBQ on the quad.

  • inheriting the strength of leaders and champions.

  • using your voice.

  • impeccable manners.

  • passion.

  • confidently making your way in the world.

  • not giving up without a fight.

  • fearsome on the field.

  • knowing and speaking your mind.

  • looking sharp.

  • comfortable in your own skin.

  • “WTST, The Blaze!”

  • real-world research and internships.

  • Originality.

  • home to the inventor of the cell phone microchip.

  • moving up.

  • social preparedness.

  • trusting your perspective.

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

  • the ferocity of the tiger.