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Total enrollment
9,027 (2014)

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Acceptance rate
53% (2014)

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Tennessee State University

Former names
Tennessee A & I CollegeTennessee Normal School for Negroes

June 19, 1912 (1912-06-19)

Tennessee Board of Regents

3500 John A Merritt Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209, USA

Undergraduate tuition and fees
Local tuition: 6,930 USD (2015), Domestic tuition: 21,287 USD (2015)

Notable alumni
Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State Uni, Tennessee Technological University, Fisk University, Austin Peay State University


Tennessee State University (Tennessee State or TSU) is a public land-grant university located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Founded in 1912, it is the largest and only state-funded historically black university in Tennessee. It is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Tennessee State University is a comprehensive urban institution offering 38 bachelor’s degrees, 24 master's degrees, and seven doctoral degrees.


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The university was established as the Tennessee Agricultural & Industrial State Normal School for Negroes in 1912. Its dedication was held on January 16, 1913. It changed its name to Tennessee Agricultural & Industrial State Normal College in 1925. Two years later, in 1927, it became known as Tennessee Agricultural & Industrial State College.

In 1941, the Tennessee General Assembly directed the Board of Education to upgrade the educational program of the college. Three years later the first master's degrees were awarded and by 1946 the college was fully accredited the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

In 1968, the college officially changed its name to Tennessee State University. And in 1979, the University of Tennessee at Nashville merged into Tenneessee State due to a court mandate.

Today, Tennessee State University is divided into eight schools and colleges and has seen steady growth since its inception. The university's health science program is the largest in the state and one of the largest in the nation.


The 500 acres (2.0 km2) main campus has more than 65 buildings, and is located in a residential setting at 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd in Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee State's main campus has the most acres of any college campus in Nashville. The Avon Williams campus is located downtown, near the center of the Nashville business and government district. Tennessee State offers on-campus housing to students. There are on campus dorms and two apartment complexes for upperclassmen. On campus facilities include dormitories Wilson Hall, Watson Hall, Eppse Hall, Boyd Hall, Rudolph Hall, Hale Hall, as well as the Ford Complex and New Residence Complex, TSU's two on-campus apartment complexes.


The university is currently accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award 38 baccalaureate degrees, 24 master's degrees, and doctoral degrees in seven areas (Biology, Computer Information Systems Engineering, Education, Psychology, and Public Administration), as well as the two-year Associate of Science degree in nursing, and dental hygiene.

Tennessee State is classified as a "Doctoral University with Moderate Research Activity."

The University Honors College (UHC) is an exclusive academic program founded in 1964 that caters to select academically talented and highly motivated undergraduate students.

The College of Business is accredited by AACSB, the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International or AACSB International; the first in Nashville to earn dual accreditation of both the undergraduate and graduate programs in 1994. The Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and the Teacher Education program by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The College of Engineering has developed corporate partnerships with NASA, Raytheon and General Motors. The School of Nursing boasts a 100% first-time pass-rate for students taking licensure examinations. The College of Health Sciences (formerly the School of Allied Health) has recently added much-in-demand programs such as the Masters in Physical Therapy and the Bachelor of Health Sciences. The College of Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT).

College of Engineering

  • Aeronautical and Industrial Technology
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer and Information Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • College of Business

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Information Systems
  • Economics and Finance
  • College of Liberal Arts

  • Art
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • History, Political Science, Geography, and Africana Studies
  • Languages, Literature, and Philosophy
  • Music
  • Sociology
  • College of Education

  • Education (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE))
  • Psychology (American Psychological Association (APA))
  • College of Health Sciences

  • Dental Hygiene
  • Health Care Administration and Planning
  • Health Information Management
  • Cardio-Respiratory Care Sciences: Cardio-Respiratory Care Sciences students are prepared to become respiratory therapists. Students receive extensive clinical training in affiliated area hospitals. The Cardio-Respiratory Care Science program of study is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
  • Nursing: The Tennessee State University Division of Nursing is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission.
  • Occupational Therapy: Tennessee State University's Occupational Therapy program started in 1991. Once a student has earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy they are eligible to sit for the National Board Certification Examination. The TSU Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.
  • Physical Therapy: Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), the Physical Therapy program provides a pathway to a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. TSU has participated in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service since 2011 for its application process into the Physical Therapist graduate program.
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology: Tennessee State University Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology's graduate program has maintained accreditation by the Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology since 1985.
  • College Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Pre-veterinary Medicine
  • Applied Geospatial Information Sciences
  • College of Public Service and Urban Affairs

  • Public Administration
  • Social Work
  • Urban Studies
  • Professional Studies
  • Athletics

    Tennessee State University sponsors seven men's and eight women's teams in NCAA sanctioned sports. The school competes in the NCAA's Division I Football Championship Subdivision and is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. Tennessee State is the only Division I HBCU school who is not a member of the MEAC or SWAC.




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