Fisk University

Nashville, TN
School Type:
4-year, Private
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
Required ACT
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1866
  • Enrollment: 1,055
  • Mascot: Bulldog
  • Colors: Gold and Blue
  • Motto: Success is in the D.E.T.A.I.L.S
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Fisk University, situated in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, is a prestigious historically black university with a rich history that dates back to its founding in 1866. Established just after the Civil War, Fisk was one of the first institutions to offer higher education to freed African American individuals. Its early years were marked by struggle and perseverance, including the famous Fisk Jubilee Singers who toured to raise funds for the university. This spirit of resilience and dedication to education has been a defining characteristic of Fisk University throughout its history. Today, Fisk University continues to be a beacon of academic excellence and cultural significance, with an enrollment of approximately 1,055 students.

Fisk University's motto, "Success is in the D.E.T.A.I.L.S," reflects its commitment to thoroughness, excellence, and a holistic approach to education. The university offers a range of Bachelor's and Master's degree programs, as well as Post Baccalaureate certificates, with particular strengths in Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Business, and Music.

The urban campus setting provides a vibrant backdrop for student life, and the university offers campus housing to create a supportive and engaging community. Fisk's mascot, the Bulldog, represents the university in various athletic endeavors as part of the NAIA Division II in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC), with teams known as the Bulldogs & Lady Bulldogs. Fisk University remains a pillar of higher education, particularly in the African American community, upholding a legacy of empowerment, innovation, and academic rigor.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (615) 329-8666
  • Admissions email: admit@fisk.edu

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  • Financial Aid: (615) 329-8735 
  • Financial Aid email: financialaid@fisk.edu

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Popular Majors
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Business
  • Music

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NAIA Division II - Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC)

Team Name: Bulldogs & Lady Bulldogs

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Track & Field
  • Soccer

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

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