Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN
School Type:
4-year, Public
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
not required
Required ACT
not required
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1912
  • Enrollment: 9,218
  • Mascot: Tiger
  • Colors: Reflex Blue and White
  • Motto: Think, Work, Serve
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Tennessee State University, located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, has a rich history that dates back to its founding in 1912. Initially established to provide educational opportunities for African-Americans in the region, it has since evolved into a comprehensive university that serves a diverse student body. Over the years, TSU has played a pivotal role in shaping the educational landscape of the South, particularly in the field of higher education for African Americans.

Today, Tennessee State University boasts an enrollment of 9,218 students. It offers a wide range of academic programs, including Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctor's degrees and Postbaccalaureate and Post-Master's certificates. The university is particularly noted for its strong Computer Science, Nursing, Engineering, and Agriculture programs, embodying its motto "Think, Work, Serve" through a commitment to academic excellence and community service.

In athletics, Tennessee State University competes in NCAA Division I as part of the Ohio Valley Conference. The university's athletic teams, known as the Tigers, proudly don the school colors of Reflex Blue and White, representing TSU in various sports competitions. Tennessee State University's enduring legacy and ongoing commitment to academic and athletic excellence continue to solidify its status as a key institution in the HBCU community and beyond.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (615) 963-5101 
  • Admissions email: admissions@tnstate.edu

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  • Financial Aid:  (615) 963-7540  
  • Financial Aid email: finaid@tnstate.edu

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Popular Majors
  • Computer Science
  • Nursing
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Computer Science

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NCAA Division I - Ohio Valley Conference 

Team Name: Tigers

Men's Sports:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf 
  • Tennis (Horizon)
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)
  • Volleyball

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