Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University is a historically black, comprehensive, land-grant institution. For years TSU has maintained one of the highest graduation rates among all HBCUs and The Tennessee Board of Regents. Through its eight colleges, TSU offers 77 majors to choose from. Popular majors include Liberal Arts, Business Administration and Psychology. With more than 100 student groups and organizations, TSU students can get involved outside the classroom. Each year TSU’s homecoming shuts the city down. People come from all over to enjoy a weekend of alumni activities and tailgating before they watch the TSU Tigers trample the competition. TSU is committed to academic excellence. It is TSU’s mission to “foster scholarly inquiry and research, lifelong learning, and a commitment to service.”

Location: Nashville, TN

Type of Institution: Four-year, land-grant HBCU

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State: $3,351

     • Out-of-State: $9,927

Size: 9,100+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 76%

Percentage of Men: 38%

Percentage of Women: 62%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 16:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate

Colleges/Schools: Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering, Technology and Computer Science; Health Sciences; Public Service and Urban Affairs; Agriculture and Consumer Sciences; Nursing

Housing: On-campus housing provided in apartment-style units, suites and traditional residence halls.


     • Greek: Alpha Eta Rho, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Psi, Alpha Phi Omega, Delta Sigma Theta, Gamma Sigma Sigma, Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho 

     • Others: Graduate Student Association, Honors Council, Collegiate 100, BLACK Inc, Gay Straight Alliance, Gentlemen’s Academy, My Sister’s Keeper, National Association of Colored Women’s Club, Somali Students Association of Tennessee

Famous Black Alumni: Oprah Winfrey, Deborah Cole, Wilma Rudolph, Bobby Jones, Moses Gunn

City Life: Music City, state capital, concerts and shows, shopping, dining, museums, art galleries professional sports: NFL (Titans), NHL (Predators)