Fisk University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Jubilee Hall at Fisk University
Jubilee Hall at Fisk University. Maureen / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Fisk University Admissions Overview:

Fisk University is accessible to most students; with an acceptance rate of 78%, the school isn't highly selective. Students with solid grades and test scores have a good chance of being admitted. To apply, interested students should take either the SAT or ACT, submitting their scores directly to Fisk. In addition, students must fill out an application, submit high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, and an essay. Students are also encouraged to schedule a campus visit and meet with an admissions counselor. Complete guidelines can be found on Fisk's website.

Admissions Data (2016):

Fisk University Description:

Founded in 1866, Fisk University has a rich history. Located in Nashville, the university was established for the education of formerly enslaved people just months after the end of the Civil War. The university's distinctive Jubilee Hall was funded by the Fisk Jubilee Singers who raised money for the struggling school during an 1871 tour in the U.S. and Europe. W.E.B. Du Bois is one of many notable Fisk alumni. Today Fisk is a top-ranked historically Black university, and its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned the school a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. On the athletic front, the Fisk Bulldogs compete in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), within the Gulf Coast Atlantic Conference. Popular sports include track and field, basketball, tennis, and softball.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 761 (723 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 34% Male / 66% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2015 - 16):

  • Tuition and Fees: $21,480
  • Books: $1,900 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,790
  • Other Expenses: $5,000
  • Total Cost: $39,170

Fisk University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 95%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 93%
    • Loans: 77%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $15,753
    • Loans: $12,130

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business, English Literature, History, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Music, Education, Information Science.

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 78%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 26%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 32%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Golf, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Softball, Golf, Tennis

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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