Tennessee State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Tennessee State University
Tennessee State University. The Peep Holes / Wikimedia Commons

Since Tennessee State University has open admissions, any qualified students are able to attend--interested students will still need to submit an application. Those with GPAs of 3.20 are more or less guaranteed acceptance, while all applicants are generally required to submit ACT or SAT scores. Interested students are encouraged to take a tour of the campus, and to contact the admissions office with any questions.

Admissions Data (2016):

Tennessee State University Description:

Tennessee State University is a public historically Black university whose 500-acre campus is located in downtown Nashville, the second largest city in Tennessee. Students come from 42 states and 45 countries, although about three quarters of all students are from Tennessee. Undergraduates can choose from 45 Bachelor's degree programs, and classes are often small with an average size of 22. The university has a wide range of clubs and organizations including an active Greek system and the Aristocrat of Bands marching band.In athletics, the Tennessee State Tigers compete in the NCAA Division I Ohio Valley Conference.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 8,760 (7,014 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41% Male / 59% Female
  • 81% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,256 (in-state); $19,976 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $2,300 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,320
  • Other Expenses: $3,345
  • Total Cost: $20,221 (in-state); $32,941 (out-of-state)

Tennessee State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 85%
    • Loans: 77%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,096
    • Loans: $6,852

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Family and Consumer Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology, Theatre

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 56%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 26%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 18%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 41%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

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

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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