Our Mission

Your Future

Student on LawnYour future drives our mission at Tennessee State University. As an Historically Black College/University (HBCU), TSU fosters scholarly inquiry and research, lifelong learning, and a commitment to service.

Building on our heritage of strong instruction and solid research, we prepare you for leadership, professional success, personal achievement, and service to local, national, and international communities in our global society.

At Tennessee State University, you’re the focus of our motto—Think. Work. Serve.—and the beneficiary of our core values:

  • Excellence
  • Learning
  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Shared governance
  • Diversity
  • Service

Through the liberal education you receive at TSU, you’ll grow and develop as a person who appreciates cultural diversity, embodies a sense of civic and social responsibility, and is well prepared to fulfill your life’s goals.