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All About TSU

ExcellenceDesignated as a "high research" institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, Tennessee State strives for excellence in programming, offerings, and community engagement.

  • Comprehensive, urban, coeducational, land-grant university
  • Offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees - Undergraduate | Graduate
  • Designated as a "high research" institution
  • Founded in 1912 after its organization in 1909 as the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School


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  • Nashville, Tennessee: state capital known as “Music City USA”, “The Athens of the South”, and now, the "It City";
  • Nashville: center of government, banking, insurance, publishing, healthcare, transportation, art, culture, and education;
  • Beautiful main campus sits on 500 acres near the Cumberland River in a residential neighborhood just 10 minutes northwest of downtown;
  • TSU's downtown campus (Avon Williams), is located in the heart of downtown and is within easy walking distance of the central business and government district

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400+ full-time academic faculty; student-faculty ratio: 12 to 1


NCAA Division I Ohio Valley Conference; men’s basketball, football (Division I-AA), golf, tennis, track and field; women’s basketball, softball, tennis, golf, volleyball, track and field


More than 100 student clubs, organizations, club sports and intramural teams; service learning; Student Government association; NPHC fraternities and sororities; Floyd-Payne Campus Center with cafeteria and cafés, bookstore, Kean Hall athletic areas, climbing wall, Wellness Center, student organization offices, meeting rooms and study lounges, 350-seat auditorium; Gentry Center health, physical education, athletic, and convocation complex with 10,000 seat arena, stadium, indoor and outdoor tracks, Olympic-size indoor pool, baseball and softball diamonds, courts for basketball, handball, tennis; academic support services; peer tutors; honors program; Career Development Center; Women’s Center; Leadership TSU; Goodwill Manor alumni house; Brown/Daniel Library with more than 420,000 books, 1,500 microforms, 1,775 periodicals, numerous online databases; vocal and instrumental music, performing arts, Hiram Van Gordon Memorial Gallery, exhibitions, lectures, film and concert series; annual African Street Festival open to the community.



Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Tennessee State University.

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