Clarksville, TN
Tuition (in-state)
$20,736 ($6,648)
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Reviews 795 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: It's Pretty Decent – Just recently Austin Peay had substituted an on campus restaurant for a Subway and a Starbucks in the library. It is nice to have these on campus now, but I would have rather they kept the restaurant as well. They have a fair sized food court and a good cafeteria that's like a buffet. They're coffee shop Einstein's is my favorite place, though. Austin Peay does get a couple extra points just because they have separate little shops in different buildings like the science building so that you can get a little snack before class even if you're in a hurry.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The Guys Are Nice – There are generally a lot of good looking guys on campus, but you will hardly find any guy who is not nice and polite. Some of the women on campus, unfortunately, are not so nice. However, the men are always nice and great to have a conversation with if you're in a long line.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I love the facilities on the campus. Every building accommodates everyone, & elevators in every one them, also. They're also clean, the janitors are awesome & always make sure it's clean.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: During Noon. The times of 10am & 3pm the campus parking sucks. It's manageable on some days, but very few. So come early, or you'll get a ticket for parking in the wrong space.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Get There Early! I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you get to campus any later than 8:30... good luck with parking.

2 College Sophomore

Facilities: If You Want Cheap, Come to Austin Peay! I honestly really love this school. I love how small the school is, it makes getting around much easier. Austin Peay is located in downtown Clarksville so everything is near-by, for social actvities.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Good Solid Effort – The campus police are always around at APSU--unfortunately, they are usually writing parking tickets, but I do appreciate seeing them on patrol. Once my sister and I saw a guy and girl fighting on the sidewalk and the guy started to get physical with the girl. Let me tell you, by the time we called directory assistance on my cell phone and briefly spoke to APSU police, they had a squad car on the scene in less than two minutes to investigate.

Though one part of town that is kind of rough is close to APSU, as long as you are sensible and not being stupid (drunk at night alone approaching strangers, etc.) I think you will be just fine.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Growing...Hopefully in a Positive Way – Austin Peay is in Clarksville, TN. This is not only a college town, it is also an Army town with Ft. Campbell just minutes away. This is good in many ways--local restaurants are multicultural (we have lots of German and Korean restaurants that are great), and there is always money in the town because soldiers are always spending deployment money (nice housing, lots of car dealerships, restaurant chains, etc.).
We do have some poverty and crime (some related to the military presence, some not). Unfortunately APSU is kind of close to the projects/bad part of town, but campus itself and on it's other side are beautiful, well lit, and well policed. I feel it is safe enough to live here (and I have happily done so for years), but keep your eyes open when enjoying yourself.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Expanding Nicely – I think Austin Peay really tries to meet their students' dining needs. In the past couple of years they have added a Papa John's Pizza and a Starbucks, and we already have the giant generic cafeteria, Chik Fil A, Einstein Bros. Coffee, and a great local place called Blondie's Coffee and Sandwiches. APSU is the type of school that really will listen to the students if they want to give suggestions.

1 College Junior

Campus Housing: Don't Live in Emerald Hills – Emerald Hills is expensive housing for adult students but there is no insulation, there are bugs everywhere, they are constantly digging something up or turning off your water or otherwise doing something to your house that makes you wish that you had never moved in. The buildings are over 60 years old and un-renovated. I get maybe 4 minutes of hot water at a time so showers have to be short. Concrete floors, cinderblock walls and drafty windows and doors is what you have to look forward to.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Lots of Children. Everyone's really young and rude. Typical students, typical school.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Somewhat Safe – There is a good campus police system on campus who do work hard to respond to situations. The real problem seems to not be the campus itself, but areas near the campus such as neighborhoods who are notorious for drug deals and rapes. There are various areas around campus where students can sound an alarm if they need help. Personally I do not feel 100% safe walking around campus alone at night time. Each year there have been rapes and robberies on campus.

4 College Senior

Diversity: APSU is quite diverse. There are multiple ethnicities. I think this is due in part to being near a military base. We have a lot of racial diversities - african american, africans, asians such as koreans, chinese, vietnamese, and also many europeans such as germans. There are students from all of the united states as many are spouses and children of military personnel. There are not many challenges to acceptance that I've noticed. Students are free to express themselves as they please as long as they are not offensive to others.

4 College Senior

Majors: It is rewarding to be in the nursing program at APSU. Many people apply but few are accepted. It IS a lot of work but will be worth the time and effort in the end. The workload is pretty stringent and heavy. There is always something to be studying and learning. Information builds upon itself. What you learn in one semester you cannot forget the next semester. The professors are mostly helpful and understanding. Clarksville, TN is a military town with Fort Campbell nearby and often professors must be very understanding with students who have spouses who deploy or are sent away for training. Most instructors will help these students by being understanding during their difficult times. Also, if instructors see that a student is struggling, they seek to intervene as quickly as possible to help the student learn better. If a student fails a test then a meeting occurs between the instructors and student to try to assess their situation and how they can have a successful test the next go-around.

4 College Senior

Majors: Sounds Impressive – I will start my internship next week at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. I'll work three days a week, 12 hours each shift for 7 weeks. I'll rotate through various intensive care units such as surgical ICU, medical ICU, neurological ICU, cardiovascular ICU, trauma ICU, burn ICU, and the emergency department. I had to pay $600 for this internship program and I don't get paid for it. My responsibilities are similar to a licensed registered nurse. I'll be working directly under an assigned nurse to perform all of the tasks and duties which he/she will perform. I'm very excited!

4 College Senior

Majors: Pretty Happy – Overall I am pretty happy with APSU's nursing program. They seem to prepare you to take your NCLEX licensure adequately. For the last two years we've had a 100% NCLEX pass rate which is pretty impressive. If I was to go back and choose a major again I would still choose nursing. I feel that it is a very fulfilling career which gives back to the community and to others in need while also providing a sound financial basis which is needed for nurses. Currently my goal is to graduate and work. At this point I do not mind so much what field of nursing I work in. There is a need in every field. It's important for me to get out there and get experience. Once I gather some experience then I will start deciding on a masters program. I do prefer critical care nursing such as in burn units, trauma units, intensive care units, and the emergency department. I am a little concerned after graduation to find a job. Even though nurses are in high need right now, there has been a hiring freeze in our area. I hope it clears up soon so new graduates and other experienced nurses can find needed employment.

3 College Senior

Majors: Challenging but Not Impossible – To get into APSU's nursing program it is best to declare your major right away in your freshman year. This way you can be sure to take the classes you really need and not waste time taking classes that you don't really need. You must do 3 semesters of prerequisite courses. These are relatively easy as long as you stay on top of your game. Be sure to meet with your advisor to make sure you are on track. To apply you must complete the prerequisite classes and also take a TEAS test. You must have at least a 3.0 GPA but to be competitive it should be around a 3.5 or higher (although students have gotten in with less).

3 College Freshman

Academics: the grades are ok. the professors some of them are terrible and misplace things easily

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Great Atheletics – Austin Peay has great athletic facilities especially the baseball field.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not So Sure – I haven't really dealt much with finiancial aid. I received the Tennessee Hope Lottery Scholarship and my parents are nice enough to pay the little bit that is left over.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Convienient Food, High Prices – Austin Peay does give a nice variety and in the past year several different places have been added with healthier choices. Austin's Cafe, a late-night-grease-buffet type of place was replaced with a Subway. My only complain is pricing. Being a typical broke college student (working 25-30 hours a week plus full time student), it seems prices could be a little more resonable.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe Campus, Use Your Head! Personally, I have never felt unsafe on campus but I also take precautions to make sure I am aware of my surroundings. There have been a few incidents in the past year, petty theft and a suspicious vehicle here or there, but campus security is very prompt about getting information out to students. They are always on call if needed, even if its just for an escort.

3 College Freshman

Parking: If you live in the orange area for parking, there are not enough spots available for all of the residence.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Your first year at Austin Peay, you get the worst classes. The professors expect you to come in knowing how to do everything. It's hard at first but by the next semester you can do it yourself. It would be nice if they actually helped the first time though.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: Campus Life – Living on campus was okay. Since I left, they have since built a more suitable housing facility. Mine was water damaged.


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