Academics

Location
Nashville, TN
Undergrads
5,255
Tuition (in-state)
$18,954 ($6,426)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Just like every school, you have your good teachers, and you have your teachers that you question as to why they work here. The academics here can get challenging but there is help in every corner. Teachers will take time out to devote to you to make sure that you have an understanding of what it is you're learning.

College Sophomore

Academics: I switched my major but there are VARIOUS opportunities out there that are available for students to use and begin practice on.

5 College Junior

Academics: I feel that Tennessee State University is the perfect college for me.

4 College Junior

Academics: I love my major and I love the people that are involved in it from the students to the staff.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors at TSU are really helpful. Sometimes the workload can be a bit overwhelming, but it is college so it's a little expected. The registration process could be better. If you do it early, however, it isn't that bad. Everyone does a lot of studying in the library. It is really quiet and it is easy to concentrate.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 230th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 932nd
    Most Available Classes
  • 1077th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 1197th
    Best Course Variety
  • 1271st
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stephanie Richardson
Hometown
Tuskegee, AL
Major
Art Concentration Graphic Design, Minor Communications concentration in Journalism
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Most of the TSU student body and faculty take academics very seriously. The University prides itself on having a large graduating class every year, and most of the classes are very interesting due to the teachers who teach them. Although many students feel the classes involving their majors are very interesting and entertaining, some of the more tedious classes are sometimes difficult to get through. However, everyone keeps a positive attitude about general-education classes and works hard to get through them. TSU offers a wide variety of professors who either make or break the class. Most teachers are confident in their subjects and work diligently to create a fun, safe learning environment. Professors are required to keep office hours, so students who need to speak with them can come by with no appointments. The professors always have their phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and office hours printed at the top of every syllabus. There is always a drawback, though: there are a couple of teachers in a few departments who need to retire or find another profession because they have allowed personal issues to affect their teaching. In these cases, there are the department heads, which every student should know, whom you may choose to speak with if the professor is unavailable to help. Overall, TSU professors help to make the school exciting and informative, which motivates most of the student body to work hard to graduate with more than a C average.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
407
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
175
Total FT Faculty
414
Faculty with Terminal Degree
80%
Average Faculty Salary
$59,042
Full-Time Retention Rate
56%
Part-Time Retention Rate
43%
Transfer-Out Rate
17%
Graduation Rate
35%
Programs/Majors Offered
55
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 44%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 53%
  • 50 or More Students: 3%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Aerospace Studies
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science
  • College of Health Sciences
  • School of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences
  • School of Nursing
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Psychology: 4%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 7%
  • Teacher Education for Multiple Levels: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • The Amphitheater (main campus)
  • The Martha M. Brown-Lois H. Daniel Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Be on top of your game!
  • Be persistent if you need help.
  • Be positive and keep a smile on your face.
  • Be very, very, patient with all administrative employees.
  • Be yourself and be proud to be who you are; people will respond better to you.
  • Definitely try and relax at least once a week so you do not get overwhelmed and stressed out.
  • Do not assume anything, and never be ashamed to ask questions.
  • Don't be afraid to talk and be opinionated.
  • Don't be intimidated by the surrounding area; just be cautious and try to be safe after dark.
  • Get everything in writing.
  • Go to every class.
  • Look at the job market for the field that you plan to enter.
  • Only take on course loads that you can handle.
  • Talk to your advisors before you do anything.
  • Try and get to know the professors in your department; they will help you with anything if they know who you are.
  • Work hard and put just as much effort into your "core" classes as you would your major classes.
Did You Know?
  • Tennessee State University is a comprehensive, urban, coeducational, land-grant university offering 45 bachelor's degrees and 24 master's degrees.
  • TSU offers a Board of Regents Online Degree Program, which allows students to acquire online degrees in several fields.
  • TSU provides child-care options to those who may need child care while they attend classes.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 44 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 45 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 54% Oprah Winfrey - talk show host, actress, media mogul
  • 23% Ed "Too Tall" Jones - former NFL defensive end
  • 15% Jimmy Blanton - influential jazz bassist
  • 8% Jesse Russell - lead designer for AT&T Wireless
  • 0% Moses Gunn - actor

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