Athletics

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

Athletics: I feel like a lot of the school comes out for the football games more than the basketball games. One of the reasons why I feel this way is because the band performs at half time and that is what a lot of people look forward to seeing. I do feel like we have school spirit but however I don't think its enough, I feel like we can have way more.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I don't attend any activies around campus so I can't give an honest opinion.

3 College Junior

Athletics: It's not a huge D1 school like what I grew up around but it is still fun and enjoyable

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: TSU is not a stellar college sports team or town, but there is student support.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Of course the two biggest athletics we center around are football and basketball. Our football team has made it to a couple Bowl games. Our basketball team is good too, both boys and girls. We also have a good baseball team, volleyball, track and field, golf among other things.

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  • 100th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 295th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stephanie Richardson
Hometown
Tuskegee, AL
Major
Art Concentration Graphic Design, Minor Communications concentration in Journalism
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Tennessee State University's favorite sports are football and basketball. Student participation is pretty high in football and basketball for the guys and volleyball and basketball for the girls. Football games are by far the most popular, and basketball is a close second in participation and attendance. Right before a major football game, such as the John A. Merritt Classic, the Campus Center is covered in royal blue and white balloons and streamers. Around the area, especially by the interstates, there are banners advertising local parties and clubs after the games. Tickets are free for students, except the John A. Merritt Classic, and they are around $20 for guests. The Tennessee State University Tigers (football) play at the LP Field where the Tennessee Titans play their home games. TSU teams are rivals of MTSU (Middle Tennessee State) because the school is in Murfreesboro, TN, and there is always a lot of competition between the schools in any sport. The intramural sports most participated in are basketball for guys and volleyball for girls. The IM sports are played for bragging rights, and everyone who participates in them gets pumped up about them. Students will not have a difficult time fitting in regardless of whether they like sports or not, though. There are many students who do not play or attend any of the sports; however, a student cannot help but keep up-to-date, because students talk about the previous games frequently. Basically, if you do not like sports, try and keep an open mind because you will hear a lot of information about them.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Ohio Valley Conference
Basketball: Ohio Valley Conference
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
Tigers
Men Playing Varsity Sports
122 - 6%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
69 - 2%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Gentry Center
  • Wellness/Fitness Center
Most Popular Sports
Football and basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Track and field, volleyball, softball, tennis, marching band
School Spirit
Minimal
Getting Tickets
It is very easy to get tickets. All you have to do is go to the Campus Center and show your ID, and they will be glad to give you a ticket. Tickets are free to students, except for the John A. Merritt Classic, tickets to which cost around $10. The hours of the ticket office change often, so you must check your school e-mail or the Campus Center for postings.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around the campus, Gentry Center Track

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 53 responses

  • 2% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 15% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 68% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 15% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 53 responses

  • 8% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 30% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 28% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 34% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 50 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 38% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 48% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 10% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

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