Nashville, TN
Tuition (in-state)
$18,954 ($6,426)
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3 College Senior

Diversity: There's a lot of diversity on campus, but it depends on what major you are in to really notice the diversity.

4 College Senior

Diversity: TSU is a historically black college, so the majority of the students are black. I am a Caucasian student and loved the diversity I felt. Students of all ethnicities were accepted and it was a refreshing feeling. I felt that many of the students were also from the same socioeconomic class. There were many different political and religious beliefs, but I feel that all beliefs should be accepted to create the diverse world we live I'm today!

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Everyone goes through changes, and have problems, You may not like a person but you still have to respect them no matter what nationality they are.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a little bit of every race, sexuality, and religions on this campus.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Tennessee State University campus has diversity.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stephanie Richardson
Tuskegee, AL
Art Concentration Graphic Design, Minor Communications concentration in Journalism
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TSU is an HBCU, which makes the dominant ethnic group African American, although TSU is statistically the most ethnically diverse HBCU in the U.S. Some of the students at TSU admit the campus could be more diverse, but the majority feels it is diverse enough. TSU offers a minority scholarship to Caucasians and other minorities in order to help to raise the number of diverse students. There is also a scholarship available for students over 25 years old, which pays for tuition and fees to give the "non-traditional" students a chance to get their education as well. The students at TSU are very tolerant toward one another. Most students respect and befriend the people they meet, and there is generally no animosity between students. Such problems like hate crimes and graffiti do not exist at TSU because the students are more concerned with their social lives and their education. Most students are very pleasant and will smile at you just as you are passing by, although at the start of fall semester everyone seems to be pretty shy and timid. The great thing about TSU is it doesn't take long for everyone to come out of their shell, and it is very easy to make friends. Most of the student body is very open about their views, and this helps to break any uneasiness one may feel the first few weeks. The best thing to do is be yourself and be proud of who you are, and most students will naturally respect you. Also, remember that respect is given as it is received, so always be respectful to those around you, and you will get along with most everyone.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 26%
20-21: 26%
22-24: 22%
25+: 26%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 43%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 3%
Native American: 0%
White: 41%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There aren't many students open about their sexual preference especially in gay pride organizations.
Political Activity
Students are active voters and hold rallies to promote the importance of voting.
Economic Status
Most students belong to middle to low class families.
Most Common Religions
The campus is mostly Christian, especiallly Southern Baptist and Methodist
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are no known minority clubs on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 50 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 26% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 14% Conservative
  • 28% Moderate
  • 20% Liberal
  • 10% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 50 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 26% Moderate
  • 42% Not sure
  • 16% Liberal
  • 10% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 50 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 50 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 50 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 32% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 64% Very accepting.


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