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Reviews 337 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really enjoy my school because it is small which creates a family atmosphere. I like the events held around campus and the professors and courses.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have never experienced anything like this so far but i love it .

1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Dorms are nasty, especially New (old) Livingston. They are actually talking about building a new living learning center instead of renovating what is already there. Faculty is difficult and the school overall focuses on the wrong things. Too expensive for what you get in return.

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2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Fisk University is unorganized and the faculty is nothing more than the students that graduated from Fisk but couldn't work somewhere else. When you come in as a freshmen the school spends a lot of time assuring the parents and students that campus safety is a priority. The dorms are atrocious. New Livingston is a step above a jail cell. They renovated the first floor but that was all they did and that's all they show to freshman parents. Ask to see the second floor and the rest of the building while you are touring. The gym, track and tennis courts have not been renovated in over twenty years. The school will say one thing and do another in a heart beat. Administration is a joke. They do not care about how they handle your paper work or what you need as a student. I will NOT be returning. Fisk is trying to live off of a legacy that no longer exists.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school doesn't have very fun activities and the administration is a nightmare to deal with . However the school is very small so everyone knows everyone and it makes navigating the social climate easier. We have a basketball team every supports but the main event is our cheer leading squad oddly enough. I would choose this school again because the class size is beneficial to every student and the girls outnumber the boys 4 to 1 .

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Some classes you have to teach yourself in . And some professor can be hard to understand

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pro: The academics are excellent and the professors are passionate about their subject material. There is rich history, and it is very possible to succeed and get connections if you put the work in. Help will always be given at Fisk to those who ask for it.

Con: The food is universally acknowledged as subpar, the surrounding neighborhood isn't in the best condition, and there are fees for features that aren't even there (no clinic, but a health fee? $100 housing application fee?). The dorms are in poor condition and the communal bathrooms are ruined by people who don't clean up after themselves. The administration is often more of a hindrance than a help, and has been known to take outside scholarships and keep the money to themselves.

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1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The school doesn't cover off campus housing.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are very few parties here.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I would eat off campus everyday if I could afford

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school will always support you financially!

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1 College Freshman

Campus Food: Generally, the food is terrible. I only eat it because I will starve otherwise.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The female freshman dorm is AMAZING. It has some of the best facilities and rooms on campus. The female upper class dorm is very comfortable and well kept. Our coed dorm has its problems with air conditioning and heat, but offers suit style living. That dorm can become noisy at times, but only strong minded people can live there because you can get easily distracted in there. The general males dorm is mediocre.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: We don't have off-campus housing. Either you get your own place or room with a relative, the University isn't involved with any housing that doesn't concern the dorms.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Beats the heck out of me. I've only ever witnessed one party on campus that wasn't the result of freshman orientation. They start out strong at the beginning of the year with raves and gatherings, but it peters out pretty quickly. Everyone I know almost always goes out to clubs or someplace.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's about what you'd expect: it's downtown Nashville, so basically everything is soul food and some variant of chicken.

Pretty much none of it is healthy, unless you're willing to go to the Farmer's Market and pick out your own meals. There are some really good sitdown restaurants around, but 1.) you'll want a car or you'll be walking 20+ minutes to and from the locations, which isn't really a good idea if you're going late or by yourself, and 2.) they're fairly expensive for college students.

A really good restaurant is Monelle's, but again, it's fairly expensive, especially if you're paying for someone else. It's certainly worth it, and the restaurants that are worth going to are usually better than whatever you'll find on campus.

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2 College Freshman

Administration: There's the policies, which are par for the course on paper, and there's the execution.

Basically, no one cares.

They really don't. The boy's dorm, New Livingstone, legally doesn't condone any drugs, alcohol, or female visitation to dorm rooms. Not only do people constantly smoke cigarettes and marijuana nearly every day, and have parties almost directly next to the RA and RD station, but the people who are in charge of the rules don't even do anything about it. One of my own RAs would even casually bring his girlfriend back to his room. No reason for the rules if no one cares enough to enforce them.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The scholarships aren't the problem: the administration is.

They'll notify you about scholarships from outside sources, but very rarely, if ever, will they inform you about scholarships and their respective deadlines from the University itself.

I myself qualified for the Cravath scholarship, which pays for everything. Despite that, you have to apply for it manually, and the deadlines are never announced. In fact, they pushed back the date for the University's scholarships--after the deadline had initially already passed--but they never told anyone about it.

On top of that, there are some really idiotic charges. Cultural enrichment fees? We're lucky if we get more than a handful of events a semester. Health fees? We don't even have a clinic: they tell us to go across the street to Meharry.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: It could be worse, but you'd have to try really, REALLY hard.

Except for a handful of people, the staff isn't very kind.

The food is usually below standard, except for one or two items you can almost always find something better down the street.

The majority of the time, the food isn't conducive to a healthy diet, and most of it is incredibly high in sodium, even in the Sub Shop.

The fruit, especially the apples, is almost never in good condition. Most of the time it's too green, and other times they won't even sort out the rotten ones. This is a very bad school to be a vegetarian at.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If I had known what the dorms were like, I never would have come to Fisk. The hallways and bathrooms are constantly filthy, people aren't considerate enough to clean up after themselves or even flush the toilets when they're done.

There are plenty of smokers here and you'll often smell weed when you walk down the hall in New Livingstone. None of the RA's do their jobs and they're usually part of the groups breaking the rules.

If I could afford an apartment, I'd definitely stay off campus. Unfortunately this is Nashville, and unless you have a relative within commuting distance, the school won't let underclassmen live off-campus.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Volleyball team is the only good thing. Not football. Basketball and Soccer sucks on campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive. People usually juggle multiple jobs

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Food is good, but adds up.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The best parties hands down are Vanderbilt and TSU. Fisk University is strictly for Academics.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: It all depends on the relationship you build with the professors/administration!. Go to office hours! Go see administration every now in then. You may need them in the future.

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