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4 College Sophomore

Academics: There professors at my school are very diverse. We have many professors from different countries. They are helpful when needed and makes sure to challenge the students. The workload can be stressful at times but it is nothing the average student cannot handle.

1 College Freshman

Academics: The professors have crappy attitudes

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The academics offered at TSU is great because it pushes students to work hard to succeed. I do say that professors will push students to work hard in their classes in order to pass it which allow students to appreciate the class more. The registration process is a headache because students are trying to get their classes in and also make sure they have money to keep those classes. I hated the registration process because as a out of state student I didn't know if I would make it back for another semester. Mainly because money was an issue for me in college but I was able to overcome it every time I could make it another school year.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Tennessee State University has the Student Success Center which offers different academic options.

4 College Junior

Academics: Our professors are great! They help us in any way they can so the we can improve our grades. The registration process was okay took some time.

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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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 99 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 68 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 68 responses

  • 13% This was my dream school.
  • 56% This was one of my top choices.
  • 31% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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