Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee
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  • Public
    4 year
  • 1:15
    Faculty to Student Ratio
  • 10%
    Transfer Student Ratio
TSU, the only land-grant institution in the TBR system, has a unique state-wide mission of research and service. The research Centers of Excellence have earned international recognition for their work in educational policy and planetary discoveries. A historically black university (HBCU) with a diverse student body, TSU accepts all qualified applicants and is dedicated to serving the needs of its extended communities through its offering of evening, weekend and online degree programs. TSU emphasizes degrees in health professions, education, business, engineering, agricultural sciences, and associated STEM disciplines and is especially committed to increasing representation and measures of success in these areas.


Total Enrollment 8,775
Programs 182
Courses 2,679
Equivalencies 77,669 incoming
20,138 outgoing
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Financial Information

Scholarships and Financial Aid:
The mission of our office is to inform students and parents about the various types of financial aid available and assist them in securing the necessary financial resources to reach their educational aspirations.
Tuition and Fees:
12 hours, In-State, per semester 3,556; Out-of-State, per semester, 12 hours 9,916
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Information for Transfer In Students

Adult Degree Completion Programs:
Credit for Prior Learning:
Credit by Exam (CLEP, DANTES, Departmental), each department determines if it will accept credit, Portfolio Assessment (CAEL-Learning Counts).
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Additional Information

Adult Learner Focused Institution:
Veteran Friendly:
Student Services Extended Hours:
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Transfer Application Requirements

Minimum GPA:
You must have a GPA (based on all courses attempted at Tennessee Board of Regents college/universities) equal to TSU's retention standards. Out-of-state students must have a minimum 2.00 GPA.
Official Transcripts:
All transfer applicants must submit two official transcripts from each college/university attended.
Application Fee:
When completing the on-line application, you will be required to pay the $25 application fee by credit card.
Other Requirements:
Take the COMPASS subtest in Mathematics and/or English if the ACT (Enhanced) sub score(s) in the subject(s) is not acceptable or if the college credit has not been earned in English and/or Mathematics.
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Transfer Credit Policy

Minimum Grade:
Minimum grade of C or higher must be achieved in order to be considered transferable.
Credits (Min/Max):
No upper division credit will be granted for any lower division credit transferred from any other university or college; any exceptions to this particular provision must be approved by the Office of Admissions and Records.
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Tennessee State University

3500 John A. Merritt Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee 37209-1561
Main Phone:
(615) 963-5000
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Transfer Admission Contact:
William Smith
Assistant Director, Division of Enrollment Services
(615) 963-6994
Transfer Services Contact:
Chelsea Morgan
Transfer Initiatives Counselor, Division of Enrollment Services
Veterans Services Contact:
Vanessa Cummings
Veteran Affairs, Division of Enrollment Services
(615) 963-5121
Adult Learner Contact:
Deborah Chisom
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Center for Extended Education
(615) 963-7001
IM Screen Names: amiller9@tnstate.edu

Branch Campuses/Additional Locations

Avon Williams Off Campus Institutional Site
330 10th Ave North
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 963-7001
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Last updated on 6/21/2023 by Tennessee State University.