Tennessee State University


Founded in 1912 , Tennessee State University has grown dramatically from a small college to two campuses: the 500-acre main campus and the downtown Avon Williams campus which is located in the heart of Nashville near the State capitol. The diverse student population of more than 9,000 represents 46 states and 45 countries. TSU has been listed for 11 consecutive years in the U.S. News & World Report “Guide to America's Best Colleges.”

Tennessee State University is a comprehensive, urban, coeducational land-grant university offering 45 bachelor's degrees and 24 master degrees. Doctoral programs include biological sciences, psychology, public administration, computer information systems engineering, administration and supervision, and curriculum and instruction.

Tennessee State University, located in Nashville, is a major, comprehensive urban land-grant institution offering 45 bachelor's degrees and 24 master's degrees. Doctoral degrees are offered in seven areas: biological sciences, psychology, public administration, curriculum and instruction, administration and supervision, and computer information systems engineering and physical therapy. Founded in 1912, the university has been listed for the past thirteen years in the U.S. News & World Report “Guide to America's Best Colleges.”

Tennessee State competes in Division I of the NCAA with the exception of men's football (I-AA). Programs are available for men in Basketball, Football, Golf, Tennis, and track and field. Programs are available for women in Basketball, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, and Volleyball.


The Walter S. Davis Humanities Building is named for the University's second President. Topped by its landmark cupola, the building houses the Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy and the Thomas E. Poag Auditorium.

Tennessee State University offers over 40 bachelor's and over 20 master's degree programs --as well as the doctorate in six areas (Biology, Computer Information Systems Engineering, Education, Psychology and Public Administration). Each degree program is described in detail under its respective college or school. Tennessee State's high academic standards are evidenced by its various program accreditations.

The College of Business is accredited by AACSB, the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International or AACSB International; the FIRST in Nashville to earn dual accreditation of both the undergraduate and graduate programs in 1994. The Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and the Teacher Education program by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The University prepares students for the workforce. The College of Engineering has developed corporate partnerships with NASA, Raytheon and General Motors. The School of Nursing boasts an 86% first-time pass-rate for students taking licensure examinations. The College of Health Sciences (formerly the School of Allied Health) has recently added much-in-demand programs such as the Masters in Physical Therapy and the Bachelor's of Health Sciences.

Parent Relations:

Welcome to the Big Blue Family! The relationship with our parents & families is very important. We desire to build and cultivate a positive relationship that will position our students for success. Through the Parent Relations program, we will partner with the parents & families of our students to provide the necessary support needed to assist them in the transition into college and beyond. The Parent Relations program is a function of the Office of New Student Orientation & First-Year Students. The program provides a monthly electronic parent newsletter, Parent Guide, programs & events, and webpage with additional resources. If you need assistance, please contact Parent Relations at (615) 963-1890 or .

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