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Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University, through its legacy as an HBCU and land grant institution, transforms lives, prepares a diverse population of leaders, and contributes to economic and community development by providing affordable and accessible educational programs at various degree levels promoting academic excellence through scholarly inquiry, teaching, research, lifelong learning, and public service.


Founded in 1912, TSU is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant institution in Nashville, Tennessee.


Tennessee State University aspires to be the premier public urban, comprehensive institution achieving prominence through innovation and instruction, research, creativity, and service with the dissemination of knowledge and information.


Tennessee State University is engaging in cutting-edge research to address critical challenges in our society. Our research arm supports faculty and students by taking their ideas from conception to fruition in critical areas such as biotechnology, homeland security and agriculture, to name a few. Our Centers of Excellence encourage collaborative and experimental learning opportunities and help expand the boundaries of science, education and technology.


The Career Development Center of Tennessee State University provides comprehensive assistance in preparing students for the world of work and for graduate or professional school opportunities. The staff has developed a variety of programs and services to identify and meet students’ career and personal goals. The professional staff’s commitment ensures the students are given appropriate guidance to meet their career planning or graduate/professional school desires.

Student services

The TSU Advisement Center is located in the Student Success Center (formerly LRC), Suite 116. The Advisement Center Staff is dedicated to assisting students define and attain their educational goals through academic advisement, encouragement, and referral to needed campus resources.

Housing services

At this time, Tennessee State University does not require its students to live on campus at any point of their academic career. In recent years, the University has consistently reached capacity of its on-campus facilities, forcing students who have delayed in submitting their housing application and deposits to reside elsewhere.

Library services

Traditional library dependence on books on books and journals has evolved into growing utilization of electronic resources, such as the online catalog, e-journals, and an extensive number of databases, many of which offer full-text articles. Currently, the library's e-journal collection continues to grow, offering a wider selection of titles to support students and faculty's research at TSU.

ICT services

OTS (Office of Technology Services) provides university-wide support in the areas of:

  • Academic computing
  • University-wide email communications
  • Enterprise-wide applications (Banner, email, etc.)
  • Hardware and software purchases
  • Networking
  • Phone and communications
  • Tech support (pc, mac, printer, hardware, software)

Medical services

For the past several months, TSU faculty and staff members have been creating and implementing plans to keep the University community as safe and healthy as possible during the world’s worst health crisis in our lifetimes. signed

Campus life

Located just 10 minutes from downtown Nashville on nearly 500 wooded acres along the beautiful Cumberland River, the main campus of Tennessee State University offers the resources and facilities you expect of an outstanding higher education institution.

Sports facilities

By offering a broad program of sport, recreation, and fitness activities for students, faculty, staff, and alumni, we are providing life enhancing, recreational opportunities for the physical, mental, and social interest of the individual.

We offer the following fitness services:

  • martial arts,
  • aerobics
  • toning
  • zumba
  • workout gym
  • swimming pool,
  • locker room with showers

Student clubs

Like music? Sing out in University Choir, ShowStoppers, TSU Meistersingers, and Gospel Choir of TSU. Or show off your slick riffs in Jazz Ensemble, The Aristocrat of Bands Marching Band, and concert bands.

Strut your stuff in Brown Bag Theatre. Express your eloquence in Forensics Society, T.E. Poague Players, or Literary Guild. Find a spiritual home in our many religious groups. Or explore Greek Life as a member of a social or service fraternity or sorority.

Develop your leadership skills in Student Government Association, the Graduate Student Association, or in our many departmental organizations. Acknowledge your academic achievements by participating in our numerous national honor societies.

Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate, Baccalaureate, Master's, Specialist in Education, and Doctoral degrees. 

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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