Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University

Nashville , United States
  • 52
    Acceptance Rate
  • 7774
  • 75
    Employment Rate
  • Permit


The university was established as the Tennessee Agricultural & Industrial State Normal School for Negroes in 1912. Its dedication was held on January 16, 1913. It changed its name to Tennessee Agricultural & Industrial State Normal College in 1925. Two years later, in 1927, it became known as Tennessee Agricultural & Industrial State College.

Today, Tennessee State University is divided into eight schools and colleges and has seen steady growth since its inception. It remains the only public university in Nashville and its health science program is the largest in the state and one of the largest in the nation.

Aligned with the Tennessee Board of Regents, it is currently governed by an institutional Board of Trustees.

Entry requirements

International students with superior scholastic records are considered for admission as freshmen and as transfer students. An applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit a test score of 61 as the minimum acceptance level of performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, (TOEFL) IBT or 5.0 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

Students who have ACT/SAT-equivalent scores will be placed according to these scores. Students who have not had college-level English and/or Math must undergo placement testing.

Scholarship & funding

The university offers financial aid opportunities. For more information


Student life