Tennessee State University

Motto: Think. Work. Serve

Type: Public, historically black land-grant university

Established: June 19, 1912; 110 years ago

Academic affiliation :TMCF ORAU

Endowment $91.1 million

President: Glenda Glover

Students :8,081

Undergraduates: 5,875

Postgraduates :2,206

Location: Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. 36°10′00″N 86°49′50″W

Tennessee State University (Tennessee State, Tenn State, or TSU) is a public historically black land-grant university in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Founded in 1912, it is the only state-funded historically black university in Tennessee.

It is a member school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Tennessee State University offers 41 bachelor’s degrees, 23 master’s degrees, and eight doctoral degrees. It is classified as “R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity”.


The university was established as the Tennessee Agricultural & Industrial State Normal School for Negroes in 1912.[9][10] 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.

In 1941, the Tennessee General Assembly directed the Board of Education to upgrade the educational program of the college. Three years later the first master’s degrees were awarded and by 1946 the college was fully accredited the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Significant expansion occurred during the presidency of Walter S. Davis between 1943 and 1968, including the construction of “70 percent of the school’s facilities” and the establishment of the graduate school and four other schools.

In 1968, the college officially changed its name to Tennessee State University, and in 1979, the University of Tennessee at Nashville merged into Tennessee State due to a court mandate.

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.

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What is the GPA requirement for Tennessee State University?

Admission to Tennessee State University. A minimum high school grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students should have taken either the ACT or the SAT exam.

What SAT score is required for Tennessee State?

Tennessee State University SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

There’s no absolute SAT requirement at Tennessee State University, but they really want to see at least an 880 to have a chance at being considered.