Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN 37209

Tennessee State University is one of the 10 public 4-year colleges in Tennessee. Its campus is medium in size and located in Nashville. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

Every year 29% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.

Tennessee State University's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $6,726, and fees were $1,050. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $20,082 and $1,050 respectively.


Campus LocaleLarge City
Campus SizeMedium
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate58%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 9 73
Bachelor's degree 13 51
Master's degree 10 62
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 1
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 74.7%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1946 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1975 - Current
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
03/01/1997 - Current
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
04/01/1983 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates $25

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$267/credit
In State Students$267/credit
Out of State Students$863/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$498/credit
In State Students$498/credit
Out of State Students$1,080/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $12,015 $12,015 $38,835
ADN 70 $18,690 $18,690 $60,410
BSN 125 $33,375 $33,375 $107,875
FNP 50 $24,900 $24,900 $54,000
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 95% of Tennessee State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 73% $4,702
Other Federal Grant 12% $2,885
State Grant & Scholarships 34% $3,664
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 39% $6,609
Federal Student Loans 78% $6,340
Private Loans 4% $11,129


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$10,622
$30,001 to $48,000$10,469
$48,001 to $75,000$11,697
$75,001 to $110,000$15,175
Over $110,000$13,612

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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FNSNA Promise of Nursing Scholarships

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Graduate Nursing Loan-Forgiveness Program

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Ruby A. Brown Memorial Scholarship

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Jack F. and Edith Updyke Harmon Scholarship

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Tennessee state board of nursing.

Tennessee State University
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209

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