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Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University Logo
Motto Think, Work, Serve
Established June 19, 1912 (1912-06-19)
Type Public, HBCU
Endowment $31,327,562[1]
Chancellor Charles W. Manning
President Melvin N. Johnson
Faculty 430
Undergraduates 8,456
Postgraduates 1,933
Location Nashville, Tennessee,
United States
Campus Urban, 500 acres (2 km²)
Former names Tennessee A & I College
Colors royal blue and white
Nickname Tigers
Athletics National Collegiate Athletic Association
Affiliations Ohio Valley Conference
Website www.tnstate.edu
TSU logo

Tennessee State University (TSU) is a land-grant university located in Nashville, Tennessee. TSU is the only state-funded historically black university in Tennessee. TSU has approximately 10,389 students with a student/faculty ratio of 24/1.



Though it was organized as the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School in 1909 and began serving students on June 19, 1912, its status was raised to a four-year teachers' college in 1922. It was then elevated to full-fledged land-grant university status by the Tennessee State Board of Education in 1958. Since 1972 it has been operated under the auspices of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

The present-day Tennessee State University exists as a result of the merger on July 1, 1979, of Tennessee State University and the former University of Tennessee at Nashville. This resulted in a downtown campus.


This university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award 42 baccalaureate degrees, 21 master's degrees, as well as the two-year Associate of Science degree in nursing, dental hygiene, and doctoral degrees in six areas (Biology, Computer Information Systems Engineering, Education, Psychology and Public Administration).The College of Nursing is accredited for the A.A.S., B.S.N., M.S.N. degrees by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission. The TSU College of Engineering, Technology & Computer Science is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) offering baccalaureate degrees in the areas of Architectural and Facilities Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, & Computer and Information Systems Engineering; graduate degrees in the areas of Computer and Information Systems Engineering, General Engineering (M.E.), Biomedical, Civil, Environmental, Electrical, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Engineering; with the Ph.D. in Computer and Information Systems Engineering with concentrations in Computer Communications and Networks, Control Systems and Signal Processing, Robotics and Computer Integration, and Manufacturing. It is also accredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) offering the B.S. in Aeronautical and Industrial Technology with concentrations in Aeronautical Technology (through Academic Common Market), Aviation Management, Aviation Flight, and Industrial Electronics Technology (through Academic Common Market). The TSU College of Business was the first to earn dual Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International) accreditation (accreditation of both the undergraduate and graduate programs at the same time) in 1994.


Tennessee State University Historic District
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. Historic District
Location: 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee
Architect: Marr & Holman, et al.
Governing body: Tennessee State University
Added to NRHP: June 14, 1996
NRHP Reference#: 96000677

The 450 acre (1.8 km²) main campus has more than 65 buildings and is located in a residential setting at 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd in Nashville, Tennessee. The Avon Williams campus is located downtown, near the center of the Nashville business and government district.

Student activities


NPHC fraternities

NPHC sororities

Other fraternities and sororities

Honor Societies

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference
Brent Alexander NFL football player
Bennie Anderson NFL football player
Bill Anderson NFL football player
Jimmy Blanton jazz musician
Ralph Boston athlete
Chandra Cheesborough athlete
Hank Crawford jazz musician
Richard Dent NFL football player
Larry Tharpe NFL football player
Cleveland Eaton Jazz musician
Cleveland Elam football player
Harold Ford, Sr. politician
John Ford politician
Randy Fuller NFL football player
Howard Gentry, Jr. politician
Joe Gilliam NFL football player
Moses Gunn actor
Thelma Harper politician
Claude Humphrey NFL football player
Harvey Johnson, Jr. Mayor of Jackson,Mississippi
Joe Johnson jazz musician
Ed "Too Tall" Jones NFL football player
Anthony Mason NBA basketball player
Edith McGuire athlete
Samuel G. Puryear Michigan State University Head Golf Coach
Steve Moore NFL football player
Lloyd Neal NBA basketball player
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie NFL football player
Carl Rowan journalist
Wilma Rudolph athlete
Simon Shanks NFL football player
Leon Thomas singer
Rufus Thomas singer (attended for one semester)
Carla Thomas singer
Wyomia Tyus athlete
Tina Tyus-Shaw reporter
A C Wharton Mayor of Memphis,Tennessee
Alvin Williams Cable Executive/Producer/Songwriter
Oprah Winfrey media personality


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Coordinates: 36°09′57″N 86°49′49″W / 36.165874°N 86.830337°W / 36.165874; -86.830337


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