Tennessee State University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,128
2022 Average Net Price
$11,986
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
4.48%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
9,218
79.6% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
33.1%
428 Graduates

About

Tennessee State University is a higher education institution located in Davidson County, TN. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Tennessee State University were General Business Administration & Management (81 degrees awarded), General Psychology (65 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (60 degrees).

In 2022, 1,272 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Tennessee State University. 68.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 31.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was black or african american (758 degrees), 2.14 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (355 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Tennessee State University is $7,128, which is $−23,022 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Tennessee State University is $7,128, which is $−23,022 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $11,986.

In 2022, 92% of undergraduate students attending Tennessee State University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 38% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$7,128
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Tennessee State University was $7,128. The cost of tuition at Tennessee State University is $−23,022 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$11,986
2022 Value
0.892%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Tennessee State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $11,986. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Tennessee State University grew by 0.892%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,019
Room and Board
$1,500
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Tennessee State University was of $11,019 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 44.8% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 48.3% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

92%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
38%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

92% of undergraduate students at Tennessee State University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 22.7% with respect to 2021, when 75% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
4.48%
2019 Default Rate
98
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Tennessee State University was 4.48%, which represents 98 out of the 2186 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Tennessee State University had a total enrollment of 9,218 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Tennessee State University is 7,335 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,883. This means that 79.6% of students enrolled at Tennessee State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Tennessee State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 78.6% Black or African American, 10.3% White, 2.61% Two or More Races, 2.51% Hispanic or Latino, 0.987% Asian, 0.13% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0542% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Tennessee State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (59.1%), followed by Black or African American Male (29.4%) and White Female (2.5%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (29.1%), followed by White Female (23.4%) and Black or African American Male (14.9%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

79.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Tennessee State University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,218 students. The full-time enrollment at Tennessee State University is 7,335 and the part-time enrollment is 1,883. This means that 79.6% of students enrolled at Tennessee State University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

62%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Tennessee State University was 62%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), Tennessee State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Black or African American
    7,247 enrolled students
  2. White
    946 enrolled students
  3. Two or More Races
    241 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Tennessee State University is 78.6% Black or African American, 10.3% White, 2.61% Two or More Races, 2.51% Hispanic or Latino, 0.987% Asian, 0.13% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0542% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 48 students (0.521%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 472 more women than men received degrees from Tennessee State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Tennessee State University is black or african american (758 degrees awarded). There were 2.14 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (355 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Tennessee State University is General Business Administration & Management (81 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (65 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (60 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Tennessee State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Public Administration and Social Service (73 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (47 degrees), and Education (159 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Tennessee State University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,638,162 people), Secondary school teachers (499,269 people), Physicians (409,334 people), Education administrators (289,728 people), and Other managers (218,927 people).

The most specialized majors at Tennessee State University in 2022 are Public Administration and Social Service (73 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (47 degrees), Education (159 degrees), Biology (79 degrees), and Human Sciences (21 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Tennessee State University are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Physicians, and Nurse anesthetists

The most specialized majors at Tennessee State University are Public Administration and Social Service (73 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (47 degrees), Education (159 degrees), Biology (79 degrees), and Human Sciences (21 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Tennessee State University are Elementary & secondary schools (2,939,319 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (640,271 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (503,559 people), Offices of physicians (229,601 people), and Outpatient care centers (211,512 people).

The most specialized majors at Tennessee State University are Public Administration and Social Service (73 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (47 degrees), Education (159 degrees), Biology (79 degrees), and Human Sciences (21 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Tennessee State University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 81 degrees awarded
  2. 65 degrees awarded
  3. 60 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Tennessee State University was General Business Administration & Management with 81 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

400
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
872
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 400 degrees were awarded to men at Tennessee State University, which is 0.459 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (872).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 42 degrees were awarded to men at Tennessee State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.609 times less than the 69 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 69 degrees were awarded to men at Tennessee State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.64 times more than the 42 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

11%
100% Completion Time
27%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 11% of students graduating from Tennessee State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 27% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 30% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (48.6%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Tennessee State University is Female and White (48.6% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.234% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Black or African American
    758 degrees awarded
  2. White
    355 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    34 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Tennessee State University is black or african american (758 degrees awarded). There were 2.14 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (355 degrees).

0% of degree recipients (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. Black or African American Female
    538 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    230 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Male
    220 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Tennessee State University is black or african american female (538 degrees awarded). There were 2.34 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (230 degrees).

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Operations

Tennessee State University has an endowment valued at nearly $92.2M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 183k (0.198%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, Tennessee State University had a total salary expenditure of 233M. Tennessee State University employs 117 Assistant professors, 106 Professors and 103 Associate professors. Most academics at Tennessee State University are Female Assistant professor (69), Male Professor (67), and Male Associate professor (53).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Tennessee State University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 273 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 209 employees, and Management with 132 employees.

Endowment

$92.2M
2022 Endowment
45.1%
growth from 2021

Tennessee State University has an endowment valued at about $92.2M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Tennessee State University grew 45.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $281M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $45.1M - Federal
  2. $783k - State
  3. $1.43M - Local

As of 2022, Tennessee State University received $45.1M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $783k from state grants and contracts, and $1.43M from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$95.1M
2022 Salaries
0.75%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Tennessee State University paid a median of $95.1M in salaries, which represents 40.9% of their overall expenditure ($233M) and a 0.75% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$28.8M
Instructional Salaries
353
Number of Employees

In 2022, Tennessee State University paid a total of $28.8M to 353 employees working as instructors, which represents 30.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
117 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
273 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Tennessee State University were Assistant professor with 117 employees, Professor with 106 employees, and Associate professor with 103 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Tennessee State University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 273 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 209 employees, and Management with 132 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Tennessee State University was Female Assistant professor with 69 employees, Male Professor with 67 employees, and Male Associate professor with 53 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Tennessee State University.

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