Fisk University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$20,220
3.04% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$24,225
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
12.6%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
93.4%
3,034 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
874
97% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
44.3%
77 Graduates

About

Fisk University is a higher education institution located in Davidson County, TN. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Fisk University were General Psychology (20 degrees awarded), General Business (20 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (17 degrees).

In 2019, 100 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Fisk University. 84% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 16% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was black or african american (87 degrees), 10.9 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (8 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Fisk University is $20,220, which is $−7,060 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Fisk University is $20,220, which is $−7,060 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $24,225.

In 2019, 76% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 87% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$20,220
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Fisk University was $20,220. The cost of tuition at Fisk University is $−7,060 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

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Average Net Price

$24,225
2019 Value
4.13%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Fisk University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $24,225. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Fisk University grew by 4.13%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,790
Room and Board
$1,800
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Fisk University was of $10,790 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,800. The cost of room and board did not change between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

76%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
87%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

76% of undergraduate students at Fisk University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 14.6% with respect to 2018, when 89% 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.
12.6%
2017 Default Rate
25
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Fisk University was 12.6%, which represents 25 out of the 198 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Fisk University received 3,034 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 60.2% annual growth. Out of those 3,034 applicants, 2,834 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 93.4% acceptance rate.

There were 874 students enrolled at Fisk University in 2019, and 33% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Fisk University has an overall enrollment yield of 11.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

93.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
2,834
Accepted Out of 3,034

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Fisk University was 93.4% (2,834 admissions from 3,034 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 71.5%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 60.2%, while admissions grew by 109%.

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SAT Scores

33%
Submission Percentage
109
Scores Submitted

33% of enrolled first-time students at Fisk University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Fisk University has a total enrollment of 874 students. The full-time enrollment at Fisk University is 848 students and the part-time enrollment is 26. This means that 97% of students enrolled at Fisk University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Fisk University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 82.7% Black or African American, 1.72% Two or More Races, 1.37% Hispanic or Latino, 0.686% White, 0.458% Asian, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Fisk University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (60.9%), followed by Black or African American Male (23.4%) and Two or More Races Female (1.09%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Male (23.1%), followed by Black or African American Female (15.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (11.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

97%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Fisk University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 874 students. The full-time enrollment at Fisk University is 848 and the part-time enrollment is 26. This means that 97% of students enrolled at Fisk University are enrolled full-time compared with 81.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

78%
2019 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 Fisk University was 78%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Fisk University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    723
  2. Two or More Races
    15
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    12

The enrolled student population at Fisk University is 82.7% Black or African American, 1.72% Two or More Races, 1.37% Hispanic or Latino, 0.686% White, 0.458% Asian, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 55% White, 14% Black or African American, and 13.1% Hispanic or Latino.

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Graduates

In 2019, 68 more women than men received degrees from Fisk University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Fisk University is black or african american (87 degrees awarded). There were 10.9 times more black or african american graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (8 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Fisk University is General Psychology (20 degrees awarded), followed by General Business (20 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (17 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Fisk University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Psychology (25 degrees awarded), Biology (22 degrees), and English (5 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Fisk University are Physicians (520,025 people), Other managers (471,039 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (441,187 people), Postsecondary teachers (377,366 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (314,844 people).

The most specialized majors at Fisk University are Psychology (25 degrees awarded), Biology (22 degrees), English (5 degrees), Physical Sciences (4 degrees), and Social Sciences (13 degrees).

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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 Fisk University are Surgeons, Physicians, Computer hardware engineers, Actuaries, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at Fisk University are Psychology (25 degrees awarded), Biology (22 degrees), English (5 degrees), Physical Sciences (4 degrees), and Social Sciences (13 degrees).

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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 Fisk University are Elementary & secondary schools (917,491 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (858,517 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (736,079 people), Legal services (360,072 people), and Computer Systems Design (336,453 people).

The most specialized majors at Fisk University are Psychology (25 degrees awarded), Biology (22 degrees), English (5 degrees), Physical Sciences (4 degrees), and Social Sciences (13 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Fisk University.
Most Common
  1. 20 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 20 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 17 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Fisk University was General Psychology with 20 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

16
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
84
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 16 degrees were awarded to men at Fisk University, which is 0.19 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (84).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 3 degrees were awarded to men at Fisk University in General Biological Sciences, which is 0.176 times less than the 17 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 23 degrees were awarded to women at Fisk University in General Psychology, which is 11.5 times more than the 2 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

42%
100% Completion Time
49%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 42% of students graduating from Fisk University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 49% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 49% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Fisk University is Male and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 10.4% of graduates (8 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    87 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    8 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    2 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Fisk University is black or african american (87 degrees awarded). There were 10.9 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (8 degrees).

8% of degree recipients (8 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. Black or African American Female
    74 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Male
    13 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races Female
    2 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Fisk University is black or african american female (74 degrees awarded). There were 5.69 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american male (13 degrees).

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Operations

Fisk University has an endowment valued at nearly $25.5M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.58M (6.2%), compared to the 3.99% average return ($1.62M on $40.7M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2019, Fisk University had a total salary expenditure of $28.7M. Fisk University employs 26 Associate professors, 13 Assistant professors, and 10 Instructors. Most academics at Fisk University are Female Associate professors (14), Male Associate professors(12), and Male Assistant professors (8).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Fisk University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 25 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 21 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 17 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$25.5M
2019 Endowment
9.74%
growth from 2018

Fisk University has an endowment valued at about $25.5M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Fisk University grew 9.74% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $15.2M lower than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $7.33M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Fisk University received $7.33M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$11.9M
2019 Salaries
12%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Fisk University paid a median of $11.9M in salaries, which represents 41.4% of their overall expenditure ($28.7M) and a 12% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.61% decline from 2017 and a 2.69% decline from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.5M (41% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$3.35M
Instructional Salaries
58
Number of Employees

In 2019, Fisk University paid a total of $3.35M to 58 employees working as instructors, which represents 28.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (31.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
26 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
25 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Fisk University were Associate professor with 26 employees; Assistant professor with 13 employees; and Assistant professor with 10 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Fisk University were Business and Financial Operations with 25 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 21 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 17 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Associate professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Fisk University was Female Associate professor with 14 employees, Male Associate professor with 12 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 8 employees.

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