Fisk University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$20,220
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$21,450
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
12.4%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
66.5%
6,345 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
911
95.7% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
49.5%
97 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 Biological Sciences (19 degrees awarded), General Business (16 degrees), and General Psychology (9 degrees).

In 2020, 85 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Fisk University. 69.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 30.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was black or african american (67 degrees), 11.2 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (6 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Fisk University is $20,220, which is $−8,180 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Fisk University is $20,220, which is $−8,180 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $21,450.

In 2020, 82% of undergraduate students attending Fisk University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 69% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$20,220
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Fisk University was $20,220. The cost of tuition at Fisk University is $−8,180 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$21,450
2020 Value
11.5%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Fisk University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $21,450. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Fisk University grew by 11.5%.

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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 2020. 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 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

82%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
69%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

82% of undergraduate students at Fisk University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 7.89% with respect to 2019, when 76% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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12.4%
2018 Default Rate
22
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Fisk University was 12.4%, which represents 22 out of the 178 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Fisk University received 6,345 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 109% annual growth. Out of those 6,345 applicants, 4,217 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 66.5% acceptance rate.

There were 911 students enrolled at Fisk University in 2020, and 57% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Fisk University has an overall enrollment yield of 5.95%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

66.5%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
4,217
Accepted Out of 6,345

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Fisk University was 66.5% (4,217 admissions from 6,345 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 93.4%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 109%, while admissions grew by 48.8%.

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SAT Scores

57%
Submission Percentage
142
Scores Submitted

57% of enrolled first-time students at Fisk University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Fisk University has a total enrollment of 911 students. The full-time enrollment at Fisk University is 872 students and the part-time enrollment is 39. This means that 95.7% of students enrolled at Fisk University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Fisk University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 79% Black or African American, 1.43% Two or More Races, 1.32% Hispanic or Latino, 0.988% White, 0.439% 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 (57.3%), followed by Black or African American Male (22.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (0.823%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (47.6%), followed by Black or African American Male (23.8%) and White Male (9.52%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

95.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Fisk University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 911 students. The full-time enrollment at Fisk University is 872 and the part-time enrollment is 39. This means that 95.7% of students enrolled at Fisk University are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

80%
2020 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 80%. 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
    720
  2. Two or More Races
    13
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    12

The enrolled student population at Fisk University is 79% Black or African American, 1.43% Two or More Races, 1.32% Hispanic or Latino, 0.988% White, 0.439% 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 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% Hispanic or Latino.

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Graduates

In 2020, 33 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 (67 degrees awarded). There were 11.2 times more black or african american graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (6 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Fisk University is General Biological Sciences (19 degrees awarded), followed by General Business (16 degrees) and General Psychology (9 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 Physical Sciences (12 degrees awarded), Biology (25 degrees), and English (7 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 (507,808 people), Other managers (439,858 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (438,303 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (389,948 people), and Postsecondary teachers (375,536 people).

The most specialized majors at Fisk University are Physical Sciences (12 degrees awarded), Biology (25 degrees), English (7 degrees), Psychology (9 degrees), and Social Sciences (9 degrees).

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Highest Paying Job

The most specialized majors at Fisk University are Physical Sciences (12 degrees awarded), Biology (25 degrees), English (7 degrees), Psychology (9 degrees), and Social Sciences (9 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 (904,628 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (814,893 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (766,775 people), Legal services (361,135 people), and Computer Systems Design (304,705 people).

The most specialized majors at Fisk University are Physical Sciences (12 degrees awarded), Biology (25 degrees), English (7 degrees), Psychology (9 degrees), and Social Sciences (9 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. 19 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 16 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 9 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Fisk University was General Biological Sciences with 19 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

26
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
59
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 26 degrees were awarded to men at Fisk University, which is 0.441 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (59).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 7 degrees were awarded to men at Fisk University in General Business, which is 0.778 times less than the 9 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 18 degrees were awarded to women at Fisk University in General Biological Sciences, which is 4.5 times more than the 4 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

37%
100% Completion Time
44%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 37% of students graduating from Fisk University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 44% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 44% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Fisk University is Male and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 5.15% of graduates (5 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
    67 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    6 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    6 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Fisk University is black or african american (67 degrees awarded). There were 11.2 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (6 degrees).

7.06% of degree recipients (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. Black or African American Female
    47 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Male
    20 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    4 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Fisk University is black or african american female (47 degrees awarded). There were 2.35 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american male (20 degrees).

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Operations

Fisk University has an endowment valued at nearly $26.1M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $19.3M (74%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, Fisk University had a total salary expenditure of $28.7M. Fisk University employs 26 Associate professors, 12 Assistant professors, and 9 Professors. Most academics at Fisk University are Female Associate professors (14), Male Associate professors(12), and Female Instructors (7).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Fisk University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 24 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 21 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 20 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$26.1M
2020 Endowment
2.26%
growth from 2019

Fisk University has an endowment valued at about $26.1M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Fisk University grew 2.26% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $13.7M 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. $9.47M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Fisk University received $9.47M 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

$12.7M
2020 Salaries
6.72%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Fisk University paid a median of $12.7M in salaries, which represents 44.3% of their overall expenditure ($28.7M) and a 6.72% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 12% growth from 2018 and a 4.61% decline from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$3.26M
Instructional Salaries
56
Number of Employees

In 2020, Fisk University paid a total of $3.26M to 56 employees working as instructors, which represents 25.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
26 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
24 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Fisk University were Associate professor with 26 employees; Assistant professor with 12 employees; and Assistant professor with 9 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Fisk University were Office and Administrative Support with 24 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 21 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 20 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Fisk University was Female Associate professor with 14 employees, Male Associate professor with 12 employees, and Female Instructor with 7 employees.

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

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