Tennessee State University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$6,726

8.2% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$10,325

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

14.3%

Default Rate

2017 Enrolled Students

8,177

75% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

28.8%

332 Graduates

About

Tennessee State University is a higher education institution located in Davidson County, TN. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Tennessee State University were General Business Administration & Management (88 degrees awarded), Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (81 degrees), and General Psychology (76 degrees).

In 2017, 1,709 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Tennessee State University. 64.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 35.1% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were black or african american (981 degrees), 2.11 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (464 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Tennessee State University is $6,726, which is $-19,774 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Tennessee State University is $6,726, which is $-19,774 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $10,325.

In 2017, 77% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 64% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$6,726

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Tennessee State University was $6,726. The cost of tuition at Tennessee State University is $-19,774 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$10,325

2017 Value

7.4%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Tennessee State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $10,325. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Tennessee State University grew by 7.4%.

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Other Student Expenses

$6,965

Room and Board

$2,300

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Tennessee State University was of $6,965 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,300. The cost of room and board increased by 3.85% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 9.52% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

77%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

64%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

77% of undergraduate students at Tennessee State University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 6.1% with respect to 2016, when 82% 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.

14.3%

2016 Default Rate

424

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Tennessee State University was 14.3%, which represents 424 out of the 2970 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 has a total enrollment of 8,177 students. The full-time enrollment at Tennessee State University is 6,129 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,048. This means that 75% of students enrolled at Tennessee State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Tennessee State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 66.8% Black or African American, 17.6% White, 2.4% Two or More Races, 1.61% Hispanic or Latino, 0.966% Asian, 0.0856% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Tennessee State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Black or African American Female (50.8%), followed by Black or African American Male (26.6%) and White Female (5.34%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority Black or African American Female (25.1%), followed by White Female (25.1%) and White Male (11.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

75%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Tennessee State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 8,177 students. The full-time enrollment at Tennessee State University is 6,129 and the part-time enrollment is 2,048. This means that 75% of students enrolled at Tennessee State University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

58%

2017 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 58%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Tennessee State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    5,460

  2. White

    1,443

  3. Two or More Races

    196

The enrolled student population at Tennessee State University is 66.8% Black or African American, 17.6% White, 2.4% Two or More Races, 1.61% Hispanic or Latino, 0.966% Asian, 0.0856% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 76 students (0.929%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 509 more women than men received degrees from Tennessee State University. The majority of degree recipients at Tennessee State University are black or african american (981 degrees awarded). There were 2.11 times more black or african american graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (464 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Tennessee State University is General Business Administration & Management (88 degrees awarded), followed by Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (81 degrees) and General Psychology (76 degrees).

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 Agriculture (58 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (59 degrees), and Protective Services (94 degrees).

Workforce

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 Social workers, all other (192,790 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (145,717 people), Police officers (126,725 people), Other managers (107,426 people), and Education administrators (48,893 people).

The most specialized majors at Tennessee State University are Agriculture (58 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (59 degrees), Protective Services (94 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (59 degrees), and Human Sciences (32 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 Tennessee State University are Dentists, Physicians, Surgeons, Chief executives & legislators, and Diagnostic medical sonographers

The most specialized majors at Tennessee State University are Agriculture (58 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (59 degrees), Protective Services (94 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (59 degrees), and Human Sciences (32 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Tennessee State University are Justice, public order, & safety activities (330,103 people), Elementary & secondary schools (295,555 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (154,687 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (127,356 people), and Individual & family services (126,376 people).

The most specialized majors at Tennessee State University are Agriculture (58 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (59 degrees), Protective Services (94 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (59 degrees), and Human Sciences (32 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 Tennessee State University.

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Tennessee State University was General Business Administration & Management with 88 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 600

  2. 1,109

In 2017, 600 degrees were awarded to men at Tennessee State University, which is 0.541 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,109).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 66 degrees were awarded to men at Tennessee State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.971 times less than the 68 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 186 degrees were awarded to women at Tennessee State University in Registered Nursing, which is 5.81 times more than the 32 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

14%

100% Completion Time

15%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 14% of students graduating from Tennessee State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 15% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 19% 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 Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Hispanic or Latino Female

Highest Graduation Rate (44.4%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Tennessee State University is Female and Hispanic or Latino (44.4% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 10.5% of graduates (35 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

    981 degrees awarded

  2. White

    464 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    36 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Tennessee State University is black or african american (981 degrees awarded). There were 2.11 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (464 degrees).

2.11% of degree recipients (36 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. Black or African American Female

    693 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    301 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Male

    288 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Tennessee State University is black or african american female (693 degrees awarded). There were 2.3 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (301 degrees).

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Operations

Tennessee State University has an endowment valued at nearly $57.1M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $372k (0.652%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Tennessee State University had a total salary expenditure of $190M. Tennessee State University employs 112 Associate professors, 108 Assistant professors, and 107 Professors. Most academics at Tennessee State University are Male Professors (69), Male Associate professors(58), and Female Assistant professors (55).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Tennessee State University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 280 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 259 employees, and Service with 150 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$57.1M

2017 Endowment

15%

growth from 2016

Tennessee State University has an endowment valued at about $57.1M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Tennessee State University grew 15% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $229M 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. $32.3M - Federal

  2. $1.07M - State

  3. $1.03M - Local

As of 2017, Tennessee State University received $32.3M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.07M from state grants and contracts, and $1.03M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$87.4M

2017 Salaries

1.07%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Tennessee State University paid a median of $87.4M in salaries, which represents 46% of their overall expenditure ($190M) and a 1.07% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.7% growth from 2015 and a 0.949% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$25.2M

Instructional Salaries

363

Number of Employees

In 2017, Tennessee State University paid a total of $25.2M to 363 employees working as instructors, which represents 28.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $25.2M (35.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor

Most Common Instructor

112 Employees

Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

280 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Tennessee State University were Associate professor with 112 employees; Assistant professor with 108 employees; and Assistant professor with 107 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Tennessee State University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 280 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 259 employees; and Service with 150 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Tennessee State University was Male Professor with 69 employees, Male Associate professor with 58 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 55 employees.

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

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