Fisk University

1000 17th Ave North, Nashville, TN 37208-4501
Tel: (615)329-8555
Private, non-profit | 773 students
Founded in 1866, Fisk University is one of America's finest institutions of higher education. While the University has a strong foundation in the liberal arts, we pride ourselves in our contribution to the nations ranks of great scientists and businesspersons. During our 140 year legacy, we have consistently produced graduates with the intellectual and ethical aptitude to constructively engage and change the world.

School Overview:

Fisk University
CountyDavidson County, TN
Title IV EligibleYes
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate (Liberal Arts) Colleges I
Institution Level4 or more years
Institution ControlPrivate, non-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
75 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment773 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
733 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
40 students137 students
# Undergraduate Students
705 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
28 students129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted83%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)410-540450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)400-570460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)400-570440-570
ACT English (25-75%)16-2319-25
ACT Math (25-75%)16-2218-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)17-2220-25

School Notes:

  • Fisk University is one of the nation's pre-eminent minority colleges. Founded in 1866, the university is the oldest in Nashville, Tennessee. Its distinguished alumni include educators, artists, thinkers and public servants such as W.E.B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, Aaron Douglas, John Hope Franklin, Nikki Giovanni, U.S. Representatives John Lewis and Alcee Hastings and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Hazel O'Leary.
  • Fisk University provides a variety of student-centered social and educational activities, academic support programs, intramurals, and residence life programming as a part of the Fisk Experience. By developing your leadership skills, providing community service opportunities, and supporting student led initiatives, The Division of Student Engagement and Enrollment Management offers student access to participate and lead co-curricular programming.
  • The Fisk University John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library is the academic hub of the university, working to support the academic programs by providing books, electronic resources, and other materials. The present building was completed in 1969 and opened in January 1970. It houses over 200,000 volumes. Special Collections is a major national resource for the study of the African-American experience.
  • In 1930, Fisk became the first African-American institution to gain accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Fisk has been included for the past ten years in Money Magazine's "100 Best College Buys. Washington Monthly recognized Fisk as the fifth best of 300 liberal arts schools in the nation in terms of research, service learning opportunities and its work to aid the social mobility of 1st generation college students. Fisk is routinely included in Peterson's "Top Colleges for Science.â€?
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