Fisk University


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Tennessee


Founded in 1866, Fisk University has a rich history. Located in Nashville, the university was established for the education of recently freed slaves just months after the end of the Civil War. The university's distinctive Jubilee Hall was funded by the Fisk Jubilee Singers who raised money for the struggling school during an 1871 tour in the U.S. and Europe. W.E.B. Du Bois is one of many notable Fisk alumni. Today Fisk is a top-ranked historically black university, and its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned the school a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Most Popular Majors

Biology, Business, English, History, Psychology, Sociology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 726
Total Grad Students: 207
Undergraduate Students: 519
Faculty: 74

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 7:1

Percent Male: 37%
Percent Female: 63%

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Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 49%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 57%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

1000 17th Ave N
Nashville Tennessee 37208


Main Email:

Main Phone: 615-329-8500

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Linda Campbell
Admission Counselor, Office of Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:
Tanesha Carney
Admission Counselor, Office of Admissions

International Admissions Contact:
Bernice Giles
Director of International Education, Office of International Education

Athletics Contact:
Larry Glover
Athletic Director, Athletic Department

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
A better than 3.00 GPA is now the norm for students regularly accepted for study at Fisk.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Only credit hours (not grades) are transferred to the University. Fisk University does not publish a requirement for a certain transferable grade.

Credits (Min/Max):
Students transferring to Fisk from other institutions must spend at least four (4) semesters in residence at Fisk, including the last thirty (30) semester hours. At least three-fourths (3/4) of the work in the major field must be taken at Fisk.

Test Scores for Applying:
Submit all standardized test scores.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Submit a School Report form and a Teacher Report form.

Essay(s) required:
Admission consideration requires a 500-word essay. The essay must be handwritten on the forms provided in the application.

Application Fee:
Submit your application fee of $50 in the application envelope.

Other Requirements:
Applicants wishing to be classified as "transfer" students should have at least 30 semester hours in college-level work at the time of application.

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 18 24
English 18 24
Math 16 23
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 410 550
Math 420 530
Writing 420 533

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied:

Transfers Accepted:

Transfer Percentage Accepted: %

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 98%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -98%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1400

Other Expenses: 3350

Room and Board: 9092

Tuition and Fees: 19462

Total Cost: 33304

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
The Office of Student Financial Aid is dedicating to being an informed, professional and timely resource for current and prospective students and their families.

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 6545

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 81%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 78%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 60%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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