Fisk University

Fisk University


Founded in 1866, shortly after the end of the Civil War, Fisk University is a historically black university, and is the oldest institution of higher learning in Nashville, Tennessee. Fisk’s outstanding faculty and students continue to enhance the University’s national reputation for academic excellence, which is validated year after year by the leading third party reviewers, as well as, by the pool of talented applicants and the large percentage of alumni who complete graduate or professional degrees and become leaders and scholars in their fields.Fisk University produces graduates from diverse backgrounds with the integrity and intellect required for substantive contributions to society. Our curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts. Our faculty and administrators emphasize the discovery and advancement of knowledge through research in the natural and social sciences, business and the humanities. We are committed to the success of scholars and leaders with global perspectives.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Talented Tenth Leadership Development Summer Program

The Fisk University Office of Recruitment and Admission, Office of Student Activities, Office of Student Support, Office of Residence Life and Campus Service have developed a program to create hope and opportunities for young men of color, develop and leadership skills and roles across multiple industries and sectors, meet the growing demands of the U.S. and global knowledge based economy, and ultimately increasing male enrollment at Fisk to 50% of the new student class.The summer program will provide an academically stimulating and culturally motivating experience. The goal of the TTP program is to target a select group of thirty (30) national and international 10th to 12th grade high school young men and incoming freshmen to college with high aptitude who are interested in higher education at Fisk University. Finally, the program seeks to collaborate with influential Fisk University male alumni and men of the community to provide the network necessary to meet the multiple professional readiness and college planning needs. Learn more about Talented Tenth Leadership Development Summer Program

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Pre-College Summer Program (PCP)

Welcome to Fisk University PCP! This summer program will provide an academically stimulating and culturally motivating experience. The goal of the Pre-College Program is to increase the number of students who successfully matriculate through the undergraduate curriculum by enhancing their reading, writing, analytical and critical thinking skills, while heightening their cultural and social readiness. The restructured program not only provides academic support during the six-week summer experience, but provides tutoring, academic counseling and mentoring throughout the freshman year. Learn more about Pre-College Summer Program (PCP)

Pre-College Summer Experience Mini-College

Fisk University Mini-College was established around 1980 as the brainchild of Mrs. Ingrid Collier. The goal of the program is to surround children with Fisk culture and encourage to think of college attendance at a young age and perhaps even consider matriculating at Fisk. We accept applications from children ages 5-12. The curriculum is still centered on cultural arts, math, science, speech, music, dance, computer programing, Spanish, Life’s Little Lessons, Black History, Field trips, etc. Learn more about Mini-College

Academic Advising & Support Leadership Enrichment and Academic Development program (LEAD)

LEAD is a Student Support Services (SSS) initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Trio Programs. The U.S. Department of Education awarded the SSS four-year grant to Fisk University in 2001 to begin the LEAD program. The LEAD Program provides personal, career and academic counseling, tutorial services, academic skills enrichment, workshops and cultural activities to qualified students. Targeted to first-generation, economically challenged and/or differently abled students, LEAD is funded to serve 200 students each year. Students who are enrolled in the Program are provided services throughout their enrollment at Fisk University. Learn more about Leadership Enrichment and Academic Development program (LEAD)

Student Diversity

  • 750
  • 38/62
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • n/a
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • n/a
  • 83%
    Black or African American
  • <1%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 1%
  • n/a
    Two or more races
  • 10%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 4%

Student Success

  • 79%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 38%
    Six-year graduation
  • 45%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 91%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 64%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 65
    Full-time faculty
  • n/a
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 8:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Campus Ministries, Choral Groups, Dance, Drama/Theater, Fraternities, Government or Political Activity, Jazz Band, Literary Magazine, Music Ensembles, Radio Station, Sororities, Student Newspaper, Television Station, Yearbook


Cost of Attendance

  • $19,624
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,618
    Required Fees
  • $10,160
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • n/a
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • n/a
    Average aid package
  • n/a
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 55%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • n/a
    Students with financial need
  • 84%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 70%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • n/a
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 7,250
    # of applicants
  • 83%
  • 3.27
    Average HS GPA
  • 21
    ACT Composite
  • 410—540
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 400—570
    SAT Math
  • 400—570
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 02/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $25
    Application Fee
  • $25
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/01
    Early action application closing date