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We last covered Livingstone College which received an average score of 6.

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Now we had back to Nashville to cover Tennessee State University (TSU). The largest HBCU in Nashville as well as Tennessee, TSU was actually the last HBCU established in the Nashville area. It opened in 1912 as the Tennessee A. & I. State Normal School for Negroes which focused on practical trades and training high school teachers. The school was opened using bonds raised by Davidson County that were matched by donations from the Nashville Black community, coordinated by the Odd Fellows. It became a four year liberal arts institute in the 1920s and a full university in 1951.

TSU was a latecomer to the Nashville HBCU scene that already had Fisk University, Meharry Medical College, Roger Williams College, and Walden University. The latter two closed their doors in the late 1920s right before the Great Depression giving TSU the room to grow into Nashville's premier HBCU. Part of the reason TSU became the largest HBCU in Tennessee was that the racial hostility was much worse in western Tennessee even though most Blacks live there. Despite its Black presence, Memphis only grudgingly allowed two HBCUs-LeMoyne-Owen and Howe, the latter of which closed and merged with the former. TSU still fights with the state till this day. @get these nets posted an article about the state owing them $500M, only giving them half then accusing them via an audit. The more things change...

TSU is unique for most state schools in having a large out-of-state presence at 60%. It is also has one of the higher graduation rates for open enrollment public universities. Its band and dance team are famous and have long been a staple of HBCU band competitions such as the Battle of the Bands.

Founded: 1912

City, State: Nashville, Tennessee

Type: Public 4-year

Nickname: Tigers

Enrollment and percent Black enrollment: 8,077 (6,375 undergraduate), 88% Black

Part-time student percentage: 23%

First Generation Student Percentage: 37%

Percentage of students from households under $30k/over $100k: 57% / 5%

Out of State Percentage: 60% (Top States: Georgia, Illinois, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana)

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14:1

Admissions Acceptance Rate: Open enrollment

4-yr/6-yr graduation rates: 19% / 31%

Transfer out rate: 32%

Male/Female percentages (Female:Male Ratio): 36% male/ 64% female (1.8:1)

Tuition: In-State: $8k, Out-of-State: $22k

Median Federal Debt After Graduation: $27k

Median Parent PLUS Loans After Graduation: $20k

Median Earning 10-Years after 10 years from freshman year: $42k

Median Earnings for specific majors after 3 years after graduation:
Registered Nursing: $70k, Computer Science: $57k, Business Administration: $56k

Top Majors by Degrees:
Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Communications, Psychology, Education, Engineering (primarily aerospace, mechanical, electrical)

Endowment: ~$90M

Alumni Engagement: 8.7% of alumni give back

Athletic Conference: Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) (NCAA Div 1)

Mascot: Tigers

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Main Campus
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College of Health Sciences
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Hale Stadium
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Gentry Center
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Aristocrat of Bands
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Cheerleaders
This year they became the first HBCU cheerleader team to win a national championship in competitive cheerleading.

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Sophisticated Ladies Dance Team
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Great profile. State of TN got embarrassed by an elected official uncovering the hundreds of millions of dollars that they shortchanged TSU over decades, and used that as a smokescreen to try oust Dr Glover and members of the board, and smear their names.

When the smoke cleared, and the dust settled it didn't work. State is forking over the funds for infrastructure repair and President Glover stays. The board? Will be reevaluated after a year.
 
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Tennessee State will become the first HBCU to add ice hockey​



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Left to Right: TSU Director of Athletics Dr. Mikki Allen, TSU President Dr. Glenda Glover, NHL VP of Hockey Development & Strategic Collaboration Kevin Westgarth, NHL Player Inclusion Coalition Co-Chair Anson Carter (Photo by College Hockey Inc.).​
June 28, 2023

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State University announced Wednesday that it will become the first historically Black college and university to introduce ice hockey.The school plans to have a men’s team playing at the club level in 2024, with a goal of fielding Division I men’s and women’s teams “in the near future.”

The Tennessee State program has been created in partnership with the National Hockey League, the National Hockey League Players' Association and the Nashville Predators. The announcement was made hours before the start of the NHL draft, which is being held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, the city where the university is located.

“Together, we celebrate the power of collaboration as we dismantle barriers, diversify the game, and propel hockey into a new era of inclusivity,” Tennessee State athletic director Mikki Allen said in a statement. “This partnership serves as a catalyst, driving change and ensuring that the game we love embraces the beauty of diversity."

Since 2017, the NHL and the players' union have sponsored feasibility studies for U.S. colleges and universities interested in exploring the addition of Division I men’s and women’s programs. The study for Tennessee State began in 2021.

Tennessee State's addition follows a trend of HBCUs adding sports outside their more traditional offerings of football, men's and women's basketball and men's and women's track and field. Earlier this year, The Associated Press contacted 46 Division I and D-II HBCUs and five conference offices about the trend. Twenty schools responded, saying they had added at least 42 NCAA championship or emerging sports since 2016, including at least 32 sports since 2020 alone.

In 2022-23, Fisk University became the first HBCU to offer women's gymnastics. Morgan State will become the only HBCU offering Division I men's wrestling this coming school year.

“Bringing ice hockey to Tennessee State University is a part of our continued commitment to provide our students with new opportunities and to broaden new interests in areas where they have traditionally had limited or no access,” university president Glenda Glover said
 

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This is one of the best schools in TN!
I’m from Tennessee and now it’s not. TSU lost their accreditation for their nursing program for a couple of years. Also the students haven’t had any housing and we’re forced to live in hotels. So far the best schools in Tennessee are Vanderbilt and Belmont in my opinion
 

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I’m from Tennessee and now it’s not. TSU lost their accreditation for their nursing program for a couple of years. Also the students haven’t had any housing and we’re forced to live in hotels. So far the best schools in Tennessee are Vanderbilt and Belmont in my opinion

Oh word?? :mjpls:
 
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