Austin Peay State University

2014 Quick Stats
PO Box 4675

Clarksville, TN 37044

Phone: (931) 221-7011
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#69 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Austin Peay State University is a public institution that was founded in 1927. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,735, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 169 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Austin Peay State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 69. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,158 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $23,490 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Austin Peay is Tennessee's designated comprehensive liberal arts institution and supports and promotes an atmosphere that is unusual at a public university. In ways similar to those of a private institution, Austin Peay nurtures learning and personal growth through small classes, close student/faculty interaction, and personal attention by the support staff. The university respects the voice and value of every member of its learning community. Students, faculty, and staff from throughout the world enrich the liberal arts experience. This rich variety of thought and life experience fosters a deeper understanding of our own and other cultures. Undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences and in pre-professional and professional programs are the nucleus of the university. Curricula promote critical thinking, communication and information skills, leadership, and a commitment to lifelong learning. The liberal arts core provides for all students a broad, multicultural foundation in literature, the arts, history, mathematics, and the natural and behavioral sciences. Graduate programs serve the needs of the region and provide advanced experiences for students preparing for doctoral studies. The graduate programs demand a superior level of academic achievement requiring scholarship, independent judgment, academic rigor, and intellectual honesty. The educational experience is complemented and expanded through creative use of technology, interdisciplinary programs, team teaching, cooperative learning, community services, international programs, and collaborative research between faculty and students. Co-curricular experiences provide each student with resources and guidance that enhance academic success, further career goals, and promote intellectual and personal growth. The university provides programs to help students clarify values, develop physical well-being, work independently and collaboratively, and participate in shared governance. Centers of Excellence in the Creative Arts and Field Biology as well as Chairs of Excellence provide unique learning opportunities. Both the main campus and the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell serve a diverse student body with complete academic programs. Off-campus and distance learning facilities offer curricula to expand the reach of the university to populations not easily served on traditional campuses. The university enriches the traditional instructional program through close interaction with the surrounding community. The university provides programs, services, and facilities that contribute significantly to the intellectual, economic, social, and cultural development of the region. Austin Peay remains committed to the education of a non-racially identifiable student body and promotes diversity and access without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. Austin Peay State University, as a community of learners focusing on the academic, aesthetic, and personal development of its students, aspires to become nationally recognized as an excellent comprehensive liberal arts university that contributes significantly to the intellectual, economic, social, and cultural life of the region.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1927
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $18,966,448


When applying to Austin Peay State University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Austin Peay State University is $15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 85.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 85.7%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Austin Peay State University is 19:1, and the school has 51 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Austin Peay State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 68.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 17%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 19%
Education 10%
Health Professions and Related Programs 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 6%

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Student Life

Austin Peay State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,735, with a gender distribution of 40.2 percent male students and 59.8 percent female students. At this school, 14 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 86 percent of students live off campus. Austin Peay State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 10,597
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Austin Peay State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Austin Peay State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Austin Peay State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Austin Peay State University, 79.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,357.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,158 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $23,490 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,774 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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