Fisk University 1

2014 Quick Stats
1000 17th Avenue N

Nashville, TN 37208-3051

Phone: (615) 329-8500
2012-2013 Tuition
tuition and fees
Jun. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Fisk University is a private institution that was founded in 1866. It has an urban setting and the campus size is 42 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Fisk University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 146. Its tuition and fees are $20,391 (2012-13).

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

Founded in 1866, Fisk University is coeducational, private, and one of America's premier Historically Black Universities. The first Black college to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Fisk serves a diverse student body with students from 40 states and 6 foreign countries. There are residence halls for men and women. The focal point of the 40-acre campus and architectural symbol of the university is Jubilee Hall, the first permanent building for the education of Blacks in the South, named for the internationally renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers, who continue their tradition of singing and sharing classic Negro spirituals along with other genres of music from African, Brazil, African American and other diverse cultures. From its earliest days, Fisk faculty and alumni have been among America's intellectual leaders providing leadership in several fields including medicine, science, art, humanities, religion, literature, sociology and philosophy. Fisk Alumni include Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois, the first black Ph.D. from Harvard, great social critic and co-founder of the NAACP; Nikki Giovanni, poet/writer; Dr. John Hope Franklin, historian/scholar; Dr. David L. Lewis, professor/two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author; Hazel O'Leary, Esq., Fisk President and former U.S.
Secretary of Energy; John Lewis, U.S. Representative (GA)/civil rights movement leader; Judith Jamison, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company; Margo M. McKay, Esq., U.S. Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights; Alonzo L. Fulgham, Chief Operating Officer U.S. Agency for International Development; Dr. Bradley Sheares, President of U.S. Human Health at Merck & Company, Inc., Milele Coggs, Esq., Alderwoman Milwaukee, WI Sixth District; The Honorable Paulette J. Delk, Judge U. S. Bankruptcy Court, TN Western District; Rel Dowdell, filmmaker; Mandisa Hundley, recording artist/'American Idol' finalist; Dr. Carol R. Johnson,
superintendent Boston public schools; Dr. Alton B. Pollard, III, Dean of the Howard University School of Divinity; John F. Harris, Esq., assistant general counsel Ford Motor Company; and Ruth E. Anderson, Esq., senior counsel Nissan North America, Inc.; Dr. Charlene D. Portee, President American Academy of Physical Therapy, and Dr. Johnetta B. Cole, director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art/former President of Bennett and Spelman Colleges.

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School type private
Year founded 1866
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Fisk University, it's important to note the application deadline is June 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Fisk University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 100 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 100.0% 4
Application deadline June 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72.7 percent.

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Student-faculty ratio N/A 4
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Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

Fisk University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

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Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Fisk University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and health insurance. Fisk 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, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Fisk University, 25 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Fisk University.

Students who have cars on campus 25%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $20,391 (2012-13)
Room and board $9,546 (2012-13)
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