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Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University (TSU) is a land-grant university located in Nashville, Tennessee. The University is a member-school of Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Tennessee State University is a comprehensive, urban, coeducational land-grant university.

TSU exists as a result of the merger of Tennessee State University and the former traditionally White institution, the University of Tennessee at Nashville.

The university is currently accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Its undergraduate student-faculty ratio is 16:1. Its diverse student population of more than 9,000 comes from 46 states and 45 countries.

Tennessee State University was originally organized as the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School. It was created in 1909 and it began serving students on June 19, 1912. In 1922 it raised its status to a four-year teachers' college. It changed its name to the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal College two years later.

It was elevated to university status in 1951, when its name was changed to the Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial University. The university got a full-fledged land-grant university status by the Tennessee State Board of Education in 1958. It was finally renamed to Tennessee State University in 1968.

TSU has grown dramatically since 1909, and from a small college, it has grown to a university with two campuses.

Tennessee State University offers 45 bachelorís degrees and 24 master degrees. Its doctoral programs include biological sciences, psychology, public administration, computer information systems engineering, administration and supervision and curriculum and instruction. The University is divided into several colleges:

• Agriculture, Human, and Natural Sciences
• Business
• Education
• Health Sciences
• Liberal Arts
• Public Service and Urban Affairs
• Graduate Studies and Research

The 450 acres main campus has more than 65 buildings, and is located in a residential setting in Nashville, Tennessee. The Avon Williams campus can be found near the center of the Nashville business and government district. TSU offers on-campus housing to its students. The on campus facilities of Tennessee State University include dormitories Wilson Hall, Watson Hall, Eppse Hall, Boyd Hall, Rudolph Hall, Hale Hall, as well as the Ford Complex and New Residence Complex, the university's two on-campus apartment complexes.

Tennessee State University encourages its students join the student clubs and organizations. There are over 100 student organizations at TSU. Students can join the clubs for fun, learning and to sharpen their skills and learn new ones.

The Center for Student Achievement, Retention, and Success Advisement Center exists to help and support the students at the university. Its staff is dedicated to assisting students define and attain their educational goals. The Advisement Center serves all students with a focus on the students who need help the most. In order to have a positive influence on students in the program its staff is student centered.

To help the students expand the boundaries of science, education, and technology Tennessee State University lets the students investigate their own topic, whether alone or with a team of TSU researchers. The experiential learning opportunities and creative scholarly collaboration help the students have a fulfilling college experience. TSUís research programs include biotechnology, homeland security, and several other critical areas. The Centers of Excellence and the annual University-wide Research Symposium offer countless different opportunities for the students to pursue the challenging topics and exciting questions that can lead to breakthroughs.

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