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Fisk University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Fisk University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Fisk University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Fisk University was awarded 13 badges in the 2021 rankings.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Fisk is ranked #1,100 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Fisk is also ranked #26 out of 42 schools in Tennessee.

See all of the rankings for Fisk University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Fisk?

Acceptance Rate

Fisk University has an acceptance rate of 45%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Fisk.

Average Test Scores

About 23% of students accepted to Fisk submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 650. Math scores were between 420 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Fisk University  ( 520 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for Fisk University  ( 420 to 610 )
Fisk received ACT scores from 79% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 16 and 22.

ACT Composite Scores for Fisk University  ( 16 to 22 )

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Fisk University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Fisk it is much better at 10 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Fisk University is 67%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  67 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Fisk University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 81% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Fisk University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At Fisk this rate is 37%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  37 out of 100

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Below Average Overall Diversity at Fisk

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 840 undergraduates at Fisk with 822 being full-time and 18 being part-time.

Fisk Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for Fisk is 38.40 out of 100. This is below average when compared to other schools in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  38.40 out of 100
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How Much Does Fisk University Cost?

The overall average net price of Fisk is $29,114. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Fisk, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Fisk, approximately 93% of students took out student loans averaging $8,909 a year. That adds up to $35,636 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Fisk is 10.1%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do Fisk Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Fisk make about $35,000 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 12% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Fisk University make the most money.

Location of Fisk University

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Fisk University is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of Fisk University

Contact details for Fisk are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1000 17Th Ave North, Nashville, TN 37208-4501
Phone: 615-329-8500

Fisk University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 18 majors graduated from Fisk University. Of these students, 91 received undergraduate degrees and 9 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Business/Commerce 20 NA
General Psychology 20 NA
General Biology 17 NA
Political Science & Government 8 NA
Sociology 5 NA
General English Literature 5 NA
Chemistry 3 NA
Computer Information Systems 2 NA
Romance Languages 2 NA
History 2 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Fisk University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Fisk

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 195 students took at least one online class at Fisk University. This is an increase from the 72 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 195 0
2016-2017 72 0
2015-2016 335 0
2014-2015 5 0
2013-2014 5 5

Learn more about online learning at Fisk University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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