Fisk University: Narrative Description

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1000 17th Ave. North
Nashville, TN 37208-3051
Tel: (615)329-8500
Free: 800-443-FISK
Fax: (615)329-8576
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with United Church of Christ. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1866. Setting: 40-acre urban campus. Endowment: $12 million. Research spending 2003-04: $3.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7399 per student. Total enrollment: 880. Faculty: 89 (52 full-time, 37 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,122 applied, 66% were admitted. 26% from top 10% of their high school class, 44% from top quarter, 66% from top half. 27 class presidents, 3 valedictorians, 18 student government officers. Full-time: 821 students, 69% women, 31% men. Part-time: 29 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 32 states and territories, 7 other countries, 72% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 0.2% Hispanic, 91% black, 0.2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 4% 25 or older, 68% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: psychology; social sciences and history; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at 4 members of the Nashville University Center, 17 other institutions. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Option: electronic application. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 6/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $18,680 includes full-time tuition ($11,770), mandatory fees ($680), and college room and board ($6230). College room only: $3620. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 55 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 25% of eligible men and 35% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, state clubs. Major annual events: Homecoming, Arts Festival, Jubilee Day Convocation. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Fisk University Main Library with 127,070 books, 111,224 microform titles, 221 serials, 3,880 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $760,627. 40 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Vanderbilt University.

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