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Tennessee State University (TSU)

United States

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About Tennessee State University (TSU)

Comprehensive, urban, coeducational, land-grant university offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees; founded in 1912 after its organization in 1909 as the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School; became four-year teachers’ college in 1922; elevated to full land-grant university in 1958; absorbed University of Tennessee at Nashville in 1979



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Residence Halls
Take advantage of the convenience of campus living! The Department of Residence Life encourages all students to take advantage of the benefits of residing in university housing. Offering single sex, co-ed, and apartment-style living-- there is surely a residential facility that fits the needs of every Tennessee State University student!

Traditional Residence Halls
Traditional residence halls offer the time-honored college housing experience. Located on the main campus, traditional halls are fully furnished with a bed, desk and wardrobe or closet for each resident, equipped with cable and internet access, and are centrally air-conditioned. Students residing in traditional halls participate in an exciting community living environment, including programs, intramural competition, lectures, and social events. 

Mary Wilson Hall
Wilson Hall overlooks Hale Stadium and is just a stone's throw away from the Floyd Payne Campus Center and cafeteria. Home to most of our female First-Year Freshman population, you can guarantee that you will get to know your neighbors with programming events catered directly towards the first-year student and their TSU experience! Wilson Hall has some of the largest rooms on campus, and each come equipped with a sink in the room, in additional to the community style restrooms down the hall. Upperclassmen female students may also live here, as this is the designated women's Residence Hall on campus. 

Lena B. Watson Hall
Watson Hall is at the heart of TSU's campus. Just a short walk to classes, library, and the cafeteria, Watson Hall is the designated First-Year Men facility on campus. Programming and advisement events take place often in Watson Hall, as students get acclimated to each other and the resources available at Tennessee State University. 

Henry Allen Boyd Hall
Boyd Hall is also at the heart of TSU's campus. Located directly next to the Floyd Payne Campus Center, this is the closest Residence Hall to the cafeteria, Kean Hall, and campus bookstore. Come chill in Boyd Hall's newly decorated lounge, relax, watch TV, play cards, and don't forget to stop by the computer lab to print off that last minute paper! 

Merl R. Eppse
Eppse Hall, also, is just a short walk to the campus center, library, and classrooms on campus. Come use its large lounge area, and never have to worry about parking!

Suite-Style Residence Halls
Suite-Style Facilities are located on the main campus with an abundance of amenities that make the residential living experience convenient. Shower and restroom areas are "jack-and-jill" style with the adjacent room. Floors are gender separated, so you will only share your restroom with those of your same gender. All rooms are air-conditioned, and students living in the suite-style halls can choose from double or triple occupancy. Also, there is a dining facility located centrally between the halls for quick and healthy meal options! 

Harriet Hodgkins Hale Hall 
Hale Hall is our designated Honor's Facility. This facility is Co-Ed, with gender specific floors. Renovated just recently, this hall has a spacious study room on the first-floor. This Residence Hall houses our students in our University Honor's Program, who have 30+ credit hours completed and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. This facility fills quicker than any of our other facilities on campus, so students MUST apply early and meet all requirements at time of application should they wish to reside in Hale! 

Wilma Rudolph Residence Center
The Wilma Rudolph Residence Center is home to our Living Learning Communities for the Fall 2015-Spring 2016 Academic Year. This facility a female-only facility. Rudolph Hall is our newest Residence Facility, and rooms come equipped with sinks in each room, in addition to the jack-and-jill style restrooms. A spacious, central study room exists on each floor, with computer rooms located on the east and west ends of the building.


Our Nashville home offers two locations—the 500-acre main campus nestles in a beautiful residential neighborhood along the Cumberland River, and the downtown Avon Williams campus sits near the center of Nashville’s business and government district.

More than 100 student clubs, organizations, club sports and intramural teams; service learning; Student Government association; NPHC fraternities and sororities; Floyd-Payne Campus Center with cafeteria and cafés, bookstore, Kean Hall athletic areas, climbing wall, Wellness Center, student organization offices, meeting rooms and study lounges, 350-seat auditorium; Gentry Center health, physical education, athletic, and convocation complex with 10,000 seat arena, stadium, indoor and outdoor tracks, Olympic-size indoor pool, baseball and softball diamonds, courts for basketball, handball, tennis; academic support services; peer tutors; honors program; Career Development Center; Women’s Center; Leadership TSU; Goodwill Manor alumni house; Brown/Daniel Library with more than 420,000 books, 1,500 microforms, 1,775 periodicals, numerous online databases; vocal and instrumental music, performing arts, Hiram Van Gordon Memorial Gallery, exhibitions, lectures, film and concert series; annual African Street Festival open to the community

The Great Outdoors
If you need a break from bachelorette party shenanigans or a boring convention panel, step outside for natural distractions aplenty. An ever-growing network of pedestrian and bike-friendly greenways links Nashville's city parks, which unfurl over rolling hills and lush riparian landscapes. B-Cycle bike-rental stations are conveniently placed at greenway trailheads. Nature and outdoor centers inside the larger parks offer kid-friendly activities and nature walks. In total, the city park system sprawls across more than 12,000 acres in 108 parks. Kayaking and canoeing trips on the gentle Harpeth River are well-suited for families.

Vibrant Neighborhoods
Another reason Nashville is hot? A half-dozen burgeoning neighborhoods packed tight with unique shops, indie coffeehouses, innovative bakeries, new breweries and distilleries, and a surprising number of bright murals ready to backdrop your selfie. East Nashville is home to the city's artisan scene while 12th Ave South brings the shoppers with its stylish boutiques, vintage collections and gift shops. A worldly array of restaurants fills the Gulch while people-watchers fill patios in Hillsboro Village. Each neighborhood has a distinct personality, but they're all linked by a common commitment to Southern hospitality.

Music History
Since the 1920s the city has been attracting musicians who have transformed the country genre from the 'hillbilly music' of the early 20th century through the slick ‘Nashville sound’ of the ‘60s to the punk-tinged alt-country of the 1990s. The Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville traces the history of country music while museums dedicated to Johnny Cash, George Jones and Willie Nelson delve into their personal stories. The weekly country music show the Grand Ole Opry, first broadcast on a Nashville radio station, celebrated its 90th birthday in 2015.

The Modern Scene
The music scene today is as vibrant as ever: seven days a week the neon lights and beer-perfumed air of Lower Broadway draw crowds of grinning music lovers into its rumbling honky-tonks, while just to the south the vast undulating roof of Music City Center imprints a giant guitar shape onto the skyline. The Grand Ole Opry wows guests at Opryland and Ryman Auditorium while hordes of country music fans descend on the city for the CMA Music Festival, featuring live performances by today's biggest stars. The country music television drama Nashville filmed in and around the city for four seasons beginning in 2011.

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