Fisk University Details

Email Address admit@fisk.edu
Co_Education Yes
Campus Address 1000 17th Avenue, North
City Nashville
State Tennessee
Zip 37208
Phone 615-329-8500
Total Enrollment 812
Motto Her Sons and Daughters Ever on the Altar
Level of Selectivity Competitive
Location Barely six months after the end of the Civil War, and just two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, three men — John Ogden, the Reverend Erastus Milo Cravath, and the Reverend Edward P. Smith — established the Fisk School in Nashville, named in honor of General Clinton B. Fisk of the Tennessee Freedmen's Bureau, who provided the new institution with facilities in former Union Army barracks near the present site of Nashville's Union Station. In these facilities Fisk convened its first classes on January 9, 1866. Today: Fisk’s twenty-eight-building campus, located on more than 40 acres, has a rich history and has educated such graduates as W. E. B. Dubois, John Hope Franklin, and Aaron Douglas. Fisk’s mission is to educate and prepare students so that they are resourceful and skilled to face the challenges of life in a technological society and an increasingly multicultural world.
History Fisk University is a four-year, private, liberal arts, coed institution affiliated with the United Church of Christ. The school was founded in 1866 as Fisk School. In 1871, Fisk began offering instruction at the college level, and in 1875, it offered its first bachelor’s degree. In 1967, it became the first black institution to be awarded university status and thus became Fisk University. It was also the first black institution to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The University is known for its famous Jubilee Singers, who began to perform nationally and internationally in 1876 to bring needed money to the school. The Jubilee Singers have performed at the White House, the World Peace Conference, and before Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm of Europe. In 1976, Jubilee Hall, the first permanent building of higher education for southern blacks, was designated a national landmark. The Fisk campus was named as a national historic district in 1978 by the U.S. Department of Interior in recognition of its unique place in history, art, and culture. In the late 1980s, Fisk began to receive large donations from well-known black citizens. Camille and Bill Cosby donated $1 million to the school in 1988. In 1990, Fisk received more than $1 million from Michael Jackson’s United Negro College Fund contributions. Fisk’s twenty-eight-building campus, located on more than 40 acres, has a rich history and has educated such graduates as W. E. B. Dubois, John Hope Franklin, and Aaron Douglas. Fisk’s mission is to educate and prepare students so that they are resourceful and skilled to face the challenges of life in a technological society and an increasingly multicultural world.
Band Program Yes
Religious Affiliation Yes
Accrediation Fisk University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.
Costs per Year 2002–03 Tuition: $19,910 Room and board: $12,480 (room)$3910; (board)$2820; Activity Fee 380.00; Technology Fee 320.00
In State Tuition 19910
Out of State Tuition 19910
Financial Aid-Institutional Funding Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 90 Number of scholarships and grants: 250 Total amount of scholarships and grants: $1,000,000 Range of scholarships and grants: $1000–$13,000
Financial-Aid Deadline April 20 (fall priority); November 1 (spring priority).
Admission Deadline June 15 (fall); November 1 (spring);
Entrance Requirements SAT or ACT strongly recommended. A high school graduate (or equivalent) with 15 units, including 4 English, 1 foreign language, 1 algebra, 1 geometry, 1 history, 1 laboratory science, and 6 academic electives. A written essay, two letters of recommendation, and proof of a recent physical are also needed. A nonrefundable $25 application fee is required. Admission Application Deadline: June 15 (fall); November 1 (spring); rolling admission. Admission Contact: Director of Admissions, Office of Admissions, 1000 17th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee 37208; Telephone: 615-329-8666; 800-443-3475 (toll-free); e-amil: admit@fisk.edu.
Graduation Requirements SAT or ACT strongly recommended. Minimum of 120 credit hours and completion of the core requirements, including three foreign language, two science and math, and one computer course for management majors, with a minimum 2.0 GPA. The last 30 hours must be completed in residence. Students must live on campus for the senior year.
Student Body Profile Total enrollment: 886 In-state: 260 Full-time undergraduates: 794 Part-time undergraduates : 18 Graduate students: 74 Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 867; Asian, 1; Caucasian, 1; International 17
Diversity 2
Student Life Campus Regulations: Must attend college orientation program and reside one year on campus. Cars must be registered and display parking permits. Dormitory visitation from 6 p.m. to midnight. Campus Services: Health services, personal/psychological counseling, career counseling, placement for graduates, and chapel services. Bus transportation is provided between Fisk, Vanderbilt, and Meharry colleges. Campus Activities: Social and cultural activities include the famous Fisk-Jubilee singers, band, theater, and dance. Students can get involved in the Fisk Forum (biweekly student-run newspaper) or The Dual (yearbook) or work at the campus radio station (WFSK-FM). Leadership opportunities can be found in student-run organizations such as the Student Government Association. Greek Life: Sororities include: Alpha Kappa, Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta. Fraternities include: Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma. Honor societies include: Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. Housing Availability: 1,130 housing spaces available; freshman housing guaranteed.
Faculty Profile Number of faculty members: 80 Student-teacher ratio: 14:1 Full-time faculty members: 63 Part-time faculty members: 18
Athletic Program Fisk University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II. Intercollegiate Sports: men’s baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track and field; women’s basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Intramural Sports: baseball, basketball, volleyball, softball, tennis, jogging, exercise classes, and weight training. Athletic Contact: Fisk University, 1000 17th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee 37208; Telephone: 651-329-8782.
NCAA No
NAIA Yes
School Calender August-May (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: May
Website http://www.fisk.edu/
Degrees Bachelor of Arts: Dramatics and Speech, English, French, History, Music, Music Education, Political Science, Psychology, Religious and Philosophical Studies, Sociology, Spanish Bachelor of Science: Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Financial Economics, Elementary Education (joint program), Management, Mathematics, Physics Master’s Degrees: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology
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