Fisk University

Founded in 1866, shortly after the end of the Civil War, Fisk University is a historically black university, and is the oldest institution of higher learning in Nashville, TN. Fisk’s outstanding faculty and students continue to enhance the university’s national reputation for academic excellence, which is validated year after year by leading third party reviewers, as well as, by the pool of talented applicants and the large percentage of alumni who complete graduate or professional degrees and become leaders and scholars in their fields.

Fisk University produces graduates from diverse backgrounds with the integrity and intellect required for substantive contributions to society. Our curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts. Our faculty and administrators emphasize the discovery and advancement of knowledge through research in the natural and social sciences, business and the humanities. We are committed to the success of scholars and leaders with global perspectives.

Fisk University Facts

  • According to the American Physical Society (April 2014), Fisk is the number-one producer of underrepresented minority master's in physics degrees. Fisk is ranked in the top 15 institutions in the nation for awarding the master's in physics degree for all students, and tied for fourth place for master's degrees awarded to women of any ethnic background. As of 2006, no U.S. institution awards more master’s in physics degrees to African American citizens than Fisk University.
  • Forbes’ 650 Top Colleges for 2015-2016 ranked Fisk #322 overall, #234 among private colleges and #66 in the South. Fisk is the fifth highest ranked institution in Tennessee, ahead of Belmont University and seven other Tennessee institutions. 
  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 rankings continued Fisk in the prestigious "Tier One of National Liberal Arts Colleges/Universities." Only four HBCUs—Fisk University, Claflin University, Morehouse College and Spelman College—are ranked in tier one. Among the four institutions, Fisk is the only one that has a bachelor's to master's to doctoral pipeline in the natural sciences and does so at the lowest tuition and fees costs. On the list of "Best HBCUs," Fisk ranked number seven. Fisk’s persistence rate is 84 percent. Fisk’s six-year graduation rate is 52 percent.
  • During 2014-2015, over 15 percent of Fisk students were selected for internships by national, regional and local firms.
  • Sixty-one percent of students who earn a Fisk degree enter graduate or professional school within one year of their graduation, ahead of the national average of 23 percent.
  • Fisk’s Class of 2015 included six students who were inducted into The Phi Beta Kappa Society. 
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