Fisk University

Mailing Address: 1000 17th Avenue N. Nashville, TN 37208-3051

Rank on 2008 List: 8

Rank on 2006 List: Not on List

Average GPA: 3.36

Matriculation Rates of African Americans: 57%

Total Enrollment: 862

African American Enrollment: 776

Acceptance Rates: N/A

*Average SAT scores: Reading: 460-580; Math: 440-540; Writing: 460-550

Black Student Group(s): Caribbean Student Association, African Students Association

Summer programs: Pre-College Summer Program

Application Deadline(s): March 1

Early Admissions Deadline(s): Not applicable

Start Sending Acceptance Letters: April 1

Financial Aid Options/Deadlines: July 1

Costs: Tuition: $16,240; Housing: $7,725; Books: $1,600

Greek Organizations: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, .Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

*25th Percentile-75th Percentile


Keith Chandler, Admissions Counselor

What are you looking for in a student?
The Office of Admissions at Fisk seeks to identify students who are eager to be challenged, understand that service is a responsibility, and those who decide that personal growth is one of their goals for the undergraduate experience. Our students typically are the students in their high school classes who are asking all the questions and asking how they can be involved in something.

What advice do you have for students who might fall short of minimum requirements, but still want to attend?
For students who may find themselves short of our minimum requirements but have identified Fisk as one of the best possible matches for their undergraduate education, my recommendations would be: Show initiative and schedule a campus interview; this gives us a chance to know you “off the page.” Attend our Pre-College Summer Program; this is designed to provide additional support and give students a “head start” on the expectations at Fisk; And in the application process, have a clear understanding of what makes you different (and thus a good fit for Fisk) and illustrate that through your application package.

What kind of opportunities do you have for international students?
I think that Fisk provides a unique opportunity for international students, as our international students comprise almost 10% of our student body. Just like our domestic students, international students can find a community among our campus AND be integrated into the larger institutional culture.

How does the university weigh GPA, SAT scores, extracurricular activities and college essay and recommendations during the application process?
An applicant’s curriculum choices and GPA, extracurricular activities, test scores, and essay rank in that order in our evaluation and review process. This may be different