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Austin Peay State University

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Austin Peay State University is a four-year public institution founded in 1927 and located in Clarksville, Tennessee, which is the state’s fifth largest and youngest city. The name of the school came from the Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, who was a Clarksville native. There are 68 buildings located across the 169-acre main campus. Among Regional Universities in the South, APSU was ranked number 69 in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges. They were also ranked number 32 under Top Public Schools.


APSU offers over 56 majors and 63 different concentrations. The different colleges and schools students can choose from include: College of Arts and Letters, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, School of Nursing, College of Business, College of Education, College of Graduate Studies, College of Science and Mathematics, and School of Technology and Public Management. Some of the most popular majors are business, management, and marketing; communication and journalism; health professions and related clinical sciences; liberal arts and sciences studies, and humanities; and multi/interdisciplinary studies.

There are 26 undergraduate credit courses that are offered online. Obtaining a degree completely through online courses is only possible for select majors and degrees. As of the 2011 school year, six bachelor’s degrees and three associates degrees were offered online.

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All students interested in attending APSU must either fill out an application online or print out the application and mail it to the Office of Admissions. Along with the application, a small non-refundable application fee must be submitted online, mailed, or paid in person at the Browning Administration Building. Incoming freshman must have their SAT or ACT scores sent to the Office of Admissions as well as their official high school transcripts or GED scores. If the student graduated from a Tennessee public high school, they must also send a notation indicating the student has passed the Tennessee High School Proficiency Examination. A list of all of the requirements for admissions can be found on the APSU website. Active duty military and veterans must fill out specific admissions forms depending on which department they served in. Students from out of state are charged higher tuition and fees in comparison to in-state students.

Transfer Students:

Transfer students who have earned 12-29 credit hours must have a minimum GPA of 1.5, and the GPA requirement is slightly higher for students with over 30 credit hours. Transfer students under the age of 21 must also complete the COMPASS assessment and must not receive more than one subscore requiring enrollment in an enhanced core English or mathematics class. Additional requirements for transfer students can be found on the schools official website.

International Students:

International students are required to take the TOEFL exam, and the score requirement varies whether the student is taking the paper-based exam, the computer-based exam, or the internet-based exam. If the student has a J or F visa they must submit a medical certificate signed by a physician or health care professional verifying they do not have tuberculosis.

Financial Aid

Students receiving academic scholarships from APSU must complete 75 service hours each semester. If the student does not complete all of the hours, they will be billed a pro-rata share of the scholarship(s) and the scholarship(s) for the future may be canceled. There are also GPA requirements depending on the academic scholarship to which the student has received.

Various scholarships are also available based on the level of education of the student, the department for which they are enrolled, for transfer students and for athletics.

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of half-time status to receive student loans, TSAA or the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship. Grants are also prorated based on the amount of credit hours the student is enrolled in.

A Federal Work Study Program is available for eligible students, but they must maintain a minimum GPA of 1.5 and be enrolled at least half-time. The maximum hours per week a student can work in the FWS is generally 20 hours per week and the department in which the student is working for determines the hourly wages.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4840th for the average student loan amount.
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On-Campus Housing

Most students live off-campus, while a small percentage of students live in college housing. Full-time, single freshman under 21 must live on campus for the first two semesters, unless they are living with a parent or legal guardian and are within 50 miles of the school. Students who will be living at home must submit a residency exemption form. All students interested in living on campus must apply for housing and give a deposit with their application.

The types of on campus housing available include: private rooms, suite-style residential halls, nontraditional student housing, family housing and ADA housing. Students living on campus do not have a curfew and can go and come as they please. Laundry rooms are available for students living on campus free of charge and students also have access to high-speed Internet connections and wireless Internet in all of the housing facilities.

Student Organizations

Greek life is not a priority among students at APSU. There is only a small percentage of students who are members of a fraternity and an even smaller percentage of students in sororities. However, a variety of organizations are available and cultural events are regularly held on campus. The school has both a student newspaper, The All State, and a creative writing publication, Zone 3. Art heritage and culture are big at Austin Peay. The school has a Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, as well as its own art galleries. They were also the first school in the state to develop a Hispanic Culture Center, and also have an African American Culture Center.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


APSU intercollegiate athletics are a member of the NCAA Division I. The school’s mascot is the “Governors” in honor of the Tennessee Governor APSU was named after. There are various sports teams available for both men and women: basketball, cross country, golf, and tennis. The sports teams available for only men are baseball and football and the teams only for women are softball, track and field, and volleyball.

Local Community

The Environmental Education Center (EEC) located in Clarksville is composed of 475-acres of land made up of environmental habitats. It is located near the main campus and supplies support to academic programs at APSU. Half of the land at the EEC consists of natural cover and forest and the other half is used as a demonstration area and for the production of farm commodities. There is even a natural cave containing fish that have evolved without eyes. Students are able to study various natural aspects at the EEC including: livestock, tobacco, plant material center, plant and animal wildlife, wildlife plots, various timber harvest methods, a walk-through model cow and land formations.


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Ranks 28th in Tennessee and 1216th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Tennessee and 203rd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 4 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 11 0.10
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 3 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 686 0.51
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 8 0.01
Forcible Rape 61 0.05
Robbery 128 0.10
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,333 0.99
Larceny 2,666 1.99
Vehicle theft 218 0.16

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4707

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 868th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,592 $5,592 $20,088
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,284 $1,284 $1,284
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $233 $233 $837
FT Graduate Tuition $7,500 $7,500 $20,800
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,284 $1,284 $1,284
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $375 $375 $1,040
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,513 $21,513 $36,009
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,513 $21,513 $36,009
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,964 $12,964 $27,460

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,432 $6,648 $6,432 $6,648 $19,992 $20,736
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,550(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,169 $8,373
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,484(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,169 $8,373
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,484(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,484(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$15
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,332 (1,311 male / 2,021 female)
Admitted 2,864 (1,103 male / 1,761 female)
Admission rate 86%
First-time Enrollment 1,522 (638 male / 884 female)
FT Enrollment 1,182 (477 male / 705 female)
PT Enrollment 340 (161 male / 179 female)
Total Enrollment10,399

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Ohio Valley Conference

ACT Test Admission

890th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 89%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24

SAT Test Admission

859th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 3%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 560
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 860 / 1100

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,818
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$4,800
Board Fee$2,974

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2068th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,026 ($65,216 male / $51,910 female)
Number of FT Faculty 360 (192 male / 168 female)
Number of PT Faculty 627
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $10,279,348

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