Fisk logoFisk University is an historically black university founded in 1866 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. It’s nickname is the Bulldogs and the University is a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Their colors are Gold and Blue and their motto is Her sons and daughters are forever on the altar.

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1000 17th Ave North, Nashville, Tennessee 37208-4501
Phone: (615) 329-8500
Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:
Private not-for-profit
[thirdlast]Campus setting:
City: Large
Campus housing: Yes
Student population: 580 (519 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 9 to 1


    fisk history

  • In 1866 six months after the end of the American Civil War, leaders of the northern American Missionary Association (AMA): John Ogden, Reverend Erastus Milo Cravath, field secretary; and Reverend Edward Parmelee Smith founded the Fisk Free Colored School, for education of freedmen.
  • In 1871, Fisk began offering instruction at the college level, and in 1875, it offered its first bachelor’s degree.
  • In 1930, Fisk was the first African-American institution to gain accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • In 1952, Fisk was the first predominantly black college to earn a Phi Beta Kappa charter.
  • In 1967, it became the first black institution to be awarded university status and thus became Fisk University.


Fisk’s twenty-eight-building campus, located on more than 40 acres. Jubilee Hall, which was recently restored, is the oldest and most distinctive structure of Victorian architecture on the 40 acre (160,000 m²) Fisk campus.

Our Students

  • Total enrollment: 886
  • In-state: 260
  • Full-time undergraduates: 794
  • Part-time undergraduates: 18
  • Graduate students: 74
  • Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 867; International 17


  • Number of faculty members: 87
  • Student-teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Full-time faculty members: 70
  • Part-time faculty members: 17


Fisk offers its students an exceptional curriculum and dynamic learning and mentoring experiences with an award-winning, professionally renowned faculty in the field of Arts, Business Administration, Science, Music/Music Education, Nursing.


  • Fisk students have the opportunity, through cross-registration arrangements with Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University, to actively participate in either Army or Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps programs.
  • A special educational opportunity, cooperative education entails both classroom study and real-world, work experience. Students participating in this program alternate semesters of classroom study with off-campus work experience.
  • There are a wide range of potential opportunities available to Fisk students, assuring you of placement in an interesting situation closely related to your field of study.
  • Provide online services, help desk, training, and documentation for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Improve Information Technology infrastructure: Storage Area Networks (SANs), PC labs, Wireless Networking for the entire campus, Mobile Computing, Virtualization, Smart (data) Projectors, etc.
  • Promote efficient teaching tools for student engagement.


  • Fisk University is one of four Historically Black Colleges and Universities to earn a tier one ranking on the list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Reports. Of the 1,400 institutions ranked nationwide, only 246 institutions earned tier one status.
  • Fisk is on Parade Magazine's “A List” for colleges and universities who offer both a Bachelor's and Master's degree
  • In 2010, the Washington Monthly ranked Fisk 29th among America's Best Liberal Arts Colleges.
  • In 2011, CBS Money Watch ranked professors at Fisk University 19th out of 650 colleges and universities in the nation.
  • According to the Princeton Review, Fisk University is one of America's 373 Best Colleges & Universities.

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