Fisk University, a private, historically Black university founded in 1867 in Nashville, Tennessee, has been in the business of providing top-quality education for over 140 years now. Founded by civil leaders John Ogden, the Reverend Erastus Milo Cravath, and the Reverend Edward P. Smith, under the sponsorship of the American Missionary Association and later on the United Church of Christ, the school’s founders aimed to set up a learning institution that would be open to all regardless of race and creed and would be measured by “the highest standard of American education at its best.”
Today, the university stands as one of the leading institutions of higher education in Tennessee. It offers various courses leading to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, and Master of Science degrees. It provides a comprehensive curriculum that is steeped in liberal arts and which serves to equip students to face the demands and challenges of their chosen fields.
Currently, there are around 900 full-time students enrolled with the average class size not more than 15 students. With a student/faculty ratio of 12 to 1, the students are assured of focused instruction from their teachers.
For academic year 2009-2010, the average cost of tuition and fees is US25,170 including room and board. Financial aid is available for qualified students to help them defray tuition costs. On-campus residence is required of all single undergraduate students who are financially dependent on their parents. Exemptions are allowed only for those whose personal circumstances require special attention or if the student is already a legal resident of Davidson County. The university requires on-campus residence in line with its objective to create an environment that will encourage growth and learning for every student.