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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for admission?

A student applying must have completed 15 or more units in grades 9-12, at least 12 of which must be in academic subjects. Fisk University is particularly interested in students who have taken the strongest of academic programs in their high school.  Students who have been home-schooled should submit a transcript or record.  Prospective students with a GED must provide evidence of successful completion (scores).

The student's course curriculum should include four units of English, three units of mathematics (algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra and trigonometry are strongly recommended), two units of the same foreign language, two years of social studies and two years of science (preferably biology and chemistry) including a lab.



All applicants must take either the SAT I or the ACT and have official scores forwarded to the Office of Admission. Test requirements are waived for transfer students who have completed at least 30 semester hours, of full-time study at an accredited college. Students should have an unweighted, cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and an SAT 1 composite score of 1500 or ACT composite score of 21.

Does Fisk University accept Advanced Placement credit?

Students who take the AP exam and score a 3 or better may receive advanced placement credit. The University Registrar, in conjunction with Fisk faculty, will determine how much credit you are eligible to receive based on your score.



How do I get an application?


You may download an application by clicking here . You may download the application at EDU, Inc..

What are the application deadlines?


The admission deadlines for all first-year students are as follows: Priority Decision, March 1; Spring Enrollment, November 1. 

The fall semester deadline for transfer application submissions is June 1, and the deadline for spring semester is November 1.  Fisk does not participate in the Early Decision program.  We do, however, participate in a non-binding Early Action program.  The deadline is December 1.



How long will it take to process my application?


Complete applications are processed within 2 weeks, except during peak periods (November through March).

What if I fall short of the admission requirements?


Students who make application to Fisk but fall short of the 3.0/21ACT/SAT1500 minimum for regular admission will still be subject to an evaluation from the Office of Admission. Keep in mind that the admission evaluation looks at grades, test scores, service, leadership, outstanding talents/contributions, and a personal interview. Don’t lose faith! Also, it can be helpful to keep the Office of Admission informed of any changes in your academic record, such as better test scores.

In some cases, the evaluation results in a “conditional admission” decision. “Conditional admission” means that something about your application was below the minimum standard but the University saw potential and has offered restricted admission. Typically, students coming to Fisk with a conditional status must follow a prescribed set of steps until they have established a solid grade point average in college-level work (B or better). Once that has been accomplished, that limitation is removed and the student continues. 

What is the “enrollment deposit”? Do I have to pay it?


The “enrollment deposit” is a student’s way of demonstrating that they are serious about enrolling at Fisk.  It is non-refundable after May 1 and serves as a reservation of your seat in the class as well as space within on-campus housing.  It is only after a student has submitted the admission deposit that they receive housing contracts and other important forms.



May I apply if I already have a bachelor's degree?


Fisk University does not award second bachelor’s degrees.  Students in this situation are strongly advised to speak directly with the Office of Admission for the best guidance.



What is Fisk’s college code for the Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA)?

Our college code is 003490.  If you complete the FAFSA without this code, Fisk will not be able to provide information regarding a financial aid package.  For more information, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov.



Does Fisk University offer career advising and internship and employment information?


The Office of Career Planning and Placement specializes in career advising and job search and placement for students. The career development program promotes student contact with representatives from various career fields; helps students to locate part-time, full-time, and summer jobs; and places students in internships, externships, permanent jobs, and appropriate graduate programs and opportunities.



What is the average class size?


The average class size is approximately 15 students, but many upper-level courses within a student's major may be smaller. The student-professor ratio is 12:1.



Does Fisk University have a community service program?


Service is one of Fisk’s core values. Community service opportunities for Fisk students are readily available through faculty mentors, area religious and civic organizations and on-campus student organizations. Some students with institutional scholarships must complete a required number of service hours each school year.



What are the core requirements?


The core curriculum is a sequence of classes that all Fisk University students must complete in order to graduate. The 32 credit hours of coursework is designed to prepare students for the challenges of living in a multicultural and highly technological society by emphasizing critical, analytical, and problem-solving skills. Your core curriculum coursework helps you become familiar with the body of knowledge that people must have in order to be considered educated in our society.



How many credits are needed to graduate?


A minimum of 120 credits is necessary in order for a student to receive a bachelor's degree.

Can I take classes at the other colleges/universities in Nashville?


Fisk University students may cross-register at Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, or Meharry Medical College.  In order to cross-register, you must first obtain permission from the department chair, then submit a completed registration form before the end of the drop/add deadline at the host institution. 



What types of degrees are offered?


Fisk University awards the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees.

How many students are enrolled at Fisk University?

Approximately 700 students are enrolled at Fisk University.



Does Fisk University offer any special programs?

Fisk University offers formal student exchange programs with many colleges across the country. For a complete listing of exchange programs, see the special academics offerings section of our online catalog.

Dual-Degree Engineering

The Dual Degree Engineering Program (DDEP) allows students to obtain both a liberal arts degree and an engineering degree by completing three years of undergraduate work at FISK University and enrolling at an engineering institution for the last two years of study. Participating institutions include Vanderbilt University and Case Western Reserve University.



Study Abroad/Domestic Exchange

As Fisk seeks to prepare students for leadership in a global society, students can take advantage of opportunities to study abroad.  The study abroad experience allows students to add depth to their undergraduate experience.  Domestic Exchange allows students to build bridges with their peers at select institutions within the United States.  Domestic exchange participants typically spend one semester at a partnering institution.

Joint Program in Biomedical Sciences

Fisk University and Meharry Medical College have entered into an agreement whereby the institutions jointly admit outstanding students, with the understanding that such students will automatically be provided places in the medical, dental, and graduate programs at Meharry Medical College following successful completion of a three year program of study at Fisk University.  In this program, students will qualify to receive the Bachelor’s degree from Fisk University following successful completion of the first year of study at Meharry Medical College.


Joint Program w/ Watkins College of Art, University Honors Program, ROTC and other special programs

Please consult the Fisk University Undergraduate Bulletin.