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How to Apply

The application process involves submission of a completed application for admission to Fisk University beginning September 1 of the applicant’s senior year in high school. Applicants who wish to be considered for priority evaluation should apply prior to March 1. Those interested in financial aid for Fall or Spring are urged to apply no later than February 1, in order to receive full aid consideration. Many sources of financial aid are fully committed after that date. However, financial aid applications for Spring entrants are accepted until October 1. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the Office of Recruitment and Admission receives all credentials.

There are several ways to complete an application for Fisk:

Requirements

First-Year Applicants

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • $25.00 Application Fee (Note: Fee waivers are accepted for eligible students)
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Standardized Test Results (Must be submitted directly from testing agency): SAT or ACT with Writing (SAT code: 1224/ ACT code: 3960)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (Teacher and Counselor)
  • 500-Word Essay to address one of the following topics:
    • Identify a Fisk alumnus that has shaped your beliefs
    • Regarding service and civic responsibility, what is your viewpoint and how has it been informed by an opportunity to serve?
    • Autobiographical sketch of yourself

Transfer Applicants

  • Applicants wishing to be classified as “transfer” students should have at least 30 semester hours in college-level work at the time of application. “College-level” work does not include developmental or remedial course work.
  • Students transferring to Fisk from other institutions must spend at least four (4) semesters in residence at Fisk, including the last thirty (30) semester hours. At least three-fourths (3/4) of the work in the major field must be taken at Fisk.
  • Only credit hours (not grades) are transferred to the University.
  • A student is classified (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) at entrance, according to the credits accepted at that time.
  • International transfer applicants should submit transcripts from all colleges or universities attended or currently attending. The records must be official school reports must be official school records, sent directly to Fisk University by the school, and must bear the official stamp or seal of the school. Certified copies, sent by the school and bearing the stamp or seal of the school, are acceptable. A syllabus for each course taken may also be required for transfer credit to be awarded.

Note: Adjustments in classifications may be made subsequently, if warranted.

Application Materials Include:

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • $25.00 Application Fee
  • Official High School Transcript and Test Scores (Note: Only for students with less than 30 college hours)
  • Official College Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • One Letter of Recommendation
  • 500-Word Essay

International Applicants

Fisk is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. International students should follow regular admission procedures for new freshmen or transfer students. In addition, international freshmen applicants should submit both secondary school academic records, including all grade reports (transcripts), and national examination certificates. These records must be in both the original language and certified English translation. In addition to the aforementioned items, prospective International undergraduate students must also have their transcripts evaluated by independent audit. Fisk typically works with firms such as Josef Silny & Associates. For more information, visit www.jsilny.com. The transcript must be evaluated and the grade point average interpreted on the 4.0 scale before file review for admission can take place. The original language records must be official school records, sent directly to Fisk University by the school, and must bear the official stamp or seal of the school. Certified copies, sent by the school and bearing the stamp or seal of the school, are acceptable. Photostatic copies are acceptable providing an official of Fisk University makes those copies from the original.

International students must demonstrate proficiency in English by scoring a minimum of 550 on the paper test or 213 on the computer version of the Test of English, as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Students not able to meet these required TOEFL scores should upgrade their English language proficiency at an English as a Second Language (ESL) Center, where they must complete the certificate for the ESL level 112. Upon admission to the University, international students must pay a $500.00 enrollment deposit (which is applied toward tuition).

In addition, international students need to show evidence of adequate financial support and an International Student Certificate of Finances Form must be submitted before a Form I-20 will be issued. A parent's, guardian's, or sponsor's bank statement is usually required. If the student is to be supported by scholarship funds from his or her country of origin, Fisk will accept official certification of the amount and stipulations of the scholarship, sent directly from the appropriate government official, in lieu of the enrollment deposit. It is only upon satisfaction of this financial requirement that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-20 (the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status- for Academic and Language Students) will be sent to the applicant. The student is then officially admitted to the university. Fisk University requires that international students pay the semester's tuition, room, board, and general fees at the time of registration or submit concrete evidence of support adequate enough to meet the financial obligations to Fisk University. Students must provide proof of health insurance in compliance with the International Education Enrichment and Exchange Center (IEEEC).

While international students may qualify for some scholarships based on merit, need- based financial aid is not available. Priority application deadlines for international applicants are March 1 for the fall term and November 1 for the spring term.

Application Materials Include:

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • $75.00 USD Application Fee
  • Official High School Transcript (Note: Must be evaluated by independent audit and the grade point average interpreted on the 4.0 scale before file review for admission can take place; World Education Services at http://www.wes.org/ is recommended)
  • Standardized Test Results (Must be submitted directly from testing agency): SAT or ACT with Writing (SAT code: 1224/ ACT code: 3960)
  • Official TOEFL Results (Note: For applicants whose first language and language of instruction is not English; Minimum score of 213 on computer-based test required)
  • 500-Word Essay
  • After Acceptance:
    • Final Official High School Transcript
    • Clear Copy of Passport (Note: Must be valid for at least 6 months)
    • International Student Certificate of Finances (Including Original Bank Letter and Current Bank Statement on bank letterhead) found here
    • Six (6) Months of Recent Bank Statements from Financial Sponsor 
    • $700.00 USD Enrollment Deposit

The I-20 will be issued once Fisk University has received all documents and the enrollment deposit. After the receipt of the I-20, you must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee, in order to complete the Visa process as quickly as possible. For more information, visit http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/ .

Re-Admit Applicants

Graduate/Professional Applicants

  • Completed Graduate Application for Admission form
  • $50.00 Application Fee
  • Official College Transcript from all institutions attended
  • GRE Test Results
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

Home School Applicants

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Official High School Transcript from the Board of Education from your county
  • Standardized Test Results (Must be submitted directly from testing agency): SAT or ACT with Writing (SAT code: 1224/ ACT code: 3960)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (Note: Must come from someone other than a family member who can speak to your ability to complete college-level coursework.)

Additional Credits

Applicants wishing to receive credit for Advanced Placement Exams, International Baccalaureate Exams and Dual Enrollment courses, must submit official test scores and/or transcripts to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions before June 1. For questions regarding credits, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 615-329-8586.

Submission

 All materials should be mailed to:
Fisk University
Office of Recruitment and Admission
1000 Seventeenth Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37208

Any false statement, or any omission of any fact in a student’s application, is grounds for denial of admission or for subsequent cancellation of the student’s registration.

Fisk Facts

Fisk ranks in the top 77th percentile of all institutions in the United States receiving federal science and engineering research funds, according to the National Science Foundation.