What Everyone Should Know About Fisk
Founded in 1866, Fisk University is the oldest institution of higher education in Nashville, Tennessee and will celebrate its sesquicentennial in 2016. Fisk received a charter for the first chapter of The Phi Beta Kappa Society on a predominantly black campus in 1953. Fisk’s outstanding faculty and students continue to enhance the University’s national reputation for academic excellence that is validated year after year by the leading third party reviewers, as well as by the pool of talented applicants and the large percentage of alumni who complete graduate or professional degrees and become leaders and scholars in their fields.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Programs
Fisk’s longstanding legacy of excellence is reinforced by its accomplishments in the 21st century, especially in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Business disciplines. Fisk remains the only historically black college or university (HBCU) ever to win the prestigious R&D 100 award, and to date has won four.
Since 2010, the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program has produced eighteen (18) Ph.D. graduates in physics, astronomy, and materials science, disciplines in which women, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans are underrepresented. The Program is on track to graduate an average of three to four each year. This places the program at the top of productivity of Ph.D. degrees awarded to underrepresented minorities.
Department of Business Administration
The Department of Business Administration, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, has a reputation for producing alumni who hold top positions in their fields. These include entrepreneurs George Russell Curtis, Sr. ’56, Karl Turner’77 and Jacquelyn Denton Alton ’66, sports agents and executives Carl Poston III ’77 and Kevin Poston ’81, hospital system executive Mark Chastang ’74, and past American Hospital Association Chairman and former Truman Medical Center CEO John W. Bluford III ’71.
Among the many young alumni who have begun to make their marks are Toyota North America finance executive Dennis Deveaux ’04, risk analysts Jenise Burks ’11 and Jordan West ’10, financial services professional James Horton ’06, accounting executive Dominique D'Antignac-Bell ’97, and Foreign Services Officer William Campbell ’07.
The department’s ENACTUS organization (formerly SIFE) regularly wins regional competitions for their innovative projects that make a difference in the Nashville community while developing them into socially responsible business leaders. Fisk holds membership in the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
The Department of Business Administration offers a minor in music business through a collaborative agreement with Belmont University. In addition, Fisk offers a joint program with the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. In five years, students earn a Fisk B.S. degree and a Vanderbilt Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree.
Fisk University has received a top 10 ranking among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s), according to the 2019 U.S. News and World Report. The school rises to No. 6 out of 80 ranked institutions, jumping three spots from its 2018 position.
In addition to the 2019 U.S. News and World Report recognition, Fisk University is also nationally ranked in the following publications and surveys:
Rank # Category List
1 Social Mobility 2018 The Washington Monthly
3 Research Expenditures 2018 The Washington Monthly
4 Best Professors in Tennessee Department of Education
19 Universities in Tennessee 2018 Top Consensus Ranked School
55 National Liberal Art College 2018 The Washington Monthly
537 Overall Top Colleges Forbes’ 650 Top Colleges
345 Private Colleges Forbes’ 650 Top Colleges
169 Liberal Arts Universities Forbes’ 650 Top Colleges
125 South Forbes’ 650 Top Colleges