How to Apply

Students may apply via the Common Application at

A completed application encompasses the following items:

  • An application
  • Application Fee of $35.00
  • Official Transcript
  • Official Standardized Test Scores
  • Academic Letter of Recommendation
  • College/Guidance Counselor Letter of Recommendation
  • Essay 

Fisk University utilizes the Essay prompts from the Common Application. 

The prompts are as follows:

2017-2018 Essay Prompts 
    1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
    3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
    4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
    5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Please note that applications will not be processed until the $35.00 application fee has been received.

Fees can be submitted by:

Mailing check or money order to:

Office of Admission

Fisk University

1000 Seventeenth Avenue North

Nashville, TN 37208


Paying by phone to the University cashier at 615-329-8546


Paying online at

(Under the heading that says, "Make A Payment" choose the option that says "Make A One-Time Payment" and click the box that says "Admission Applications & Deposit").


Our application deadlines are as follows:

  • Early Action -November 1 2017
  • Early Action II -February 1 2017
  • Regular Decision -July 15 2018

*We encourage students to apply during the Early Action or Early Action II decision process, as Regular Decision is limited to space availability.  In addition, priority scholarship consideration occurs during the Early Action cycle.

Fall 2016 Admitted Student Profile

Middle 50% GPA of Admitted Students 3.35 - 3.6

Middle 50 % ACT of Admitted Students 18 – 21

Middle 50% SAT of Admitted Students  940 – 1050 CR and Math


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.