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In Clarksville, Tennessee, you’ll find yourself in a middle-sized city, though it’s only an hour from Nashville. It will be easy to get used to where everything is so you can get around easily off-campus. Austin Peay State University sits on a good-sized campus, and you may find that you need to hurry to get to each of your classes on time. You’ll also find plenty of activities to take part in on-campus.

Overview of Austin Peay State University

You’ll have the option to live in the dorms on campus. This is an excellent choice, which will make it easier for you to connect with the campus and others living there. The student population is a little more than 11,000, so you’re sure to find some friends who share your interests, even if you didn’t start school with any. The student-to-faculty ratio is a bit high at 17 to 1, but not overwhelmingly so.

If you took part in a dual credit program, you’ll be able to receive additional credits. The same for if you took AP classes and passed the AP exams. You might also ask for credit for life experiences if you did something that allowed you to learn about the world around you, though this will be decided on an individual basis.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 17:1
Graduation Rate 43%
Year Founded 1927

Student Enrollment

Total Students11,048


Undergraduate Student

Male 4,188
Female 5,783

Graduate Student

Male 452
Female 625

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Male 2,783
Female 4,633


Male 2,616
Female 4,448

Acceptance Rate95%

Male 94%
Female 96%

Enrollment 1,691

Male 687
Female 1,004
Application Fee $25
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses NA
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline August 21
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

You and your parents may look at the sticker price of the school in order to help you make your decision about attending. This is the total cost of going to school and it includes tuition (in- or out-of-state), room and board, books, supplies, and various other charges. The total cost is right around $27,700.

However, with financial aid, you may not be liable for the whole cost. The average net cost, which is the average price all students pay after financial aid is applied, is $13,440. However, the amount of financial aid you are eligible for depends on your family’s annual income. Families who earn less than $30,000 paid around $10,909 in a recent school year. During the same year, families who earned more than $110,000 paid around $21,470.

As a freshman student, you’ll fill out your first Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to find out how much financial aid you’re eligible for. A total of 1,793 students, or 99% of the student body was eligible for financial aid in a recent year. Roughly 96% of freshman students received grants or scholarships averaging $8,146 and about 24% received institutional grants and scholarships averaging $5,170.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $13,440
Average Total Aid $8,146
Students Receiving Financial Aid 99%
Room & Board $11,542

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $8,303
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $13,847
  • Books and Supplies - $1,550
  • Room & Board - $11,542
  • Other - $6,317


At some point during the year, you may decide to stay at this school for your sophomore year, either because of the academics, your professors, or maybe because of the people around you. When you sign up for your second year of classes and tell the school you’re coming back in the fall, you’ll become part of the retention rate, which measures the percentage of returning first-year students. At Austin Peay, this is quite high at 66%. The 4-year graduation rate is a bit low comparatively at 23% and the 6-year graduation rate is 41%.

Before something comes up, causing a time conflict between a class and work or a regular appointment, ask your dean’s office if either distance (online) learning or evening classes are an option for you. They are both offered by the school and can add flexibility to any schedule depending on whether or not the classes you need are available in this format.

The most popular degree programs are health professions and related programs; parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies; business, management, marketing and related support services; and psychology.

Student Population Total

Student Population 11,048

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 201 Total Graduates / 13%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 111 Graduates
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 62 Graduates
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 28 Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 188 Total Graduates / 12%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 188 Graduates
All Business Majors 154 Total Graduates / 10%
Business Administration and Management, General 36 Graduates
Business/Commerce, General 32 Graduates
Accounting 31 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 21 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 113 Total Graduates / 7%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 74 Graduates
General Studies 39 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 95 Total Graduates / 6%
Psychology, General 95 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 51%

Outcome & Salary

Once you graduate, you’ll be ready to find a job and start working. Austin Peay State University graduates earn early-career salaries of $38,800. Their mid-career salaries increase to around $56,200.

These graduate’s 10-year salary earnings potential is $577,050 and their 20-year earning potential is $1,139,050. If you subtract the cost of education, which averages around $53,760, from these figures, you’ll find the return on investment (ROI). With the figures mentioned, the 10-year ROI is $523,290 and the 20-year ROI is $1,085,290.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $38,800
College Grads Average Salary $57,705
College Grads Mid Career Salary $56,200
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $577,050
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,139,050
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $53,760
10 Year Projected ROI $523,290
20 Year Projected ROI $1,085,290
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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