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Austin Peay State University

Austin Peay State University is a comprehensive university committed to raising the educational attainment of the citizenry, developing programs and services that address regional needs, and providing collaborative opportunities that connect university expertise with private and public resources.

Bachelor's programmes



The University began as Austin Peay Normal School when it was created as a two-year junior college and teacher-training institution by Act of the General Assembly of 1927 and named in honor of Governor Austin Peay, who was serving his third term of office when the school was established.


The school is named after former Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, a Clarksville native. Austin Peay is a four-year public, masters level university offering over 56 majors and 63 different concentrations.


When you hear the word “research,” you might think of lab coats and microscopes but that is not the only kind of research!  Research and creative activity are common in ALL fields of study. Here are a few examples of projects we have supported:

  • Study of alcohol addiction in rats
  • Choreography and direction of a full-length ballet
  • Production of a documentary film about Dorothy Dix
  • Field research on amphibian viruses
  • Study of influences on gang membership

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards


Student services

Student Affairs assumes a major responsibility for helping to create a positive campus environment that enhances and supports learning. The quality of student life is significantly affected by the availability, variety, and integrity of services and extra academic support programs on campus. It is our task to build alliances between the classroom and campus life, and to provide an opportunity for students to experience the excitement and responsibility that comes from being an active member of a community of higher learning.

Housing services

Clarksville is a thriving city filled with first-class amenities and activities throughout the year. From the art walks downtown to concerts along the Cumberland River, there’s never a shortage of great things to see and do. Clarksville is also approximately 50 minutes-drive to Nashville and within a day’s drive to more than 15 states, providing access to weekend excursions and additional big-city entertainment.

Library services

APSU Woodward Library subscribes to a large collection of article databases and online resources accessible to all registered students, faculty, staff and the university community, both on campus and off-campus.

ICT services

The Office of Information Technology provides technology innovations and solutions for students, faculty and staff.

  • Help Desk Support Services
  • Campus Connectivity
  • Classroom Technology
  • Computer Labs
  • Project Facilitation/Management
  • Software Implementation

Medical services

The APSU Health and Counseling Center offers an accepting environment that strives to empower students to make informed decisions about their physical and emotional well-being in order to achieve personal and academic success and promote lifelong health. 

Student Life

Campus life

Located just 45 minutes from Nashville in downtown Clarksville, Tenn., Austin Peay's main campus is home to programs offering bachelor's  and master's degrees. Campus features include the following:

  • The state's only Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.
  • The state's only Center of Excellence for Field Biology, which enables students to work with professional field biologists in the study of mammals, insects, fish, plants and more.
  • The Foy Fitness and Recreation Center, which offers group fitness classes, outdoor adventures, an indoor track, a pool and more.
  • A variety of campus dining locations, including a cafeteria, convenience stores, fast food options, Subway and, soon, Starbucks.

Sports facilities

  • APSU athletics venues, where fans with an APSU student I.D. or military I.D. are admitted free to all regular-season matches.

Student clubs

With more than 130 clubs and organizations, we hope that the services we provide to you are as diverse as the organizations we serve. As you embark on this new academic year please know the Student Life and Engagement staff are here to assist you in whatever way possible.


Austin Peay State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and education specialist degrees.

Clarksville, Tennessee, United States