Austin Peay State University Reviews

  • 30 Reviews
  • Clarksville (TN)
  • Annual Tuition: $13,975
73% of 30 students said this degree improved their career prospects
70% of 30 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 8/17/2023
  • Degree: History
"I'm in the history program and the instructions are excellent. I look forward to going to class daily and have learned so much.! Also pursuing a minor. So I take 9 units per semester so as not to overload And still collect VA benefits . There is a great veterans department on campus to address your concerns"
  • Reviewed: 5/18/2022
  • Degree: Nutrition
"Overall I think this is a great school but there as some downfalls. For one, the campus is literally surrounded by low income housing and this wouldn’t be an issue, except for the fact that most of the homes look trashy and many of those owners walk the campus sidewalks and roam the parking lots. There have been many car break ins. One frustrating part is that there is not a lot of parking in the center of campus. Of course you can park out by the ball fields, in the elementary school parking lot (yes this is literally on campus too??), or across College street and walk, but it’s way too crowded. Another negative is that the wifi is always down and runs slow, and the air just smells gross. I think this is because our sewage goes into the river and the campus is right by the water. I would like to add: the financial aid office is difficult to work with. I’m not sure where the communication break down is coming from but there is always problems with my enrollment. For example: I needed to fill out a paper that was never mentioned to me so I couldn’t start classes because my aid never kicked in. A pro to going to this school is that the library is decent. The people at the desk are nice and there are always plenty of computers to use. The entire upstairs is a quiet study area. The amount of programs offered is impressive. Not studies, but actual clubs and organizations. There is literally a group for everyone. I have never lived on campus, but I know there are a ton of buildings to live in around the school. As a commuter, I only have to worry about finding parking. There is also a bus that circles campus and can give you rides (I have never tried this but I see a lot of people using the service). As far as education goes, it’s good. I really love two of my three professors and the class size ranges from 11-20 people."
  • Reviewed: 9/21/2021
  • Degree: Chemistry
"If you are quarantined by APSU, they are not required to accommodate students during that time. They will screw you over. Just lie about exposure and symptoms. They will require you to quarantine and then say you cannot make up in class work and force you to drop your classes. You will still be required to pay the tuition for that semester."
Jada PK
  • Reviewed: 8/12/2021
  • Degree: Communications
"Greedy college, keep wanting more and more $. Very little parking, must walk almost 20 minutes to get to your class. Attended Austin Peay for 1 year, and was excited about the return to normal operations but the college decided to reinstate the mask mandate for the upcoming semester. I am currently deciding whether or not to drop my classes after they blatantly lied and touted the back to normalcy. The people who work in the financial aid office are a joke. The students are often rude, and will purposely take up the entire sidewalk space so you have to step off into the road - with the poor drivers - and almost get hit because 5 people decided to all cluster together and not move over for you. College cares more about their athletics program than the safety (armed robberies reported within the last few years on campus) and well being of the rest of their students."
  • Reviewed: 7/1/2021
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"I had so many hang ups with Austin Peay financially and academically. I graduated in May and was supposed to get my teaching license, also. But due to the negligence of the faculty I may not get it because they gave me the wrong information I needed for my license. If I could go back I would never have attended college, solely based on my experience here."
  • Reviewed: 10/6/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"I transferred to Austin Peay due to the fact that I got stationed at Fort Campbell. Worst decision I have ever made. Starting with advisors, I kept switching them up hoping that I would get someone who is willing to help but none of them seems to be helpful. The worst part is the Biology department. I am deployed right now, already frustrated and these instructors are even more frustrating then being in this desert. I registered like every other student and for some odd reason, my name wasn’t on the list. All other students had their classes on d2l except for mine. I had to write emails to random staff at Austin Peay with no help. I had to send my husband to the school to find out what was going on. I finally got my classes on d2l 3 days later. I let that one go out of the window. I continued with my classes like nothing happened. Time for midterms, they post that exams would be available at 12:01am come to realize nothing is available. I am on a deployment and also have 8 hours of time difference so I have to plan accordingly because I have to do some detail or go on a mission unexpectedly. I ask my chain of command to give me a day to do my test and I find out my test is not available the time they said it would be. I honestly can’t wait to leave Austin Peay. I am transferring as soon I get back to the states. Horrible school ever . At least in my experience. None of my friends or colleagues is going to attend"
  • Reviewed: 12/5/2019
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"I am a sophomore at APSU and when I toured they seemed like an amazing growing school! However, they leave out a few things that you don't find out until you get here: 1. The only upperclassman housing that is dorm style and affordable (3900 a semester) is honors (3.5 GPA requirement) and only has 50 beds. Students reserve their beds every year until they graduate leaving few empty. The rest are apartment style and expensive. It has leaks in the ceiling that fill up trash cans and cockroaches the size of your index finger. Settling problems from hell. The building is falling apart. 2. The wifi is horrible. I have gone over on data every month I have been here as a student. Even devices connected via ethernet cable can't connect half the time. 3. Office of financial aid, busar, and admissions is a wreck. They never know how to fix issues. Do they even communicate with each other??? We don't know. Expect them to lose at least one document you submitted for registration. 4. Honors program? Don't even bother. The head of the department will not work with you or care about you. There are no perks except free printing (when the printer works) and snacks. Maybe some seminars. 5. The campus is right on top of government housing. People break into housing units and classrooms all the time drunk/hopped up on drugs. Every year I have lived on campus drugged individuals have wandered into my hall and sometimes they set off the fire alarm. There is a house next to the math building where people come and smoke weed while letting their small children run around in traffic/construction zones/school parking lots. The police make trips back there regularly. 6. The campus is on a sinkhole. Literally. There are constant sewage problems causing the whole campus to smell like a toilet. The running water is sketchy as all get out. PLEASE ONLY DRINK FROM BRITA STATIONS OR FOOD FACILITIES. 7. There is not enough parking on campus for residents. There is no student lot next to honors housing. 8. There are parking lot closures all the time. Good luck finding where to park your car. 9. Campus cafeteria closes half the facility hours before they are supposed to close or they just decide to not be open at all some days. Sometimes the only thing open on campus is subway. For days. As an honors student I feel very let down by this school. If I could have a do-over I would have chosen ETSU or UTC."
  • Reviewed: 6/23/2019
  • Degree: Biology
"I started my student career at Austin Peay State University as a junior in high school by attending Middle College. Within the 6 years I spend on the campus, the majority of the professors only want the best for their students. They give you the resources and the suggested steps to reach success. Like everything meaningful in life, they do make you work for it in the Biology and Chemistry programs!"
  • Reviewed: 4/19/2019
  • Degree: Social Work
"Austin peay was a wonderful school. The small class environment allowed me to gain great access to my professors in times of need. Along with this, the social work program is amazing. We not only received real life stories, but had the opportunity to experience this field for ourselves through our internships"
Jillian Bollmann
  • Reviewed: 5/15/2018
  • Degree: English
"Austin Peay provides an amazing education at a reasonable cost (for college). All of the different departments in terms of teaching are fantastic! However, their housing, admissions, bursar, and adminstration departments are a nightmare. It has always been a dream of mine to go to college to become a high school English teacher. This college has made me reconsider. I absolutely WILL NOT be recommending this college to anyone."
S. Sullivan
  • Reviewed: 4/9/2018
  • Degree: Mathematics
"Austin Peay, is a pretty campus to say the least. Many of the buildings are newly developed, and those that are not are excellently maintained. The teacher selection of ridiculously diverse, however you will catch plenty of deans accepting poor teachers to get a diversity credit. Even with an influx of horrible teachers, you can often find a few that go above and beyond for the students they represent. The crux to the excellent teachers is that you are almost guaranteed to never get a good adviser, and more often than not you're expected to google something like classes to take or post undergraduate studies. Everything on the campus however is over priced, from meals to books to parking."
  • Reviewed: 3/5/2018
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"The worst education experience by far. The majority of the staff/faculty have no clue as to what is going on. Was given the run around for almost 3 years. They kept finding reasons for me not to graduate. Some of the faculty were sexist and prejudice. They were not flexible in helping me accomplish anything. To them it was "oh well" you will graduate in a few years or not. That was really bogus. Many of the assignments were not fair at all and yet no one cared. I have been to community colleges with better reputation and this is a small country school trying to pass off as a University. Get real...Don't waste your time or money."
APSU Review
  • Reviewed: 8/16/2017
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I'll know for sure now that I'll be be coming back for this 2018-2019 academic school as an readmit junior student ready to take my education seriously now that I'm an older young mature adult........going for the class of 2020 long-term success and ready to be an gov to have lifetime success and accomplish my future goals and achievements so I'd have to rest of my lifetime and most of all have an decent living so I can support me and my family for the rest of my lifetime."
Tarrah S.
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2017
  • Degree: English
"APSU is great medium-sized school. Although you could reach any building in 5-10 minutes, there is plenty of space to eat, study, and meet new people. Because of its unique size, it is easy to get to know your professors and advisors. Class sizes can range from 5-100 students. Science classes are usually the largest, but most core classes are around 30 students. After getting into your Major classes, the class size tends to be more personal ranging from 5-15 students. The overall atmosphere of the campus is friendly. The faculty and staff are usually very helpful and friendly. There also several free entertaining and/or educational events during the fall and spring semesters. Getting lunch around 12-2pm takes a while because this is the busiest time on campus, but there are two food courts on campus (Morgan University Center & Castle Heights freshman dorm) and four restaurants disconnected from the food courts (Starbucks, Subway, and Einstein Bros. Bagels). When it comes to the workload, I would say it depends on how many credit hours you take. Six to seven classes in high school is about four to five classes in college. Classes are usually MWF or Tuesday/Thursday, and you usually have weeks to complete essays and projects. Group work is one of the real challenges because it is hard to meet with group members who different class and work schedules. A duties chart and an online cloud drive will be your best friends. To help with your workload, there are a plethora of FREE resources. There is a computer lab in just about each building and over a hundred computers in the library which also lets you check out Mac or PC laptops. Some centers on campus even let you rent graphing calculators. There are also about four tutoring groups on campus which are absolutely free. There are tutors for specific subjects or classes, and there is a writing center in the back of the library to help review papers/projects and help get your writing or speaking skills on par or better. Unfortunately, the professors are not a free resource. They are paid through your tuition, so it is best to utilize the resource which is already paid. Most of the teachers are very helpful and understanding if you just talk to them. You can talk to them if you need a small extension on an assignment or need help understanding where to start with the assignment. Once you get know some of your teachers, you will see that most APSU professors are very passionate about their field and have even more interesting personalities and life experiences. For my English degree, I absolutely loved almost all of my professors. It is easy to be intimidated by their knowledge at first, but they are very willing to share it with you and even suggest employment and scholarship opportunities. There is A LOT of reading, but this is expected, especially for History and English majors. I remember reading about 40 pages for each class. Find time to read and take notes on what you have read. Be sure to actually read because several professors like to have quizzes. As for writing, expect at least two to four essays of about 6-20+ pages for upper division classes. Learn how to analyze vs. summarize and learn how to research and site sources correctly in MLA. In my opinion, English majors are the luckiest on campus because of the extremely personal, dedicated, and high quality professors in the program. If you are not sure which professors to choose, use and word of mouth from other students. Avoid listening to teachers about teachers, they know the professor as a colleague not as a student. Overall, APSU are mostly chill unless you end up ruining your reputation by being belligerent or lazy."
Matthew gallowitz
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2017
  • Degree: Finance
"This is a great school to attend or to at least consider. The campus is really nice. The administration was helpful with getting my classes picked out and setting me up to graduate on time. They just built a new stadium, which is awesome. I had an overall great experience."
Robert Gallowitz
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2017
  • Degree: English
"Austin Peay provided a large campus feel with a small class room atmosphere. With a wealth of opportunities at your figure tips, it was an easy choice to attend APSU from the start. Between the writing lab and the library, I felt like I always had a helping hand readily available. The campus provided many educational opportunities with; guest speakers, hosting coffee and bagel parties during finals, tutoring labs, professors having accessible office hours, and an office specifically designed to help create your resume, you honestly couldnt ask for much more. The entire process was designed to help you get a job directly after college with little to no work. The campus provided a social environment that allowed you to grow as an individual in and out of the classroom. The first 3 days of school are literally jam packed with activities for you to engage in! I met some of my closest friends in the very first few days of school. The Greek Life is far from what you see in the movies, and helps you make life long connections that can only be found in college. If greek life isnt something that interest you, APSU offers you a lengthy list of other outlets to take advantage of like; the outdoors club, life-action role play, student-body government, or even the biking club! There is something for every individual! After my four year of attending Austin Peay, I was well suited for what was to come next in my career choice. APSU gave me the tools I needed to become successful and even gave me an advantage in the job market. With the contacts I had made at Austin Peay, I was hired before I graduated college and secured a salary-based job with the school system pending graduation. The advisor I had was knowledgeable and resourceful in my department and allowed me to be stress free as I focused more at what was at hand then the future curriculum. I cant speak for other institutions but I can say that if you are looking to get the real college experience and be career ready leaving college, then Austin Peay State University is the school for you!"
Brooke Work
  • Reviewed: 3/29/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"Going to Austin Peay's Nursing program was a big step! The program is difficult to get in, but so worth it. The education and requirements of the students are rigorous, but they ultimately prepare you for a challenging job field. Nursing is not an easy profession, and the instructors prepare students with just enough "tough love." I (and all of my classmates) had no trouble finding a job, the market for nurses is wide open and employers are eager to hire students from the APSU program! I do not regret choosing this school or this program. Completely worth it."
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"Austin Peay State University is a wonderful choice for those who want the typical dorm style college experience without a huge university setting. It's not too small and not too big, and the campus as a whole provides for a beautiful and interactive environment that never fails to amaze me as I travel across it. The student/teacher ratio is small enough to obtain quality education from and relationships with the professors in order to succeed in a career path following graduation. The university is more diverse than your average institution as it is located near a military base, offers and abundance of programs, clubs, and organizations focusing on diversity, and is highly involved in providing study abroad opportunities for not only its own students, but students from other countries as well. Other than the natural beauty of the campus and my unforgettable experience with studying abroad, I have to say my favorite part of attending Austin Peay is having the opportunity to meet and learn from more than qualified and qualitative professors from around the world that never fail to strike the inquisitiveness in me."
Delbert Scott
  • Reviewed: 2/6/2017
  • Degree: Teaching
"Austin Peay State University in Clarksville Tennessee is a great University for people interested in the field of education. My experiences at Austin Peay have made me a better person, and a pretty good teacher to this point. I highly recommend this school to people that want to be teachers because this school produces some of the best teachers in the country. Go Governors!"
Austin Peay State University
  • Reviewed: 2/3/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"APSU is an wonderful university. The faculty and staff are dedicated to the development of the students education and careers. There are plenty of additional resources available for the students seeking help. There are also a variety of extracurricular actives available to the students to get involved in the campus and the Clarksville community."