Austin Peay State University Reviews

3.18 out of 5 stars
(19 Reviews)
  • Clarksville (TN)
  • Annual Tuition: $23,399
71% of 19 students said this degree improved their career prospects
68% of 19 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Jackie - 10/6/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"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"
2.9 out of 5 stars
Emma - 12/5/2019
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2022
"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."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Ap - 6/23/2019
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2019
"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!"
4.6 out of 5 stars
Aaron - 4/19/2019
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015
"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"
2.8 out of 5 stars
Jillian Bollmann - 5/15/2018
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2021
"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."
1.4 out of 5 stars
S. Sullivan - 4/9/2018
Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Garcia - 3/5/2018
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
3.5 out of 5 stars
APSU Review - 8/16/2017
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Tarrah S. - 8/10/2017
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2016
"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 ratemyprofessors.com 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."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Matthew gallowitz - 6/28/2017
Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
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