They are icons in science, art, civil rights, literature, education, journalism, business, politics, social sciences and more.
They created opportunities for African-Americans and women through education, invented a device to control the pacemaker, were featured in the world’s most famous museums, made voices heard in Congress, and won Pulitzer Prizes. Historians call them the greatest men and women of their century.
Their alma mater? Fisk University.
One of America’s leading historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), Fisk University has an illustrious history that goes back 150 years. Its top priority, as ever, is the success of its students. Its list of notable alumni includes world renowned intellectual W.E.B DuBois, civil rights advocate Ida B. Wells and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Hazel O. Leary.
“I chose Fisk to continue the legacy that so many Fisk alumni have established. I knew that Fisk would be the best place to academically and personally enhance my talents to their true potential,” he said.
“Fisk has taught me more about myself than I could have ever imagined.”
Fisk University is an elite HBCU. It is ranked sixth among HBCUs, according to US News and World Report, and is the oldest institution of higher learning in Nashville, Tennessee. Last year, it was ranked the third-best university in the state for job placement, ahead of Vanderbilt University. For all these accolades, it is also the most affordable.
What can Fisk University do for your future?
Private higher education is a big investment. Crunching the numbers, Fisk University degrees are the best possible investment for your future.
Data provides the evidence. Classes are kept small — the student to teacher ratio is 12:1. Each student gets personalized attention. The average student GPA is 3.25.
Forty percent of Fisk University’s student body is involved in corporate internships. Many have since progressed into permanent positions. Murillo lists a prestigious internship at the Tennessee General Assembly in his CV. Other Fiskites are now working for some of the world’s biggest companies like Google, Microsoft, UBS, McDonald’s Corp, Apple, Deloitte, JP Morgan, McKinsey & Company, and Nissan.
Extraordinary partnerships with these top companies across the country make these remarkable outcomes possible. All majors, including the humanities and the social sciences, can land these internships. The university’s Office of Career Planning and Development and dedicated faculty members are there to guide you throughout your journey.
Research makes the case for internships indisputable. The findings show students with internship experience have a higher chance at scoring interviews, secure higher wages, and are less likely to be unemployed. Many also get better grades.
With academic success and career prospects in mind, Fisk University has sent many students on these transformative paths.
Last summer, 12 computer science majors interned at the Google headquarters in Silicon Valley. In the data science and bioinformatics major, students will receive internships and permanent placements with Asurion, Amazon and Alliance Bernstein to name a few.
Another unique partnership with the nation’s number one law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore allows Fisk pre-law students to undertake summer internships in New York City. For those who prefer to remain in Nashville, they can intern at Bass, Berry & Sims as well as Butler Snow. Supplementing this is an intensive program with Kaplan, to prepare for the LSAT and GRE.
For music and the arts, students can look forward not only to living in the “music city” but also resources and opportunities to rise to fine arts and museum leadership positions. The university’s partnership with Yale and Crystal Bridges is nationally-known and many graduates proudly say they have experience working with some of the major art institutions in the nation.
Opportunities – Talent – Support: All these attract more and more ambitious students to Fisk every year.
The result is a substantial and continuous expansion of course offerings in its W.E.B. Du Bois General University Honors Program. Standards are high and its mentoring scheme intense.
Sessions with external speakers — from CEOs to public officials and university leaders — are frequent. So are encouragement to apply for conferences, study abroad opportunities and prestigious awards like Rhodes and Fulbright. Such support can be profound. Last year, the university had two Rhodes scholar finalists.
According to University Provost Vann Newkirk: Fisk University is competing with the most elite Universities in the country because of its profound dedication to student success and outcomes. Join the Fisk family today and begin your future here.