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Fast Facts About APSU

Austin Peay State University is located on an urban campus that for more than 180 years has been used for educational purposes and on which the buildings of five colleges have stood. APSU is located in Clarksville, Tennessee, the state's fifth largest and youngest city. The school is named after former Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, a Clarksville native. Austin Peay is a four-year public, masters level university offering more than 62 majors and 108 different concentrations.


Between 2000-06, APSU’s enrollment increased 30 percent, making it one of Tennessee’s fastest-growing universities. In 2009, APSU eclipsed the 10,000 students mark for the first time in its history. The University’s strategic plan now calls for it to grow to 13,000 students by the year 2020, and to 15,000 students by the year 2025.

APSU Center @ Fort Campbell

In 2009, the University opened this $4.7 million education facility at Fort Campbell, Ky. It is the only stand-alone higher education facility on post. Several universities offer classes on post, but only APSU has its own building, greatly increasing its classroom space and providing additional room for faculty offices. The University was allowed to build on federal property through a 25-year long-term land lease with the Army, with an option of a lease renewal for an additional 25 years.

Winning Athletic Teams

The Governors and Lady Govs compete in the highly-competitive Ohio Valley Conference in NCAA Division I. A traditional power house in men's and women's basketball, baseball, volleyball and men's golf, the University competes in 16 sports.

No. 1 ROTC Program

APSU's Army Reserve Officer Training Corps was named a MacArthur Award recipient in 2015, placing it among the top eight programs in the country. ROTC Web site

How Do You Pronounce "Peay?"

The word "Peay," as in Austin Peay, is pronounced just like the letter "P" or the vegetable "pea." 

Doctoral-Trained Faculty

APSU employs approximately 370 full-time faculty members, and 88 percent hold the doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree in their respective fields.

Highest Level of Safety

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation statistics annually show APSU to be one of the safest universities in the state.

New Facilities

APSU’s new, 46,000-square-foot Art and Design Building officially opened Fall of 2017. Within the last few years, the University also has opened several new facilities, including the state-of-the-art Maynard Mathematics and Computer Science Building, the Governors Terrace residence halls and the new Fortera Stadium. APSU continues to expand it's footprint down College Street, as it continues to bridge its physical presence, crossing College Street into Historic Downtown Clarksville. 

Who was Austin Peay?

He was Tennessee Governor Austin Peay...a favorite son of Clarksville. Gov. Peay signed a law establishing Austin Peay Normal School on April 26, 1927. That is why APSU's mascot is the "Governors."
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