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Life @ the Peay

First Friends

Austin Peay State University is ready to welcome you. Through our First Friends program, all international students will be paired with an APSU student who will help him or her navigate campus life and American culture. In addition, we provide special advising sessions to help ease the transition to American living and learning.   

Campus Activities

Outside the classroom, students have many opportunities to connect with peers who share their personal and professional interests. Internships are highly encouraged for students wishing to enhance their learning with real-world experience. Choose from over 100 student organizations, including social groups, professional associations and honor societies.

All students have free access to a large variety of activities without leaving campus. Recreation options include a swimming pool, indoor track, basketball and tennis courts, fitness floor, intramural sports, video games and more.

Students may participate in regular fitness classes, scholarly discussions and movie nights. Students may also enjoy art exhibits, concerts, plays, readings  and performances by renowned artists on campus.  


APSU is continually ranked as one of the safest campuses in Tennessee. The University’s caring student body, use of technology and police officers create a safe environment where students can focus on learning. 

University police officers are trained and empowered at the same level as city police officers. They patrol the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week and, in the evening, escort students who do not wish to walk alone.