About APSU
Go back

About APSU

From the President

Dear Student: My husband, Elliott, and I are happy to be members of the Austin Peay State University community. I am especially excited to welcome you to campus for the 2018-19 academic year and look forward to meeting you during the coming weeks. When you see us around, please introduce yourself. You’ll also meet students, faculty and staff who are welcoming, happy to show off the campus and proud of our University. I hope you’ll get out and about and get to know as many of these individuals as you can, because they can help you get the most out of your Austin Peay experience. Proud to #BeAGov!

— Alisa White, President, APSU 

The Basics

Gov. Austin Peay

Austin Peay was governor of Tennessee and a favorite son of Clarksville. Peay signed a law establishing Austin Peay Normal School on April 26, 1927. Although Austin Peay State University has an 90-year history, institutions of higher learning have occupied the campus since 1806.

Campus and enrollment

Austin Peay State University consists of more than 75 buildings on three sites occupying 637 acres. These sites include the Clarksville campus downtown, the Fort Campbell campus and the Environmental Education Center.

With an enrollment of approximately 10,400 students, Austin Peay continues to be a leader in growth among public universities in Tennessee. We serve students from every region of Tennessee, many of the 50 states and several foreign countries.

The Govs

In the infant years of intercollegiate competition, Austin Peay’s athletic representatives were often called “Normalites” or “Warriors.” The present “Governors” tag surfaced around 1937, probably as a tribute to Gov. Austin Peay.

Contact Information

Austin Peay State University 
601 College St. 
Clarksville, TN 37044 
Telephone 931-221-7011
Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Toll Free: 1-877-861-APSU
Email: gov@apsu.edu


Austin Peay State University is located on an urban campus that, for more than 211 years, has been used for educational purposes, and on which the buildings of seven colleges have stood:

The University began as Austin Peay Normal School when it was created as a two-year junior college and teacher-training institution by Act of the General Assembly of 1927 and named in honor of Gov. Austin Peay, who was serving his third term of office when the school was established. Limited in purposes and resources initially, the school gradually grew in stature over the years to take its place among the colleges and universities under the control of the state Board of Education.

In 1939, the state board of education authorized the school to inaugurate a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The degree was first conferred on the graduating class at the 1942 Spring Commencement. By Act of the Tennessee Legislature of Feb. 4, 1943, the name of the school was changed to Austin Peay State College. In 1951, the state board authorized the College to confer the Bachelor of Arts degree and, in 1952, to offer graduate study leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Education.

During its history, 10 presidents and three acting presidents have served the institution:

  1. John S. Ziegler, 1929-1930
  2. Philander P. Claxton, 1930-1946
  3. Halbert Harvill, 1946-1962
  4. Earl E. Sexton (Acting), September-December 1962
  5. Joe Morgan, 1963-1976
  6. Robert O. Riggs, 1976-1987
  7. Oscar C. Page, 1988-1994
  8. Richard G. Rhoda (Interim), July-October 1994
  9. Sal D. Rinella, 1994-2000
  10. Sherry L. Hoppe (Interim), 2000-2001
  11. Sherry L. Hoppe, 2001-2007
  12. Timothy L. Hall, 2007-2014
  13. Alisa R. White, 2014-present 

Mission Statement

Austin Peay State University is a comprehensive university committed to raising the educational attainment of the citizenry, developing programs and services that address regional needs, and providing collaborative opportunities that connect university expertise with private and public resources. Collectively, these endeavors contribute significantly to the intellectual, economic, social, physical and cultural development of the region. APSU prepares students to be engaged and productive citizens, while recognizing that society and the marketplace require global awareness and continuous learning. This mission will be accomplished by:

Vision Statement

APSU’s vision is to create a collaborative, integrative learning community, instilling in students habits of critical inquiry as they gain knowledge, skills and values for life and work in a global society. 

Alma Mater

“All Hail to Austin Peay”
Words and Music by Dr. Aaron Schmidt, professor of music and band director, 1956-87

All Hail our Alma Mater, All Hail to Austin Peay, Forever faithful to thy standards will we ever be, We love thy campus beauty, serene in dignity, And so we proudly sing this song in praise of thee, All Hail, All Hail, We sing in praise of thee, We love our Alma Mater, All Hail to Austin Peay. 

Fight Song

Smash! Bang! To victory Go the Governors of Austin Peay Clash! Clang! It’s misery For the minions of the Enemy Fight on and Smash! Bang! to Score Again For it’s ready, set 1, 2, 3! Smash Bang! Biff Bam! Clash Clang! Rim Ram! Dash along to Victory! Let’s Go Peay! 

Govs Creed

“As a member of the Austin Peay State University community, I will agree to act with personal and academic integrity while interacting with my fellow students, faculty and staff members. I will charge myself to be accountable in all phases of interaction. I will respect the dignity of all persons and will appreciate and celebrate a climate of diversity. I will contribute to the greater good of the community. I will take pride in Austin Peay State University.”

Established by the SGA Student Tribunal in 2008 


IMPORTANT: About This Handbook

The policies, procedures and programs of APSU are continually reviewed. Every effort is expended to ensure this handbook represents accurate information at the time of publication, but it cannot be guaranteed that information contained herein will not change. This handbook does not constitute a contract between the University and the student. APSU may cancel or revoke any part of this handbook without notice. The University reserves the right to make changes as required or as needed to dates, programs, events, policies and regulations and rules, as well as determine the effective date for such changes. Failure to read this handbook does not exempt students from following regulations, requirements, procedures and policies described herein. 

About the Austin Peay State University Student Handbook & Calendar

This Student Handbook and Calendar was compiled and produced by APSU Student Publications and Student Affairs Programs, a part of the Division of Student Affairs, and printed by Walsworth Publishing Company, Inc. , Marceline, MO.

For information about the Student Handbook & Calendar, please contact us using the information below.

APSU Student Publications
P.O. Box 4634
Clarksville, TN 37044
Phone: 931-221-7376
Email: studentpublications@apsu.edu