About Austin Peay State University

Austin Peay is located on an urban campus that has been used for educational purposes for over 180 years and on which the buildings of five colleges have stood. Located in Clarksville, Tennessee, APSU is named after former Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, a Clarksville native. APSU is a four-year public, master’s-level university offering over 56 majors and 63 different concentrations.

Our Mission

Austin Peay 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:

  • Offering undergraduate, graduate and student support programs designed to promote critical thinking, communication skills, creativity and leadership;
  • Expanding access opportunities and services to traditional and nontraditional students, including the use of multiple delivery systems, flexible scheduling and satellite locations;
  • Promoting equal access, diversity, an appreciation of all cultures and respect for all persons;
  • Serving the military community at Fort Campbell through complete academic programs;
  • Providing academic services that support student persistence to graduation;
  • Fostering a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life;
  • Developing programs (credit and noncredit), conducting research, and providing services that contribute significantly to the quality of life, learning, and workforce development needs of the region.

Our Vision

APSU aspires 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.

APSU Fast Facts

How Do You Pronounce “Peay”?
Peay is pronounced like the letter “P.”

Who was Austin Peay?
A favorite son of Clarksville, Austin Peay served as governor of Tennessee from 1923 – 1927. Gov. Peay signed a law establishing the Austin Peay Normal School, a predecessor to APSU, on April 26, 1927—thus the team names, the “Governors” and the “Lady Govs.”

Doctorally Trained Faculty
Of nearly 300 full-time faculty members, 90 percent hold a doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree in their respective fields.

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