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Austin Peay State University is a public, four-year liberal arts institution with its main campus located in Clarksville, Tennessee. The university’s history can be traced back to the Austin Peay Normal School, a two-year junior college and teacher institution founded in 1927 and named after Tennessee’s then governor. In 1939, the school inaugurated a Bachelor of Science curriculum with the first such degrees conferred in 1942. The college’s name was changed to Austin Peay State College in 1943. By 1952, Austin Peay had been authorized to confer a Bachelor of Arts degree and offer a course of study leading to a Master of Arts in Education. In 1966, the college was conferred university status. Since 2000, Austin Peay has experienced an explosion in growth and today boasts a student enrollment of over 10,000.

Austin Peay offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a wide variety of study areas through 32 departments, including Business Management, Marketing, Health Professions, Communication, Journalism, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Psychology.

Situated on 169 acres in downtown Clarksville that have housed educational institutions for over 180 years, Austin Peay’s main campus is the home of its bachelor’s and master’s programs. Campus features include the Center of Excellence for the Performing Arts, the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center, residence halls, dining facilities, and athletic venues. Approximately 14% of students choose to live on campus in the university’s system of eleven residence halls and apartment complexes. Students can participate in a wide ranging group of campus sponsored clubs and organizations. There is also an active Greek presence on campus with over 550 students pledged to one of its 16 nationally recognized sororities and fraternities.

Austin Peay fields six men’s and eight women’s varsity sports teams, nicknamed the Governors, most of which compete on the NCAA Division I level as members of the Ohio Valley Conference.

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