HBCU Fisk University is Back in the Black; Applications Double in Single Year

Several Fisk recruiters have been moved away from the historic campus and into cities where they’re tasked with finding potential students: Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington, DC. The school has also focused more attention on reaching out to Hispanic students. (Credit: Joseph A via Flickr)
Several Fisk recruiters have been moved away from the historic campus and into cities where they’re tasked with finding potential students: Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington, DC. The school has also focused more attention on reaching out to Hispanic students. (Credit: Joseph A via Flickr)

Interest in attending Nashville’s Fisk University is the highest it’s been in a dozen years. This year, roughly 5,500 students applied, compared to not quite 3,000 last year. That’s especially good news, given that the last decade at the historically black college was marked by financial crisis and rapid declines in enrollment.

It took layoffs, furloughs, a new president and a lot of fundraising, but the school is finally in the black. The danger of losing accreditation is over. So now, the last step in Fisk’s recovery is pushing enrollment back up. Currently, there are not quite 600 students on campus. It used to be closer to a thousand.

Recruitment Director Anthony Jones says his office changed its approach to target specific states, even certain schools, where Fisk might have the most appeal. They also got more alumni involved in talking to potential students.

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