Everyone has a story to tell – for some, Austin Peay was the next step after high
school, while others first chose to serve their country. Some grew up in the shadow
of its campus, while others saw Austin Peay as an opportunity to challenge themselves
away from their hometown, state or even country. Many saw one of Austin Peay’s nationally
recognized programs as the path to their dream career, while others arrived as freshmen
still looking to discover their passion.
But regardless of what brought them here, every student’s story is one of someone
impacted by Austin Peay’s mission to find the leader in everyone.
We invite you to meet some of Austin Peay’s past and current students, and discover
for yourself what makes each #GovLife unique.
In the College of Arts and Letters students are encouraged to learn and live responsibly
and imaginatively, embracing diversity and collaboration as they strive to elucidate
the larger human condition and shape intentional, ethical, socially just lives.
“When I went to the Military Student Center, that helped me stay focused and encouraged
me to want to do better, because when I was struggling in some of my classes, like
biology and math, they had people there who were majoring in that type of thing, and
they were more than happy to help, or find help for me.”
“The second I stepped on the grounds here, I knew this is where I wanted to be. My
mom looked at me after the orientation, and she said, ‘This is where you’re going
to go, I already see it in your face.”
The College of Behavioral and Health Sciences' highly-credentialed and experienced
faculty will teach you the skills needed to succeed as a health professional. Our
programs allow you opportunities to practice your new talents in real life situations. Our
educators will work closely with you to develop a program of study mentoring you throughout
you academic path.
“The whole sociology staff is amazing. I wouldn’t be here without them. They have
really helped me home in on what I really care about, and they are able to give you
the extra bit that you need. They’re always open and willing to speak to anyone. That’s
“My greatest fear coming here (after a 22-year career in the Army) was I only knew
about college what I had seen on TV. With the professors, I thought there’d be animosity
because we’d all be about the same age. But when I started, it wasn’t like that at
“When I went to community college, I didn’t lead. I literally went to school and left.
Being here, I feel like I’ve had a lot of encouragement from my professors to do that
extra thing. For me that’s being the leader I knew I could always be but needed that
extra push to achieve. I’ve appreciated that a lot.”
The APSU College of Business is a teaching-focused business school committed to student
success while serving the Clarksville and Nashville metropolitan areas. We strive
to push students beyond the text book and help them explore their passions, in order
to empower our graduates to compete in a global economy.
The College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)'s outstanding,
discipline-based programs are student-centered and designed to prepare students for
responsible positions at all levels of research, industry, education, medicine, and
The College of Graduate Studies at Austin Peay State University fosters an intellectual
community of advanced learning within an environment of scholarship, research and
creative activities, and engages faculty and students with partnerships representative
of a global society.
Austin Derden | Graduate, Mental Health Counseling
“I get to do a great service to not only military-affiliated students and veterans,
but anybody can come use the (Military Student Center) and use our textbook program.
I greatly enjoy expanding on that program. We really provide a heck of service.”
Melody Shipley | Graduate, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
“In doing this (APSU) graduate program, I have really seen how effective it can be
incorporating art, or really any type of creative therapy, to help change people’s
perceptions about where they are in their lives.”