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.
“To me, Austin Peay’s Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA) is like a
portal of endless possibilities for students, where you can take the most relevant
information from diverse sources to use it for your benefit. You can take drawing,
painting, anything you like, and use it to your benefit. You choose what you want
to do, and CECA provides that to you, helps you do that.”
“At Austin Peay, you are an individual. All the professors here are willing to give
you any opportunity you can dream of. That’s so rare. I wouldn’t have experienced
all that I have if it hadn’t been for Austin Peay.
“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.”
Patricia Hammock | Communication Arts and Journalism
“Of course, I have fear but my faith is stronger. I believe my professional experiences
can serve as a light along the path of others. My motivation is pure. My goal is to
serve others. I believe that will be rewarded.”
“The ROTC faculty and staff allows for the success of not only myself, but for all
ROTC students. They are committed to ensuring that we become not only strong, successful
leaders, but great students as well.”
Darrion Wiley-Hunt | Public Relations, minor in Event Planning
“The main thing that has made me successful here is the experience I’ve been granted
to allow me to be authentic. I’ve been able to grow and learn so much based on opportunities
granted from the person I am.”
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.
“I get to do a lot of stuff with the community. I work with a lot of local politicians,
and I’ve met the secretary of the state and do a lot of voter registration drives.
That’s a big part of it, getting people to vote and do their civic duty.”
“Whenever you are entering different majors, you feel like you don’t know what you
are doing, and my professors have been more than willing to help me understand the
next steps I must take to go in the direction of the field I want to go in."
“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.”
“Overwhelmingly you just hear about Austin Peay’s nursing program. In high school,
it’s all I heard – Austin Peay has a good nursing program. It’s the best public nursing
program you can get in Tennessee.”
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.
“I chose to attend this University because of the amazing reputation the school and
the APSU ROTC program has. Before I started here, I constantly heard great things
about the school from students, alumni and staff.”
“If you’re interested in any organizations at APSU, join. It is a scary thing, but
if you’re doing something that you love, chances are you will meet life-long friends
and it will change your outlook on college.”
“Austin Peay provided me with so many opportunities to get involved with leadership.
I had previously been involved with leadership roles in high school and outside of
school, but organizations like the National Society of Leadership and Success helped
me get out of my comfort zone on campus. It helped me make the connections and build
up the confidence in order to form the Clay Target Club.”
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
“I knew I wanted to go out of state for college. When I saw an email from Austin Peay,
I researched their pre-vet program and the city of Clarksville and absolutely fell
in love! I had a strong feeling that this is where I wanted to be.”
“As I’ve learned more and different (computer) languages, I feel so much more confident.
My communication skills are better, and now that I’m a senior, my leadership skills
are on point, and I know they’ll get better.”
“I’ve found my identity here at APSU. I think college is a pivotal time in a young
person’s life and the environment in which they develop is extremely important. Austin
Peay has been amazing because it has allowed me to pursue my passion of science in
a way that has been incredibly enjoyable.”
“Austin Peay has provided a lot of opportunities for me that I might not have gotten
at a bigger school. You get a lot of individual-level learning with your professors.
It feels more approachable. I’ve definitely learned more about myself.”
“APSU’s student body is a family. There is a sense of comradery that is palpable.
I don’t think that I could have accomplished all that I have accomplished while in
college without the support of the other brilliant, hardworking students that attend
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.”
Michael Johnson | Doctor of Education: Educational Leadership
“I have long aspired to have a doctorate and knowing that it was going to be the first
doctoral class at Austin Peay was a deciding factor. With it being a college that
was created for teachers, it seemed like the perfect university to get an educational
leadership degree from. It’s continuing a tradition of excellence, of high standards.”