Tula State Lev Tolstoy Pedagogical University was founded on 19 September, 1938 as an independent institution of higher education. 18 July 1958 it was named after Lev Tolstoy. 29 December 1994 the university was awarded the status of State Pedagogical University.
In 2009, the university became a laureate of the contest «Gold Medal «European Quality» in the «Top 100 universities in Russia» category and won in the category «Best Russian Specialized University».
In 2009, Tula State Lev Tolstoy Pedagogical University signed the Magna Charta of Universities at the University of Bologna (Italy).
In 2012, the university was included in the National Register of the «Leading scientific organizations of Russia».
At present, there are 10 faculties at Tula State Lev Tolstoy Pedagogical University, 138 basic educational programs of higher education, 24 specialties and postgraduate programs, 3 doctoral programs of 10 branches of science. The university provides a wide range of programs of additional education and training.
The university infrastructure includes six academic buildings with well-equipped current technology. There are ten faculties. They are Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Information Technology, Faculty of Technology and Business, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty of Psychology, International Faculty, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Faculty of Physical Culture, Faculty of Russian Philology and Documentation and Faculty of History and Law.
All academic buildings are equipped with a local area network, computer, language labs and multimedia classrooms and are provided with the resource access to the research library. The university has put in place all the necessary arrangements for successful learning and self-development of students.
On TSPU campus there are 4 dormitories. Accommodations in dormitories of the University are designed for temporary living and living of students from other cities and foreign students enrolled during full-time studying, as well as university entrants for the period of admission tests. In hostels there are comfort living conditions for living, learning and recreation of students, reading rooms, lounges, a gym, sports fields, a leisure center.
Hostels are located in close proximity to the main academic buildings.
The structure of Tula State Lev Tolstoy Pedagogical University (TSPU) contains Center of Scientific and Educational Literature, which deals with the information space development of the university and provides the users soft goods, services and facilities.
There is an access to the Scientific Electronic Library «e-Library», full-text databases of national periodicals «East View», electronic library system «University library online», «Ibooks», full-text database of foreign scientific publications: Science Online, Annual Reviews, Sage Journals online, Oxford University Press, Cambridge Journals Digital Archive for students and staff.
Center of Scientific and Educational Literature, in addition to traditional library service departments with library and reading rooms, has an e-learning laboratory, electronic reading room with access to the resources of Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library.
Tula State Lev Tolstoy Pedagogical University pays special attention to the organization of sports and recreational activities, offers modern conditions and material and technical resources for physical education and sport, and also strengthens and develops sports infrastructure.
The campus includes a sanatorium; a cafeteria, a pool, 7 gyms, a table tennis hall, 2 ski depots, outdoor summer volleyball and basketball courts, a football field with artificial turf, two tennis courts.
Sports and fitness base of TSPU works in full mode all year round, including summer and holidays.
The University is a multiple winner of the All-Russian competition of Higher Education Institutions of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation «The University of Healthy Lifestyle».
The university is proud of Olympic champions – V. Petrakov and O. Slusareva; participants of the Olympic Games, champions and prize-winners of the World Championships T. Pilshchikova, N. Kovyakh, E. Karpachyova, E. Savelieva, L. Chukhnova, N. Glebova, S. Flerko, D. Abramova, A. Demidova, A. Nersesian, Yu. Loseva, K. Maryasova; Russian champions and prize-winners of the European championships – B. Nikulin, O. Kholandyreva, A. Loseva, P. Dudchenko, E. Ziukina, I. Zhdanova, A. Komarovskiy, V. Uskov.
The university implements more than 25 significant social programs and projects, three of which (the competition of social projects «Luch», the festival of amateur
for pupils and students of secondary and higher vocational education institutions of Tula Region «Russia Sings in Me»; regional competition of scientific research «Great Neighbors of Tula region») are included in the national priority project «Education».
8 August 2008 on the highest point of Europe – Mount Elbrus (5462 m) the university student council delegation hoisted flag of TSPU in honor of the 70th anniversary of the University.
Students of TSPU are winners of international, national and regional festivals and competitions.