Although a personal interview is not required for admission, prospective students are encouraged to visit the Tusculum College site they wish to attend and meet with an enrollment representative. All four locations (Tri-Cities, Morristown, Knoxville and Greeneville) have a Graduate and Professional Studies Office of Admission that is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
Walk-ins are welcomed and encouraged at each site. Although not required, if you would like to schedule an appointment, call or email in advance of the intended dated of arrival. The toll-free number is 888-488-7285 and email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please refer to each individual program listing to review the admission requirements and procedures for regular admission. Applicants meeting the minimum requirements as stipulated for each Graduate and Professional Studies program will be af- forded regular admission. If one or more of the requirements is not met, conditional or provisional acceptance may be granted in some programs by petitioning the appropriate review com- mittee. Applicants must provide documentation of extenuating circumstances that affected their prior academic performance by way of a personal essay and two professional recommendations.
Note: Various academic programs requiring placement within that program may require criminal background checks; refer to the "Background Check" section in the catalog.
The Admissions and Standards Committee may extend conditional or provisional admission to undergraduate applicants. These types of admission require that students meet certain expectations in order to matriculate. The Committee will review the applicant’s application file along with the personal essay and two professional recommendations that must be remitted. The Committee reserves the right to request further documentation from the applicant and all decisions are final. Both undergraduate and graduate applicants are informed in their acceptance letter of the conditions or provisions that MUST be met in order to proceed in the program. Please refer to the section on specific program retention standards for further information regarding program continuation.
Note: Conditional and/or provisional acceptance is not available for prospective students 21 years of age and under.*
The Graduate Committee may extend conditional or provisional admission to graduate applicants. Please refer to page 156 of the Tusculum College catalog for the particulars (details).
Tusculum College will consider applicants for admission by way of transfer from colleges and universities accredited by regional accrediting agencies. After submitting an admission application, applicants seeking transfer of coursework from postsecondary institutions with national or specialized accreditation may request that the Registrar’s Office review such credit with the pertinent academic departments, provided the transcript and course syllabi are official and remitted directly from the applicant’s previous institution.
A transfer applicant must have transcripts sent from each previous institution denoting all college work taken. Only those transcripts sent by the credit-granting institution will be deemed as official. A transcript from the secondary school must be sent if fewer than 12 college level credits have been earned.
Transfer applications will be considered void if discovery of previous attendance at another institution is not disclosed at the time of the application, and a direct violation of the College’s Code of Conduct will be noted. Transfer applicants must be eligible to return to the institution previously attended.
Academic Fresh Start is a plan of academic forgiveness provided for students who have not attended college for at least four years. This plan allows the calculation of grade point average (G.P.A.) and credit hours toward graduation to be based only on work completed after returning to college. All prior college credit will be forfeited.
Terms of Academic Fresh Start
Applicants who are not candidates for degrees from Tusculum College but are interested in attending classes will be placed in one of these three categories:
The review procedure for international student applicants is the same as that required of all applicants; however, transcripts must be translated into English. In addition, an international applicant must fulfill the following requirements:
It is important that all financial arrangements be confirmed before the applicant arrives at Tusculum. If the international student applicant is accepted and financial arrangements complete, the College will issue an I-20 form which will expedite securing a student visa; the I-20 can only be processed following receipt of any applicable enrollment deposit.
Tusculum College is committed to providing an opportunity for all qualified applicants to receive a quality education while also assuring that the environment is conducive to learning and community development without unreasonable risk to the safety or welfare of individuals or their property. Based on these considerations, applicants for admission to all programs of study will be asked whether they have been responsible for criminal behavior, received other than an honorable discharge from military service or been subject to disciplinary accountability by an institution of higher education.
An affirmative response to these questions will not automatically prevent admission, but applicants will be asked to provide sufficient information (personal information, intended program of study and criminal and rehabilitative history) to determine whether the applicant is a match for the Tusculum College community and course of studies. Any omission or falsification in the disclosure of the requested information may result in denial of admission or disciplinary action (See “Application for Admission” and “Review of Applicants’ Criminal, Discharge and Conduct for Admissions Policy” in the Applicant Handbook for more information). Applicants who may have past criminal behavior and other than Honorable Discharge will be reviewed by the Dean of Students.
Students, who have discontinued attendance at Tusculum College for six months or more, not including a leave of absence, must reapply for admission. Applicants, who do not enroll within 12 months of the application date, must reapply for admission. If the former student or applicant seeking readmission attended another institution during the interim, official transcripts of all academic work attempted must be forwarded directly to the Graduate and Professional Studies Office of Admission. Please refer to the transfer guidelines on page 121 of the Tusculum College catalog.
Readmission requires both academic and judicial good standing. Former students seeking readmission following academic suspension must meet the specified terms and conditions of the status prior to seeking re-admittance to the College. Former students or applicants not in good academic or judicial standing must petition the appropriate committee for readmission.
Academic petitions will be reviewed by the Admissions and Standards Committee for undergraduate applicants and by the Graduate Committee for graduate applicants. All judicial petitions will be reviewed by the Dean of Students prior to being submitted to the respective committee. The petition should be sent to the Graduate and Professional Studies Office of Admission and show definite reason and good cause as to why such reenrollment should be permitted. Please provide any documentation to support your petition.
Applicants will be notified regarding the arrangements needed to begin or continue coursework at Tusculum College. Students who are readmitted are subject to the current program requirements regardless of the date of their original enrollment. In the event of curriculum changes since the original entrance to the program, the student may be required to repeat selective courses of study.
Students who enroll in Graduate and Professional Studies programs are responsible for having access to a computer, email capabilities and Internet connectivity capable of linking to the Tusculum College website. Students must utilize their assigned Tusculum College email account received at registration. Tusculum College provides computer/Internet accessibility at its instructional sites. If students are unable to obtain access to the Internet connectivity and email capabilities either on their own or through the use of College-supplied facilities, the College will assist them in identifying other convenient Internet access locations.
Students in Graduate and Professional Studies are expected to use computers to complete assignments throughout their curriculum. It is strongly recommended that students entering their respective programs be proficient in executing the following skills: (a) typing, (b) file management (open, save, delete, move, copy, create folders, save file in specified folder), (c) familiarity with windows (maximize, minimize, close), (d) using and installing software (open programs; use spell check; cut, copy and paste within a document; insert graphic image and change font and font attributes) and (e) basic Internet usage (navigate in browser, send and receive email).