Tusculum College is a distinctive institution that seeks students of good character who display academic promise. Our student population is diverse, and we welcome applications from all students who desire an education that is highly civic-minded and intensely practical. This education is rooted in the Civic Arts and closely analyzes those practices that exemplify good citizenship.
Students are admitted to Tusculum because they have demonstrated they are capable of doing college-level course work. In determining a student's readiness for college, we examine academic records, class rank, SAT or ACT scores, extracurricular activities, and leadership.
All students wishing to enroll in the Bachelor of Arts degree program must have graduated from an approved or accredited secondary school or have a GED high school equivalency diploma and meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:
The College expects students to demonstrate their preparedness for college with a minimum 2.0 GPA in academic core courses. However, the average freshman scores for acceptance are generally around a 22 ACT and 3.3 academic GPA. Students must also have at least 12 such courses distributed as follows: 4 English, 3 Math (Algebra I or higher), 2 science, and 3 social studies. Study of a foreign language is not required; however, it is counted when calculating an academic GPA.
The curriculum at Tusculum places strong emphasis on writing, analytical reading, and critical analysis skills. Students are assessed for these skills early in their college careers. Assistance is provided to students needing further development for academic success.
Although a personal interview is not required for admission, prospective students are encouraged to visit the Tusculum campus and meet with an admission representative. The Admission Office is open from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. Monday through Friday and 9 A.M. to 12 noon on Saturdays. To schedule an interview and visit the campus, call in advance of the intended date of arrival. Our toll-free number is 1-800-729-0256 or locally 423-636-7300.
Applicants are reviewed for admission once all required materials are received. Students who are offered admission are asked to submit an enrollment deposit of $150 to secure their place in class. Deposits are fully refundable upon written request to the Office of Admission on or before May 1st. All offers of admission or financial aid will stand until May 1 if a student chooses to hold his or her deposit until that date. After May 1, the deposit is non-refundable.
Transfer students must be eligible to return to the college previously attended. Transfer students must submit an official transcript for each post-secondary institution attended. Tusculum will consider transfer students with complete official transcripts that show an average of 2.00 or better. Tusculum College will accept as transfer credit only those hours that are earned at a regionally accredited institution.
The College accepts Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees from any accredited junior/community college. Students interested in transferring to Tusculum should be aware that upon receiving official transcripts from all institutions previously attended the College will evaluate completed courses and will advise the student of the courses still needed to fulfill Tusculum's general requirements. Transfer students will complete adjusted Commons and competency requirements according to a timeline that can be obtained from the Registrar's Office.
Transfer grades of "D" and "F" are treated in the same way as those earned in Tusculum College courses. Therefore all transfer "D" grades are used as hours toward graduation; and all "D" and "F" grades are used to compute the grade point average. Grades of "D" cannot be counted in the total number of hours required in the major.
It is possible for students who show exceptional talent and maturity to enroll at Tusculum College after completion of the eleventh grade. Early admission is granted only to those students who can demonstrate that they have exhausted the academic offerings at their high school and have an outstanding academic record and exemplary standardized test scores.
Then, in addition to the requirements listed for standard admission, students pursuing early admission should also furnish two (2) letters of recommendation: one from a teacher and one from another high school official. A letter from the student's parents should also be included. This letter should state support for the decision to enroll in Tusculum. Finally, in the case of early admission, an interview with an Admission representative is required.
The review procedure for international students is the same as that required of all students. In addition, an international student applicant must fulfill the following requirements:
Veterans must submit a certified Veterans' Form DD 214 showing an honorable discharge with at least six months' service. Seven semester hours of physical education credit will be awarded. Those still serving in the military will be awarded the seven semester hours of physical education credit by submitting basic training documentation.
Students who are not candidates for degrees from Tusculum College but are interested in attending classes will probably be placed in one of these three categories:
A former student who is seeking readmission should contact the Admission Office. The Admission Office will outline the admissions procedure.