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:

  1. Submit a completed application for admission.
  2. Submit an official secondary school transcript(s).
  3. Submit an official score report on the SAT or ACT or GED if applicable.
  4. Transfer students with 12 or more transferable semester hours do not need to send a high school transcript but must send official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions in which they were previously enrolled.

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:

  1. An international student must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have a record of the results sent to Tusculum College. A minimum score of 550 is required on this test. This test is administered in the United States and abroad by the College Entrance Examination Board, Box 592, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.
  2. If the TOEFL is not taken, then an international student may complete the American Language Academy course level V and be admitted upon the recommendation of the director of that program located in the United States. The same applies for a student who enters a program of the English Language School, which has centers throughout the country. Tusculum requires that a student graduating from an ELS program must have completed Level 108 before being considered for full-time admission.
  3. An international student must complete and return to the College the Certification of Finances form. This form will be supplied by Tusculum and must be completed in conjunction with the student’s bank or similar financial institution. It is important that all financial arrangements be confirmed before the student arrives at Tusculum. If the international student is accepted and financial arrangements complete, the College will issue an I-20 form which will expedite securing a student visa.


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 but are interested in attending classes will probably be placed in one of these three categories:

  1. Transient Students: Students currently matriculating at another college who are in good standing may want to enroll as transient students. The normal application procedure should be followed, but in place of the transcript, a letter from the chief academic officer or registrar of the student’s institution must be sent to the Admission Office giving special approval for the student to attend Tusculum College and specifying which courses may be taken. At the request of the student, a transcript will be sent to his/her college at the end of the enrollment at Tusculum. Enrollment in this status is for a limited period, usually not exceeding one semester.
  2. Special Students: Tusculum will admit students who do not wish to become regular students or candidates for degrees but who desire to enroll in one or more courses. Students seeking course credit to qualify for admission to undergraduate, graduate or professional programs may be enrolled as special students. Those students are required to submit applications and be interviewed before being admitted.
  3. Auditors: An auditor is one who attends classes but is not required to participate in classroom discussions, submit work required of other students, or take examinations. Individuals who wish to audit one or more courses should submit an application at least two weeks before the beginning of the semester in which they expect to enroll and secure the permission of the instructor.


A former student who is seeking readmission should contact the Admission Office. The Admission Office will outline the admissions procedure.