FAQ

What are you passionate about?

The history of our campus! Did you know we are the first higher education institution in Tennessee? We were also the first school to accept an African American student. And we host President Andrew Johnson’s desk and library in the Old College.

What does "super-score" mean?

A super-score is created from all ACT or SAT tests that are taken. The best score from each subsection will be combined to create a super-score. We encourage you to send in all tests that you have taken because this can potentially increase scholarship amounts.

What percentage of our students are employed or proceed to graduate school upon graduation?

85%

In/Out of state tuition rates?

Tusculum University does not have out-of-state tuition. Our rate is the same whether you live in-state or out-of-state.

GPA/ACT or SAT requirements?

2.0/18 ACT or SAT equivalent

Next steps for juniors and seniors: What now?

  • Apply: students can start applying right after their junior year. The application is free and online (no essay requirement). Once this is complete, transcripts and ACT/SAT scores need to be sent in for review. From there, our admission team will review for an acceptance decision.
  • Admission Decision: If accepted, the student needs to make sure we are linked to their FAFSA in order to receive their financial aid award offer. This offer will indicate academic, government, and need-based aid.
  • Committing: When a student decides to attend TU, there is an enrollment deposit that confirms your spot on campus. This enrollment deposit will go directly into your student account and be applied towards your tuition. From there, we will reach out about registration and forms.

What is there to do in Greeneville?

Where can guardians stay when visiting their student?

Intramural sports/club sport options?

There are over 35 clubs and organizations offered at Tusculum.  As well, there are intramural activities offered throughout the semester. This is a great way to get involved on campus! Click here to learn more about our clubs and organizations!

When do I apply for financial aid?

You can apply as early as October 1st. Tusculum recommends you apply by January 15th.

What is the student/faculty ratio?

16:1

What is the average salary of alumni from Tusculum?

The median starting salary for alumni with three years of post-graduation work experience and whose highest degree is a bachelor’s is $41,500.

What are Tusculum’s leadership plans?

  • The board unanimously appointed Dr. Scott Hummel as president in February 2020. Dr. Hummel comes to Tusculum as its 29th president after serving in high-level leadership roles at William Carey, his alma mater, since 2008. As executive vice president and provost since 2013, he has grown William Carey’s academic enterprise and has closely advised the university’s president. You can learn more about Dr. Hummel’s appointment here.
  • Dr. Tricia Hunsader has been named provost and vice president of academic affairs, bringing valuable accreditation insight and support she has gained throughout her career and as our College of Education dean. You can learn more about Dr. Hunsader’s appointment here.
  • View full Executive Cabinet

Why did Tusculum decide to switch from a college to a university?

  • The university put tremendous thought into this decision and concluded this was the best move to position Tusculum for continued success.
  • The word “college” can give the impression a student is attending a community college instead of a four-year higher education institution.
  • The change enabled Tusculum to showcase the breadth of its undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • University status aligned with Tusculum’s goal to create doctoral programs and expand the number of master’s programs.
  • It gave Tusculum the opportunity to restructure its academic programs and create five colleges under the university umbrella.

Why was Tusculum placed on probation?

  • Tusculum remains fully accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
  • Even though we were placed on probation, SACSCOC continued our accreditation for good cause.
  • At the same meeting, SACSCOC elevated Tusculum from a Level III higher education institution to Level V, enabling us to offer as many as three doctoral degrees.
  • Our probationary status relates only to a subsection of one SACSCOC standard – documenting the assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • We instituted a new assessment process but did not adequately document the changes.
  • We are making steady progress in resolving this matter and will have everything we need to have ready for our next formal interaction with SACSCOC.