The mission of Tusculum, its innovative calendar, and an active, engaged learning environment all work together in an integrated way to prepare citizens for effective participation in professional, public, and personal life.
The unique Civic Arts focus takes the liberal arts a step further in a nationally recognized approach to educating individuals of integrity and ideals. A wide range of majors—from museum studies to nursing—is combined with service learning and travel opportunities, an Honors Program, and a Bonner Leaders Program. At Tusculum, students meet creative teachers and dedicated mentors, with one faculty member for every 15 students, and an average class size of 14. Research and scholarly work are also encouraged, further enhancing the value of a Tusculum degree.
Get to know Tusculum University
CENTER FOR CIVIC ADVANCEMENT
Tusculum’s Center for Civic Advancement (CCA) is dedicated to the mission of engaging the heart, mind, and soul of Tusculum by cultivating awareness of others and of self. The CCA seeks to accomplish this ambitious mission through the establishment of meaningful relationships with local, national, and global communities alike. The CCA’s full-time staff support faculty and students in the planning and undertaking of service placements and projects. Some of the campus initiatives support by the CCA includes:
- Global and Mission Studies
- Community Service
- Internships in Nonprofit Agencies
- Forums and Discussions
- Research Opportunities
- The Center for Economic Development and
- Entrepreneurship (CEDE)
- Community Partnerships
- The Institute for Empowered Communities (joint project with the School of Business)
BONNER LEADER PROGRAM
The Bonner Leaders at Tusculum are a group of students committed to serving the local community by using their talents and gifts where needed. Participants develop leadership skills by participating in meetings, trainings, internships, and service. Upon graduation, Bonner Leaders continue to seek ways to enrich their communities through the leadership of nonprofits and/or direct service.
Service-Learning is integral to Tusculum’s General Education Curriculum, reflecting the institution’s commitment to provide educational experiences that prepare its graduates for the demands of active and responsible citizenship. The service-learning graduation requirement may be fulfilled through a Service-Learning course, a Service-Learning practicum, an approved internship, or through an approved course with a significant service-learning component.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 4%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 15%
White, non-Hispanic: 72%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 0%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 4%
Every new freshman and transfer student kicks off the Pioneer Experience by participating in Tusculum’s First-Year Experience program. The program runs through students’ first fall semester and hosts Wednesday classes and fun activities.
Each First-Year Experience Orientation Class is taught by an instructor and mentor who builds their curriculum around a specific theme, organizing outings and activities outside of class that revolve around the theme.
The Honors Program gives students the opportunity to reach beyond a degree and achieve something more while pursuing their undergraduate education. Tusculum’s Honors Program promotes a cross-discipline dialogue between students and allows participants to create personalized plans of study that support their individual goals. The Program is designed to create an opportunity for academically motivated students to:
- Be challenged intellectually
- Sharpen their critical thinking skills
- Present their research at conferences
- Hone their networking skills and increase confidence
- Gain cultural enrichment
RONALD H. AND VERNA JUNE MEEN CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND MATH
In 2017, Tusculum opened the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math. This state-of-the-art, $24 million facility features wings for biology, chemistry, mathematics, nursing, computer science, and environmental science. The Meen center is a four-story structure that features approximately 100,000 square feet of modern learning and research space. This facility represents Tusculum’s commitment to innovation and postgraduate success in a modern workforce.
Museum Studies encompasses the study of museums, museology, and the development of the skills necessary for professional museum practices. The program provides both academic and hands-on training in preparation for museum work, the broader field of public history, or further graduate studies. Students develop an understanding of the important role of museums, and acquire the skills and knowledge to serve their communities as museum administrators, curators, and educators. The Museum Studies Program operates two museums and the University archives through which students gain valuable practical experience.
Tusculum is the only school in the state of Tennessee to offer programs specifically focused on the growing field of Talent Development, making the program a unique academic distinction. Tusculum offers a Bachelor of Arts, as well as a Master of Arts, in Talent Development. The BATD prepares students to work in organizations as entry-level training and talent-development employees. The MATD prepares graduates for a variety of careers, including corporate trainers, project managers, strategic planners, team developers, process analysts, and performance-improvement consultants.
OLD OAK FESTIVAL
The Old Oak Festival, hosted annually on Tusculum’s campus, features a wide variety of musical artists ranging from country, rock and roll, bluegrass, jazz, and more. The Festival also serves as a showcase for regional artists, including painters, crafters, artisans, and sculptors, the works of whom are available for purchase.
Annually, Tusculum’s campus comes to life for Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day, one of Tusculum’s longest held traditions, which involves students spending time in service to others. This annual day of service honors the memory and selfless way of life of Nettie Fowler McCormick, who is recognized as Tusculum’s first benefactor for funding the construction of several of the main campus’s historic structures. Nettie Day began as day of cleaning the campus in honor of Nettie McCormick’s generous contributions; however, the day has evolved into a time for the entire campus community to find ways to give back to those in need in the region.
The SPIES program is an acronym that stands for Social, Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, and Spiritual.
The purpose of SPIES is to encourage the entire Tusculum community to lead and maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle while creating opportunities to meet new people, strengthen friendships, and grow. The SPIES program recognizes that there is more to becoming a successful individual than simply studying for a degree. Tusculum’s community members are far more likely to achieve their goals and grow into well-rounded citizens when they actively strive to enrich and balance these five foundational areas.
THEOLOGIAN IN RESIDENCE
The Theologian-in-Residence lecture series, held annually since 1991, focuses on a theological topic or other issue of interest to church leaders and laypeople. The series has explored such topics as music and worship; Christianity and popular culture; reflections on the Trinity; religion in Appalachia; John Calvin and the Reformed tradition; God and athletics in the modern world; and Christian principles for managing finances.
It is the mission of Tusculum’s Arts Outreach to provide cultural leadership by supporting arts programs already in place, developing new programs, and encouraging the public in supporting the arts and arts education. Arts Outreach offers a significant number of performances, lectures, and presentations throughout the year, including the Theatre-at-Tusculum performances; the Acts, Arts, Academia lecture series; and the popular Community Chorus.
Near the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Greeneville, Tennessee—close to whitewater rafting, hiking, skiing and more—Tusculum’s location offers diverse opportunities for outdoor enjoyment, including adventures in nearby urban centers such as Knoxville, Asheville, and Johnson City. Its beautiful walking campus creates an enjoyable learning environment. Part of the wooded 140-acre main campus, nine of Tusculum’s buildings and the Tusculum Arch are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Tusculum Athletics has a tradition in excellence both athletically and academically. Eighteen of Tusculum’s teams belong to the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) of the NCAA-Division II. With the addition of Cheerleading and STUNT to the school’s Spirit Program, Tusculum now offers a total of 20 athletic teams.
Women’s Athletics: Basketball, Cheer/STUNT, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball
Men’s Athletics: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field
According to the recent National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destination Survey, Tusculum graduates’ career outcomes were over 7% better than the national average, and more Tusculum graduates were employed full-time than the national average.
Tusculum has a long history of success from graduates in its various major programs of study. Below are just a few notable alumni:
- Scott Niswonger, Chairman of Landair Holdings, Inc.
- Marianne Lewis, Dean of Cass Business School, University of London
- Ken Bowman, Retired Chemist at Alcoa, Holds nearly 20 patents
- Anup Kaphle, Senior World Editor, BuzzFeed
- Yu Wen “Steven” Lin, New York College of Dentistry
- Beverly Roberts, NCAA Championship Referee
- Larry Brotherton, Founder and President of Ortec, Inc.
- Dave Tollett, Baseball Coach at Florida Gulf Coast University
- Jessica Epley Burchette, Professor of Pharmacy at
- Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy
- Judith Kofroth Domer, Dean Emerita, Graduate Studies and Research, Appalachian State University
- Kirstie Gust Van Liew, KPMG Global
RECENT GRADUATES CAREERS
Graduates from Tusculum have recently obtained careers at:
- United States Department of Agriculture
- Tennessee Valley Authority
- Department of Energy
- Emory Science Center
- Oak Ridge Associated Universities
- Sound to Sea
- WAFB-TV, Baton Rouge, LA
- Consolidated Nuclear Security Y-12 National Security Complex
- Imerys Fused Mineral
RECENT GRADUATES ATTENDING GRADUATE SCHOOLS
Recent graduates have been admitted to the following graduate schools, among others:
- Auburn University
- California Art Institute
- Chicago Art Institute
- Columbia University
- Eastern Kentucky University
- NYU: College of Dentistry
- Arizona State University
- Mercer University
- Vermont School of Law
- University of Glasgow, Scotland
- University of the Virgin Islands
- University of Tennessee
- University of Arizona
- Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
- Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at ETSU
- James H. Quillen College of Medicine at ETSU
- Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at LMU
- Duncan School of Law at LMU
Tusculum students are consistently getting placed in phenomenal internships. Examples include:
- Baptist Hospital, Nashville
- Biltmore Estate
- Blackburn, Childers and Steagall CPAs
- Oak Ridge National Laboratories
- University of Georgia
- Jewelry Television Network
- Knoxville Zoo
- New England Aquarium
- NFL’s Tennessee Titans
- Smithsonian Institute
- Vanderbilt University
- Wallace Collection, London
The mission of Tusculum’s Office of Career Services is to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required beyond the classroom to successfully transition from college to either graduate school or the world of work. Career Services offers Tusculum students many advantages including the opportunity to become Pioneer Certified through internship and community service participation.
SAT Critical Reading
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Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $8,500
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID
97% of Tusculum’s traditional undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid, based on need, academics, athletic ability, service, and/or leadership. Tusculum is one of the most affordable private universities in the country.
Students can track achievements and experiences that improve their Tusculum Scholarship awarding by registering for Raise.me. Visit https://www.raise.me/join/tusculum to begin using this helpful tool.
The scholarships available to Tusculum students include:
- Tusculum Scholarship: $4,000 – $12,000 year
- Tusculum Grant: $1,000 – $10,000 year
- Tusculum Opportunity Grant: Up to $12,272 year, depending on unmet need
- Tusculum University Phi-Theta Kappa Members transferring from a Community College: $500 year
- Tusculum Community College Transfer Scholarships: $500
- Tusculum Pioneer Scholarship: $1,000 year
- Trustee’s Honor Scholarship: Full tuition*
- Old Oak Scholarship: $500 year
- USS Greeneville Scholarship: Full tuition
- Tusculum Band Scholarship: $1,000 year
- Tusculum Spirit Scholarship: Coach determines amount
- NCAA Athletic Scholarships for each sport: Coach determines amount
- State Grants and Scholarships (TN HOPE Lottery Scholarship, TN Student Assistance Award): see state link http://www.tn.gov/collegepays/—amounts will vary from $1,000 – $5,500 year
*Competitive – please contact the Tusculum admission office for details