#19 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

Tusculum College

Greeneville, Tennessee

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Tusculum College overview
Location Greeneville, Tennessee
Online tusculum.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Religious Affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Tusculum College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Founded in 1794, Tusculum College is a private Presbyterian institution located in Greeneville, Tennessee, nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, approximately 70 miles from Knoxville. It holds the distinction of being the oldest university in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in the nation. The campus architecture reflects a blend of historic buildings and modern facilities, set on a picturesque 140-acre campus which provides a mix of traditional and apartment-style housing for students. Known for its Civic Arts curriculum, Tusculum College integrates civic responsibility into its programs, with particular strengths in business, education, and sports science. The college operates on a block schedule known as the Focus Plan, allowing in-depth study of one course at a time. With an inclusive admissions policy, Tusculum admits a wide range of students, balancing accessibility with academic preparedness. While the college is not primarily known for its athletic programs, it competes in NCAA Division II as the Pioneers across a variety of sports.

In the most recent statistical year 1,369 prospective students applied, and 1,110 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 146 enrolled in the school.  1,026 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 277 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $26,558 plus fees of $650. Tusculum College is ranked 1004 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Tusculum College is rated within the lower 22% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
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SAT 910/1110
ACT 17/22
Estimated GPA 3.18

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Tusculum College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,928
Other Fees$650
Room and Board $10,042
Budget for Other Expenses$4,944
Total One Year Cost$45,122

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$41,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

38% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Tusculum College students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 55%
Education 31%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 5%
Biology 3%
Visual and Performing Arts 1%

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