Tennessee Wesleyan College

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204 East College Street

Athens, TN 37303

Phone: (423) 745-7504
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 31
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#41 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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Tennessee Wesleyan College is a private institution that was founded in 1857. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,106, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 40 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Tennessee Wesleyan College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 41. Its tuition and fees are $21,800 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Tennessee Wesleyan, a baccalaureate institution serving traditional and non-traditional learners on campuses in Athens, TN, and in west Knoxville, prides itself on providing a quality education in a caring atmosphere. We have small classes, a rich academic tradition, a strong yet ecumenical church connection, and particular strengths in the liberal arts, business, nursing and teacher education. Tennessee Wesleyan students take service seriously as they give back to the community through mentoring, tutoring and a range of service learning opportunities. The college develops strong student-athletes as part of the Appalachian Athletic Conference of the NAIA.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1857
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $9,544,601


When applying to Tennessee Wesleyan College, it's important to note the application deadline is August 31. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 31. The application fee at Tennessee Wesleyan College is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 75.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 75.8%
Application deadline August 31
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Tennessee Wesleyan College is 15:1, and the school has 62.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Tennessee Wesleyan College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 64 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 25%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 29%
Health Professions and Related Programs 21%
Education 12%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 9%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 6%

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Student Life

Tennessee Wesleyan College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,106, with a gender distribution of 36.3 percent male students and 63.7 percent female students. At this school, 30 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 70 percent of students live off campus. Tennessee Wesleyan College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,116
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Tennessee Wesleyan College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and health insurance. Tennessee Wesleyan College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Tennessee Wesleyan College, 95 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Tennessee Wesleyan College.

Students who have cars on campus 95%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Tennessee Wesleyan College, 79.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,250.

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Tuition and fees $21,800 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,900 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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