Tennessee Wesleyan College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 40
Athens, TN 37371-0040
Tel: (423)745-7504
Free: 800-PICK-TWC
Admissions: (423)746-5203
Fax: (423)744-9968
Web Site: http://www.twcnet.edu/


Independent United Methodist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees (profile includes information for both the main and branch campuses). Founded 1857. Setting: 40-acre small town campus with easy access to Knoxville and Chattanooga. Total enrollment: 815. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 430 applied, 84% were admitted. 21% from top 10% of their high school class, 39% from top quarter, 75% from top half. 2 valedictorians. Full-time: 687 students, 67% women, 33% men. Part-time: 128 students, 72% women, 28% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 10 other countries, 7% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 26% 25 or older, 27% live on campus, 18% transferred in. Retention: 58% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $18,650 includes full-time tuition ($13,000), mandatory fees ($550), and college room and board ($5100). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to location. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $375 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $180 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 16 open to all; national sororities, local sororities; 5% of women are members. Most popular organizations: Wesleyan Christian Fellowship, Circle K, Baptist Student Union, Student Government Association, choir. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Fling Week, ski trip. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: controlled dormitory access, night patrols by trained security personnel. 287 college housing spaces available; 189 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Merner-Pfeiffer Library with 79,328 books, 8,932 microform titles, 825 serials, 3,610 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 92 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Athens is the county seat of McMinn County, located between Chattanooga and Knoxville. The town is an industrial community providing jobs for approximately 13,000 people and serving as a shopping center for 50,000 rural residents. Recreational activities in the beautiful mountainous area include big game hunting, fresh water fishing, rafting, kayaking, hiking, and many other sports.

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