About Tusculum

Founded in 1794, Tusculum College is the oldest college in Tennessee, the twenty-eighth oldest college in the nation.


Tusculum College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Tusculum College.


Tusculum College provides a liberal arts education in a Judeo-Christian and civic arts environment with pathways for career preparation, personal development and civic engagement.


Founded in 1794 Founded in 1794, Tusculum College is the oldest college in Tennessee, the twenty-eighth oldest college in the nation, and the oldest coeducational institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The wooded 140-acre Tusculum College campus has nine buildings and the Tusculum Arch that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Located in Greeneville, Tennessee, Tusculum College lies in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Greeneville_Greene_Tourism_logo_200

The city of Greeneville and Greene County have a combined population of over 65,000. Tusculum also maintains offices in Knoxville, Tennessee, for its Graduate and Professional Studies Program, in addition to other class sites across East Tennessee.

Founded in 1783, Greeneville is Tennessee’s second oldest town and is located in one of the largest counties in the state. Greeneville offers the lifestyle and amenities of much larger towns while maintaining a small-town ambiance.


Thirty minutes to Johnson City, TN and Morristown, TN / One hour to Knoxville, TN, Bristol, TN/VA, and Asheville, NC / Four hours to Nashville, TN, and Atlanta, GA / Twelve hours to New York City, NY, and Orlando, FL.   See Tusculum College on a map.


Listed in the Templeton Foundation’s ‘Guide to Character Building Colleges’; selected by the Carnegie Foundation as a model institution for education that encourages effective citizenship; one of three colleges in the country to operate on a focused calendar, in which courses are scheduled one at a time; in 1994, embarked upon third century of producing educated, effective citizens.


Focused calendar. Students take one course at a time, also known as a “block”, with 8 blocks offered in the academic calendar (4 per semester). Each course lasts 3 and one-half weeks, followed by a four day break. During summer, three optional blocks are offered to interested students.


Tusculum College competes in the South Atlantic Conference of the NCAA Division II. Tusculum fields over 14 varsity sports teams, including: Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Football, Men’s and Women’s Golf, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, and Volleyball. Tusculum also offers 8 intramural sports tournaments during the academic year.


The College offers over 20 clubs and organizations for its students to participate in. Clubs range from those as diverse as the Student Government Association (SGA) to Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE).


Tusculum College offers students a choice of 10 residence halls. Each hall boasts a paraprofessional staff which includes a hall advisor and resident assistants that are available to assist with the needs of residents. Halls include: Katherine Hall, Welty-Craig Hall, Haynes Hall, the Charles Oliver Gray complex (consisting of C.O.G. South, East, and West), and six apartment-style residence halls, including two which opened for the 2013-2014 academic year!