Since its founding in 1794, Tusculum College has pioneered higher education.

We were the first college in Tennessee (and we are the 28th oldest in the nation.) We were the first institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church to admit women. We were the first institution to educate an African American in Tennessee. And as we’ve moved into the modern era, we’ve continued to pioneer innovations in higher education – with our block schedule, the Civic Arts, our leadership in experiential learning and more.

Throughout our history, Tusculum College has embraced the following timeless values. We believe in:

Integrity: Encompassing honesty and trustworthiness, all members of the Tusculum Community value and live with integrity, respect and virtue in communications, relationships and actions.

Education: We value a balanced education grounded in the civic and liberal arts and career preparedness. Our goal is for students to develop practical wisdom, global literacy, critical and independent thinking, and an appreciation for life-long learning, diversity and inclusion.

Civic Responsibility: We value our unique heritage in the civic arts and the Judeo-Christian tradition, and seek to develop citizen-scholars who will serve their communities throughout the world.

At the conclusion of the Tusculum First Campaign, Tusculum students, alumni, faculty, staff, Trustees and trusted friends envision the College having:

  • The best possible living and learning communities;
  • Innovative and responsive academic programs; and
  • Expanded opportunities for students to become engaged global citizens.