Founded in 1794, Tusculum University is the first institution of higher education in Tennessee, the twenty-eighth oldest in the nation, and the oldest coeducational institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Among Tusculum’s many distinctions are its inclusion in the President’s Community Service Honor Roll for 2007 through 2012; its recognition by the Clinton Global Initiative University of Tusculum’s “Help Me Help You” program as a model for global action in 2012; its being named to G.I. Jobs’ list of Military Friendly Schools from 2010 through 2012 and participating in the Yellow Ribbon program since 2009.

Ours is more than a two century tradition of education grounded in the belief that we best realize the potential of each individual when administration , staff, faculty members and students work closely together with the ultimate aim of enriching the lives of our students and preparing them to contribute positively to their communities. Every academic program and administrative decision is guided by our institutional mission, values, and vision.


Building on a rich Presbyterian heritage and a pioneering spirit, Tusculum University provides an active and experiential education within a caring Christian environment to inspire civic engagement, enrich personal lives, and equip career-ready professionals. We Are Pioneers.


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 leaders who are citizen-scholars and will serve their communities throughout the world.


Transforming Pioneers to Do Well and Do Good!