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About Tennessee Wesleyan University

Tennessee Wesleyan University is a private, religious school in an small town setting in Athens, Tennessee. Tennessee Wesleyan University was founded in 1857 and now enrolls around 1,168 students a year, including 1,056 undergrads.

Tennessee Wesleyan University offers housing for up to 410 students. Most students live off campus,.

As of 2021, the total market value of Tennessee Wesleyan University's endowment was $9.411 million The institution spends around $6,021 for each full-time student enrolled. There are 11 undergraduate students for every full-time Tennessee Wesleyan University professor.

2021 Tennessee Wesleyan University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 61%
Average GPA 3.4
Mean ACT score 22

2022 Tennessee Wesleyan University Regular Decision Application Deadline

Tennessee Wesleyan University Early Admission

Tennessee Wesleyan University does not offer early decision or early action.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for Tennessee Wesleyan University

It is slightly difficult to get into Tennessee Wesleyan University. Tennessee Wesleyan University admitted 61% of all applicants in 2021. In 2021, 633 out of 1,039 total applicants were accepted.

Tennessee Wesleyan University Waitlist 2021

Tennessee Wesleyan University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Tennessee Wesleyan University?

Tennessee Wesleyan University is considered slightly difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Tennessee Wesleyan University, applicants must submit the following items.

Tennessee Wesleyan University Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0.25
Other Requirements ACT or SAT
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Tennessee Wesleyan University

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Tennessee Wesleyan University is 3.4 /4.0. The mean ACT score for Tennessee Wesleyan University students is 22.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Tennessee Wesleyan University.

Does Tennessee Wesleyan University Require Test Scores?

Tennessee Wesleyan University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 14% submitted the SAT. 82% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at Tennessee Wesleyan University

Yes! Tennessee Wesleyan University provides on-campus housing for up to 410 students.

Tennessee Wesleyan University students are active in the school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Greek Life and Education Ambassadors. Annual Day of Service, Opening Convocation, and and Honors Convocation are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Tennessee Wesleyan University.

Financial Aid at Tennessee Wesleyan University

Tennessee Wesleyan University meets 72% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Tennessee Wesleyan University full-time are awarded $22,799 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Tennessee Wesleyan University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Tennessee Wesleyan University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Tennessee Wesleyan University, around 77% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 192 students who started at Tennessee Wesleyan University as first-time freshman, 65 graduate within four years.

Tennessee Wesleyan University's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 49%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Tennessee Wesleyan University Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 88% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $24,338 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Tennessee Wesleyan University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Tennessee Wesleyan University a good school for you?

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Where is Tennessee Wesleyan University Located?

Tennessee Wesleyan University is located in the small town setting of Athens, Tennessee, less than an hour from Knoxville and Chattanooga.

If you want to see Tennessee Wesleyan University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 75 to Athens, or book a flight to the nearest airport, McGhee Tyson Municipal.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Tennessee Wesleyan University and Athens are like without leaving home.

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College Info

204 E College Street Athens, TN 37303

Campus Setting: Small Town

Tennessee Wesleyan University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 17

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 17

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Tennessee Wesleyan University is Aug 17.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Tennessee Wesleyan University is Aug 17.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Tennessee Wesleyan University ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 25

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Tennessee Wesleyan University is 22. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into Tennessee Wesleyan University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Tennessee Wesleyan University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

850 - 1020


Math SAT Range

430 - 530


Reading SAT Range

420 - 530

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Tennessee Wesleyan University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Tennessee Wesleyan University is like? There are approximately 1,168 students enrolled at Tennessee Wesleyan University, including 1,056 undergraduate students and 112 graduate students. 90% percent of students attend school full-time, 87% percent are from TN and 13% percent of students are from other states.


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