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Tennessee Wesleyan College

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Tennessee Wesleyan College
TennesseeWesleyanCollegeLogo.png
Motto "Learn, Serve, Lead, and Believe
Type Private liberal arts college
Established 1857
Religious affiliation
United Methodist Church
President Harley Knowles
Academic staff
184
Undergraduates 1,116
Location Athens, Tennessee, United States
Campus Small city
Colors Blue, gold, and white
Athletics NAIAAAC
Sports 17 varsity teams
Nickname Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs
Mascot Bulldog
Affiliations NAICU[1]
IAMSCU
Website www.twcnet.edu

Tennessee Wesleyan College (TWC) is a small university founded in 1857, located in the city of Athens in the U.S. state of Tennessee. It is affiliated with the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. Current enrollment is over 1,100 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1.

The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and master's degrees of business, fine arts, humanities, natural and social sciences as well as nursing, other career-related areas, and teacher certification. Through these several academic offerings the college has developed a close relationship with its region and produces a large number of local teachers, police officers, lawyers and local government officials.

Tennessee Wesleyan also maintains a branch campus in Knoxville, where it offers evening programs in business administration. It also conducts its nursing classes in Knoxville.

Tennessee Wesleyan offers 10 varsity sports, the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in baseball, basketball, soccer, cross country, tennis, volleyball, cheerleading, softball and lacrosse. Athletics are a very important part of the school, and a very large portion of the student population play on one of the school's teams.

History

Old College

Tennessee Wesleyan was originally founded in 1857 as Athens Female College. It consisted solely of one building (now Old College). In 1866 the name was altered to East Tennessee Wesleyan College, and in 1867 it became East Tennessee Wesleyan University. At that time, the college was one of only a handful of coeducational colleges in the Southern United States.

In 1886, college president John F. Spence changed the name to Grant Memorial University[2] in an attempt to receive financial support from Northern benefactors.[3] In 1889, it merged with Chattanooga University to form U.S. Grant Memorial University[4] (U.S. Grant University; U.S. being Grant's given names), becoming the consolidated university's Athens branch campus. Seventeen years later (1906), it was renamed the Athens School of the University of Chattanooga.

In 1925, the college split from Chattanooga to become Tennessee Wesleyan College and served as a junior college. Tennessee Wesleyan became a liberal arts college in 1957 when it began awarding bachelor's degrees.

Academics

Articulation agreements

Tennessee Wesleyan College has articulation agreements with Chattanooga State Community College, Cleveland State Community College, Motlow State Community College, Pellissippi State Community College, Roane State Community College and Walters State Community College.

Degrees

Tennessee Wesleyan College offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Behavioral Science, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Early Human Development and Learning, Education, English, Exercise Science, Template:Fine Art (Visual Art and Theatre), Music, individualized majors, History, Human Services, International Studies, Mathematics, Nursing, Psychology, Church Vocations, Pre-Seminary, Sociology, and Special Education.

Admissions and rankings

University rankings
National
U.S. News & World Report[5] 41 (Regional colleges South)
Global

Tennessee Wesleyan College accepts 83.7% of all applicants and is considered "selective" by U.S. News & World Report.[6]

Athletics

Tennessee Wesleyan athletic teams, nicknamed athletically as the Bulldogs, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Notable alumni

Sources: Google Maps, The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Wikipedia, Yahoo! Answers

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