Founded in 1857 as Athens Female College, Tennessee Wesleyan has evolved into a four-year liberal arts institution, offering the first baccalaureate degrees on its centennial anniversary. Throughout its history, the university has enjoyed a relationship with the Methodist Church, which has prompted several growths for the university over the years.
As a part of the TWU family, the southeast Tennessee community plays an important role in the development of this region’s future leaders. Main campus is located two blocks from the town center, with easy access to the surrounding area. Additional locations in Knoxville and Cleveland provide convenience to students in the nursing program, management excellence degree completion program and the new Master of Occupational Therapy program. In addition, some programs and classes are offered online. No matter where a student chooses to take their classes - they will find learning experiences and a supportive community to help them grow personally and professionally.
The mission of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research (OIER) is a partner to the University’s success by providing analytic services that contribute to informed decision-making. The OIER support the University’s strategic mission by providing consistent and reliable data through collaborative and integrated planning and assessment.
Tennessee Wesleyan University's Office of Career Development supports students and alumni in preparing for and making informed decisions about their undergraduate and post-graduate academic and employment plans. Career Services supports students through all stages of their college experience, from the first year through graduation. In this office, you can find information on part-time jobs, internships, graduate school, and full-time employment. For students entering without a specific career field in mind, there is an assessment along with a consultation to discuss potential options for success.
Our five halls house more than 350 students each year. Students who live on campus benefit from meal plans, evening activities, weekend adventures through our Student Activities Board, and a multitude of NAIA athletic events throughout the year.
The library seeks to empower its constituency of students, faculty, and staff in the access, evaluation, and use of information. To achieve this mission, library faculty and staff strive to meet these goals:
Tennessee Wesleyan University now has a campus nurse! The campus nurse provides basic care to students, including some tests for strep, flu and pregnancy. In addition, the nurse can write prescriptions and make doctor referrals if necessary. Services will be free to students. The campus nurse is located in the Health Center, directly across the street from Townsend Hall.
Living on campus at Tennessee Wesleyan allows you to make the most of your college experience. Residents are close to downtown Athens’ events and festivals and have easy access to events and activities happening on campus. By living in a residence hall, you will meet people from all walks of life, making lasting friendships and expanding your horizons. While living on campus, you will be exposed to different backgrounds and cultures, allowing you to grow and learn from your fellow residents and providing you with an expanded cultural horizon. Living in a residence hall lets you step out of your comfort zone and helps enhance the overall growing process of the college experience.
Tennessee Wesleyan University participates in NAIA Division II, Region XII, is a member of the respected Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC), and fields teams in all major collegiate sports.
More than 30 clubs and organizations are active on Tennessee Wesleyan's campus, including student government, academic and interest groups, honor societies, performance groups, religious organizations and sororities.
Tennessee Wesleyan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master's degrees.
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