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Tennessee Wesleyan takes pride in its role as a comprehensive church-related college affiliated with the United Methodist Church and accepts the challenge of advancing a community of learning.

Continuing a tradition of learning

First founded in 1857 as Athens Female College, in the building now known as Old College, Tennessee Wesleyan occupies a hill in downtown Athens, Tennessee, that spans more than 40 acres.

Since its beginnings, the college has enjoyed an ongoing and dynamic relationship with one of the branches of the Methodist Church: first under the sponsorship of the Holston Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, then, beginning in 1866, under the Methodist Episcopal Church. Today, Tennessee Wesleyan maintains an affiliation with the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The college has been an important center of learning in southeast Tennessee; and more than 155 years later, Tennessee Wesleyan continues its tradition of providing students with the resources and support they need to learn, serve, lead … and believe.


TWC: A different kind of experience

It is often difficult to adequately describe a campus with words, especially a campus as beautiful as Tennessee Wesleyan College. With one visit, you'll understand why our students feel at home in our residence halls and in our classrooms across campus. The links below can provide you with a virtual tour of our beautiful buildings and additional information about Tennessee Wesleyan, but we want to encourage you to visit us at any time.

To arrange a visit, call the Admissions Office at 800.PICK.TWC or 423.746.5286.

We Welcome VisitorsYou may tour campus, attend a class, speak to a faculty member or coach, meet our students or even schedule an overnight stay in one of our residence halls.

Small Class Sizes With a 16:1 student to faculty ratio and an average class size of less than 20, our students know their professors as friends, as cheerleaders, as advisors and as mentors.

  • Miles to Major Cities
  • Knoxville - 45 miles
  • Chattanooga - 45 miles
  • Atlanta - 159 miles
  • Birmingham - 183 miles
  • Nashville - 187 miles