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Non-Degree Students

Tennessee Wesleyan provides opportunities for many students not seeking a traditional college degree, such as educator certification, high school students seeking to get a head start on earning college credits and temporary students. No matter the reason, we welcome you to seek and explore the educational opportunities available to you at Tennessee Wesleyan College.

Why Tennessee Wesleyan?

Chartered in 1857 as a small, private liberal arts college, Tennessee Wesleyan College continues its tradition today as an important center of learning in southeast Tennessee.

Located in Athens, Tennessee, our campus is convenient for students who commute to campus from the surrounding areas of East Tennessee and North Georgia.

Non-degree Students

A non-degree student is one not seeking a degree at Tennessee Wesleyan College at the time of enrollment. Such students are subject to all rules, regulations, and fees governing degree-seeking students. There are three non-degree classifications.

Special Student

A student who does not wish to be a candidate for a degree may be admitted as a special student upon presenting satisfactory evidence that he or she is prepared to study the subjects open to him or her.

Temporary Student

A student attending another college or university with permission from that institution to attend Tennessee Wesleyan College for ONE semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer).

Advanced High School Student

A rising senior still attending high school may take courses at Tennessee Wesleyan College for college credit. To be admitted, the student must have an outstanding high school record, must be recommended by his or her principal, and must have the written consent of a parent or guardian.

Non-degree students should contact the office of Enrollment Services at Tennessee Wesleyan College at 800.PICK. TWC or 423-746-5286 for instructions on how to apply.

Evaluation of Applications

Every applicant is evaluated by the Office of Enrollment Services staff. This evaluation considers all applicable information, including: OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS (high school for freshmen, all post-secondary institutions for transfers), GPA, COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM for freshmen (either ACT or SAT), CLASS RANK, and RECOMMENDATIONS. Students admitted to the college, on the average, tend to score at or above the national average on the ACT examination.