Transfer Students

A student with 15 or more semester hours of college credit is considered a transfer student. Anyone can transfer and there are no prerequisite courses.

Why Tennessee Wesleyan?

Our academic experience is grounded in a general education curriculum that encourages critical thinking, creative problem solving, written and verbal communication, interdisciplinary study, experiential learning and global awareness.

Campus and residential life is shaped by students who join dozens of clubs and organizations, play NAIA Division II sports, lead campus events, take active roles in the community and cherish the college's traditions.

Tennessee Wesleyan has so much to offer you as an individual to lead you to the next step in your life, whether it be graduate school or a career.

If you're ready to apply for admission to Tennessee Wesleyan College, just enter your email address and a password, then complete and submit our online application. You may mail in your application fee and any other required documents.

How do I apply?

Step 1: Application Documents

1.  Application - Apply Online or complete a hard copy (pdf).

2.  College Transcripts - Final official college transcripts from all undergraduate coursework must be submitted regardless of dates of attendance. The majority of institutions have an online transfer request form they prefer. (Transfer Request Form)

3.  High School Transcripts - Final official transcripts from high school. These are not used for admissions purposes, but must be included in the application for Tennessee residents only. (Transfer Request Form)

Please submit all documents to:
Tennessee Wesleyan College
ATTN: Transfer Enrollment Specialist
204 East College Street
Athens, TN 37303

Step 2: Transcript Evaluation Process

Upon receipt of application and college transcripts, the Registrar's Office will evaluate coursework to determine transferable credits. Students will receive a copy of the evaluations.

Transfer credit will be granted for course work applicable to a Tennessee Wesleyan College baccalaureate degree taken at institutions accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) or similar regional accrediting associations. Grades earned at other institutions are used only for admission, course placement, and other academic decisions.

Course work taken at institutions accredited by organizations other than regional associations will be reviewed on an individual basis for possible transfer credit. Tennessee Wesleyan College accepts the recommendations contained in the current issue of Report of Credit given by Educational Institutions , a publication of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

Students who transfer from 2-year accredited institutions will be granted credit up to 60 semester hours. A maximum of 90 semester hours may be transferred from all institutions. The last 30 hours of course work must be taken at Tennessee Wesleyan College.

Tennessee Wesleyan College has articulation agreements (equivalency tables) for advanced placement and area colleges, which are available for download and print. Tennessee Wesleyan College also accepts Advanced Placement credit when an official score report is received and minimum score requirements are met.


Step 3: Scholarships and Financial Aid

Transfer students who qualify will be sent a scholarship offer which is to be signed and returned by the deadline specified on the award. Please note that academic and athletic awards cannot be combined. This information will be sent to the Financial Aid Office and combined with any other qualifying grants, scholarships, or loans; these amounts are only available to Tennessee Wesleyan College after the FAFSA has been completed. Students will then receive an award letter from Financial Aid detailing any and all awards and loans.

Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before March 1 to ensure qualification for any available state grants. Students are required to complete the FAFSA in order to receive a Financial Aid package. Tennessee Wesleyan's school code for the FAFSA is 003525. The Financial Aid Office provides assistance in completing the FAFSA for students who would like to schedule an appointment. Please visit The Financial Aid Website to view additional financial aid information.

Step 4: Acceptance and Final Documents

After the Registrar's Office completes an official evaluation of all college transcripts and all application documents have been received, students who have a 2.0 or higher college GPA will be notified of acceptance to Tennessee Wesleyan College. Upon acceptance, the following documents should be submitted (letters and forms will be mailed to the accepted student):

• $200 Advance Tuition Deposit*
Immunization and Copy of Insurance Form (pdf)
Medical Examination Form (Athletes only) (pdf)
Housing Application (If applicable) (pdf)

*Refundable until May 1 for Summer and Fall terms and October 31 for the spring term.
$300 for resident students which includes a $100 room deposit.

Step 5: Advising

After acceptance, transfer students will meet with an advisor and register for classes during an appropriate registration time. 

All students must complete Tennessee Wesleyan College’s All College Requirements (ACR) or equivalent. Any student who has completed an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution will be considered to have met the General All College Requirements at Tennessee Wesleyan College with the following exceptions:

1. Students will be required to take one religion course unless the requirement is met by an equivalent course at the transfer institution.

2. Students will be required to complete any pre-requisites for upper-division major courses.

3. Students enrolled in Bachelor of Arts (BA) academic programs will be required to complete the Foreign Language requirement of two semesters at the intermediate level or higher. The intermediate level is the 200-level for French or Spanish unless this requirement is met by equivalent foreign language courses at the transfer institution.

4. Students enrolled in teacher licensure programs (BA, BS, or BME) will be required to complete all courses necessary to meet state licensure standards as outlined in the Enhanced All College Requirements I or II, depending on the major of choice, even if some of those courses would otherwise be waived for students who have completed an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree.

5. Documentation provided through the advising process and transcript evaluations will verify that students have completed a minimum of 30 hours of general education courses from the ACR drawn from and to include at least one course from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, and natural sciences/mathematics. In the event of a deficiency, the student will be required to complete the necessary coursework.

6. Holders of other types of Associate degrees will be required to fulfill the General All College Requirements or Enhanced All College Requirements I or II as outlined in the academic catalog as appropriate for the degree and major. 

Students who hold A.A. or A.S. degrees from institutions located in non-English speaking countries must demonstrate a TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) in order to gain admission to the College.

Advising Checklists for each major can be accessed for transfer students' personal, unofficial planning purposes. Advisors will use these same checklists for official advising purposes.