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Greeneville, TN
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$21,620
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Easy
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Reviews 174 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: The nightlife isn't very big at Tusculum. There is one club in the school's town called The Valley that is honestly crappy but since it is a small school, just about everyone goes to it on Saturday nights plus it is a 18 and up club. A big city with a couple clubs are about 30 minutes away in Johnson City. An hour away is Knoxville which has plenty of bars, clubs, and nightlife. Campus security is pretty strict when it comes to parties on-campus and they do not tolerate parties, underage drinking, nor drinking at all because it is a dry campus but if you keep it quite and limited to a small group of people then you probably won't get caught. A taxi service just opened up in Greeneville which makes enjoying the nightlife and weekend easier to enjoy.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Tusculum College is huge in athletics and they recruit people from out of state and out of the country for athletes. In the past two years of attending the school I have not known of any disputes because of political beliefs, race, or gender. Tusculum is a very opening and comforting college. They accept all types and personalities which makes for a very "close-like-family" feeling. We have female empowerment meetings and we encourage men and women to attend. We are considered a Presbyterian school but we don't force chapel services on anyone, it is optional to attend.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Tusculum's campus is beautiful with all of the trees, mountains, and pretty lawns. The college is small so everyone knows everybody. There is a minor league (The Greeneville Astros) that uses our baseball field which they help take care, fix, and renovate the field. It looks really good! The library was the old gym (I know that sounds nasty) but they have redone the inside completely and updated everything! it is beautiful inside and out! Intramural sports at TC are so much fun and you have ton of sports to choose from to play!

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: My school is very involved in each students' academics. If you fail more than 1 class then you are on academic probation and must pull your grade up before being dismissed from the school. They want every student at the school to get the best education possible and will help you achieve good grades with the help of the tutoring center. Campus Security can be strict but nothing too crazy goes on on campus so they have no reason to be mean, rude, or disrespectful.

College Junior

Greek Life: Tusculum does not have any Greek Life. They feel as if it separates people and creates cliques which I agree with and actually like about the school

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4 College Junior

Facilities: My school is set apart by the block schedule. I take only one class at a time for 18 days and then I have a 4 day break to go home or relax without stress and then I begin with my next class. I take 4 classes a semester just like any other college and will have just as many credits as other college students. It helps you concentrate on one subject at a time! Plus, Tusculum is also in the beautiful scenery of the Great Smokey Mountains so waking up to the great view is a definite plus! My decision to move five hours away from home to attend Tusculum College was the best decision I have ever made because I have made friends that I will keep for a lifetime because everyone is so friendly and inviting! Andrew Johnson also attended Tusculum and it was the first college in Tennessee so it has some great history to it's name!

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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Tusculum College is in a small town called Greeneville, TN. There isn't much to do in Greeneville for entertainment, but Tusculum tries to put different organized activities for the students to get involved in. There is the neighboring town of Johnson City, TN, and they are a bigger city than Greeneville. Tusculum also throws an Old Oaks Festival every year to support the arts. I had the opportunity to read to children at the festival, and it was a positive, learning experience.

4 College Senior

Academics: At Tusculum College, the education students are required to do 120 hours of what is called practicum. During practicum, students have to observe teachers and their classrooms for at least 18 hours a class. This has helped prepare me and accept what is coming in my future career. Tusculum has an appropriate workload for their education students as well including making lesson plans, writing essay's on recent topics in education, and letting us be creative when producing our lessons for different grades levels.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Tusculum has a great academics program. They always have tutoring option either with peer tutoring or tutoring from the professor. The professors are knowledgeable about the subject, and willing to work extra with their students. I came to Tusculum College because I heard such great things about their education program. I know that Tusculum has helped me prepare for my future career by having such a strong and supportive academic program.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: I had attended a state university before I transferred to Tusculum College, and my experience from the state university form the private college was a phenomenal transition. The financial aid department was more than willing to help me find money to pay for school, and I actually obtained more scholarships from Tusculum than I did the state university.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: I don't eat the schools food very often, but it was decent, and had a good variety of choices to choose from. I would eat there again if I needed too.

3 College Senior

Parking: Students at Tusculum constantly complain about parking, but compared to other campuses it is not all that bad. Some parking in the outer edges of campus is in a gravel "pit", and there is more commuter only parking than there are commuters, but if a student had to park in the most inconvenient, horrible parking, they could still get to class/dorms in 15 mins or less. I might not be the best person to ask though, considering I don't have a car on campus.

1 College Senior

Campus Dining: The pizza bar and panini/sandwich area are always reliable and good, but if you are trying to eat healthy or stay away from carbs the meat and veggie area is very unreliable. About once a week, I will say "this is actually good!". Usually though, the food reminds me of Cafeteria food from public school. The Grill station is pretty good too, but can be hit or miss at times. About every other time I go to the Salad Bar, the veggies are old/ slimey/ limp looking. Other times its great. Overall, it is very hard to find healthy, fresh, good, CONSISTENT food at Tusculum College. The only other food options at TC besides the caf is sandwiches, pasteries, and snack food at the Coffee shop. It is overpriced and closes at 10pm. The book store has more reasonably priced snacks, but it closes at 5pm.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Tusculum College is the oldest College in Tennessee, and is very beautiful. Because it is so old, a lot of the buildings are in need of updating. The science building is in sad shape (it still has chalkboards!) But a new one is finally being built. The only workout gym on campus is a one room,small area in the basement of the student center. Because of its location and that the sports teams use it so much, it is not inviting to non-athletes. Tusculum has a lot of green spaces and picnic benches to sit at. Traditions include Nettie Day, a community service day required of all Freshman, and Spring Fling.

2 College Senior

Nightlife: About once a week Student Services hosts events for students, but participation isn't very high. TC is technically a dry campus, but of course the apartments will have parties about every weekend. The only bars in Greeneville are kinda white trashy, but sometimes in desperation college students go there. There are no clubs in Greeneville, for that you have to drive to Johnson City 20-30 mins away. There is no public transportation on campus, but you don't really need it. You can walk across campus in under 10 mins.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Tusculum College is on a beautiful campus in Greeneville, TN. It is unique because instead of the traditional semester system, Tusculum is on the block system. This means taking one class at a time, each class being Monday-Friday and three hours at a time. You take this class for 18 school days (around a month), and then move on to the next class. Tusculum is big on athletics, but the most unsuccessful team (Football) is were the most publicity and money are spent. Tusculum has a mediocre Library, sketchy Wi-Fi connection, and pretty sad food. There in also not much to do in Greeneville, but it does have a lot of hiking trails and you can drive 20-30 mins to Johnson city for more to do. The best part of Tusculum is the Professor/ Student relationship. They actually care about your life and education.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Our school is placed almost right in the middle of the country, farms and all. But we have a lot of people from foreign countries, and although most Caucasians that go there are somewhat rednecks, there's not a bad balance. There are a lot of people from Memphis, Atlanta and Florida. Honestly as the grade increases the amount of black people decreases. But it's still an even amount of diversity

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife is not great, locally there is one local bar for 18 and up, but to me it's more of a pub on non-holiday days. There's are other restaurants that turn into a 21 and over bar at night. Johnson city is 30 minutes away and if you don't mind the drive that's where the real nightlife is for everyone. There are also other schools like ETSU who are more about nightlife.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants aren't a big deal around Tusculum, but there are some really good ones you kind of just have to look for them. There a lot of very good back road kind od restaurants that can go overlooked. McDonalds is the closets and the most discounts. There's a frozen yogurt place who gives discounts weekly, and local restaurants support the school tremendously

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm majoring in Physical Therapy, the interesting thing I have to go through Athletic Training to do that. Which is kind of good because I end up learning two trades in the same field. The department is fun and interactive, you start learning and doing your major your freshmen year. There are different trip opportunities to travel to other areas in the state and out the state to further your knowledge of your major. You learn how to help and prevent injuries in every sport and learn about the body constantly. You have fun with good people while building your career

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The way the curriculum is set-up is wonderful, especially if you’re a student-athlete. Although the area the school is placed in is very closed off and rural, this is good because school allows you to focus on one class at a time. For 18 days you are emerged into that one subject and it helps because you can grasp it easier by not having to worry about other classes. Workload can be somewhat difficult, but you just keep reminding yourself that it’s only 18 days. Coming from a more urban are it can be a culture shock being there, but the way the school is and the people make up for it.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The Creative Writing program was easy to get into. At the end of my first semester, I declared my major through a simple form. Oftentimes, professors and advisers will help you in choosing a program right for you if you're unsure where to go. The program itself, however, requires a large amount of dedication, including involvement in the production and publication of the campus-published literary journal. The program is widely respected on and off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Tusculum boasts a decorated variety of professors across their selection of majors, and each program is dedicated to the success of its students and of the college as a whole. Tusculum follows the one-class-at-a-time block system, where students focus on one course for 18 class days before switching to the next class. This requires a great deal of time management from the students, though the registration process seems a bit simpler; students merely fill in the blanks. However, a great deal of planning is needed to prevent having to stay over four years (as certain classes are only offered certain blocks). Academic advisers are of great help in this, and as long as the student is responsible, the registration process is easy and the homework manageable. In addition, most classes number around 15 to 17 students, and with only one class to focus on, the professors get to know their students well and are very personable.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My major at the moment is in Creative Writing here at Tusculum, and the program is extensive and to be respected. The decorated faculty personally encourage each Creative Writing student to hone their craft, and the community is known and envied across campus programs. Most students in the program are published - some many times - before getting their undergraduate degree, and often move on to receive fellowships at renowned universities for graduate school. In addition, Creative Writing students are required to spend four semesters compiling and editing the campus literary journal, the Tusculum Review, granting them an immeasurable amount of experience in the literary world. However, the program seems to - especially at first glance - supply a cookie-cutter success; the prominent faculty have found a niche and seek to conform the students in that border of success.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm debating on changing my Journalism minor to my major for practicality purposes, and that major requires an internship. Though I haven't had any personal experience thus far, not only have I discussed such matters with faculty members and have the fullest confidence in their ability to help me find an internship. Similarly, a friend of mine has a job/internship relevant to his triple Business major to help ease him through school, as found for him by his academic adviser. I plan to make good use of the caring and competent faculty at Tusculum to receive an internship to further my experience in my chosen field.

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