Apr 20, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Adult and Online Studies Admissions

New students (those with fewer than 12 semester hours of earned college credit) must have earned (or will earn) a regular high school diploma with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher or official acceptable GED or HiSet scores and satisfy one of the following:

  1. Evidence of two years of full time work experience.
  2. Composite score of 18 or higher on the ACT (or equivalent SAT score)

For students using the GED, a minimum score of 410 must be obtained on each subject test with an average of 450 overall. A combined minimum score must be at least 2250 or the HiSet equivalent.

Students with an overall ACT score of less than 18 (equivalent SAT) or with no ACT/SAT score may be admitted based on a review of students’ high school academic records by the Admissions Appeals Committee.

Admission decisions are based on a careful review of the applicant’s previous academic preparation, high school grade point average and ACT and/or equivalent SAT score (when available). The Admissions Appeals Committee may review the academic record of applicants who do not meet the University’s standard of admission to determine their academic potential at Tusculum University. The Committee will recommend either acceptance or denial of applicants to the Provost. If any additional information is needed for further review, the Office of Admission will contact the student. Items requested may include, but are not limited to, information regarding special accomplishments, honors and awards, community service projects, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement that may help put the student’s academic background into context.


Transfer students (those with 12 or more semester hours of earned college credit) must meet the following requirement:

  1. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher from an accredited college or university

Admission Procedures

To be considered for admission the following is required for each bachelor’s degree program:

  1. Complete the Adult and Online Studies admission application.
  2. Request official (sealed) transcripts of all college coursework mailed directly from each previous institution to Tusculum University.
  3. Veterans submit a certified Veterans’ Form DD214 showing an honorable discharge.
  4. Current military personnel submit basic training documentation.
  5. Students for whom English is a second language must submit an official TOEFL score from within the last five years.

Please note that individual programs may have additional admission requirements, which can be found in the Adult and Online Studies major section for each degree.

Adult and Online Studies Enrollment Deposit

Applicants who are offered admission are asked to submit an enrollment deposit of $50 prior to registration. Deposits are non-refundable and can only be deferred one semester. The deposit will be credited to the applicant’s account in the Business Office and will reduce the amount of tuition due at the time of billing.