Hiwassee College (HC), closely tied to the United Methodist Church, is located in Madisonville, Tennessee. The private liberal arts college offers both two- and four-year degrees; prospective students should note that two-year degrees are what has historically been offered at the school. It offers a faith-based education in a holistic setting.
HC’s foundations are linked to the 1826 opening of Tullagalla Academy, a boys’ school located nearby. This school itself, however, was founded in 1849, named after the Cherokee word “ayuwasi,” meaning meadow place at the foot of the hills.
Since its humble beginnings, HC has grown into a respected institution that is the choice of roughly 400 students each year. Its campus is comprised of 18 buildings set on 60 acres of land.
Students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science. Areas of study offered are varied and include pastoral studies, liberal arts, music, equine science, forestry and business among others. Regardless of his or her chosen major, students are required to take certain basic core classes such as Mathematics, English and Religion.
This school is affiliated with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.
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Christian values play a large part of life and studies. For this reason, many of the school’s programs and organizations are based around religion. The Methodist Church is closely tied to the school and in control of many of its activities. On Wednesdays, students gather at the Chapel for religious services.
Many students choose to participate in religious groups such as volunteer organizations and bible study sessions in addition to their religion classes at school. All students are expected to know and understand the Articles of Religion of the United Methodist Church.
For this reason, drugs and alcohol are strictly prohibited on campus. Students are expected to uphold Methodist morals and manners at all times, in and out of the classroom.
This school provides all prospective students with a competent and helpful Admissions staff to guide its students in the right direction. The institution considers students on an individual basis, seeking students who show academic promise and responsibility.
Those applying as new first-time freshmen are asked to meet some specific requirements to be considered academically eligible for admission. The list of such requirements includes: a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher, a class rank in the upper two-thirds and a composite score of 18 or higher on the ACT or 1500 or higher on the SAT. Students not meeting such admissions requirements are not ruled out completely but may be required to take part in a different program.
Transfer and re-admission applications are also accepted and considered. Students should check out the school’s website and get directly in contact with Admissions staff for details.
This is a residential campus, meaning that many students live at the school. All of the residence halls have features meant to render a student’s living experience as a comfortable compliment to academics – telephone, cable television, air conditioning and full-time hall directors are all included.
Hiwassee considers the on-campus living experience important for education. For this reason, the college requires that students twenty years of age or younger live on campus. The same is true for international students.
The on-campus living-experience, combined with its Christian roots, fosters a tight-knit community.
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Hiwassee encourages its students to participate in athletic activities. Eligible students participate in varsity sports including baseball, volleyball, basketball, soccer and cross-country as the Hiwassee Tigers.
HC actively recruits high school athletes looking to play their respective sports at the college level. Prospective students interested in participating in athletics while studying should fill out a recruiting form and get into contact with the athletic department.