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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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Student Graduation Demographics


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.

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Ranks 30th in Tennessee and 1279th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 17 0.37
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 3 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 74 1.60
Larceny 216 4.68
Vehicle theft 13 0.28

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4557th for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Madisonville, TN 37354-4001
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population14,034 (4,063 urban / 9,971 rural)
Households5,555 (2.47 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,332
Families4,034 (2.92 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Private Not-for-profit
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery small two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist
Congressional District4703

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1662nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $13,320 $13,320 $13,320
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $555 $555 $555
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,810 $23,810 $23,810
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,205 $24,205 $24,205
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $17,490 $17,490 $17,490

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $17,300 $18,340 $17,300 $18,340 $17,300 $18,340
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,000 $7,300
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,200(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,700 $7,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,600 $3,700
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,600 $3,800

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 377 (163 male / 214 female)
Admitted 220 (96 male / 124 female)
Admission rate 58%
First-time Enrollment 83 (33 male / 50 female)
FT Enrollment 80 (32 male / 48 female)
PT Enrollment 3 (1 male / 2 female)
Total Enrollment364

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCCAA

ACT Test Admission

1313th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 92%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 14 / 20
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 19
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 20

SAT Test Admission

1335th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 2%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 265 / 315
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 295 / 325
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 560 / 640

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity328
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$2,320
Board Fee$4,000

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 4797th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $30,662 ($30,771 male / $27,417 female)
Number of FT Faculty 16 (8 male / 8 female)
Number of PT Faculty 34
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $94,341

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Madisonville, TN 37354-4001
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