Admissions

Trevecca Nazarene University offers a variety of admission tracks designed to reflect sensitivity and flexibility to the diverse needs and program preferences of the individual student.

As a private Christian university affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Trevecca is open to any qualified student without regard to race, color, sex, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, or physical disability. Trevecca Nazarene University complies with all statutory and regulatory nondiscrimination requirements applicable to this institution in the administration of its educational policies and programs, scholarships and loan programs, equal opportunity employment practices, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Admissions for Specific Classifications

Traditional Undergraduate Admissions Procedure

Undergraduate admissions is for the student desiring to complete an associate or bachelor degree program (or courses for personal enrichment) in a traditional track.

Write or call the Office of Admissions to obtain an Application Packet for Undergraduate Admission: Enrollment Management, Office of Admissions, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37210-2877; (615)248-1320 or (888)210-4TNU. A printable or online undergraduate application is available on our web site at www.trevecca.edu. Our e-mail address is: admissions_und@trevecca.edu.

Applying for undergraduate admission consists of the following procedures:

Freshman

(First time college student)

  1. Complete the Application for Undergraduate Admission portion of the packet.
  2. Submit a $25.00 nonrefundable application fee with the application (required for processing). Make checks or money orders payable to Trevecca Nazarene University.
  3. Submit one (1) wallet size photo of the applicant (optional).
  4. Submit the confidential Medical Health History and Immunization Forms to TNU's Student Health Clinic. These forms will be sent to the candidate upon receipt of the application. All information on the form will be maintained in strictest confidence by the professional medical staff.
  5. Submit an official American College Test (ACT) report (optional requirement of applicants 23 years of age or older and/or high school graduate of five (5) years or more unless required to meet the conditions of the Freshman Admissions Policy). The ACT is available in local designated testing centers. The results will automatically be sent to the University if the applicant specifies Trevecca as his or her college choice (ACT code is 4016.). The ACT data base is used in academic advising and is the official academic documentation for admission. SAT scores are acceptable although ACT is preferred. An existing ACT report can be requested by writing to the American College Testing Program, Box 414, Iowa City, Iowa 52240. ACT/SAT scores on an official high school transcript are acceptable (SAT code is 1809.).
  6. Request an official high school transcript to be mailed directly from the institution to Trevecca's Office of Admissions. A final transcript stating date of graduation must be forwarded immediately after graduation because many high school offices are closed during the summer. If one is eligible by GED, an official score report and partial high school transcript must be sent directly from each reporting institution.
  7. The ACT/SAT scores are used to determine entry-level courses for English composition, mathematics, and reading. Students who place at higher levels will be able to waive beginning courses. Students who do not demonstrate college-level competencies in these areas will be required to successfully complete developmental courses in one or two semesters of their first year to reach the necessary competencies to qualify for college level courses.
  8. Request an official academic transcript be forwarded directly to TNU from any college/university for any dual enrollment or concurrent credit completed in high school.

Transfer

  1. Complete steps 1-4 under FRESHMAN procedures.
  2. Request an official academic transcript be forwarded directly to TNU from EACH college previously attended.
  3. Submit the Transfer Recommendation Form (optional requirement of applicants with a bachelor's degree and/or previous college attendance was completed ten (10) or more years ago). This form will be sent to the candidate upon receipt of the application. Transfer applicants must sign the upper portion of the form and submit it to the dean of students from the college or university most recently attended for forwarding to TNU's Office of Admissions.
  4. Transfer students who have not earned or passed a college-level mathematics and/or English composition course at another institution should submit official ACT/SAT scores for placement at TNU. If scores are not available, placement testing will be required through the Office of Academic Support.
  5. An applicant with ten (10) transferable semester hours (15 quarter hours) or less will need to comply with all the steps under FRESHMAN procedures.

If the applicant is a veteran and submits a copy of his/her Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty (DD-214) form, he/she may receive credit for the 3-hour general education physical education requirement.

Re-admit

(Former TNU student not registered in the previous semester)

  1. Complete the Application for Undergraduate Admission portion of the packet to initiate reactivating previous credentials. (Note: An application fee is NOT required for re-admit applicants.)
  2. A re-admit applicant who has attended other institutions since leaving TNU must have an official academic transcript forwarded from EACH institution. The Transfer Recommendation should also be submitted from the college or university most recently attended.
  3. Submit a new Medical Health History and Immunization Form if the previous TNU clinic record has been on file beyond two years. This form will be sent to the candidate upon receipt of the application.

Re-admitted student applications will be processed through a re-admission procedure that includes confirmation from the offices of Student Development, Academic Affairs, Accounting, and the Clinic.

Transient

(Student enrolled in another institution)

  1. Complete the Application for Undergraduate Admission portion of the packet.
  2. Submit a $25.00 nonrefundable application fee with the application, unless previously paid.
  3. Submit an official "letter of good standing" from the institution currently being attended. The letter must be mailed directly to TNU's Office of Admissions from the academic dean of the student's present institution. If the letter designates a period of enrollment longer than one semester, an additional letter will not be required.
  4. Submit the Medical Health History Form only. This form will be sent to the candidate upon receipt of the application.

Upon receipt of all information and approval of a student's application, a letter of acceptance is mailed to each applicant. Applicants not approved are also notified by letter.

Admission Policies and Requirements

Admission Policy for Freshmen

A freshman applicant will be admitted to Trevecca Nazarene University provided one of the following two conditions is met:

  1. A high school grade point average of 2.5 or above based on a 4.0 scale.
  2. An ACT composite score of 18 or above, or SAT Critical Reading + Math score of 860 or above.

If neither of the admissions conditions is met, a freshman applicant who has an ACT composite score of 15–17 or an SAT Critical Reading + Math score of 720–850 AND a minimum high school grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale will be granted admission on academic restriction.

Restrictions are:

  1. A study skills course is required during the first semesters of enrollment.
  2. The student is limited to a maximum of 14 credit hours of class work.
  3. The student's progress will be monitored through interviews and regular progress reports under the supervision of the assistant academic dean.
  4. All developmental courses required by placement testing will be taken in specified sequence.

Restriction will be lifted when study skills and all developmental courses are completed successfully.

Admission for High School Graduates

Freshman admission requirements include graduation with a least 15 units of credit from an approved secondary school. It is recommended that for the best preparation for college, secondary school credits should include:

English—4 units

Mathematics—2 units

Foreign Language—2 units

Natural Science—1 unit

Social Science—2 units

 

This background provides a broad foundation for college studies.

Trevecca accepts as the official academic admissions document, the American College Test (ACT). The ACT is used for placement testing, academic advising, and scholarships.

Early Admissions Program

The high-achieving and mature students whose school officials, parents, and others from whom the University may seek information believe they can benefit by entering college a year early may be admitted under the Early Admissions Program. To do so, these minimum requirements must be fulfilled:

  1. Completion of the junior year in high school with a grade point average of 3.50.
  2. Completion of at least 12 units of secondary credit, 7 of which must be college preparatory subjects (including English, 3 units; mathematics, natural science and social science).
  3. A Standard Composite Score of 27 on the ACT.
  4. Provide favorable recommendations and/or approval from high school officials and others as may be designated by the Office of Admissions. If advisable, personal interviews may be requested. An applicant desiring high school graduation should ascertain from his or her high school officials whether or not college credits earned may also be applied toward requirements for a high school diploma.
  5. It is desirable and may be required that an applicant enter summer school to demonstrate ability to do successful college work. In such cases, a minimum of two courses would be carried and a grade point average of 2.0 necessary.
  6. Completion of all regular admission requirements.

Testing

Students may replace up to 45 hours of coursework with credit for passing test scores on subject-specific tests. Credit will be entered on the student's official transcript after attendance at Trevecca for one semester. Credit may be earned with minimum qualifying scores as recommended by the American Council of Education. Scores will be evaluated by the Director of Academic Support and credit assigned to the appropriate areas. Tuition for credit received through testing is charged at a reduced rate of $25 per hour. Testing credit awarded at other schools must also meet the above standard before received in transfer. Official score reports must be sent directly to TNU's Academic Support Center. Testing credit is not assigned in the same area a student already has credit, and the examination must be taken within two weeks of enrollment if credit is sought for a currently enrolled course. A student who takes a test must wait six months to retake that test.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Applicants who have participated in the Advanced Placement Program, sponsored by the College Entrance Examination Board, while they are in high school will receive credit if they earn a score of 3, 4, or 5. The official score report must be sent directly to TNU's Academic Support Office. Trevecca's CEEB Code is 1809.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP examinations are administered by appointment at the Academic Support Center (Waggoner Library, 1st floor, 615-248-1346). CLEP examinations are offered at testing centers across the nation, so if a student cannot take CLEP exams on campus, arrangements should be made with a CLEP testing center at a convenient location, with the results sent to TNU (Code 1809). .

International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)

Scores for the International Baccalaureate Organization will be evaluated by the director of academic support and credit assigned to the appropriate areas.

Defence Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

DANTES examinations are administered by appointment at the Academic Support Center (Waggoner Library, 1st floor, 615-248-1346). DANTES examinations are offered at testing centers across the nation, so if a student cannot take DANTES exams on campus, arrangements should be made with a DANTES testing center at a convenient location, with the results sent to TNU (Code 9784).

Admission of Homeschooled Students

Admission of a homeschooler to TNU requires the same documentation as any other TNU freshman applicant (i.e. submitting official ACT/SAT scores, qualifying under the Freshmen Admissions Policy, etc.). The main difference is in the generation of the homeschooler's high school transcript. TNU requires a high school transcript with all the subjects and grades taken by the student.

If the homeschooler's education is:

  1. a. associated with a correspondence-school based organization, then the correspondence organization should provide the University with the official high school transcript.
  2. b. parent and student designed curriculum, then the parent as the primary instructor should provide the University with the official high school transcript.

TNU recognizes homeschool transcripts under parental authorization. Umbrella school and correspondence school transcripts are also accepted.

Admission of Non-High School Graduates by GED

Applicants may be admitted on the basis of a minimum average score of 45 on the USAFI Test of General Educational Development (GED) high school level. Transcripts of all high school work must be submitted. Applicants must submit a minimum ACT composite score of 18 (860 Critical Reading + Math on the SAT) to meet the conditions of the Admission Policy for freshmen.

Admission of International Students

International students who wish to enter the University must file their applications and complete certified copies of official transcripts, certificates, diplomas and degrees translated to English well in advance of the semester for which they seek admission.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit scores earned before official acceptance will be granted. This examination is administered in many overseas testing centers. Students who wish to take the test should write directly to: TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151. A minimum TOEFL score of 500 is required on a paper-based test; a minimum score of 173 is required on a computer-based test; a minimum score of 61 is required on the Internet-based test.

All regular admission requirements must be completed including evidence of financial resources sufficient to pay expenses while a student at the University. Trevecca's Certification of Financial Support must be on file at the time an I-20 is issued. International students will have the same financial policy applied to them as any other student. In addition, an advance deposit of $1,000 is held in escrow for the total period of enrollment for students coming directly from outside the U.S.A. An exception to the deposit requirement is made for students who are citizens of Canada or Mexico. The deposit must be received prior to the issuance of the letter of acceptance. Only international students with a valid immigration student status of F-1 will be permitted to register. Unless there is documented proof of reading, writing and math skills, international students will be required to register for developmental courses.

Admission of Special Students

Adult (Degree Students)

Applicants, 18 years of age or older, not having a high school diploma or a GED score of 45 may be admitted to the provisional Adult Special Program, which allows the student to prove his or her ability to do college-level work. The student will be limited to 9-12 hours of course work per semester, must earn a passing grade of S in all S/U courses, and must maintain a 2.0 GPA the first semester to be allowed to enroll for the second semester. On completion of two semesters with a passing grade of S in all S/U courses, a 2.0 GPA or better, and a minimum of 18 hours of credit, the student may petition the Admissions Committee for status as a regular student. Applicants must submit a minimum ACT composite score of 18 (860 Critical Reading and Math on the SAT) to meet the conditions of the Admission Policy for freshmen.

Adult (Non-Degree Students)

Applicants, 18 years of age or older, not desiring to pursue a degree program may be admitted as Adult Special students or take occasional courses for personal enrichment. A maximum of 16 semester hours may be earned in this status.

High School Students

High school students, upon recommendation of the high school principal or counselor, may be granted dual enrollment admissions during the senior year in high school. Before dual admissions is granted, the applicant must take the American College Test and have the official scores sent to TNU's Office of Admissions. Such students may take University classes while completing their high school diploma.

Admission to Professional Programs

These professional programs have special admission requirements:

Church Music

Music Education

Medical Technology

Nursing

Music

Teacher Education

Music Business

 

The specific procedures for each program are described in the music, natural and applied sciences, and teacher education department sections of this Catalog.

Transfer from Other Colleges

Applicants from other institutions seeking admission to advanced standing in the University must present evidence of honorable dismissal from the institution last attended and official transcripts of all college work taken. The institution must be a college or university accredited by a Commission on Colleges of a regional accrediting association. Any applicant who has not received an honorable dismissal from the previous institution will not be allowed to enroll at TNU until a minimum of one semester of suspension has elapsed.

A grade of D on transfer work will be accepted with the following qualifications: (1) A transfer course in which a D has been earned will not be allowed to count toward a major or minor; (2) Applicants who transfer a D grade in a course equivalent to ENG 1020—English Composition will be subject to the requirement of repeating ENG 1020 unless they have also completed the equivalent of ENG 1080—Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking; (3) Policy will apply only to work transferred from regionally accredited institutions of higher learning. Transfer students with grade point averages below minimum standards will be entered on probation. (Refer to the system of academic probation and suspension located in the Academic Policy section of the Catalog.)

Applicants should request that their official academic transcript(s) be mailed to the Office of Enrollment Management. Transcripts must arrive prior to registration in ample time for an official evaluation of course credit to be completed. A credit evaluation of transfer credit is given to the student for advising purposes. The University is not responsible for accommodating duplicate coursework that is discovered with the arrival of transcripts after the advising dates have passed.

Transfer from Non-Accredited Colleges

After one full-time semester of satisfactory work at Trevecca, a student may have credits earned at a non-accredited college reviewed for acceptance as a basis for academic standing. The procedure is to require a statement from three (3) accredited colleges that have previously accepted credits earned from the non-accredited college. Evaluation of courses will be made on an individual basis. No credit will be given for courses below C, and courses must parallel course offerings at Trevecca Nazarene University. Only hours earned (not grades or GPA) will transfer. All transfer credit issues pertaining to general education core, college-level learning, instructional quality, and course equivalency shall receive final resolution through a collaborative effort involving discipline-appropriate faculty and department coordinator, the divisional chairperson(s), school dean or vice president for academic affairs.

Credit from non-regionally accredited proprietary schools will be validated for credit only by demonstration of competency through a departmental exam or nationally recognized testing agency (e.g., CLEP). CLEP Tests will be used when available.

Transfer from Bible Colleges

Trevecca Nazarene University will accept up to 90 semester hours of credit (not grades or GPA) for courses with grades of C or above from Bible colleges accredited by the American Association of Bible Colleges. In addition to credits accepted, applicants must meet all requirements for graduation at TNU, including general education requirements and departmental requirements.

Orientation and Testing

The orientation program is designed to acquaint each new student and his or her family with University life and University personnel.

Freshman orientation is offered in June and at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. It includes group guidance sessions, personal counseling regarding curriculum, and social, recreational and religious events. Invitations to the orientation program are given to applicants meeting the conditions of the Admission Policy for freshmen.

Transfers have a one-day orientation at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

The ACT/SAT scores of freshmen are used to determine entry-level courses for English composition, mathematics, and reading. Certain entering students will be required to take developmental studies courses based on their scores. Students will be placed in the Academic Enrichment Program (AEP) if they are required to take work in two or more developmental areas.

A new student will be placed in an entry-level course based on the following:

English Placement

ACT English

SAT Critical Reading

 

28+

630+

ENG 1080–Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking

20-27

500-620

ENG 1020–English Composition

18-19

450-490

ENG 1010–Introduction to Rhetoric

17 & below

440 & below

INT 0900–Foundations in English Learning Strategies*

Math Placement

ACT Math

SAT Math

 

26+

600+

MAT 1510–Calculus I

24-25

560-590

MAT 1310–Precalculus

20-23

480-550

MAT 1055–College Algebra

19 & below

470 & below

INT 0950–Developmental Math*

Reading Placement

ACT Reading

SAT Critical Reading

 

15 & below

400 & below

INT 0900–Foundations in English Learning Strategies*

Study Skills Placement

Freshmen having two (2) developmental course placements must also take Study Skills, INT 1010. Freshmen accepted under Academic Restriction must take Study Skills.

Transfer students who have not earned college-level mathematics and/or English credits or submitted their official ACT/SAT scores must complete assessment testing in the appropriate area(s) during orientation and may be required to enroll in appropriate developmental courses.

*Developmental courses do not earn credit toward graduation.

Housing Information for New Students

Resident Hall students are required to pay a $25.00 residence hall fee to reserve a room. (This is refundable if the student withdraws his or her Application for Undergraduate Admission prior to registration.) Check or money order made payable to Trevecca Nazarene University must be submitted to the Office of Enrollment Management. Residence Hall and roommate assignments are determined by the Office of Student Development based on the date the fee was received. A housing interview is required for students 23 years of age or older.

Trevecca offers apartments for rent on or near the campus to married students and other personnel. Inquiries should be made directly to TNU's facilities coordinator, located in the physical plant office.

Non-Traditional Undergraduate Management and Human Relations Program

Traditionally, college education has been available only to those with time and money to spend several years away from work, and usually away from home. People who either choose or need to work often find no practical way of continuing their education. To meet the needs of the working adult, the Division of Adult Studies offers a BA in Management and Human Relations and a BS in Management Information Systems to those applicants 23 years of age or older who have at least 60 semester hours of college credit. Admission requirements for these programs are available in the MHR Department Catalog.

To obtain a catalog, schedule of classes, and application, write or call: Management and Human Relations Department, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37210-2877; (615) 248-1529; (800) 818-4256. Web: www.trevecca.edu. E-mail: management@trevecca.edu.

Non-Traditional Undergraduate Christian Ministry Program

The B.A. in Christian Ministry is a cooperative degree-completion program conducted by Trevecca Nazarene University's Christian Ministries Institute for and with the Salvation Army Southern Territory. This program seeks to encourage life-long learning by providing the Southern Territory with educational support for its officers, soldiers, employees, and volunteers.

Admission to the academic program is described in a bulletin available on request from the Associate Director of the Christian Ministries Program in the School of Religion, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, TN 37210-2877. Please call (615) 248-7766 or
e-mail salvationarmy@trevecca.edu for further information.

Graduate Programs Offered

To encourage and provide continued professional growth opportunities, Trevecca offers the following graduate programs: Graduate Education Program, Graduate Psychology Program, Graduate Religion Program, Graduate Management Program, Graduate Physician Assistant Program, and Graduate Library Science Program.

Graduate Education

Master of Arts

Teaching K-6
Teaching 7-12

Master of Education

Educational Leadership
Teaching English Language Learners
Teaching Reading
Instructional Effectiveness (Curriculum and Instruction)
Instructional Technology

Doctor of Education:

Leadership and Professional Practice

To obtain a catalog, schedule of classes, and application for graduate admissions, write or call: Graduate Education Program, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37210-2877; (615) 248-1201; (800) 284-1594. E-mail: admissions_ged@trevecca.edu.

Graduate Psychology

Master of Arts:

Counseling
Counseling Psychology

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy

To obtain a catalog, schedule of classes, and application for graduate admissions, write or call: Graduate Psychology Program, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37210-2877; (615) 248-1417. E-mail: admissions_psy@trevecca.edu.

Graduate Religion

Master of Arts in Religion:

Preaching
Biblical Studies
Theological Studies

To obtain a catalog, schedule of classes, and application for graduate admissions, write or call: Graduate Religion Program, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37210-2877; (615) 248-1378. E-mail:
admissions_rel@trevecca.edu.

Graduate Management

Master of Science:

Management

Master of Business Administration:

Management

For a catalog, schedule of classes, and application for graduate admissions, write or call: Graduate Management Program, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37210-2877 (615) 248-1529; (800) 818-4256. E-mail: management@trevecca.edu.

Graduate Physician Assistant

Master of Science:

Medicine (Physician Assistant)

For a catalog, schedule of classes, and application for graduate admissions, write or call: Graduate Physician Assistant Program, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37210-2877 (615) 248-1225. E-mail: admissions_pa@trevecca.edu.

Graduate Library Science

Master of Library and Information Science

For catalog, schedule of classes, and application for graduate admissions, write or call: Graduate Education Program, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37210-2877 (615) 248-1201; (800) 284-1594. E-mail: admissions_ged@trevecca.edu.