Admission Policies and Requirements

Application Deadlines

Students applying for admission or readmission to Trevecca Nazarene University must submit an application by the following dates:

August 1

Fall semester enrollment

April 15

Summer semester enrollment

December 1

Spring semester enrollment

High School Curriculum for Admission

Students graduating from high school must have a regular diploma or higher. High school certificates of attendance, special diplomas, or the like are not sufficient for admission. Students who have not earned the regular diploma or higher may be admitted on the basis of passing a GED or another approved alternative to a high school diploma (see section on Admission of Non-High School Graduates) and submitting ACT or SAT scores under the condition of the Admissions Policy for Freshmen listed below (ACT composite score of 18 or above; OLD SAT Critical Reading + Math of 860 or above; NEW RSAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math of 940 or above).

Freshman admission requirements include graduation with at 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:


4 units

Foreign Language

2 units


2 units

Natural Science

1 unit

Social Science

2 units

This background provides a broad foundation for college studies.

Admission Policy for Freshmen

A freshman applicant may be considered academically eligible for admission to Trevecca Nazarene University when the following two conditions are 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 OLD SAT Critical Reading + Math score of 860 or above, or NEW RSAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math of 940 or above.

If only one of the admissions conditions is met, a freshman applicant may be reviewed for admission on restriction.

Restrictions are:

  1. Placement in INT 1010 Study Skills or INT 1210 Fundamentals of Student Success I (see "Academic Restriction" in the Developmental Education & Basic Skills section of the Catalog).
  2. The student's progress will be monitored through interviews and regular progress reports under the supervision of the associate director of academic services for the Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service.
  3. All developmental and basic skills courses required by placement testing will be taken in specified sequence.

Restriction will be lifted when all of the requirements have been successfully completed.

Enrollment Deposit

All applicants upon admittance to the University are required to submit a $200 enrollment deposit by May 1 for the fall semester enrollment or by December 15 for the spring semester enrollment. This enrollment deposit is non-refundable after the stated deadlines. All freshmen and transfers will have one half of their deposit applied to their student account. The remaining one half will cover the student’s orientation costs. (Orientation is required.) All readmission and non-degree applicants will have the full amount applied to their student account. Check or money order made payable to Trevecca Nazarene University must be submitted to the Office of Admissions.

Admission of Homeschooled Students

Admission of a homeschooler to Trevecca requires the same documentation as any other Trevecca 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. Trevecca requires a high school transcript with all the subjects and grades taken by the student.

If the homeschooler’s education is:

  1. associated with an umbrella school organization, then the organization should provide the University with the official high school transcript.
  2. parent and student designed curriculum, then the parent as the primary instructor should provide the University with the official high school transcript.

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

Admission of Non-High School Graduates

Applicants may be admitted on the basis of a minimum passing score on an approved alternative to a high school diploma. 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. Alternative tests include:

  • GED — General Education Development
  • HiSET — High School Equivalency Test
  • TASC — Test Assessing Secondary Completion

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.

International students must show evidence of ability to understand and use English sufficiently well to succeed in their work at Trevecca. All international students must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

Submit a successful official TOEFL score report.

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 500 is required on the paper-based test; or
  • A minimum score of 173 is required on the computer-based test; or
  • A minimum score of 61 is required on the Internet-based test.

The TOEFL requirement can be waived if:

  • A student has attended a school for at least two years whose medium of instruction is English and successfully passed English. The student must be able to provide verification that the school did teach in English and that the student was not enrolled in any English support courses, such as ESL classes, during that time; or
  • A student submits an official college-level transcript showing completion of coursework at a “C” level (2.0 GPA) or better equivalent to Trevecca’s English Composition (ENG 1020) from an accredited college or university; or
  • A student submits a successful official IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score report with a minimum score of 5.5.

The TOEFL examination is administered in many overseas testing centers. Students who wish to take the test should contact TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151 or

All regular admission requirements must be completed before official acceptance will be granted, 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. Unless there is documented proof of reading, writing, and math skills, international students will be required to register for developmental courses.

All students residing in the United States on an F-1 Student Visa and taking courses from Trevecca Nazarene University may take only one online class per semester during the period of their study. This is a requirement of the SEVIS program of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Admission to Professional Programs

These professional programs have special admission requirements:

Music Education

Music (Liberal Arts-General)

Music (Liberal Arts-Commercial)

Praise and Worship (Certificate)


Social Work

Teacher Education

The specific procedures for each program are described in the music, praise and worship, science and math, social and behavioral science and teacher education department sections of this Catalog.

Transfer from Other Colleges

Applicants from other institutions seeking admission to the University must present evidence of good standing 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 considered for enrollment at Trevecca 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 Policies section of the Catalog.)

Applicants should request that their official academic transcript(s) be mailed to the Office of Admissions. 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 course work that is discovered with the arrival of transcripts after the advising dates have passed.

Transfer students will meet all of the same general education curriculum requirements as other students, with the following exceptions under the Contexts Tier:

  • First-time students transferring between 30 and 59 approved semester credit hours are exempt from taking a philosophy course.
  • First-time students transferring between 60 and 89 approved semester credit hours are exempt from taking a philosophy course and REL 4000 Christian Life and Ministry.
  • First-time students transferring with 90 or more approved semester credit hours are exempt from taking a philosophy course, REL 4000 Christian Life and Ministry, and either REL 2000 Introduction to Biblical Faith or REL 3000 Christian Tradition.

Associate of Arts/Associate of Science Transfer*

Any student who has completed an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Fine Arts degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution will be considered to have met all requirements for graduation from Trevecca Nazarene University, with the following exceptions:

  1. Students will be required to take REL 2000 Introduction to Biblical Faith and REL 3000 Christian Tradition.
  2. Students will be required to complete any prerequisites for upper-division courses.
  3. Students will be required to complete additional elective courses beyond the 6 hours of general education religion courses and required core and supporting courses in their major to satisfy the 120-credit-hour requirement for graduation from Trevecca.
  4. Students enrolled in licensure programs (teacher education, nursing, and social work) will be required to complete all courses necessary to meet state licensure standards, even if some of those courses are general education requirements that would otherwise be waived for students in non-licensure degree programs who have completed an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Fine Arts degree.

Trevecca Nazarene University is a participant in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway. Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) are designed to help community college students plan for transferring to a Tennessee public university or select regionally accredited, nonprofit, Tennessee private colleges and universities to complete their baccalaureate degree. The TTPs also constitute an agreement between community colleges and four-year colleges/universities confirming that community college courses meet major preparation requirements. A student who completes all of the courses listed on a particular Transfer Pathway will earn an AA or AS degree at the community college. The student is responsible for following the TTP exactly to ensure transfer of hours. A minimum grade of “C” is required for courses to transfer. Admission into Trevecca does not does not guarantee admission into a specific program.

*This policy does not does not apply to students who have been awarded the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

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 chairperson(s), school dean or associate vice president for academic services.

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 Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). In addition to credits accepted, applicants must meet all requirements for graduation at Trevecca, including general education requirements and departmental requirements.

Credit by Examination

Trevecca Nazarene University recognizes several national testing programs that provide students with opportunities to earn college credit. Students may earn a total of 45 credit hours 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. Testing credit awarded at other schools must also meet the above standard before being received for transfer credit. Official score reports must be sent directly to Trevecca. 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. Testing credit for General Education requirements must be submitted to the Office of Academic Records before the student has acquired 96 hours of coursework.

The following programs are approved:

Advanced Placement (AP)

Applicants who have participated in the Advanced Placement Program, sponsored by the College Entrance Examination Board, while in high school will receive credit for scores of 3, 4, or 5. The official score report must be sent directly to Trevecca. Trevecca’s CEEB Code is 1809.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP examinations are offered at testing centers across the nation, including Trevecca's testing center. The testing center may be reached at 615-248-1346 or Trevecca's CLEP Code is 1809.

International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)

Scores for the International Baccalaureate Organization will be evaluated and credit assigned to the appropriate areas.

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

DANTES examinations are offered at testing centers across the nation, including Trevecca's testing center. The testing center may be reached at 615-248-1346 or Trevecca's DSST Code is 9784.

Orientation and Testing

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

New student orientation is mandatory for all admitted freshmen and transfer applicants. It 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.

The ACT/SAT scores of freshmen are used to determine entry-level courses for English composition, mathematics, and reading. Trevecca accepts a student's highest composite score but cannot combine scores from separate tests. Certain entering students will be required to take developmental studies courses based on their scores.

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

English Placement

ACT English OLD SAT Critical Reading NEW RSAT Reading   
28+ 630+ 34+ ENG 1080 Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking
19-27 470-620 26-33 ENG 1020 English Composition
18 450-460 25 ENG 1010 Introduction to Rhetoric
17 & below 440 & below 24 & below ENG 1010 + ENG 1010L Introduction to Rhetoric and Lab

Math Placement

26+ 600+ 620+ MAT 1510 Calculus I
22-25 530-590 580-610 MAT 1310 Precalculus
20-21 480-520 520-570 MAT 1040 Concepts of Mathematics OR MAT 1055 College Algebra* OR MAT 1080 Problem Solving: A Quantitative Reasoning Approach
19 & below 470 & below 510 & below INT 0960 Intermediate Algebra**

*College Algebra does not satisfy the general education mathematics requirement.

**Developmental courses do not earn credit toward graduation.

Other Placement

Freshmen accepted under Academic Restriction must take INT 1010 Study Skills or INT 1210 Fundamentals of Student Success I (see "Academic Restriction" in the Developmental Education & Basic Skills section of the Catalog).

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.

Housing Information for New Students

Housing requirements are determined by the Office of Student Development. An online housing application is required once a person has been admitted and paid his or her $200 enrollment deposit. Residence hall and roommate assignments are based on the date the enrollment deposit is paid. A housing interview is required for students 23 years of age or older who wish to live in a residence hall. Those who wish to live off campus must receive permission from the Office of Student Development.

Trevecca offers apartments for rent on or near the campus to married students and other personnel. Inquiries about rent, availability, and regulations should be made directly to Trevecca’s Accounting Office.