Hiwassee College

225 Hiwassee College Drive
Madisonville, TN 37354-4001
Tel: (423)442-2001
School Highlights
  • Hiwassee College serves 424 students (57% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 19:1 is lower than the state community college average of 30:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 21% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 27%.
  • Hiwassee College is the only community colleges within Monroe County, TN.
  • The nearest community college is Roane State Community College (26.50 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 22 teachers has declined by 38% over five years.
Hiwassee College (TN) Community College Avg.
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control Private, non-profit Private, non-profit
Total Faculty 22 staff 28 staff
Hiwassee College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 424 has grown by 96% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 has increased from 8:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.36 is less than the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has grown by 24% over five years.
Total Enrollment 424 students 585 students
Hiwassee College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 19:1 30:1
Hiwassee College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 240 students 369 students
Hiwassee College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 184 students 216 students
Hiwassee College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Hiwassee College Enrollment Breakdown TN All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
140 92
Hiwassee College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% Asian
Hiwassee College Asian (2007-2013)
% Hispanic
Hiwassee College Hispanic (2007-2013)
% Black
Hiwassee College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Hiwassee College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Hiwassee College More (2014-2016)
% Non Resident races
- -
Hiwassee College Non Resident (2007-2013)
% Unknown races
Hiwassee College Ethnicity Breakdown TN All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.36 0.44
Hiwassee College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $29,500 $29,500
Hiwassee College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2012-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $13,470 is less than the state average of $14,180. The private state tuition has declined by 22% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees $13,470 $14,180
Hiwassee College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 100% 94%
Hiwassee College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $12,500 $17,000
Hiwassee College Median debt for students who have completed (2013-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $5,500 $6,297
Hiwassee College Median debt for students who have not completed (2012-2015)
Acceptance Rate 46% 83%
Hiwassee College Percent Admitted (2007-2016)
SAT Total Avg. 1,256 1,449
SAT Reading 443 525
Hiwassee College SAT Reading (2007-2016)
SAT Math 443 455
Hiwassee College SAT Math (2007-2016)
SAT Writing 370 469
Hiwassee College SAT Writing (2008-2016)
ACT Total Avg. 57 57
ACT Composite 19 19
Hiwassee College ACT Composite (2007-2016)
ACT English 19 19
Hiwassee College ACT English (2007-2016)
ACT Math 19 19
Hiwassee College ACT Math (2007-2016)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Founded in 1849, Hiwassee College is one the oldest private institutions in the State of Tennessee. Its campus has grown from the original seven acres donated by Reverend Daniel B. Carter to start the College to a campus comprised of eighteen buildings situated on sixty acres of a four hundred acre tract of land located just one mile north of the town of Madisonville. The College offers a variety of university parallel and career/vocational programs leading to the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Science degrees. Located in Madisonville, Tennessee, Hiwassee is a private, four-year residential college with an enrollment of approximately 450 students. This little college has been fulfilling big dreams since its inception in 1849. Rated as one of three most affordable private colleges in Tennessee, Hiwassee professors, students, and athletic teams frequently receive statewide, national, and even international recognition. Hiwassee College is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). The College is further accredited by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church and the Tennessee State Department of Education.

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Did You Know?
For Tennessee public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,313 per year for in-state students and $14,779 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,180 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Tennessee is 78%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Tennessee community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.44, which is lower than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Tennessee is Fortis Institute-Nashville. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.