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Local citizens invested their own labor and money to found this college. On December 5, 1851, Mossy Creek Baptist Seminary was chartered to offer educational opportunities to the Baptists of this region. The Civil War years proved difficult for the new institution, however. Union troops occupied the buildings, and faced with debt, the college closed its doors and the land was sold at auction. But bold dreams do not die. In 1869, college president Dr. Jesse Baker rode 3,500 miles on horseback to raise $5,250 to pay the college’s debts.

In 1880, the college became known as Carson College in honor of a founder who established an endowment for ministerial education. Two years later, Newman College was established for the education of women. The two colleges merged in 1889 as Carson-Newman College. With capable leadership and supportive alumni and friends, the college survived a war-ravaged era marked by economic depression. Soon, with the onset of World War II, the institution faced an unprecedented demand for educational opportunities. Carson-Newman College made its facilities available to the United States government for the training of officers for the armed forces.

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Today’s Carson-Newman College continues to meet educational needs. In its 1995 Best Colleges guide, U.S. News & World Report ranks Carson-Newman College among the top ten liberal arts colleges in the South based on such factors as academic reputation, student selectivity, faculty and financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni satisfaction. Carson-Newman

College was also recognized on the national publication’s “Best Values” listing for offering high academic quality at a reasonable price, and as one of the most efficient schools with regard to spending on educational programs per student. Carson-Newman College is the only college in Tennessee to make the top ten on all three lists.

Carson-Newman College students (approximately 2,200) continue a long tradition of active community involvement and build on the outstanding reputation of its alumni.

Carson-Newman College students have garnered national and international awards in public speaking, foreign language, free enterprise, and many other areas. Since 1989, Carson-Newman College athletic teams have won a combined total of 20 South Atlantic Conference championships.

The past two decades have been marked by rapid growth in programs and facilities and a continual emphasis on improving academic quality. The college has established ties with Europe, Japan, China and many other areas around the globe. Through an agreement with Oxford University, selected Carson-Newman College students may travel to England to participate in advanced research through one of the world’s most renowned educational institutions. The A Cappella Choir of Carson-Newman College has appeared at Westminster Abbey, and a Visiting Scholars program gives students opportunities to interact on this campus with talented individuals of diverse cultures.

Carson-Newman College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, many academic programs–including art, family and consumer sciences, teacher education, nursing, child development, and music–hold national accreditation. Carson-Newman College’s pre-med graduates have an exceptionally high rate of acceptance into medical schools, and 100 percent of the past three classes of nursing graduates passed their licensing examination on the first attempt, further evidence of excellent academic preparation. In 1987, Carson-Newman College initiated its first graduate program in education. Today, a record number of students are pursuing one of the college’s four graduate degrees, and Carson-Newman College is the state’s second highest producer of education professionals among private colleges.

“Carson-Newman College Alumni and Friends…People Who Make the Difference” is the theme of the activities of the Alumni Relations Office. Alumni Gatherings, projects, memorabilia and publications are continually created to meet the needs and interests of our graduates. The Alumni Association is represented by officers and an executive committee which is committed to the growth and success of our alumni programs. For more information, contact Alumni Relations at 865-471-3222.

In 1988, Carson-Newman College introduced four Steeples of Excellence: the Center for Wellness, The Center for Educational Service to Appalachia, the Center for Baptist Studies and the Center for Church Music. These four Steeples are areas of traditional strength in which the college seeks to establish a national reputation for excellence. In 1993, Carson-Newman College launched its Laboratory for Learning, part of a national initiative to transform education both inside and outside the classroom. Carson-Newman College is one of only seventeen colleges and universities in America chosen to participate in this endeavor.

The college has continued to build upon its Christian heritage and has improved services offered to the Baptists of East Tennessee. Scholarships to attend Carson-Newman College are available through many Baptist churches, and the Baptist Student Union is very active in several outreach programs. Through Appalachian Outreach, many churches send volunteers to spend their summers working with Carson-Newman College in poverty relief efforts, and many Carson-Newman College students have been among the volunteers to respond to national disasters. The first ministry team permitted to work with China’s leprosy patients consisted of Carson-Newman College faculty, students, and staff.

Carson-Newman College also has programs that assist church leaders in their ministries. The Norton Institute, founded in honor of a long-time Chattanooga pastor, offers educational opportunities and spiritual enrichment through area churches.


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