Jefferson City, Tennessee
Carson-Newman University students experience what higher education can be at this nationally recognized university, founded in 1851. This liberal arts-based institution integrates faith and learning in a nurturing and rigorous teaching environment where students come first. Carson-Newman offers the resources necessary for the enrichment of each student’s education, from quality faculty and academic programs to state-of-the-art technology and facilities. Carson-Newman is preparing students everyday to compete on the world stage.
Experience the joys of living 30 minutes outside of one of the country’s most visited national parks while studying one of University’s 50 undergraduate programs or 10 graduate degrees. Students cultivate their mind, discover their passions, and broaden their experiences.
Get to know Carson-Newman University
STUDY ABROAD, THE WASHINGTON SEMESTER, AND MAY TERM
Students can spend an entire semester abroad by participating in the London Semester and other study-abroad opportunities. Carson-Newman, along with International Enrichment Inc., provides all academic and nonacademic support services.
The Washington Semester is available as an internship program primarily for political science and pre-law majors. Through the program, students earn credit for work in the nation’s capital.
Art and foreign language majors may earn credit while studying and traveling throughout Europe during the three-week May term.
Students have numerous opportunities to explore community service. SPOTS mission trips offer opportunities for students to travel to serve on projects from Puerto Rico and Nepal to Alaska and sites across Tennessee. The Bonner Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement prepares future-minded students to be servants and leaders in the community. Student volunteers are committed to building and sustaining a caring community through integration of academic excellence and community engagement. The Appalachian Center serves the physical needs of rural Appalachia and the Samaritan House provides housing for the homeless. Students regularly volunteer and partner with both sister organizations to the University. Carson-Newman honors its twin pillars of academic excellence and Christian service.
“Service is an expression of who we are at Carson-Newman.” — Shelley Ball, Dean of Students
“I look forward to SPOTS (mission trips) because it is always an eye-opening experience for our students. They get to express their faith but are also challenged and grow in their own walk with Christ. I recently spoke to a C-N alum that said that SPOTS and Campus Ministries was the most influential and pivotal experience of their college career.”
— Chad Morris, associate director of Campus Ministries
“These children and these people have truly touched my heart and have shown me the true meaning of God and love for those around me! They have shown me to take nothing for granted and to love everyone around me.”
– Maysi Brotherton, Class of 2019, writing from a University-sponsored mission trip in Hlauleka, Mozambique
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 9%
White, non-Hispanic: 76%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 2%
Carson-Newman offers top-notch classroom experiences and cutting-edge programs. The Carson-Newman Honors Program provides academic challenges and opportunities for intellectually gifted and curious students through team-taught interdisciplinary classes and extracurricular events. A scholarship competition is held each February.
Across all levels of campus, research is encouraged and cultivated. The annual Student Research, Creativity, and Performance Day showcases one of the distinctives of Carson-Newman, a passion for intellectual inquiry through collaborative scholarship and creative endeavors between students and faculty.
THE FILM PROGRAM
Carson-Newman’s film program offers students the opportunity to earn college credit while participating in internships with regional filmmakers. Through a partnership program with the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, accepted students also have an opportunity to live in L.A. and to work and study with Hollywood filmmakers.
“I tell people all the time that Carson-Newman faculty and staff care about your academic life, but even more than that, they invest in you personally.” – Kayla Bishop, junior psychology major
“Carson-Newman set me on a career path that I could not have imagined at the time, and it gave me values that are with me still.” — Joseph Robinette, Class of 1960, Broadway Playwright
“Professors, faculty members and staff all challenged me in many ways … Every time I think of C-N, I am reminded of how blessed I was to attend an amazing school.” — Maj. Katherine J. Slingerland, Class of 2004, Presidential Airlift Coordinator, White House Military Office
Carson-Newman’s Eagle Scholars program highlights the academic achievements of its student-athletes. It is the only program of its kind in the South Atlantic Conference.
The University offers students 70 campus organizations, including honor societies such as Alpha Chi and Mortar Board, and 40 intramural sports.
The University’s Community, Life and Worship program brings speakers, academics, artists, and other unique individuals and events to campus to integrate faith, learning and community outside the classroom.
AN INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
Carson-Newman cultivates an international community on campus through its International Education program. Students from around the world study alongside traditional American students. International halls in dorms, language partners and the International Club all seek to integrate multiple cultures and languages to help all students develop a broader worldview. For the 2017 fall semester, the University welcomed 126 international students from 34 countries to campus.
Carson-Newman offers a spectacular location in one of America’s most scenic regions. Set in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and between two lakes, students can enjoy the bustling city life of Knoxville just 35 minutes away, or hiking and rafting less than 30 minutes from campus.
The University offers 19 NCAA Division II sports.
Men: Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, and Track and Field.
Women: Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, and Volleyball.
Colors: Orange and Blue
“Carson-Newman taught me a lot about discipline and the small things that you have to focus on to become a better player and person.” — Steve Cishek, Class of 2008, Chicago Cubs pitcher
“Intramurals are a really fun, competitive way to destress — and at the end, you get a T-shirt! It’s another great way to make friends on campus.” — Andrew Manzaro, junior psychology major
“My big dream is to win an Oscar as a director of a feature film. Carson-Newman is putting me on that path by helping me foster creativity in myself and others around me. As a junior, I was encouraged to form the Film and Media Club and currently serve as its president.” — Christian Hissam, senior communication major
STUDENTS READY TO SUCCEED
Carson-Newman’s exceptionally high placement rates in professional programs in medicine, law, business, education and theological study is a testimony to the excellence of its rigorous academic programs. Students leave the University prepared to enter the professional world, with skills that extend beyond their academic program. Carson-Newman alumni constantly demonstrate the value of a liberal arts education through their success both in the professional world and in their personal lives.
“Had I gone to the school I thought was for me, I would not be a nurse. I needed the individual attention and encouragement that was so readily available at C-N. I also know that I would not be where I am now in my faith journey. Therefore, I am forever grateful to the staff and faculty at Carson-Newman.” — Mary Armstrong, Class of 2012
“For me Carson-Newman is everything. It is a dream come true, because Carson-Newman made me who I am today. It’s amazing how one place can change your life, how it could transform me to be a good man who wants to serve society. I know I would not be where I am without the opportunity Carson-Newman gave me.” — Lazaro Reinoso, Class of 2001
“Without Carson-Newman, my life would be completely different. Moving to California was not part of my plan. I came for a business degree, but along the way I found another path. Dr. Mark Borchert first approached me about a film program in California. I landed my first job from a connection made during that program. It all began with coming to Carson-Newman. I truly believe I would not be doing what I love if I had chosen differently.” — Miriam Hughes, Class of 2010
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
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