Freed-Hardeman University is dedicated to supporting its students with an extraordinary education that is backed and strengthened by helping students develop their God-given talents. Students serve God through their scholarship, service, and pursuit of lifelong learning. Offering over 50 academic programs—and providing the flexibility for students to design their own majors—Freed-Hardeman strives to produce skilled professionals who excel in whatever field of work they pursue. This spiritually charged, scholarly environment encourages and inspires students to grow with ethical hearts and a strong drive to succeed.
Get to know Freed-Hardeman University
ENGAGED LEARNING INITIATIVE
The Engaged Learning Initiative, or ELI, is one of Freed-Hardeman University’s proactive programs aimed at making the undergraduate experience as fulfilling as possible. Through ELI, students can apply for grants and additional support to help them pursue independent projects, fund trips abroad for either service or study, and cultivate their skills in real-world, professional settings. Through the ELI, Freed-Hardeman makes a point to recognize and enable students’ drives to learn and serve.
UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS’ DAY
University Scholars’ Day is a recent tradition that exemplifies the value of research and academic exploration in the FHU community. Classes are canceled so that every student can gather for a day of presentations, discussions, and discovery. Headed by a guest keynote speaker, the event consists of multiple sessions that provide students and faculty the platform in which to share their independent projects.
FHU Abroad opens up the opportunity for students to travel all around the world, enriching their education and evolving as culturally aware, global citizens.
Freed-Hardeman owns and operates a small campus within the town of Verviers, Belgium. Centrally located in Europe, this beautiful town acts as a hub for a whole semester’s worth of adventure. FHU faculty enhance their lessons with trips around the continent, immersing students in culture and history to help their classes come alive. Excursions include a trip to Italy’s historically rich Roman ruins, a tour of the Globe Theatre in the United Kingdom, and a journey through Germany’s critical WWII-era landmarks.
Another life-changing opportunity available to students includes the Bible Lands program, a tour of Eastern Mediterranean landmarks that are full of biblical significance. This summer travel experience brings the Bible to life, helping students better leading students along the soil on which its events took place.
Many students travel not just to learn, but also to serve. For example, nursing students can go on a mission trip to Haiti to bring their clinical expertise to people in need. FHU provides a broad range of options, knowing that learning and compassion should never have any boundaries.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 2%
White, non-Hispanic: 77%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 14%
First-year students are given all they need to enter Freed-Hardeman University as smoothly as possible. The summer JumpSTART program gets incoming freshmen in touch with department faculty, providing them guidance and assistance as they register for their first semester of classes. Regardless of whether a student has declared a major, they have plenty of interaction with FHU faculty to explore their options and assess their skills and interests, all before their college career officially begins.
Throughout the first week of school, these new students are welcomed into the community during a daily orientation, called INTERFACE. The entire class is divided into small INTERFACE groups, each led by upperclassmen peer advisors, and spend each day bonding and participating in fun events. Friendships form naturally through such activities as an afternoon of canoeing on the Buffalo River, a Carnival in the Commons, and the “INTERFACE Olympics.”
SPIRITUALITY EVERY SEMESTER
As part of the Freed-Hardeman curriculum, students must enroll in a Bible course every semester of their college career. This consistent integration of the Bible within the curriculum keeps students conscious of and connected to the spiritual underpinning of the University. Students can select from a range of options to fulfill the Bible requirement each semester, from basic introductory courses to deep, comprehensive explorations of religious topics. While other institutions may require a Bible course or two, FHU’s emphasis on biblical academics enriches the spiritual atmosphere of the entire campus.
PROGRAMS DESIGNED FOR SUCCESS
The faculty at Freed-Hardeman are first and foremost dedicated to their students. Professors—not graduate students—lead their own classes so that students get their information directly from the experts. With over 50 academic programs, the University offers an education that prepares students for an incredible range of career possibilities. And, if a student wishes to stretch that range even further, they have the opportunity to design their own major by combining courses from different disciplines. This flexibility ensures that all students graduate ready to pursue their individual career goals.
Instead of joining traditional fraternities and sororities, Freed-Hardeman students can choose to be a part of one of six social clubs. These student-led organizations are founded on principles of camaraderie, service, and fun! Each group fosters a supportive environment for all personalities to prosper. Together, students in social clubs bond and grow together as they participate in entertaining activities and serve with compassion for others in the community around them.
Spirituality is intrinsic to everything on FHU’s campus. Such a strong, campus-wide faith is bolstered and reasserted through a daily chapel service in which the entire community gathers for prayer and worship. Later, each night, students have the option to attend devotionals and singings to strengthen their relationship with God and the faith-driven people around them.
Mid-semester, students organize a series of lectures that gives them a chance to share their own insights, discoveries, and testimonies with their peers. The opportunity for student lectures is just one of many ways that anyone at FHU can practice leadership and grow as spiritually fulfilled adults.
A PLACE TO CALL HOME
As a residential university, Freed-Hardeman makes it easy for students to feel at home and part of a tightly knit community. Living on campus keeps everyone in touch with all FHU goings-on, and every student is made to gain a true sense of belonging. The Christian environment is inspiring, and anyone can always find support and friendship, whether they reach out to neighbors across the hall or share their experiences in dorm devotionals.
Freed-Hardeman University is located in Henderson, Tennessee, between the two bustling cities of Memphis and Nashville.It is also conveniently located close to several state parks and a famous national battle site.
Freed-Hardeman University is a member of the American Midwest Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, and outdoor track and field. Women’s sports include softball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, cheerleading, volleyball, and outdoor track and field. The team colors are maroon and white, and the mascot is the lion.
The 2016-2017 athletic season set records. Coach Neal, head coach of the women’s basketball team, won his 600th game and the recognition as Women”s Basketball College Association/NAIA National Coach of the Year. Golfers from the men’s team were named Scholar Athletes, and the Lady Lion golfers won 3rd place in the AMC tournament. Coach Jim Sanderson, men’s basketball head coach, won his 500th game.
AYERS CENTER FOR STUDENT LEADERSHIP
The Ayers Center for Student Leadership aims to give FHU students a sense of direction and confidence for their futures. It offers a variety of services that not only help students get hired out of college, but also prepare them to be successful and proficient in their line of work. Everyone at FHU learns to lead, and every FHU graduate leaves college with four years of phenomenal resources under their belts.
Freed-Hardeman’s Career Center is proud to act as a liaison between students, alumni, and employers looking for top-notch interns. Anyone hoping to gain job experience before graduating can easily find an internship that best builds their skills for their future careers. With the help of such services as career assessment and exploration, mock interviews, and résumé workshops, students know exactly where to look for the most fulfilling internships and how to succeed as job-seekers.
Because faith and scholarship are intertwined at FHU, it should come as no surprise that many professors incorporate meaningful service into their coursework. Nearly every academic department hosts a course that has service built into its curriculum, encouraging students to experience the broader meaning and impact of their studies. Some examples include mission trips to underprivileged neighborhoods, and fundraisers for cancer research. FHU faculty strive to raise their students not only as proficient scholars, but also as philanthropic community members who serve with a love for God and a compassion for others.
SAT Critical Reading
25th Percentile: 480 | 75th Percentile: 558
25th Percentile: 435 | 75th Percentile: 518
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Tuition & Cost
FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
A large percentage of the student body receives financial aid. Academic scholarships are also available. Freed-Hardeman offers tuition discounts to Christian school employees Aid packages, based on need, can consist of a combination of federal, state, and university grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.