Fall 2016 Enrollment
1,297 undergraduate students
95% of undergrad students are full time
44% male — 56% female
44% of students are from out of state
2016-2017 Academic Year
93 full-time faculty
64 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio
96% of first year students live on campus
89% of all students live on campus
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.
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RETENTION FALL 2016
78% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)
6 YEAR GRADUATION RATE 2016
57% of students graduated in 6 years
ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2016
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|American Indian or Alaska Native||0%|
|Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander||0%|
|Two or more races||2%|
|Race and/or ethnicity unknown||10%|
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.
Freed-Hardeman is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The University has specialized accreditation for its programs in Bible, business, education, nursing, and social work. The programs have had a rigorous review and met state and national standards.
College of Arts and Sciences The College of Arts and Sciences offers the following undergraduate programs: Arts and Humanities, Biology, Biology/Environmental Science, Chemistry, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Physical Science (Pre-Engineering), Communication, English, Spanish, Art/Graphic Design, Art/Studio Art, Interactive Digital Design (Designer), Music, Photography, Theatre (Performance), Theatre (Design/Production), History, Law and Politics, Computer Science, Interactive Digital Design (Developer), Mathematics, and Nursing. College of Biblical Studies The College of Biblical Studies offers a BA in Bible and BS in Bible degrees with the following emphases: Bible Text, Biblical Languages, Christian Apologetics, Ministry, Missions, Preaching, and Missions. The following graduates programs are offered: Ministry, New Testament, Old Testament, Pastoral Care and Counseling, and Master of Divinity. College of Business The College of Business offers the following undergraduate programs: Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing; dual BBA/MBA programs in Accounting, Finance,Management, and Marketing. Graduate programs are offered in Business Administration and Healthcare Management. College of Education and Behavioral Sciences The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences offers the following undergraduate programs: Child and Family Studies, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Social Work, Special Education /K-12, Education: Early Childhood/Pre-K-3, Education: Secondary /Second Major Only. Graduate programs are offered in the following: M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Doctor of Behavioral Health, M.A. in Teaching, M.A.T. in Special Education, M.Ed. in School Counseling, Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Leadership/Teacher Leadership, ED.S in Instructional Leadership/Administration and Supervision, Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership/Administration and Supervision, and Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership/Teacher Leadership. Honors College The Honors College offers enhanced experiences in the above listed programs.
U.S. News and World Report: Best Value School in the South
Best College Reviews: Top 10 Best Small Colleges
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.
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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.
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Other: Bible, Values
Class Size Breakdown
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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.
Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates
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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.
ADMISSIONS FALL 2016
791 Total Applicants
762 Total Admissions
325 Total Freshmen Enrollment
96.33% of applicants admitted
Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission
Rolling admission? Yes
Rigor of secondary school record
Standardized test scores
Freshmen Profile Fall 2016
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|SAT Critical Reading||480||558|
Admissions Requirements for Freshman Students
- Graduated from a high school, completed a comparable homeschool curriculum, or completed the GED
- Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale
- Minimum ACT composite score of 19 or New SAT score of 980 (ERW+M)
TUITION AND COSTS
NET PRICE CALCULATOR
TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2016-17
|Room and Board (on campus)||$7,950|
|Estimated Total On Campus||$29,900|
Average Financial Aid Packages 2016-2017 Estimated
$20,151 First year students
$13,949 All undergrads
Financial Aid Breakdown 2016-2017 Estimated
73.3% on average, the percentage of need that was met
27% of financial need students that had need fully met
$13,949 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$3,829 Average need-based loan
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..