Carson-Newman University offers a Christian, liberal arts education and encourages open intellectual inquiry and a deep spiritual maturity. Students receive a personalized education in small classes where caring faculty get to know and nurture each person. Professors and staff members seek to model Christian virtues to students and thereby inspire them to use their unique gifts for a lifetime of service to God and humanity. Its role in higher education has been touted by such publications and organizations as Forbes, The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and the John Templeton Foundation.
The historic Baptist distinctives of religious liberty, personal responsibility and compassion for others create a welcoming community that fosters a sense of belonging. The cultural heritage and geographic beauty of the Appalachian region enriches the Carson-Newman experience, and the University contributes to the region’s environmental preservation and economic development.
The campus is located on 125 acres across rolling hills in the heart of Jefferson City. It is nestled within the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, between two lakes, and is 28 miles northeast of Knoxville. Recent academic building projects include the 2007 opening of Blye-Poteat Hall, home to the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, and a new Child Development Laboratory. In 2009 the College completed Ted Russell Hall, providing a new academic space for the School of Business.
President: J. Randall O’Brien
Provost: Kina S. Mallard
Fall 2008 Enrollment: Full-Time - 1,833 / Part-Time - 199