Situated in Jefferson City, Tennessee, about 28 miles northeast of Knoxville, Carson-Newman College, now called Carson-Newman University, is a private Christian liberal arts institution affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The college was founded in 1851 as Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary. It was known as Carson-Newman College until 2012 when the name was officially changed. The institution is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The campus of Carson-Newman College is at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and provides a serene and picturesque setting for higher education. Currently, enrollment stands at a little under 2000 students, with 33 states and 20 foreign countries represented. Carson-Newman University currently has 109 full-time faculty members.
Various academic programs and areas of study are offered at Carson-Newman University. Undergraduate majors include Art, Graphic Design, Photography, Biotechnology, Environmental Studies, Biochemistry, Business Administration, Management, Chemistry, Advertising/Public Relations, Media Studies, Interior Design, Fashion Merchandising and Design, Creative Writing, Literature, Exercise Science, Film, Biblical Languages, History, Linguistics, Church Music, Music Theory, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Science, Applied Psychology, Biblical Studies, Spirituality and the Arts, Youth and Recreation Ministry, Social Entrepreneurship, Cross-Cultural Sociology, Theatre, Dentistry, Law, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Podiatric Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and many other programs.
Graduate study programs are also offered at Carson-Newman University. Programs include Master in Business Administration, Master of Science in Counseling, Master of Arts in teaching, Doctor of Education, Master of Education, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Applied Theology, and more.
Student life is anything but ordinary at Carson-Newman University. Different activities and opportunities for personal development abound on campus. Being a Christian university, Carson-Newman organizes chapel services on Tuesday mornings for the campus community. The Community Life and Worship program encompasses both chapel attendance and other specified co-curricular programming for undergraduates. Baptist Collegiate Ministries also has a many events and weekly gatherings open to students of Carson-Newman.
Various mission and service opportunities are also available for students who want to make their educational experience more meaningful. Term mission opportunities are sponsored by Carson-Newman BCM each fall and spring break, where students are able to serve in various life-changing opportunities in different places. Meanwhile, ongoing service and volunteer opportunities are also available throughout the community, such as BCM OutReach Team (ministry to teens, children, assisted living facilities, homeless population, etc.), Samaritan House Family Ministries, Appalachian Outreach Poverty Relief Ministry, Community Connections, and others.
At the Residence Halls on the campus of Carson-Newman University, students are challenged and enhanced in all aspects of life - socially, physically, intellectually, and spiritually. Housing options vary from dormitory-style to apartment-style residences. All residence halls are equipped with laundry facilities, communal TV rooms, and communal kitchen areas.
Recreational activities are provided at the Maddox Student Activities Center, where students can relax, engage in sports and physical activity, and socialize with each other. The 96,000-square-foot Maddox Student Activities Center is equipped with three full-sized gymnasiums, a 1/10th mile indoor running track, two racquetball courts, gymnastics room, game rooms, weight room, swimming pool, meeting rooms, Internet lounge, TV lounge, bookstore, snack bar, post office and grand hall.