About C-N

C-N Facts

Type of Institution

Carson-Newman University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution that combines both undergraduate and graduate academic programs with an overt mission of serving God through serving others.

Founded 1851

Dr. J. Randall O’Brien, named the University’s 22nd president in July 2008.

Steeples of Excellence

Carson-Newman’s five Steeples of Excellence denote central elements of the institution’s mission. Each of these programs focuses on work important to the University. They are the Appalachian Center, the Louis and Mary Charlotte Ball Institute for Church Music, the Center for Baptist Studies, the Center for Global Education, and the Wellness Center.

Carson-Newman University Mission Statement

Our mission is to help our students reach their full potential as educated citizens and worldwide servant leaders by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.


Carson-Newman’s campus is nestled within the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and in between two lakes; campus is located 28 miles northeast of Knoxville.

The mailing address is: 2130 Branner Ave. Jefferson City, TN 37760
The physical address is: 1646 Russell Ave. Jefferson City, TN

Jefferson County, Tennessee

Arguably part of the state’s most scenic region, Jefferson County’s location to the Appalachian Mountains and Tennessee waterways provides a premier setting for higher education.


1967 students of which 321 are in graduate studies.


Students from 33 states, Washington DC and approximately 20 foreign countries


109 full time

Student/Faculty Ratio


Average Class Size


Academic Program

50 majors available within academic disciplines. Four undergraduate degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing) and seven graduate degrees (Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Counseling, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Applied Theology, Master of Applied Social Justice)

Study Abroad

Opportunities to study areas of interest with an international focus include Al Akhawayn University Exchange Program, Asian Exchange Programs, Chinese Cross-Culture Institute, London Program, Oxford Term, International Cross-Culture Courses, and Mission Outreach opportunities world-wide.


In-room internet access; wireless campus network


Approximately 50, including religious, social, service, professional and departmental groups, student newspaper, yearbook and literary magazine

Honor Societies


Honors Program

The Carson-Newman Honors Program provides academic challenges and opportunities for intellectually gifted and curious students through team-taught interdisciplinary classes and extra-curricular events. A scholarship competition is held each February.


NCAA Division II, South Atlantic Conference in 14 varsity sports; nationally recognized intramural program

Tuition & Fees, Room & Board

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Financial Aid

Carson-Newman is committed to providing an affordable, top-quality education for our students. Annually, over 90 percent receive some form of assistance.


The Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library contains over 200,000 volumes and 8,000 periodicals. The Media Services Center provides video and television production facilities, as well as satellite teleconferencing. Also available is a selective government depository with access to thousands of government publications. Library houses The Baptist Archives for East Tennessee.

Graduation and Retention

The four year graduation rate is approximately 36%. The five year graduation rate is 49%. The six year graduation rate is 55%. Beyond six years is 55%

The freshman to sophomore retention rate is 60%

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