Carson-Newman University

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1646 Russell Avenue

Jefferson City, TN 37760

Phone: (865) 471-2000
2012-2013 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 8
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#12 Overall Score: 81 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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Carson-Newman University is a private institution that was founded in 1851. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,646, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 90 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Carson-Newman University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 12. Its tuition and fees are $22,652 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1851 by Tennessee Baptists, Carson-Newman is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts university. The institution has received accolades from a host of publications for academic excellence and value and is one of only two universities to receive the Presidential Award in General Community Service on the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
In addition to an outstanding academic program, C-N also provides many opportunities for student involvement. Opportunities includes clubs and organizations, varsity sports, intramural athletics, music and drama groups, an award-winning forensics team, and many other extracurricular activities. The majority of students live on campus residence halls or an on-campus apartment community.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1851
Religious affiliation Baptist
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $48,936,983


When applying to Carson-Newman University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 8. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 8. The application fee at Carson-Newman University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 65.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 65.6%
Application deadline August 8
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 8

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Carson-Newman University is 12:1, and the school has 63.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Carson-Newman University include: Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 66 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 41%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 22%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 18%
Health Professions and Related Programs 18%

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Student Life

Carson-Newman University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,646, with a gender distribution of 46.7 percent male students and 53.3 percent female students. At this school, 61 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 38 percent of students live off campus. Carson-Newman University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,967
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Carson-Newman University offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service and 24-hour emergency telephones. Of the students at Carson-Newman University, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Carson-Newman University.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered No

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Tuition and fees $22,652 (2012-13)
Room and board $6,406 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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