Carson-Newman University

Carson-Newman University utilizes Moodle to grant four bachelor’s completion and seven graduate programs in an asynchronous, Christ-centered format. Professors are highly accessible thanks to the close-knit 13:1 student-faculty ratio. Online learners also benefit from 24/7 technical help, five- or eight-week accelerated sessions, Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library access, the Bridge Program, and even clubs like Baptist Collegiate Ministries.

Carson-Newman University appears in our ranking of the Top 10 Most Affordable Accelerated Master’s in TEFL.

Chaired by Dr. Angela F. Wood, a Certified High-Risk Perinatal Nurse, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) takes just 14 months online for registered clinical staff to advance their healthcare skills. The 33-credit, CCNE-accredited curriculum requires two fieldwork stints in students’ own communities between courses like Altered Health States, Nursing Management, and Pharmacology.

Devoted to Isaiah 1:17, Carson-Newman’s Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship suits post-grads called to empower people and relieve community ails by starting impactful nonprofits. The 32-credit, two-year program directed by Dr. Matt Bryant Cheney of the Bonner Center integrates Internet courses like Global Poverty, Holistic Mental Health, Organizational Behavior, and Spiritual Leadership without a thesis.

Other online offerings at Carson-Newman University include the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Education in Special Education, Master of Science in Nursing for Family Nurse Practitioners, Master of Arts in Applied Theology, and Doctor of Education in Administrative Leadership.

About Carson-Newman University

Carson-Newman University was opened in 1851 by the East Tennessee Baptist Educational Society as the Mossy Creek Missionary Seminary. In 1880, its separate men’s and women’s divisions were renamed for James Harvey Carson and William Cate Newman before joining in 1889. CNU evolved into a private, conservative Christian CCCU member with 25 KON Chapter of Excellence Awards. Known for housing the 500-year-old Saint John’s Bible in Denton Gallery, CNU occupies a mile-wide Southern Highlands campus in Jefferson City, Tennessee’s 87th most diverse town. Carson-Newman now teaches 2,362 Eagles from 28 nations with 70 percent retention on-site and online. Linked to 9,039 LinkedIn alumni, Carson-Newman University has graduated Dana Bible, Millard Caldwell, Ben Hooper, Mary McDonald, and more.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked Carson-Newman the 66th best South college and 26th top value with the #1 best undergrad teaching. On Niche, CNU was America’s 284th best athletics college, 365th top education school, and 488th hardest university. Forbes placed Carson-Newman University 387th among private institutions with the 167th happiest grads. In Washington Monthly, CNU was crowned the country’s second most service-oriented baccalaureate university with the 163rd highest graduation rate. PayScale recognized CNU for a mid-career median salary of $71,000. According to College Factual, Carson-Newman University ranks 317th for value and 185th for health professions programs nationally. The “College of Distinction” was also rated in the top 89th percentile for teacher preparation by the NCTQ.

Carson-Newman University Accreditation Details

In 2013, Carson-Newman University underwent comprehensive evaluation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to renew its Level V accreditation for 10 more years under president Dr. Randall O’Brien. This regional body in Decatur is authorized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation to check the quality of CNU’s 64 baccalaureate and 10 graduate programs. Academic departments have also garnered programmatic accreditation from the following:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Carson-Newman University Application Requirements

With 67 percent acceptance, Carson-Newman University was classified as “moderately difficult” by Peterson’s. Online bachelor’s entrants must complete at least 48 credits, but less than 90 credits, at accredited institutions. Transfer pathways exist with Pellissippi State Community College, TCAT Memphis, Belmont University, Cleveland State Community College, Tusculum College, and others. Achieving a minimum 2.0 GPA is expected, though the average is 3.49. Standardized tests are voluntary with a mean SAT score of 1070 and ACT score of 23. The RN-BSN requires state licensure and at least 2.75 GPAs. Starting an online master’s after baccalaureate study generally mandates a 2.5 average or better. Online Master of Education students need to pass the Praxis II for certification. If GPAs fall below 3.0, scores above 290 on the GRE or 400 on the GMAT can substitute.

Carson-Newman University has rolling admission until the final undergrad deadlines of July 1st for Fall and December 1st for Spring starts. The Adult & Graduate Division has varying dates; for instance, the Master of Science in Counseling admits until April 1st while the Master of Arts in Applied in Theology has no deadline. Join the CNU community online to submit the free application or pay the $100 fee for international students. Assistance is available at (865) 471-3223 or Online programs generally request these:

  • Official high school and college transcripts
  • Satisfactory GRE, Praxis, or GMAT scores
  • Two professional recommendation letters
  • Typed, 1,000-word personal goal essay
  • Current, active licenses (RN or teacher)
  • Résumé or employment verification form

Tuition and Financial Aid

Traditional annual tuition at Carson-Newman University is $27,400 full-time with $1,600 for textbooks, $8,630 for room and board, and $3,010 for extra expenses. Fortunately, online study costs much less than the $40,640 yearly price. Online bachelor’s completion programs bill $350 per credit, including a $20 technology fee. The Master of Education charges $410 per credit online. Finishing the Online MSN for Family Nurse Practitioners costs $670 per credit. Other master’s programs will request $470 per credit.

According to the NCES College Navigator, 97 percent of full-time CNU Eagles share $31.8 million yearly with financial aid packages that average $18,631. Institutional funds include the Presidential Scholarship, Opportunity Award, Faculty Scholarship, Elite Scholarship, Transfer Merit Scholarship, Hebert Armed Forces Scholarship, Bonner Scholars Award, and Minister’s Dependent Award. Submitting the FAFSA application via code 003481 would determine Pell Grant and FSEOG Grant eligibility. Graduates have a median debt of $23,773 from Perkins, Stafford, and Plus loans. Volunteer State natives could claim the Tennessee Hope Scholarship, Access Grant, and Aspire Award. Other options include employee tuition assistance, Yellow Ribbon benefits, TN Baptist Foundation awards, and the Tennessee Teaching Scholars Program.

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