#15 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

Carson Newman College

Jefferson City, Tennessee

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Carson Newman College overview
Location Jefferson City, Tennessee
Online cn.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small Suburban
Religious Affiliation Baptist
Carson Newman College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Carson-Newman University, a private liberal arts institution established in 1851, is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, approximately 30 minutes from Knoxville. The campus features a blend of historic buildings and modern facilities, reflecting a commitment to maintaining tradition while fostering academic growth. The university offers a variety of undergraduate programs with notable emphasis on nursing, education, and business majors. Carson-Newman's admissions process is generally selective, seeking to enroll students who demonstrate strong academic potential. On-campus living is available, with a range of housing options designed to cater to students' diverse needs. While the university competes in NCAA Division II athletics, it is particularly recognized for its football and basketball programs, competing as the Carson-Newman Eagles.

In the most recent statistical year 2,928 prospective students applied, and 2,336 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 301 enrolled in the school.  1,578 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,008 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $31,300 plus fees of $1,700. Carson-Newman College is ranked 744 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Carson-Newman College is rated within the lower 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 980/1143
ACT 19/26
GPA 3.6

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Carson Newman College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,600
Other Fees$1,700
Room and Board $10,097
Budget for Other Expenses$3,267
Total One Year Cost$47,964

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$41,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

45% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Carson Newman College students
Subject Percent of Class
Education 25%
Health Professions 19%
Business 12%
Psychology 6%
Philosophy and Religious Studies 5%

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