Big South Conference

Learn About the 10 Colleges in the Big South Conference

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The Big South Conference is an NCAA Division I athletic conference with members coming from Virginia and the Carolinas. The conference headquarters are located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Member institutions are a mix of private and public universities. One school, Presbyterian College, is a small liberal arts college.

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Campbell University
Campbell University. Gerry Dincher / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Founded in 1887 by preacher James Archibald Campbell, Campbell University maintains its ties to the Baptist Church to this day. During their first two years, all Campbell students must attend Campbell University Worship. The university is located on an 850-acre campus just 30 miles from Raleigh and Fayetteville. Undergraduates can choose from over 90 majors and concentrations, and the majority of majors have an internship component. Business Administration and Management are the most popular majors. Campbell University has a 19 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and no classes are taught by graduate assistants.

  • Location: Buies Creek, North Carolina
  • School type: private Baptist university
  • Enrollment: 6,101 (4,296 undergraduates)
  • Team: Camels
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Campbell University profile.
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Charleston Southern University
Charleston Southern University. Mydogtryed / Wikimedia Commons

Charleston Southern University's 300-acre campus sits on a former rice and indigo plantation. Historic Charleston and the Atlantic Ocean are nearby. Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and the integration of faith with learning is central to the school's mission. The university has a 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and students can choose from over 30 Bachelor's degree programs (Business is most popular).

  • Location: North Charleston, South Carolina
  • School type: Private Baptist University
  • Enrollment: 3,367 (2,967 undergraduates)
  • Team: Buccaners
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Charleston Southern University profile.
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Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs at Georgia Tech
Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs at Georgia Tech. hoyasmeg / Flickr

From Gardner-Webb University's campus, Charlotte is about an hour away and the Blue Ridge Mountains are nearby. The school places high value on Christian principles. Gardner-Web has a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 25. Students can choose from about 40 Bachelor degree programs; business and social sciences are most popular.

  • Location: Boiling Springs, North Carolina
  • School type: Private Baptist university
  • Enrollment: 4,470 (2,710 undergraduates)
  • Team: Runnin' Bulldogs
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Gardner-Webb University profile.
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High Point University
High Point University. Exwhysee / Wikimedia Commons

Founded in 1924, High Point University has in recent years undergone massive expansion with $300 million dedicated to campus construction and upgrades including residence halls that are more luxurious than those found at most colleges. Students come from over 40 states and 50 countries, and undergraduates can choose from 68 majors. Business Administration is by far the most popular field of study. High Point has a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and most classes are small.

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Liberty University Stadium
Liberty University Stadium. Zachary Welch / Flickr

Founded by Jerry Falwell and grounded in evangelical Christian values, Liberty University takes pride in being the world's largest Christian university. The university enrolls roughly 50,000 students online and has set a goal to increase that number significantly in the near future. Students come from all 50 states and 70 countries. Undergraduates can choose from 135 areas of study. Liberty has a 23 to 1 student / faculty ratio and all faculty are non-tenured. Liberty is not for everyone -- the Christ-centered school embraces political conservatism, prohibits alcohol and tobacco use, requires chapel three times weekly, and enforces a modest dress code and curfew.

  • Location: Lynchburg, Virginia
  • School type: Private Evangelical university
  • Enrollment: about 12,500 residential students
  • Team: Flames
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Liberty University profile.
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Longwood University
Longwood University. basbarnowl / Flickr

Founded in 1839 and located about 65 miles from Richmond, Virginia, Longwood provides its students with a hands-on educational experience supported by an average class size of 21. The university frequently ranks well among southeastern colleges.

  • Location: Farmville, Virginia
  • School type: Public university
  • Enrollment: 5,096 (4,574 undergraduates)
  • Team: Lancers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Longwood University profile.
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Presbyterian College
Presbyterian College. Jackmjenkins / Wikimedia Commons

Prebyterian College is one of the country's smallest Division I schools. Students come from 29 states and 7 countries. Students can expect a lot of personal attention -- the school has a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 14. Students can choose from 34 majors, 47 minors, and 50 clubs and organizations. PC earns high marks for its value and ability to foster community service.

  • Location: Clinton, South Carolina
  • School type: Private Prebyterian liberal arts college
  • Enrollment: 1,460 (1,146 undergraduates)
  • Team: Blue Hose
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Prebyterian College profile.
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Radford University Muse Hall
Radford University Muse Hall. orderlyschism / Flickr

Established in 1910, Radford University's attractive red-brick Georgian-style campus is located southwest of Roanoke along the Blue Ridge Mountains. Students come from 41 states and 50 countries. Radford has an 18 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and the average freshman class size is 30 students. Professional fields such as business, education, communications and nursing are among the most popular with undergraduates. Radford has an active Greek community with 28 fraternities and sororities.

  • Location: Radford, Virginia
  • School type: Public university
  • Enrollment: 9,798 (8,885 undergraduates)
  • Team: Highlanders
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Radford University profile.
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UNCA - University of North Carolina at Asheville
UNCA - University of North Carolina at Asheville. Marcy Reiford / Flickr

The University of North Carolina at Asheville is the designated liberal arts college of the UNC system. The school's focus is almost entirely on undergraduate education, so students can expect more interaction with the faculty than at many large state universities. Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, UNCA provides an unusual mix of a small liberal arts college atmosphere with the low price tag of a state university.

  • Location: Asheville, North Carolina
  • School type: Public liberal arts college
  • Enrollment: 3,845 (3,804 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bulldogs
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the UNC Asheville profile.
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Winthrop University
Winthrop University. keithbsmiley / Flickr

Founded in 1886, Winthrop University has many buildings on the National Historic Register. The diverse student body comes from 42 states and 54 countries. Undergraduates can choose from 41 degree programs with business administration and art being the most popular. Winthrop has a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 24. All classes are taught by the faculty.

  • Location: Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • School type: Public university
  • Enrollment: 6,024 (4,974 undergraduates)
  • Team: Eagles
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Winthrop University profile.
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