Carson-Newman College Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Carson-Newman University Admissions Overview:

CNU is not a selective school, admitting 63% of students who applied in 2016. Students with good grades and test scores above average have a better chance of being accepted, although the school also looks at a student's academic background, extracurricular activities, and high school transcripts. Students interested in applying should check out CNU's website, and are welcome to contact the admissions office with any questions!

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Admissions Data (2016):

Carson-Newman College Description:

Carson-Newman College is a private Christian liberal arts college located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, a small city in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Knoxville is about a half hour drive to the southwest. The college's mission and curriculum focus on the whole student; intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual growth all get emphasis. Carson-Newman students come from 44 states and 30 countries. Students can choose from over 60 majors, and academics are supported by a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 16.

Upper-level classes average 6 to 8 students. The college wins high marks for its community service and study abroad programs. High achieving students should look into the honors program -- perks include scholarship money to support leadership development, travel and research. With over 50 clubs and 18 honor societies, student life is active.

On the athletic front, the Carson-Newman Eagles compete in the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference. The college fields 14 intercollegiate teams. Intramural sports are also popular, and over 75% of students participate each year.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,659 (1,812 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42% Male / 58% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $26,360
  • Books: $1,600 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,430
  • Other Expenses: $3,370
  • Total Cost: $39,760

Carson-Newman College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 64%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $19,421
    • Loans: $5,993

Academic Programs:

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 70%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 42%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 49%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Swimming, Tennis, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Track and Field, Golf, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Softball, Tennis, Swimming, Volleyball, Soccer, Golf

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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