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!

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Carson-Newman College Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

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:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Business Administration, Child Development, Elementary Education, Health, Marketing, Psychology

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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