Institutional Background

Campbell University is a comprehensive, private institution of the liberal arts, sciences, and professions that is committed to helping students develop an integrated Christian personality characterized by a wholeness of body, mind, and spirit. In addition to its undergraduate programs, Campbell has accredited and nationally recognized graduate programs in divinity, law, pharmacy, business, and education, as well as emerging programs in health sciences, osteopathic medicine, and engineering. The stated mission of Campbell University includes the following language:

To graduate students with exemplary academic and professional skills who are prepared for purposeful lives and meaningfill service. The University is informed and inspired by its Baptist heritage and three basic theological and biblical presuppositions: learning is appointed and conserved by God as essential to the fulfillment of human destiny; in Christ all things consist and find ultimate unity; and the Kingdom of God in this world is rooted and grounded in Christian community. The University embraces the conviction that there is no conflict between the life of faith and the life of inquiry.

(Campbell University, n.d.)

Campbell University’s story began on Jan. 5, 1887 with a Baptist minister’s founding of a small school for local youths, which was called Buies Creek Academy. Buies Creek Academy has since evolved to become Campbell Junior College (1926), Campbell College (1961), and Campbell University (1979). Throughout this evolution, the university has remained true to its founding principles to address the most pressing needs of North Carolina and to educate men and women for Christian service around the world.

Today the population of Buies Creek has grown to 2,942 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010), and Campbell University is classified as a Doctoral/ Professional University with the following schools and colleges: the College of Arts & Sciences, the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law (1976), the Lundy-Fcttcrman School of Business (1983), the School of Education (1985), the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (1986), the Divinity School (1996), the School of Osteopathic Medicine (2013), and the School of Engineering (2016). Campbell University enrolls approximately 6,500 students, including 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students on its main campus, studying across nearly 100 disciplines in the liberal arts, health sciences, and professions.

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