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Despite humble beginnings, North Greenville University has developed to become one of the most notable Christian universities in the Southeast and the nation.

Founded in 1892, North Greenville originally opened as a high school that served the children of northern Greenville County, S.C. — a rural area located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Even then, North Greenville's students would discover various opportunities not only for academic study, but also for spiritual growth, cultural enrichment, and hands-on service throughout their learning experience here.

And that hasn't changed.

North Greenville — now a university that features more than 40 undergraduate, graduate, and online degree options and reaches students from all over the world — continues to offer a quality, Christ-centered liberal arts education.

The university also continues to receive national recognition every year. For example, Forbes and US News & World Report have named NGU one of America's top colleges and best Christian colleges. And BestColleges.com and ChristianUniversitiesOnline.org consistently include NGU in its list of colleges with the best professors and value.

A few other important rankings for the university include the following:

  • #1 on "Best Online Colleges in South Carolina" (2015-2016) by Affordable Colleges Online
  • #2 on "Best Professors" (2016) by BestColleges.com
  • #3 on "Top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities with the Lowest Debt Burden" (2016) by Christian Universities Online
  • #3 on "25 Most Affordable Online Master's of Mathematics/ Statistics Education Degrees." (2016) by AffordableSchools.net     
  • #5 on "Top 25 Christian Colleges and Universities in the South" (2017) by Christian Universities Online
  • #6 on"Top Four-Year Colleges in South Carolina" (2016) by BestColleges.com
  • #8 on "Top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities Exceeding Expectations" by Christian Universities Online
  • #13 on "25 Best Value Online Colleges for Online Finance Degrees" (2016) by OnlineU
  • #17 on "50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities" (2016) by Christian Universities Online
  • #19 on "20 Best College Deals for conservative Christians" (2016) by Great College Deals
  • #25 on "25 Best Rural Colleges" (2016) by College Raptor
  • #33 on"40 Best Colleges for Conservative Values" (2016) by Newsmax.com
  • #39 on "50 Best Christian Colleges" (2015) by Theology Degrees

Today, NGU's faculty and staff members remain committed to the conservative values of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and to the university's vision: to provide each student with an exceptional education in an authentic Christian environment for a successful life of service.

Affiliated with and committed to the South Carolina Baptist Convention, North Greenville University is a co-educational liberal arts institution which provides opportunities for higher education in a biblically sound, Christ-centered environment. The University strives to prepare students to become better contributing members of society by educating the whole person through an integration of academic discipline, a Christian worldview and lifestyle, and an enriched cultural experience while offering students exceptional opportunities for spiritual growth, academic training, and Christian service. Christ is preeminent in all University curricular and co-curricular programs, teaching, research, and service activities.


On October 14, 1891, at the fourth annual meeting of the North Greenville Baptist Association, a momentous decision was made. A committee of nine men was appointed to determine the best location for establishing a high school in the northern region of Greenville County. The recommendation to create the committee came in response to a suggestion made at an earlier associational meeting by John Ballenger of the Tigerville community. He asked that the association consider the possibility of providing educational opportunities for mountain area students as there were only three high schools in the entire county at that time.

The work of the committee led to the establishment of what is now North Greenville University. Benjamin F. Neves offered ten acres of beautiful rolling land midway between Glassy Mountain to the north and Paris Mountain to the south. By 1892 the first building was completed and ready for occupancy, and North Greenville High School began with the arrival of the first students on January 16, 1893.

The State of South Carolina chartered the institution as North Greenville High School in 1904. The next year the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention assumed control of the school as part of its Mountain Mission School System, a relationship that lasted 25 years. In 1929, the North Greenville Baptist Association again accepted responsibility for the school which had been renamed "North Greenville Baptist Academy" in 1915.

In 1934, the charter was amended to create a junior college in addition to a high school. Fifteen years later, the growing institution was transferred from the founding association to the direct control of the General Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. In 1957, North Greenville College was accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a two year liberal arts college, and the high school courses were discontinued. Previously, an amendment to the charter in 1950 changed the name to "North Greenville Junior College," and the word "Junior" was deleted from the title of the college in 1972.

In 1991, the college reaffirmed its basic commitment to quality education, applying to the
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer baccalaureate degrees in Christian Studies and church music. The school was given candidacy status the following summer, with its initial cohort of upperclassmen enrolling in the fall semester of 1992. Level II accreditation was granted in June 1994. In 1997, the college's Teacher Education Program received approval from the South Carolina Department of Education.

In 2006, the university began offering the Master of Christian Ministry and the Master of Business Administration. In the course of the school's existence, enrollment has continued to grow, the academic program has been strengthened, and campus facilities have been improved. Throughout this period of development, the fundamental purpose for which North Greenville was founded has remained constant: to provide a quality educational experience in the context of genuine Christian commitment.

As a Christian institution, North Greenville University must maintain emphasis upon the person and work of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, true God and true man, who died as the substitutionary atonement for the forgiveness of sin, was resurrected from the dead, and now reigns as the living Lord, continuing his earthly ministry through the Holy Spirit. The University is Christian when Christ is preeminent over all its thinking and conduct.

An education at North Greenville University is regarded as preparation for effective Christian service and witness. The Bible, God’s own inerrant and infallible Word, written by men prepared and superintended by His Spirit, and possessing absolute, divine authority in all matters which it addresses, is the foundation of the curriculum and the basis of the University’s philosophy of education and life. The University administration, faculty, and staff care about both their students’ spiritual well-being and academic development.

Attendance at North Greenville University is a privilege, and not a right, which may be forfeited by any student who does not conform to the standards and regulations of the institution. The University may request the withdrawal of any student at any time, which, in the opinion of the University, does not fit into the spirit of the institution, regardless of whether that student conforms to its specific rules and regulations.

The university endeavors to serve these purposes by

1.   offering basic liberal arts curricula that lead to the baccalaureate and master's degrees;

2.   strengthening opportunities to meet the needs of advanced and gifted students, while continuing to maintain the university's heritage of providing quality education for all students;

3.   presenting distinctive, innovative programs that attract and meet the needs of non-traditional students;

4.   achieving high academic standards through the employment of qualified professionals and through furnishing appropriate educational support services;

5.   providing an environment in which students can realize their fullest potential as complete persons, developing intellectually, physically, socially, culturally, morally, and spiritually; and

6.   affording a special sense of community through the development of close, personal relationships and the nurturing efforts of a caring, Christian, dedicated faculty, staff, and administration. 

North Greenville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees, master's degrees, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of North Greenville University.


North Greenville University is also a member of the South Carolina Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities; the National Collegiate Athletic Association; the National Christian College Athletic Association; the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education; The Tuition Exchange; and the National Association of Schools of Music. Documents of accreditation may be found in the Office of the President of North Greenville University.


North Greenville University complies with the following guidelines set forth in Section 493A of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 regarding Student Consumer Information:

  • Title 38, United States Code regarding Veterans Benefits.
  • Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972 (P.I. 92-318).
  • North Greenville University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, or national origin in education programs or activities which it operates (also section 501 (C)(3)).
  • Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (P.I. 93-112) (Non-discrimination on the basis of handicap).
  • Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, (P.I. 93-380) as amended (P.I. 93-568), Buckley Amendment. Access of records to students; parent's limitation of disclosure.
  • Non-immigrant Alien Students. [North Greenville University] "is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students."

North Greenville University reserves the right to make changes in curricula, degree requirements, course offerings, and all academic regulations, when, in the judgment of the faculty, the president, or the board of trustees, such changes are in the best interests of the student and the university. 

Registration at the university assumes the student's acceptance of all published academic regulations, including ones that appear in the university course catalog and all others found in any other official announcement.

Registered students are liable for all financial obligations, not covered by financial aid.

Career information, including limited data on employment opportunities for NGU graduates, is available at the counseling center located in the Jacks and Deborah Tingle Student Life Center.

North Greenville University is a co-educational liberal arts institution that provides opportunities for higher education in a biblically sound, Christ-centered environment.

North Greenville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees, master's degrees, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of North Greenville University.