Welcome to North Greenville University — a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention and recognized as one of the most notable conservative Christian universities in the Southeast and even the nation.
At the heart of NGU is a Christ-centered community of genuine, caring faculty and staff members who are committed to providing every student with not only a quality educational experience, but also hands-on opportunities for spiritual growth and service on campus, in the local community, and around the world.
NGU features more than 50 undergraduate, online undergraduate, and graduate degree options, and students can complete their coursework at NGU’s main campus in Tigerville, S.C.; its sister campus in Greer, S.C.; or completely online.
Our main campus is located at the foothills of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Greenville County, S.C. — less than 20 miles north of the award-winning city of Greenville, which both Livability.com and U.S. News and World Report have called a best place to live in the U.S.
NGU itself has also received substantial national recognition year after year. For example, “Forbes” has named NGU one of America’s top colleges. And Christian Universities Online calls NGU one of the best Christian universities in the South.
More noteworthy rankings for NGU include these:
- #2 on “10 Colleges with the Best Professors” (2016) by BestColleges.com
- #3 on "Best Online Colleges in South Carolina" (2018) by BestColleges.com
- #3 on “Top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities with the Lowest Debt Burden” (2016) by Christian Universities Online
- #3 on "45 Best Colleges in South Carolina" (2018) by BestColleges.com
- #4 on "Best Online Colleges in South Carolina: (2018) by AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org
- #5 on "Best Online Schools in South Carolina" (2018) by BestColleges.com
- #5 on "Best 4-Year Colleges in South Carolina" (2018) by Schools.com
- #5 on "Best Health and Wellness Program in South Carolina" (2018) by Zippia.com
- #5 on “25 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the South” (2017) by Christian Universities Online
- #5 on “50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities” (2017) by Christian Universities Online
- #6 on “Best Online Colleges in South Carolina” (2018) by The Best Schools
- #6 on “60 Most Affordable Accredited Online Christian Colleges and Universities” (2016) by Great Value Colleges
- #7 on "Best Colleges for Gender Diversity in South Carolina" (2018) by CollegeFactual.com.
- #7 on “10 Best Online Education Studies Degrees" (2017) by Best Education Degrees
- #8 on "Top 20 Best Online Colleges in South Carolina" (2017) by Online College Plan
- #9 on “50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities” (2017) by Christian Universities Online
- #10 on “25 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the South” (2018) by Online Christian Colleges
- #10 on "Best Bachelor's Degrees in Elementary Education" (2018) by SR Education Group
- #12 on "Best Bachelor's Degrees in Education" (2018) by SR Education Group
- #13 on "25 Best Colleges in South Carolina" (2017) by College Choice
- #15 on "Best Christian Colleges and Universities - Online" (2018) by CollegeAtlas.org
- #16 on "Best Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education" (2018) by SR Education Group
- #17 on "Top 25 Low-Debt Private Colleges" (2017) by Forbes
- #17 on "Best Online Theology Programs" (2018) by AffordableCollegesOnline.org
- #19 on “Best Online Christian Colleges" (2018) by AffordableCollegesOnline.org
- #21 on "50 Best Christian Graduate Schools" (2017) by Christian Universities Online
- #21 on "Best Online Psychology Bachelor's Degrees & Programs (2018) by AffordableCollegesOnline.org
- #22 on “25 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities in the South” (2017) by Christian Universities Online
- #23 on "Top Online Master's in Music Education Programs" (2019) by OnlineMasters.com
- #25 on "Top 25 Online Christian Colleges and Universities" (2017) by Christian Universities Online
- #25 on “25 Best Rural Colleges” (2016) by College Raptor
- #33 on “Newsmax’s 40 Best Colleges for Conservative Values” (2016) by Newsmax
- #35 on “Top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities” (2017) by Theology Degrees
- #78 on "Best Regional Universities in the South" (2019) by US News & World Report
- #183 on "Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” (2018) by US News & World Report
Come join us at NGU, where we strive 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 that provides opportunities for higher education in a Christian atmosphere. 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 lifestyle, and an enriched cultural experience while offering students the best opportunities for spiritual growth, academic training, and Christian service. Christ must be the center of the campus for the purpose of Christian education and Christian character-building. North Greenville University offers a quality education in a biblically sound, Christ-centered environment.
It was a momentous decision they made on Oct. 14, 1891. At the fourth annual meeting of the North Greenville Baptist Association, members appointed a committee of nine men to determine the best location for establishing a new high school in the northern region of Greenville County in South Carolina.
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 children, 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 would later become North Greenville University. Benjamin F. Neves offered 10 acres of beautiful, rolling land — located 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 Jan. 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 for 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 academy amended its charter to include a junior college in addition to the existing 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 received accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a two-year liberal arts college, at the same time discontinuing its high school courses. 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, North Greenville College reaffirmed its basic commitment to quality education, applying to the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer bachelor’s 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. Then, in 1997, the college’s Teacher Education Program received approval from the South Carolina Department of Education.
The college continued to grow and add new bachelor’s degree programs over the years, then earned status as a university in 2006. At that time, North Greenville University also began granting master’s degrees, specifically the Master of Christian Ministry (MCM) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Today, North Greenville University awards more than 50 undergraduate, online undergraduate, and graduate degrees — including both master’s and doctorate degrees.
In the course of the school’s existence, North Greenville has benefited from a stabilized enrollment, strengthened academic program, and improved campus facilities. Throughout this period of development, however, the fundamental purpose for North Greenville has remained constant: to provide a quality educational experience in the context of genuine, Christ-centered commitment.
What makes a Christian university or Christian college distinctively “Christian”? When Christ becomes the center and forefront of its lifestyle, including all university curricular and co-curricular programs, teaching, research, and service activities.
That’s why, as a Christian university, North Greenville University strives to emphasize Jesus Christ above everything else. We believe that He died as the substitutionary atonement for the forgiveness of our sin, rose again from the dead, and now reigns as the living Lord in heaven, while continuing His earthly ministry through the Holy Spirit and the church.
At North Greenville University, we believe that biblical principles cover and apply to every aspect of reality — not just “spiritual” reality — because all truth ultimately comes from God. As you commit yourself to academic excellence and the quest for truth, you’ll naturally grow in your faith, as well.
In addition, faculty and staff members at NGU are committed to integrating faith into the classroom and the overall student experience. They also actively encourage NGU students to make connections between their faith and learning on a personal level and to participate in hands-on opportunities for both growth and service.
When you graduate from NGU, you will leave not only with an understanding of your chosen field of study but also an appreciation for how the teachings of the Bible apply in your new profession.
The university endeavors to fulfill its mission and vision by
- offering basic liberal arts curricula that leads to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees;
- 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;
- presenting distinctive, innovative programs that attract and meet the needs of non-traditional students;
- achieving high academic standards through employing qualified professionals and furnishing appropriate educational support services;
- providing an environment in which students can realize their fullest potential as complete persons, developing intellectually, physically, socially, culturally, morally, and spiritually; and
- affording a special sense of community
through the development of close, personal relationships and the nurturing
efforts of a caring and dedicated Christian faculty, staff, and administration.
North Greenville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 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.Additionally, several of NGU’s academic entities and programs are accredited by the following field-specific associations and councils:
- Cline School of Music – National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
- College of Education – Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
- English Language Arts Secondary Education – National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
- Mathematics Secondary Education – National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
- Social Studies Secondary Education – National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
- Sport Management Department – Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA)
NGU is also a member of the following associations:
- International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) – Accounting, Business Administration, International Business, and Marketing
- International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities (IACBU)
- National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
- National Religious Broadcasters (NRB)
- South Carolina Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU)
- The Tuition Exchange
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 that 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.