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 Tigerville Campus in Tigerville, S.C.; its Tim Brashier Campus in Greer, S.C.; or completely online.
Our Tigerville 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:
- #6 - "Best Colleges in South Carolina" (2021) by WalletHub
- #12 - "Best Colleges in South Carolina" (2021) by Niche.com
- #12 - "20 Best Online Christian Universities" (2021) by Christwin.com
- #18 - "Top Performers on Social Mobility" (2021) by U.S. News & World Report
- #20 - "Most Conservative College in America" (2021) by Niche.com
- #23 - "Best Colleges in Sport Management in America" (2021) by Niche.com
- #45 - "Best Value Schools" (2021) by U.S. News & World Report
- #53 - "Best Regional Universities - South" (2021) by U.S. News & World Report
- #114 - "Best Colleges for Religious Studies in America" (2021) by Niche.com
- #3 - "Best Online Colleges in South Carolina" (2020) by EDsmart
- #3 - "Most Affordable Online Master's Divinity Degrees" (2020) by OnlineU.org
- #4 - "Top 60 Best Online Bible Colleges" (2020) by Intelligent.com
- #9 - "Best Online Bachelor’s in Education Degrees" (2020) by OnlineSchoolsReport.com
- #11 - "Best Online Criminal Justice Degree Programs" (2020) by Intelligent.com
- #12 - "Best Online Master’s in Music Education Degree Programs" (2020) by Intelligent.com
- #13 - "Best Online General Studies Degrees" (2020) by Online Schools Report
- #15 - "Top 30 Affordable Accelerated MBA Human Resources Online Programs" (2020) by BestCollegesOnline.org
- #17 - "Top Performers on Social Mobility" (2020) by U.S. News & World Report
- #19 - "Most Conservative Colleges in America" (2020) by 247wallst.com
- #23 - "Most Affordable Online Bachelor's Elementary Education Degrees" (2020) by Online U.org
- #24 - "Best Online Colleges" (2020) by Intelligent.com
- #29 - "Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs" (2020) by Intelligent.com
- #44 - "Most Affordable Online Masters Degree Programs" (2020) by Intelligent.com
- #48 - "Best Liberal Arts Schools" (2020) by Learn.org
- #50 - "Best Regional Universities South" (2020) by U.S. News & World Report
- #51 - "Best Value Schools" (2020) by U.S. News & World Report
- #57 - "Best Christian Colleges & Universities" (2020) by EDsmart
- #100 - "Best Online Master's in Business Programs" (excluding M.B.A.) (2020) by U.S. News & World Report
- #183 - "Best Online Bachelor's Programs" (2020) by U.S. News & World Report
- #241 - "Best Online MBA Programs" (2020) by U.S. News & World Report
- #1 - "Top 30 Bachelor’s in Sport Management Degree Programs" (2019) by Sports Management Degrees
- #7 - "Top 50 Best Online Christian Colleges" (2019) by BestColleges.com
- #9 – "Top 30 Best Online Master's in Ministry & Pastoral Leadership Programs" (2019) by The Best Schools
- #12 - "Best Online Bachelor’s in General Studies Programs" (2019) by The Best Schools
- #12 - "Top 15 Best Online Ministry Bachelor’s Degree Programs" (2019) by Bachelor Degree Center
- #12 - "40 Most Affordable Doctorate in Educational Leadership Online" (2019) by Affordable Schools
- #21 - "25 Best Bachelor’s in Sports Administration Degree Programs" (2019) by Bachelors Degree Center
- #21 - "Top 60 Most Affordable Accredited Christian Colleges and Universities Online" (2019) by Great Value Colleges
- #22 - "50 Best Online Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree Programs" (2019) by The Best Schools
- #3 – “Best Colleges in South Carolina” (2018) by BestColleges.com
- #3 – "Best Online Colleges in South Carolina” (2018) by AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org
- #5 – "Best 4-Year Colleges in South Carolina" (2018) by Schools.com
- #5 – “Best Online Colleges in South Carolina” (2018) by The Best Schools
- #6 – “Best Online Colleges in South Carolina” (2018) by BestColleges.com
- #10 – “25 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the South” (2018) by Online Christian Colleges
- #10 – “Top 60 Most Affordable Accredited Christian Colleges and Universities Online” (2018) by Great Value Colleges
- #19 – “Best Online Christian Colleges" (2018) by AffordableCollegesOnline.org
- #5 – “25 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the South” (2017) by Christian Universities Online
- #5 – “50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities” (2017) by Christian Universities Online
- #7 – “Most Affordable Colleges and Universities - South” (2017) by Christian Universities Online
- #8 – "Top 20 Best Online Colleges in South Carolina" (2017) by Online College Plan
- #9 – “50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities” (2017) by Christian Universities Online
- #13 – "25 Best Colleges in South Carolina" (2017) by College Choice
- #17 – "Top 25 Low-Debt Private Colleges" (2017) by Forbes
- #21 – "50 Best Christian Graduate Schools" (2017) by Christian Universities Online
- #22 – “25 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities in the South” (2017) by Christian Universities Online
- #25 – "Top 25 Online Christian Colleges and Universities" (2017) by Christian Universities Online
- #35 – “Top
50 Christian Colleges and Universities” (2017) by Theology Degrees
- #2 – “10 Colleges with the Best Professors” (2016) by BestColleges.com
- #3 – “Top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities with the Lowest Debt Burden” (2016) by Christian Universities Online
- #19 – “20 Best College Deals for Conservative Christians” (2016) by Great College Deals
- #25 – “25 Best Rural Colleges” (2016) by College Raptor
- #33 – “Newsmax’s 40 Best Colleges for Conservative Values” (2016) by Newsmax
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.
Every human being longs for the good life. Ancient and medieval philosophers often equated the good life with personal happiness and the cultivation of both private and public virtue. Today, we often speak of the good life in terms of human flourishing. Every worldview imparts a particular vision of human flourishing. This is true of the biblical worldview.
The Bible presents us with a grand narrative that has rightly been called the true story of the whole world. The biblical narrative progresses along four key plot points: creation, fall, redemption, and consummation. God created all things for his glory as the divine Creator-King, including humans, who alone are created in his divine image. Tragically, all of God’s good creation has been corrupted by the sin of the first humans and their natural descendants, resulting in an ongoing cycle of rebellion, brokenness, and disorder in the face of God’s just rule. But God so loved his world, and especially his image-bearers, that he sent his eternal Son to become a man. Jesus has accomplished redemption through his sinless life, sacrificial death, victorious resurrection, triumphant ascension, and ongoing intercession. All who renounce their sin and look to Jesus alone as their King and Savior experience the benefits of this redemption as God forgives their sin, adopts them as his spiritual children, empowers them for kingdom ministry, and gives them eternal life. One day, Jesus will return to earth to consummate his eternal kingdom, fully completing his work of redemption and restoring all of creation to its original intended glory—including all those who believe in him.
The biblical vision of human flourishing is redemptive. God’s mission is to advance his kingdom and ultimately redeem the entire created order through the saving work of Jesus Christ. He calls all Christians to participate in his mission by using their gifts, talents, and opportunities to draw the spiritually lost to the kingdom through gospel proclamation, to serve other people through acts of mercy and justice, and to glorify him through everyday faithfulness in every sphere of life. In fulfilling this calling, we obey the original Creation Mandate, the ongoing Great Commandment, and the renewed Great Commission, we bless those around us (even unbelievers), and our actions bear eternal fruit that will continue into the new creation.
In our present cultural context, this biblical vision of human flourishing is challenged by threats to three truths that are taught in Scripture and confirmed in the best of the Christian intellectual tradition: the dignity of every human being, a proper understanding of human sexuality and marriage, and religious liberty and freedom of conscience for all people. This statement clarifies North Greenville University’s position on these three values. It also calls our University community to faithfulness in a time of compromise, for the glory of God and the sake of authentic human flourishing.
This statement was adopted unanimously by the Board of Trustees on June 23, 2020.
God created human beings in his divine image, and as such, they represent the pinnacle of his creation. As bearers of God’s image, men and women engage in rational thought, experience emotions, enjoy relationship with one another and with God, and exercise dominion as God’s vice-regents on earth. While the introduction of sin into creation has defaced God’s image in humanity, the divine image has not been entirely lost. As the Second Adam, Jesus is the perfect image of the invisible God, and all those who are united with him through faith experience the restoration of the divine image in their lives as they are conformed gradually to the image of Christ.
Because all humans bear and reflect God’s image, all human life carries with it an inherent dignity. How we treat one another matters because every individual is worthy of the dignity that comes with being a divine image bearer. This is why love of God and love of others are so closely connected in both the Old and New Testaments, with orthodoxy and orthopraxy being inseparable to the Christian faith. Spiritual growth and holy living, therefore, are primary exhortations even in the context of an academic community.
Human dignity, then, and righteousness are closely aligned, with many applications for human flourishing. For example, human life begins at conception and is intended to last until death through ordinary causes; thus, both abortion and euthanasia represent murderous attacks upon human dignity. Other attacks on human dignity include acts of violence and oppression, verbal denigrations of the value of others, and any other actions that treat some individuals as less than the divine image bearers they are. Sin itself transgresses against the divine image, marring its original perfection and interfering with our intimate relationship with God.
A key component of human dignity is the inherent value of work, which predated the entrance of sin into human history and glorifies God as evidence of his common grace. Men and women who are physically and mentally able have the right and responsibility to work in the vocations to which they are called and, when those vocations entail employment, to receive just compensation for their labor. Earthly governments should honor the dignity of work by protecting free markets, providing social services that enable the able unemployed to return to the workforce, and promoting economic policies that contribute to human flourishing.
Genesis 1:26-28; 9:6; Exodus 20:13; Psalm 139:13-16; Proverbs 6:6-11; 12:24; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 6:25-26; 22:35-40; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 1:15; 3:17, 23-24; 2 Thessalonians 3:10-11; James 3:8-10
- The Baptist Faith and Message (2000), Article III: Man
- “On Affirming the Full Dignity of Every Human Being,” a resolution adopted by the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention
- Guiding Principles of the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics
- Core Principles of the Acton Institute
Human Sexuality and Marriage
God created the first human beings, Adam and Eve, in his divine image as male and female. The divinely ordained differences between the sexes, including biological distinctions, are not accidental to our human nature, but reflect God’s design in human creation. God itends for the sexes to complement each other. One’s sex cannot be changed, even if physical and hormonal alterations are made to the body. All self-understanding of human identity should be defined by Scripture, which offers a trustworthy account of human nature, including sexuality. Though the fall has led to numerous disordered understandings of sexuality, such views never lead to authentic human flourishing.
Marriage is a creational ordinance and a gift from God that traces its origin to the intimate companionship of Adam and Eve. Marriage unites one man and one woman in a covenantal commitment that is intended to last until the natural death of one or the other spouse, though Scripture provides the boundaries for when the marriage covenant can be dissolved virtuously. Other relational arrangements are not marriages in the biblical sense of that term. Marriage is a portrait of the union between Christ and his church, and thus reflects the gospel. It is only within the context of the marriage covenant, biblically defined, that sexual acts are permissible as an expression of marital intimacy and a means of human procreation. All other sexual acts are sinful distortions of God’s good gift to his human creatures.
The proper Christian response to unbiblical views of sexuality and marriage includes compassion on individuals who are confused or struggling, clarity in promoting biblical perspectives in every sphere (including within the sciences), and courage in defending the truth against attacks from rival worldviews. Furthermore, Christians in the United States have the constitutionally guaranteed right to affirm and commend a biblical understanding of sexuality and marriage, regardless of how these concepts might be redefined by courts or legislatures, or articulated differently by others in a pluralistic culture.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; Exodus 20:14; Proverbs 7; Matthew 5:31-32; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7.
- The Baptist Faith and Message (2000), Article XVIII: The Family
- “On Sexuality and Personal Identity,” a resolution adopted by the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention
- The Nashville Statement (2017)
Religious Liberty and Freedom of Conscience
Religious liberty, along with freedom of conscience, is essential to a Christian understanding of human flourishing. Religious liberty has been a Baptist distinctive from the movement’s inception. As a Baptist institution, North Greenville University has a deep commitment to the value of this principle, particularly because of the heritage of South Carolina Baptists. All people are free to believe whatever they wish about ultimate matters and live in accordance with those beliefs in both their private lives and the public square. Governing authorities have no authority to define or constrain religious belief, but rather have the constitutional obligation to protect religious liberty for all.
Religious liberty does not imply that all views are equally correct. The goal of religious liberty is the pursuit of truth, which is inseparable from the best definitions of higher education. In the Christian tradition, the pursuit of truth is a gospel issue. God reveals himself to and through his creation truthfully, and the confrontation of the individual by truth is an existential moment that has eternal consequences. Because the University rejects the postmodern notion that truth is subjective and that objective truth is a construct rather than a metaphysical reality, it is important that the institution make clear that it has beliefs that are embraced corporately.
Just as individuals have religious liberty, institutions enjoy this privilege as well. Indeed, as a 501(c)3 organization that is incorporated, North Greenville University is legally a “person,” an organization that has been embodied (the literal meaning of “incorporated”). The University has the obligation under its accreditation standards to define, articulate, and embody its mission and identity. As such, the University enjoys religious liberty to operate and educate in accordance with the conscience it has been given by its sponsoring denomination, as operationalized by the University’s leadership. This means that the University has a clear responsibility to articulate the sources of authority to which it submits, the beliefs it espouses, and the expectations that it holds out for members of the community (faculty, staff, and students).
Religious liberty does not have absolute conformity as its goal, but rather champions the articulation of belief in order to provide clarity via coherence, in the support of a vibrant, trusting community. Faculty and staff who join the community in an employment relationship are expected to work, teach, and live as colleagues who support the University’s identity and beliefs. Employees who are unable to support these beliefs should exercise their liberty of conscience with integrity by relocating to a community that better matches their personal convictions. Students who attend the University are expected to explore and reflect on the institution’s identity and beliefs as they willingly agree to live in conformity to community standards.
John 8:32, John 14:6, Psalm 34: 8, Daniel 1
- Baptist Faith & Message 2000, Articles XII, XV, & XVII http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp
- The Manhattan Declaration https://www.manhattandeclaration.org/
- Academic Freedom and Christian Higher Education (CCCU) https://www.cccu.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/CCCU-Statement-on-Academic-Freedom.pdf
- Statement on Principles of Academic Freedom and Tenure (AAUP) https://www.aaup.org/report/1940-statement-principles-academic-freedom-and-tenure