North Greenville University

North Greenville University
Seal of North Greenville University
Motto Christ Makes the Difference
Established 1891
Type Private, Comprehensive with Graduate Programs
Religious affiliation Southern Baptist Convention
Endowment US $16 million
President Dr. James B. Epting
Undergraduates 2,260
Location Tigerville, South Carolina, United States
35°4′9″N 82°22′20″W / 35.06917°N 82.37222°W / 35.06917; -82.37222Coordinates: 35°4′9″N 82°22′20″W / 35.06917°N 82.37222°W / 35.06917; -82.37222
Campus Rural
Colors Red, Black, and White
Mascot Crusader

North Greenville University is a comprehensive university affiliated with South Carolina Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention, and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The institution awards Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees.

In the 2012 edition of U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings, North Greenville was listed as #30 in Regional Colleges - South. [1]

North Greenville is located in Tigerville, South Carolina, a small community in the foothills of the Appalachians just outside of Greenville, South Carolina



College of Science and Math

  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Outdoor Leadership
  • Mathematics
  • Health and Wellness

College of Business

  • Accounting
  • Applied Gerontology
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sport Management

College of Fine Arts

  • Art
  • Theatre
  • The Neb and Martha Cline School of Music
    • Church Music (Praise and Worship Track and Seminary Track)
    • Music Education
    • Music Composition
    • Music Performance

College of Christian Studies

  • Christian Studies
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Christian Youth Ministry

College of Education

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education Language Arts
  • Secondary Education Broadfield Science (Biology Concentration)
  • Secondary Social Studies (History Concentration)

College of Humanities

  • English
  • English Language Arts Secondary Education (in conjunction with the College of Education)
  • History/Social Studies Secondary Education
  • Interdisciplinary Studies: Two concentrations: one 24; the second 18 hours—chosen from English, History, American Studies, French, Spanish, Mass Communication, Christian Studies, Business, Science, Music, Linguistics, Art, plus others. The Department offering the 24 hour concentration determines whether the degree is a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.
  • Mass Communication
    • Print Media
    • Media Ministry
    • Broadcast Media

T. Walter Brashier Graduate School

The Graduate School is located in Greer, South Carolina. Most courses are offered through both online and physical classroom formats.

Graduate programs

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The purpose of the North Greenville University MBA program is to equip students with the advanced tools enabling them to assume leadership roles in the business or professional community while gaining a Christ-centered perspective.

  • Master of Christian Ministry (MCM)

The purpose of this program is to strengthen and enhance the resources and skills that students have already developed for leadership in the church.

  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)

This program has a K-12 focus and focuses on preparing strong teachers in education through equitable educational practices while emphasizing the application of classroom technology and research-based practice.

  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

The purpose of the Doctor of Ministry program is to equip the student for the practice of ministry at a high level of professional competence.

Accreditation and Affiliation

North Greenville University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate degrees, Bachelor's and Master's degrees. North Greenville University is also a member of the South Carolina Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the South Carolina Higher Education Assessment Network, the Southern Baptist Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, The South Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Christian College Athletic Association, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, and Tuition Exchange, Inc.


On October 14, 1891, at the fourth annual meeting of the North Greenville Baptist Association, 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 (4.05 ha) 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.

Rankings and Recognition

US News and World Report ranks North Greenville University as #30 among Regional Colleges (South). [2] US News also reported that North Greenville had the 10th highest yield in the category of national liberal arts institutions, with yield meaning the percentage of students who are accepted, actually enrolling—a telling sign of an institution's popularity.[3]

In 2009-2011, Forbes list of America's Best Colleges has included North Greenville University in its annual list of the top 650 public and private colleges nationwide.[4]

North Greenville was also listed as the 5th in the nation for best professors according to the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, which used ratings from[5]

Campus buildings

Female Housing

Dorm Built
Simpson Hall 1961
Howard Hall 1963
Trustee and Self Hall 1985
Cline Hall 1996
Hartness Hall 1996
Howard Jr. Hall 1996
Horton-Tingle Hall 1997
Roberson Hall 2002
Emery Hall 2000
Vandiver Hall 2006
Brashier Hall 1973
Cooper Apartment
Martin Hall 2009

Male Housing

Dorm Built
Bruce Hall Early 1800s
Units A-G 1982
Anthony Hall 1996
Crusader Court Duplexes 2000's

Students also reside in houses in and around the campus.

Academic Buildings

Name of Building Information about Building
Donnan Administration Building Completed from 1954–55, stands in the center of campus. It contains classrooms and administrative offices.
Turner Auditorium and Music Building Completed from 1957-1958. The chapel seats approximately 1600. A lobby, restrooms, and additional seating were added in 1998.
Averyt-Wood Learning Center Completed in 1999. The Center consists of classrooms and Hester Memorial Library which itself was completed from 1973-1974.
Hayes Fine Arts Center Completed in 2001. Hamlin Recital Hall is located in this building.
White Hall Completed in the 1930s and renovated in 1992. Oldest Building on campus. Contains Professors' offices.
Hayes Ministry Center Completed in 1996. It contains the Financial Aid Offices and Admissions.
Todd Dining Hall/Student Center Completed in 2005. It includes the dining hall, mass communication, gameroom, post office, bookstore, offices, student center, and 63'-64' grill.
Younts Stadium Completed in 2005.
Neves Academic Hall Completed in 2007. The Hall used to be the old Dining hall. It now contains offices, registrar, and classrooms.
Eddie Runnion Building, Renovated in 2009. Houses art classrooms and art department faculty offices along with Einstein Bagel Brothers and a bank.
Crain Science Building Completed in 1962. The building contains the departments of math, computer science, and science.
Hayes Gymnasium Completed in 1976. The building has an outdoor pool.
School of Theatre Completed spring 2010.
Billingsley Theater Completed fall 2010.
Ole Studio at 414 Completed in 2009. The building houses pottery and other art classrooms.
Foster Academic Hall Completed in 1965 but renovated in 2005-2006 school year.
Tuttle Clinic Located by Foster Circle and near the Dining Hall.
Cothran Maintenance Building Completed in 1974 and is located directly behind Bruce Hall.
Cooper Residence Hall Complex Located directly behind the dining hall.
Public Safety Office Located directly behind the dining hall.
Younts Fitness and Wellness Center Completed in 1989. Renovated 2006.

Clubs and organizations

Alpha Psi Omega (ΑΨΩ)

Alpha Psi Omega is an American recognition honor society recognizing participants in collegiate theatre. Membership is open to those who are active in their college theatre. Most casts/chapters use a "point system" for determining eligibility of membership, with a certain number of points being dealt to a certain task in theatre.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development—NGU ASCD Chapter.

An international Education professional education organization chapter for students interested in matters of education, curriculum, supervision and teaching. The chapter was founded in 2006 by Drs. Richard NeSmith and Sheila Marino, and Profs. Mike Butler and Jo Ann Garrett. The chapter is active at the state and regional levels. Officers are student-elected and are encouraged to provide professional service inside and outside the university.

Student Marketing Association

The Student Marketing Association is a student-led, Christ-driven organization which seeks to allow students opportunities to learn and grow in their knowledge of the Marketing field. The association is open to students with a major or concentration in Marketing. Membership creates opportunities for networking, internships, and much more.

Biology Club

The Biology Club is open to all students. Founded by Annie Mah, Clint Toris and Christopher Bailes. Activities including various meetings throughout the semester, focusing on the natural world in which we live and the beauty designed by our Creator, community service in maintaining the resources with which we as believers have been entrusted, and lectures from local scientist and students on how to make a difference. Many members of the Biology Club are involved in undergraduate research, and have made various at regional biological conferences, the Association of Southeastern Biologists. Organization decisions are made in accordance with the Biology Club Bi-Laws, and carried out by the officers of the club in cooperation of the Faculty Adviser, Dr. Kristen G. van den Meiracker.

Student Alumni Association (formerly XAK)
Baptist Student Union (BSU)

BSU is open to all students. Activities including weekly meetings for worship and fellowship, “IMPACT” teams that visit churches, mission projects, and summer ministry opportunities. BSU is the oldest student-led organization on campus and is recognized nationally as a leader in summer missions. Policies governing BSU are set by the Vice President of Denominational Relations. BSU meets every Thursday night in Turner Chapel at 7:00PM.

Lambda Pi Eta Communication Studies Honor Society
Brothers and Sisters Fellowship (BSF)
Sigma Tau Delta International English Society

The Alpha Kappa Rho chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, was founded in spring 2002 at North Greenville University, by English professors Dr. Dee Bielecki, Dr. James Washick, and Dr. Cathy Sepko. The purpose of this organization is to recognize achievement in the studies of the English language and literature. Sigma Tau Delta hosts several on-campus events each year, including a used book sale each semester.

Phi Beta Lambda National Business Society

The national business society of which North Greenville University is a part strives to educate its business majors and minors in more effective leadership, training, and learning techniques. It was chartered on October 2, 2008.

Spanish Club

The North Greenville University Spanish club was founded in 2007 by Dr. Victor M. Prieto, Rebecca Deal, Salomon Diaz, and Jorge Gonzalez in order to help those students enrolled in Spanish develop their speaking and comprehensive skills and create a time of learning and community.


Hispanic Educational Learning Program. A Hispanic outreach program co-founded in 2007 by Dr. Victor M. Prieto and students David J. Cobin and Stephen M. Palacino. Program finds Hispanic children and teenagers in need of help with schooling and arranges a tutor from North Greenville University to assist them in any way possible. Is closely connected with the North Greenville Spanish Club.


Theatron strives to share a passion for theatre and a love for Jesus Christ through quality theatrical experiences on and off campus, both as performers and audience members. We desire to sharpen our critical faculties so as to become informed and independent consumers of contemporary culture and to prepare ourselves to transform that culture through our work and witness as Christians

N.G.U. Historical Society

Founded in 2007 by Dr. H. Paul Thompson and Daniel S. Hanson, it provides students with an affinity for history a place to meet with others and discuss an array of historical topics.

Intramural Sports
Campus Ministry
Adventure Club

Sponsored by the Outdoor Leadership majors.

Marching Band


NGU participates in many sports and is a member of the NCAA Division II and the NCCAA, the National Christian College Athletic Association. In 2010, NGU joined Conference Carolinas. The Crusaders will bring 13 sports into Conference Carolinas play including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s softball and volleyball. NGU’s football team will remain an independent DII member but has a scheduling alliance with the South Atlantic Conference for the 2011-2012 season.

Sports teams at NGU:

  • Football (2006 and 2010 NCCAA Victory Bowl National Champions)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (Collegiate Club Level)
  • Golf
  • Men's Basketball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Men's Tennis (2001–2007, 2011 NCCAA Champions)
  • Women's Tennis
  • Cheerleading (2011 NCCAA Champions)
  • Baseball (2010 NCCAA World Series Champions)
  • Women's Softball (2011 NCCAA Champions)
  • Men's Soccer
  • Women's Soccer
  • Men's Track & Field
  • Women's Track & Field

Athletic milestones


Making school history, the NGU football team set a school record with 10 wins and won the 2006 Victory Bowl versus Malone College (now Malone University). In 2010, the North Greenville University football team had another winning season, in which they hosted and won the NCCAA Victory Bowl once again, defeating Campbellsville University 42-16.


The NGU Men's tennis team has won six consecutive NCCAA National Championships.


The NGU Baseball team won the NCCAA World Series in July 2010, defeating Bluefield College 7-6.[6]

Track & Field

2011-2012 will mark the inaugural year for NGU's Track & Field teams.


The Mass Communication Department produces The Skyliner, the university newspaper, and The Aurora, the university yearbook.

The Mountain Laurel, produced by the English department, is the university literary magazine.


WNGR-LP radio is a student-body run product of North Greenville University. At 95.5 "the Vibe," listeners will find a unique blend of Christian music ranging from many different styles and genres all with a Christ-centered message. WNGR plays mainstream popular music to keep fans of well known music satisfied but also plays relatively unknown music by obscure Christian artists and bands to expose listeners to fresh new music. WNGR began in 1996 as WNGC 90.5 "The Buzz". After three years of growth, the station became 92.9 WCMD. In 2002, under the leadership of Dr. Linwood Hagin and Station Manager Kris Meade, the station gained significant credibility and became WNGR 95.5 "The Vibe". With continued support from North Greenville University, its Administration, and faithful students, WNGR continues to grow into a radio station with Ministry as its focus. Following in leadership behind Kris Meade were as follows: Carl Barnhill, David Sons, Gloria Hiatt (first female station manager), David Watkins, Alex Holmes and currently (2010–2011) Brian Alexander.

Notable Alumni


North Greenville University's rules are listed in a document called the Enlightener. The Enlightener outlines the terms of the contract between the student and the institution.[9]


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