|Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary
Carson and Newman consolidate to form Carson–Newman College
|Motto||Truth, Beauty, Goodness|
|President||J. Randall O'Brien|
|Undergraduates||1,757 (fall 2014)|
|Postgraduates||605 (fall 2014)|
|Location||Jefferson City, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Campus||Suburban, ca 200 acres (roughly 1 mi wide by .4 mi deep)|
|Colors||Orange & Blue
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – SAC|
|Affiliations||Tennessee Baptist Convention
Carson–Newman University is a historically Baptist liberal arts college located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, United States. Enrollment as of 2014–15 was about 2,362. Studies are offered in approximately 90 different academic programs. The university has a current retention rate of 71%. Recent rankings include: A Best College in the Southeast (Princeton Review), 7th Best Baccalaureate College in the U.S., and America’s #2 ranked baccalaureate college for community service (Washington Monthly). Currently, the five most popular majors are: Nursing, Education, Business, Pre-Medicine/Biology, and Psychology. The school holds overall institutional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Established as Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary in 1851, the school began by holding classes in a local Baptist church. Within a few years the institution became Mossy Creek Baptist College and occupied its own buildings on the site of the present campus.
In 1880, the University was named Carson College for James Harvey Carson (1801–1880), who left $15,000 of his estate to the school,. For several years it existed alongside Newman College, a separate facility for the education of women named for William Cate Newman, who had donated money to the women's college. In 1889, the two colleges united as one of the first coeducational institutions in the South. The institution operated as Carson–Newman College until 2012 when the board of trustees voted to acknowledge recent organizational changes by changing the name to Carson–Newman University.
In 1919, Carson-Newman became officially affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The College was admitted to membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1927 and the Association of American Colleges in 1928.
During most of its history, Carson–Newman University has served as a residential four-year, liberal arts college with courses of study leading to the baccalaureate degree.
More recently, the university has been recognized for its student based Hunger Games. In keeping with its commitment to service learning, Carson-Newman has held the Hunger Games each fall since 2011 in order to raise funds for local charities. In 2014, well over 12,000 USD was raised from the games.
Carson-Newman is a member of the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) and fields 18 varsity teams in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II competition. Men's varsity sports at Carson-Newman are: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, and Track & Field. Women's sports are: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball.
The Eagles previously competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as members of the Volunteer State Athletic Conference (VCAC) and later its successor, the Tennessee Valley Athletic Conference (TVAC). The football team joined the SAC in 1975 when it was still a football-only conference known as SAC-8.
The college's athletic facilities include Roy Harmon Field at Burke-Tarr Stadium, the Ken Sparks Athletic Complex, McCown Soccer Field, the Silver Diamond Baseball Complex, six tennis courts, a softball complex, Holt Fieldhouse, and Butler-Blanc Gymnasium. Head football coach Ken Sparks who is a graduate of the school and has been coaching the team since 1980 ranks fourth in most wins among active NCAA coaches.
In 2007, the C-N baseball team won the South Atlantic Conference Tournament after defeating Tusculum College, who had won more than 20 games in a row, twice in one day. The team traveled to Tampa, Florida, to compete in the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament. The baseball team returned to Tampa for the NCAA Regional Tournament in 2008 after receiving an at-large bid and finished third, again eliminating Tusculum College. In 2009 the C-N football team won the NCAA Division II South Regional Championship in Florence, Alabama to advance to the Final Four.
- Dana X. Bible — American football, baseball and basketball coach and athletic administrator
- Millard F. Caldwell, 29th Governor of Florida, member of the U.S. Representative and Florida Supreme Court justice
- Michael Eric Dyson – author, Professor at Georgetown University
- Ben W. Hooper — 28th Governor of Tennessee from 1911 to 1915
- Chris Marion — member of classic rock band, Little River Band
- T. B. Maston — Christian ethicist, writer, and professor
- Danny Sanders — gridiron football player
- Garnett S. Stokes - Interim President of Florida State University
- Bernie Moore - SEC commissioner, LSU track and field coach
- B. Carroll Reece — Member, US House of Representatives from Tennessee, 1921–1931 and 1933–1947
- John Q. Tilson — Member, US House of Representatives, 1909–1913 and 1915–1932; House Majority Leader 1925–1932
- Herbert S. Walters — United States Senator from Tennessee from 1963 to 1964
- Steve Cishek — Current Major League Baseball pitcher for the Miami Marlins
- Todd Collins — former NFL football player & Super Bowl Champion with the St. Louis Rams
- Joe Fishback — Former NFL football player & Super Bowl Champion with the Dallas Cowboys
- Boyce Green — Former NFL player Cleveland Browns
- Sylvia Hatchell — Head Women's Basketball Coach at UNC from 1986–present
- Clayton Holmes — Former NFL football player & Super Bowl Champion with the Dallas Cowboys
- Darren Hughes — gridiron football player
- Cedric Killings — Former NFL football player
- Vernon Turner — Former NFL football player (Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
- Leonard Weaver — Former NFL fullback
- Clyde Wright — Former Major League Baseball pitcher
- Tim George — Former NFL wide receiver
- Anthony Toribio — Former Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Tackle
- Chris Jones (punter) — Dallas Cowboys punter
- "Office of the President: Dr. J. Randall O'Brien". Retrieved February 27, 2011.
- Higher education in Tennessee, by Lucius Salisbury Merriam – 1893
- tnhillbillie.net reports the bequest was $20,000
-  Carson-Newman's website reports the change by vote
- "U.S. Naval Administration in World War II". HyperWar Foundation. 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
-  WBIR reports on C-N's Hunger Games
- "Player Bio:Ken Sparks" – caronewmaneagles.cstv.com. Retrieved January 18, 2008
- Texas State Historical Society
- "CALDWELL, Millard Fillmore, (1897–1984)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
- "Ben Walter Hooper". The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
- "REECE, Brazilla Carroll, (1889–1961)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
- "TILSON, John Quillin, (1866–1958)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved September 16, 2012.