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Carson - Newman University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Carson - Newman University Ranked?

2023 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Carson - Newman University was awarded 71 badges in the 2023 rankings.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Carson - Newman as #1,100 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Carson - Newman held the #1,666 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Carson - Newman is also ranked #19 out of 45 schools in Tennessee.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Carson - Newman?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Carson - Newman University is 79%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Carson - Newman is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 19% of students accepted to Carson - Newman submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 560. Math scores were between 470 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Carson - Newman University  ( 480 to 560 )

SAT Math Scores for Carson - Newman University  ( 470 to 570 )
Carson - Newman received ACT scores from 99% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Carson - Newman University  ( 19 to 25 )

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Carson - Newman University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Carson - Newman University, this ratio is 14 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Carson - Newman University is 50%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  50 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Carson - Newman University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Carson - Newman University is 69%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  69 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Carson - Newman the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 40%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  40 out of 100

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Carson - Newman University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,722 undergraduates at Carson - Newman with 1,592 being full-time and 130 being part-time.

How Much Does Carson - Newman University Cost?

The overall average net price of Carson - Newman is $17,982. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Carson - Newman

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,092 $16,764 $18,610 $19,527 $23,584

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Carson - Newman, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Carson - Newman, approximately 60% of students took out student loans averaging $6,286 a year. That adds up to $25,144 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Carson - Newman is 4.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Carson - Newman Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Carson - Newman make about $42,546 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Carson - Newman University make the most money.

Location of Carson - Newman University

Located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, Carson - Newman University is a private not-for-profit institution. Jefferson City is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Contact details for Carson - Newman are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1646 S Russell Ave, Jefferson City, TN 37760
Phone: 865-471-2000

Carson - Newman University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 71 majors graduated from Carson - Newman University. Of these students, 398 received undergraduate degrees and 293 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 50 $50,186
Business Administration & Management 41 $36,221
Health & Physical Education 34 $29,224
General Biology 25 NA
General Psychology 25 $20,888
Teacher Education Grade Specific 14 $38,153
Religious Studies 12 $26,872
Accounting 10 NA
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 10 NA
History 9 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Carson - Newman University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Carson - Newman

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 1,724 students took at least one online class at Carson - Newman University. This is an increase from the 1,297 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 1,724 879
2018-2019 1,297 660
2017-2018 1,172 454
2016-2017 1,132 378
2015-2016 1,057 540

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.