The Free Will Baptist Bible College, located in Nashville, Tennessee, was founded in 1942 as a two-year college, and grew into a four year school in 1950. It was started by the National Association of Free Will Baptists, a congregation serving over 300,000 people. The school has approximately three-hundred and fifty students, coming from over twenty-five countries from around the globe. The mission statement of the college states that students will be prepared for leadership and servitude to Christ, His Church, and His world through studying the Bible, understanding scripture, and living a life based on the principles thereof. Students are required to major in study of the Bible, and can also complement their learning with other majors and minors. The school has distance learning as well as traditional in the classroom coursework.
Nashville is considered by many to be the cultural capital of the South, and has been dubbed “Music City” by locals and non-locals alike. It has many universities, parks, and music venues. Performance art can be found most any night of the week in many venues, including the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, and it is also home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as well as the CMA Music Festival. Popular theatre companies include the Nashville Children’s Theatre, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. Students attending Free Will Baptist Bible College have the best of both worlds, a small campus with small class sizes, and the cultural enrichment of city life.
Free Will Baptist Bible College is accredited both regionally, by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and nationally as well. It is also a member of the Council for Higher Education. The school also hold accreditation from the Association for Biblical Higher Education, and its education programs have been recognized by the Tennessee State Department of Education to offer degrees to aspiring teachers and educators. Besides the academically sound classroom experience, students are also encouraged to participate in the many student run organizations such as the Global Missions Fellowship, sports, musical groups, and Student Government. All students participate in some type of human service activities such as ministry for the homeless, and at jails and nursing homes.
Free Will Baptist Bible College is organized into six departments: Biblical and Ministry Studies, Business, English and Speech, General Education, and Music and Teacher Education. The College has over forty established undergraduate majors, and the six most popular are Teacher Education, Biblical Studies, Music, Business, Missions and Pastoral Ministries. Students can receive an online degree in Ministry at the Associate of Science level, and many other courses are available online. This degree program includes courses such as Gospels and Acts, Law and History, Evangelism and Discipleship, and Biblical Interpretation, as well as electives and general education requirements.
Tuition costs are $3,100 per semester with additional fees, books, and supplies. Many students receive some type of aid including scholarships, Tennessee State Aid, and Federal Loans and Grants. These are need based, as well as determined by achievement.