Founded just five years after the land it occupies was purchased from the Chickasaw Indians, Union University has stood in Jackson, Tennessee since 1823 as a renowned Baptist school and is, in fact, the “oldest institution affiliated with Southern Baptist life”. Originally called Jackson Male Academy, then Southwestern Baptist, it currently offers degrees at all levels and has been routinely ranked in the top tier for its region for the last 10+ years.
A private, evangelical Christian university, Union now has a student body of roughly 4200 undergrad and graduate students from 45 states and 30 countries. In addition to the 290 acre Jackson campus, Union has expanded to extension campuses in Germantown (35 acres with graduate degree programs in business, education, nursing and Christian studies) and Hendersonville (roughly another 35 acres of graduate degrees in education and Christian studies) to further serve their students. There are now six schools/colleges at Union, offering degrees in Nursing, Education/Human Studies, Business, Theology, Pharmacy, and the Arts&Sciences, with over 200 undergraduate areas of study, as well as another 8 Master’s programs, 4 PhDs, and an Education Specialist degree (education and nursing stand along Christian studies and business as the top majors at all levels).
Though online classes do exist at Union in a moderate degree, there are next to no online degree programs offered here at either the undergrad or graduate level. The main exception for this is the RN to BSN program, which can be completed through Union’s E-Campus after a required weekend orientation that takes place in nearby Memphis. The courses require regular log ins and participation in online discussions, with most (if not all) communication with faculty taking place through email.
Other technological features on campus include regular e-nouncements to keep students abreast, emails and online advisement, regular chapel podcasts, as well as library access and online tutoring if needed.
Degrees for undergrads range from the tradition 4 year BSN in Nursing to several Education degrees and numerous teacher licensures. Master’s students can achieve an M.A. in Education or simply a M.Ed., as well as an M.S. in Nursing or even a Master of Urban Education. PhD programs exist for Education, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Ministry. There are also Continuing/Adult Education programs, taking nights and weekends and offering a small range of degree options including an accelerated BSN, an Associate of Divinity (one of the only Associate degrees here), and several other undergrad options including a B.S. in Organizational Leadership. Most programs are at the Jackson campus, but some are offered at a satellite location in Memphis (where the RN-BSN online program orientation meets).
All programs are taught from a Christ-centered stance, with many ministry and missionary opportunities for those looking to use their free time in college towards service in God’s name. Global Outreach allows students to get hands on in everything from helping erect a new Tennessee church to teaching English in East Asia and their Missionary in Residence program gives visiting missionaries from foreign countries.
With an almost two century dedication to education in God’s name, Union University offers one of the top educations in the area, as well as the opportunity to learn how to “think Christianly and serve faithfully in ways consistent with the its core values of being excellence drive, Christ centered, people focuses, and future directed”.