Welch College is a four-year Christian college founded in 1942 by the National Association of Free Will Baptists. The college serves approximately 315 students and is the national college of the 300,000-strong Free Will Baptist denomination.
Mission: The mission of Welch College is to educate leaders to serve Christ, His Church, and His world through biblical thought and life.
Location: Welch College is located in Nashville, TN, the cultural and educational hub of the South. Three of the nation's interstate highways (I-40, I-24, I-65) converge in Nashville, a city with a population of 600,000. Metropolitan Nashville has 1.5 million citizens and is known as the Athens of the South because of its educational and cultural opportunities.
Campus: Welch College has an intimate nine-acre campus on Nashville's bustling West End Avenue, just a quarter-mile from the I-440 entrance ramp, Nashville's connector to the interstate highway system. There are 12 buildings on campus, including the three-story Johnson Academic Building, Welch Library, the Picirilli Activities Center (gym), men's and women's residence halls, and more.
Student Body: The student body at Welch College comprises approximately 315 students representing 22 states and four other countries.
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
Academics: Welch College offers more than 40 undergraduate majors, pre-professional programs, and interdisciplinary programs of study. The college’s most popular majors are Theological Studies/Ministry, Teacher Education, Business, and Biology.
Campus Life: Welch College students are engaged in numerous student organizations and co-curricular activities, from student societies to Global Missions Fellowship, from musical groups to intercollegiate and intramural athletic teams, from student government to community relations, and more. The college’s small size and tight-knit community offer numerous opportunities for involvement and leadership development.
Tuition: Welch College is a superior higher education value, lower in cost than 82% of Tennessee private, accredited colleges. 2012-2013 tuition (15 hours) is $14,250 per year, and room and board is $6,386 per year.
Financial Aid: Welch College offers more than $4 million in student financial aid each year. Approximately 90% of our students receive financial aid, including institutional loans, grants, and scholarships as well as federally and state-funded grants and loans. Welch consistently ranks high in U.S. News and World Report as one of the top colleges in the U.S. in the awarding of merit-based scholarships.
Accreditation: Welch College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees (SACS). This is the regional accrediting agency in the southeast.
The college is also accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), approved by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) to accredit baccalaureate degree-granting Bible colleges in the United States and Canada.
Recognition: Welch College is consistently ranked among the South’s Best Colleges in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges.
Welch College is also approved by the Tennessee State Department of Education to offer degrees leading to teacher education licensure in grades PreK-12.