Belhaven University traces its founding to the late nineteenth century, when Belhaven College first opened its doors in Jackson, Mississippi, as a private institution serving the educational needs of young women. It later merged with McComb Female Institute, in 1911, and then merged once more, with the Mississippi Synodical College in 1939. Belhaven continued to evolve, becoming co-educational in the 1950s.
Since that period, Belhaven has “reaffirmed” its Christian status, and has expanded academic programming, and added graduate and continuing educational programs. Furthermore, the physical aspects of the institution have also evolved. In addition to construction on the Jackson campus, campus locations for adult degree completion programs and graduate students have been extended to five major U.S. cities, along with the addition of an online campus. In 2010, Belhaven officially changed its title from Belhaven College to Belhaven University.
Today, the private, not-for-profit four-year institution enrolls more than 4,000 students and awards Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees, along with supporting certificate programs. Belhaven University’s main campus is located in the historic section of Jackson, and includes student facilities, such as a student center that features a cafe, recreation center, and multi-media theater, along with residence halls and recreational facilities. In addition, the library holds more than 100,000 volumes of work. Students can participate in athletics, including basketball, cross country, tennis, and other sports. Just as important, Belhaven University supports academic and spiritual growth through a “worldview curriculum” that promotes fellowship and volunteer opportunities.
Belhaven University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and select individual programs also retain programmatic accreditation. Furthermore, Belhaven University maintains memberships with the American Council on Education, the Mississippi Association of Independent Colleges, and the Association of Presbyterian Colleges. The University is approved by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
Belhaven enrolls approximately 1,200 undergraduate students and maintains a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Students can choose from more than twenty-five major programs, in addition to pre-professional and certificate programs. Popular majors include fields in art, including Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Graphic Design, Creative Writing, and Arts Administration Bachelor’s degrees. Likewise, many students enroll in business majors, including degrees in Business Administration, Accounting, and Sports Administration.
Belhaven’s Adult and Graduate degree programs are tailored to fit the busy schedules of working professionals and non-traditional students. Campus locations include Jackson, Atlanta, Chattanooga, Houston, Memphis, and Orlando. Over twenty degrees options ranging from Associate’s of Arts and certificate programs to Master’s degrees give students multiple opportunities. Fields of study are categorized into Business, Christian Ministries, Health and Social Services, Education, and Graduate Fine Arts degrees. Degrees vary by campus location and students should check with prospective campuses for details about specific programs offered.
Furthermore, Belhaven University supports online learning opportunities to offer added flexibility and convenience. Students can pursue multiple degree programs.
- Associate of Arts, transfer program
- Associate of Arts in Business
- Business Administration
- Health Administration
- Business Administration
- Education in Reading Literacy
- Health Administration
- Public Administration
- Sports Administration
Additionally, Belhaven University provides online Mississippi Teacher Certification, along with Online High Scholars programs and Dual Credit programs for high school students. Belhaven not only supports online learning, but undergraduate students can choose from two options. The asynchronous path allows students to complete assignments and work when it suits, as long as deadlines are met. The second synchronous option gives students the opportunity to participate in a virtual classroom, with real-time interaction between the instructor and students. Graduate work is completed asynchronously. Additionally, online class sizes average 15-25 students. Online degrees are accredited and financial aid is available. All work can be completed online, however students may visit the physical campus at any time.
Belhaven works with students to provide financial assistance through grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. Scholarships are based on merit and need, in addition to degree-specific awards and private resources. Eligible students can also access a number of federal and state grants. Loans include both federal and private lenders, including the Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans and the Direct Parent PLUS Loan. Additionally, Belhaven University has been recognized as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine and Belhaven University recognizes Veterans Benefits and military aid for eligible veterans and their dependents.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:2,934
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