North Greenville University
NGU was founded in 1892 as a non-government school by private individuals and named North Greenville High School, the first high school in the northern portion of Greenville County. Land for the school was donated by Benjamin F. Neves. It was operated by the North Greenville Baptist Association, and was set up to expand educational offerings in the mountainous northern portion of Greenville County.
The school received a state charter in 1904. It was taken over by the Southern Baptist Convention's Home Mission Board a year later, and renamed North Greenville Baptist Academy in 1915. The North Greenville Baptist Association reassumed control of the school in 1929. In 1934, the academy was expanded to include a junior college. In 1949, it was transferred to the South Carolina Baptist Convention, which renamed the school North Greenville Junior College a year later.
In 1957, it was accredited as a two-year college, and high school courses were dropped altogether. It was renamed simply North Greenville College in 1972. NGC began offering its first junior- and senior-level classes in 1992, in Christian studies and church music. It assumed university status in 1994, and added a teacher education program in 1997. It began granting master's degrees in 2006.
Affiliated with and committed to the South Carolina Baptist Convention, North Greenville University is a co-educational liberal arts institution that provides opportunities for higher education in a Christian atmosphere. The university strives to prepare students to become better, contributing members of society by educating the whole person through an integration of academic discipline, a Christian lifestyle, and an enriched cultural experience while offering students the best opportunities for spiritual growth, academic training, and Christian service. Christ must be the center of the campus for the purpose of Christian education and Christian character-building. North Greenville University offers a quality education in a biblically sound, Christ-centered environment.
Dr. Thomas Haggai, 1949, chairman and CEO of IGA Global Dr. Mac Brunson, 1978, Senior Pastor Jacksonville First Baptist Church John Michael McConnell, 1964, former US Director of National Intelligence Steven Furtick, 2002, Founder and Lead Pastor Elevation Church, Charlotte, North Carolina Chris Sligh, 2003, songwriter, recording artist, and Season Six American Idol finalist Joshua Putnam, 2011, youngest representative in the South Carolina legislature.
BSU is open to all students. Activities including weekly meetings for worship and fellowship, “IMPACT” teams that visit churches, mission projects, and summer ministry opportunities. BSU is the oldest student-led organization on campus and is recognized nationally as a leader in summer missions. Policies governing BSU are set by the Vice President of Denominational Relations. BSU meets every Thursday night in Turner Chapel at 7:00PM.