North Greenville University

North Greenville University
TypePrivate university
Religious affiliation
Southern Baptist Convention (South Carolina Baptist Convention)
PresidentGene Fant Jr.
ProvostNathan Finn[1]
United States

35°4′9″N 82°22′20″W / 35.06917°N 82.37222°W / 35.06917; -82.37222Coordinates:35°4′9″N 82°22′20″W / 35.06917°N 82.37222°W / 35.06917; -82.37222
ColorsRed, black, and white

North Greenville University is private Baptist university in Tigerville, South Carolina. It is associated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The institution awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.


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 and added a teacher education program in 1997. In the following years, a variety of other bachelor's degree programs were added, including English, History, Spanish, Psychology, Business, Economics, Criminal Justice, Theatre, Communications, Outdoor Leadership, Interdisciplinary Studies, Biology, and Mathematics, among other subjects. NGU assumed university status in 2006 and began granting master's degrees as well.[3]

NGC was granted an exception to Title IX in 2015 which allows it to legally discriminate against LGBT students for religious reasons. It is ranked among the "Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth" by Campus Pride.[4] Homosexual acts and all sex outside of marriage are grounds for expulsion from the school.[5]

Notable alumni

  • Dr. Mac Brunson, 1978, Senior Pastor of Valleydale Baptist Church, Alabama; former Senior pastor of FBC Dallas and FBC Jacksonville
  • Mikey Carvajal, founder/lead singer of the Victory Records rock act Islander
  • Steven Furtick, 2002, Founder and Lead Pastor Elevation Church, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Dr. Thomas Haggai, 1949, chairman and CEO of IGA Global [6]
  • Clayton Holmes, former NFL player
  • Josh Kimbrell, 2007, youngest Senator in the South Carolina legislature
  • Freddie Martino, NFL player
  • John Michael McConnell, 1964, former US Director of National Intelligence
  • Joshua Putnam, 2011, youngest representative in the South Carolina legislature[7]
  • Chris Sligh, 2003, songwriter, recording artist, and Season Six American Idol finalist


  1. ^ Finn, Nathan. "Nathan Finn, PhD". Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  2. ^ "College Navigator - North Greenville University". Retrieved Apr 17, 2021.
  3. ^ "ABOUT NGU: A CHRISTIAN COLLEGE". North Greenville University. 2019. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  4. ^ "Worst List: The Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth". Campus Pride. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  5. ^ Cary, Nathaniel (August 10, 2015). "Why same-sex ruling has SC's religious-based schools fearing loss of tax exemption". The Greenville News. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  6. ^ "#365 North Greenville University -". Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  7. ^ "South Carolina Legislature Online - Member Biography". Retrieved 24 April 2017.

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