EQUIP. GROW. EXPERIENCE. SERVE.
Welch College does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, national and ethnic origin, age, or disability in admitting students or in otherwise administering its educational policies and school-sponsored programs.
FROM THE PRESIDENT What is my purpose in life? What is my place in God’s world? What is my calling in God’s kingdom? These are the questions Welch College will help you answer. At Welch College, we believe God has a purpose for you— a special role just for you in His kingdom. In this Christian community of faith and learning, you can find your place in God’s world, and we will provide the education you need to fulfill your calling. Our mission is to educate leaders to serve Christ, His Church, and His world through biblical thought and life—that is what Welch College is all about. We provide our students a unique opportunity to prepare for leadership and service in the field to which God calls them. We do this by teaching students to confront the inescapable questions of life from the vantage point of a Christian worldview, realizing the implications of Christian faith for the world around them, for the whole of life. God may be calling you to minister in a local church or a cross-cultural ministry setting. He may be calling you to live out your faith as a leader in education, healthcare, the family, the marketplace, or public service. Or perhaps you have yet to discover God’s calling for you. Whatever it is, our mission is to prepare you for your calling, for a life of leadership and service for Christ and His Church. We want you to be a part of this vibrant experience of Christian learning and life. We are here to serve you. The Lord bless you and keep you.
J. Matthew Pinson President 1
INTEGRATION OF FAITH AND LEARNING The education you will receive at Welch College focuses on the integration of faith and learning. All facets of college life, from academic programs to spiritual formation to campus life, are designed to develop and nurture the whole person. Our students want more than career training. They come here to pursue a quality Christian higher education that will equip them for service to Christ and leadership in the church and the world. Whatever their future occupation may be, they know that life is about God. Thatâ€™s why we dedicate ourselves to the spiritual formation of our students. We want each student to develop a Christ-centered character that emerges from a Christian heart and mind that values the true, the good, and the beautiful. Are you searching for a challenging, creative environment where you can grow spiritually, intellectually, and socially? If you are, then Welch College is the place for Â you!
“MY EXPERIENCE AT WELCH COLLEGE SOLIDIFIED THE FOUNDATION FOR MY FAITH AND CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW AS WELL AS PREPARED ME TO ENTER THE SECULAR WORKPLACE. THROUGH THEIR EXAMPLE, THE FACULTY SHOWED ME HOW TO EFFECTIVELY CARE FOR OTHERS.” Ashlee Lewis Registered Nurse, Nashville, TN
WE CHALLENGE OUR STUDENTS WITH ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE.
OUR FACULTY TEACH STUDENTS TO THINK CRITICALLY AS THEY PURSUE KNOWLEDGE IN THEIR CHOSEN FIELDS.
EQUIP A college education is a serious investment—an investment of time, effort, and finances. At Welch College, the return on your investment is a high-quality Christian education with the highest academic standards.
Together with our more than 40 programs of study, Welch College offers opportunities to learn and grow in overseas experiences; church, business, educational, government, and healthcare internships; involvement in the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature; and various study groups to WELCH COLLEGE enhance the academic IS CONSISTENTLY experience. Our students RANKED BY U.S. rank their professors high NEWS AND WORLD for combining personal care REPORT AS ONE OF and commitment with the teaching and modeling of “AMERICA’S BEST a Christian framework for COLLEGES.” learning and life.
A regionally and nationally accredited college with a student/ faculty ratio of 9:1, Welch provides a challenging curriculum and a stimulating learning environment that is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of “America’s Best Colleges.” Our faculty not only teach students to think critically as they pursue knowledge in their chosen fields, but they also lead them into a deeper understanding of the implications of the Bible and the Christian worldview for all of life and thought.
While some schools offer lightweight academic programs, we challenge our students with academic excellence that requires them to give their very best. In fact, it will take your best efforts to make your mark at Welch College. But we will reward those efforts with an excellent education from which you will reap benefits throughout your life.
GROW We are a Christian community of faith and learning. All our professors are committed Christians who teach from a biblical perspective. Campus life abounds with opportunities for spiritual growth, from Bible studies to chapel services, from SpirituaLife groups to Christian Service experiences, from peer mentoring to outreach opportunities in the Nashville community.
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We believe your time here should produce CHRISTIAN more than a degree. Your college experience COMMUNITY should provide a firm base of knowledge of OF FAITH AND God’s Word and God’s world—a biblical LEARNING. worldview. With a Welch education, you will understand the significance of Christian faith for the whole of life and therefore live a life that honors Christ, enabling you to lead others to Him. All students at Welch College, regardless of their major fields of study, take a strong core of biblical studies. At Welch College, your education is more than books and assignments. We teach you how to live, as well as how to make a living. Living life under the lordship of Christ and touching the lives of others for Him go hand-in-hand with what you learn in the classroom.
EXPERIENCE OUR STUDENTS LOVE IT HERE! The beautiful, intimate
Welch College students participate in intercollegiate and intramural athletics. Our men’s and women’s basketball teams, men’s and women’s golf teams, men’s and women’s cross country teams, and women’s volleyball team compete in Division II of the National Instead of sororities or fraternities, Christian College Athletic Welch College hosts four men’s THE COLLEGE Association (NCCAA). Campus and four women’s societies. During SPONSORS A society teams compete for awards Rush Week at the beginning of the and recognition in a number of VIBRANT ARTS academic year, each society recruits intramural sports. Regular campus PROGRAM. new students. We are proud of our events include Block Party, Forum/ inclusive social organizations, and Bible Conference, and Missions unlike other colleges and universities, Conference, as well as other on-andwe invite every student to join the society of his off-campus activities. or her choice. Best of all, at Welch College you will be part The college sponsors a vibrant arts program. of a community where students and professors Students perform in a variety of music and drama know who you are. You see them not only in the groups and touring ministry teams, including choral classroom, but in the dining hall, in the gym, groups such as the College Choir, Chapel Choir, and in the coffee house, and at campus events. You Choral Union; musical ministry teams like Rejoice will be surrounded by people who care about and New Mercy; and the Evangel Players drama you and want to help you succeed. team. Recent performances have included The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Oklahoma!; Handel’s Messiah; and The Wizard of Oz. Welch campus is located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. You will have a great time making friendships that last a lifetime while learning in a safe, wholesome environment.
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Nashville has a great deal to offer: museums, opera, the Nashville Symphony, libraries, beautiful parks and nature centers, restaurants, and professional football, baseball, and hockey teams. GLOBAL MISSIONS FELLOWSHIP
WIZARD OF OZ
SERVE Welch College alumni serve Christ as leaders in His Church and His world around the globe. We believe all Christians are called to minister to their world. No matter what you choose to do after graduation, your years at Welch College will be significant. The college provides numerous opportunities for outreach, evangelism, and missions. These include experiences as diverse as ministering on college-sponsored mission trips, touring with college musical and drama groups, serving dinner at a rescue mission for the homeless, counseling teenagers, engaging in community service projects, and participating in the summer College Missions Program with Free Will Baptist International Missions. Through Christian Service, we equip workers for the Kingdom of God, no matter what professional field they enter. Our college educates the whole person: the heart and hands as well as the head. Our students take what they learn in the classroom and put it into action in the lives of those in Nashville and around the world. They are often recognized by city leaders for providing thousands of hours of service to the Nashville community, helping the homeless, tutoring children, and ministering at hospitals, retirement homes, and prisons.
“OUR TIME AT WELCH COLLEGE HELPED PREPARE US FOR MISSION WORK BY GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN UNDER AND BE MENTORED BY TEACHING MISSIONARIES WHOSE PASSION HELPED FUEL A DESIRE IN US TO TAKE THE GOSPEL TO THE UNREACHED.” Heath and Joni Hubbard Class of 2006 and 2002 Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido, Japan
LIFE AFTER WELCH COLLEGE EQUIP. GROW. EXPERIENCE. SERVE. A degree from Welch College means that you’ll have the strong foundation and the knowledge you’ll need for life after college. Our graduates agree that their college experience not only prepared them academically for career opportunities but also strengthened their faith for life’s challenges. Welch College alumni serve Christ in many capacities around the globe. Eighty percent of Free Will Baptist international missionaries were educated here, and nearly 1,000 pastors are Welch College graduates. Ninety-nine percent of our teacher education graduates find job placement, and many alumni professionals serve faithfully in business and healthcare fields.
“AT WELCH COLLEGE I RECEIVED AN EXCELLENT, GOD-CENTERED EDUCATION IN A UNIQUE ATMOSPHERE WITH TEACHERS PERSONALLY COMMITTED TO MY SPIRITUAL AND INTELLECTUAL WELL BEING.”
Frank Thornsbury Class of 2013 Paintsville, KY
Should you decide to continue your academic studies, our graduates are readily accepted into graduate schools nationwide. Graduate programs in which our alumni have studied include Vanderbilt University, Middle Tennessee State University, Beeson Divinity School, Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of Chicago, University of South Florida Medical School, Yale University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Trinity Law School, Cambridge University, and more.
“WHY DO YOU LOVE WELCH COLLEGE?” IS A QUESTION I CAN ANSWER EASILY. I LOVED ATTENDING WELCH BECAUSE THERE, I WAS CHANGED. THIS TRANSFORMATION WENT TO THE CORE OF WHO I WAS. GOD, IN HIS SOVEREIGN WISDOM AND GRACE, CHANGED MY MIND, MY PLANS, AND MY FUTURE. I’M THANKFUL FOR THE TEACHERS WHO HELPED ME REALIZE FAITHFUL OBEDIENCE TO GOD CAN HAPPEN ONE DAY AT A TIME.”
Rebekah Talbot Class of 2013 Music Teacher, Greenville, NC
“THE CLASSES REQUIRED AT THE COLLEGE HELPED IDENTIFY MORALS AND VALUES CRUCIAL FOR THE STUDY OF LAW AND SOLIDIFIED MY SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION. THE CONTINUOUS REQUIREMENT AT WELCH COLLEGE TO COMMUNICATE BOTH ORALLY AND IN WRITING BUILT THE SKILLS FOR PARTICIPATING IN MOOT COURT AND BECOMING AN EDITOR OF TRINITY LAW REVIEW.”
Keri Bartlett Bland Class of 2006 Graduate, Trinity Law School
“THERE ARE FEW PLACES IN THIS WORLD LIKE WELCH COLLEGE. ONE MOMENT, I MAY BE CHALLENGED BY A PROFESSOR TO THINK IN WAYS I HAVE NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE, YET IN THE NEXT MOMENT, THAT SAME TEACHER IS WILLING TO HEAR MY STRUGGLES AND TO SINCERELY PRAY FOR ME. I CANNOT IMAGINE A BETTER PLACE TO LEARN, GROW, OR BE BETTER PREPARED FOR THE FUTURE THAT I WILL FACE.”
“WELCH COLLEGE PREPARED ME FOR THE CORPORATE WORLD BY TEACHING ME TO LOOK AT ALL OF LIFE FROM A CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW. MY TIME AT WELCH COLLEGE ALSO SHOWED ME HOW I COULD BE INVOLVED IN THE SPREAD OF THE GOSPEL AROUND THE WORLD.”
Bob Edwards Class of 1997 Vice President, SunTrust Bank Nashville, TN
Audrey Trotter Senior, Welch College Studying Child Development and Learning Joelton, TN
PROGRAMS OF STUDY Biblical Studies
General Christian Ministries
(teacher licensure, 7-12)
Biblical Studies and Children’s Ministry Biology
(teacher licensure, 7-12)
(teacher licensure, 7-12)
(teacher licensure, 7-12)
Associate of Arts
Associate of Christian Ministry
Associate of Science in Biology
(teacher licensure, K-6)
Associate of Science in Business
Music (Vocal Performance)
Church Music Ministries
Associate of Science in Early Childhood
Church Music and Youth Ministry
Associate of Science in Ministry
Evangelical Training Association (ETA) Diploma
Business (Economics) Business (MBA Prep) Child Development and Learning
(teacher licensure, PreK-3)
Early Childhood Education English English
(teacher licensure, K-12)
Pastoral Ministry Physical Education
(teacher licensure, K-12)
Air Force ROTC Army ROTC
(teacher licensure, 7-12)
FINANCIAL AID We know that a college education will probably be one of the most expensive endeavors of your life. That’s why we keep costs as low as possible and do everything we can to help you make it a reality. If you compare our costs with other accredited private colleges, it is obvious that Welch College’s tuition is a great value. And our Financial Aid Office will work with you to get the financial aid you need to help finance your Welch College education. The college accepts federal financial aid, including Pell grants and Stafford loans, and offers a number of institutional grants, scholarships, and loans as well. 14
About 90 percent of our students receive financial aid and/or have jobs to finance their education. If you require an off-campus job, we will help you find ABOUT 90 PERCENT OF OUR STUDENTS RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID AND/OR HAVE JOBS TO FINANCE THEIR EDUCATION.
one. The college maintains a job bank of positions available on-campus and in the Nashville area. Local employers know the integrity and reputation of our students and value them as employees.
Top 50 U.S .News
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RANKED BY U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT AS ONE OF THE BEST COLLEGES IN THE SOUTH
of students receive financial aid
PROGRAMS OF STUDY
OF TEACHER EDUCATION GRADUATES FIND JOB PLACEMENT
AMOUNT OF MONEY processed in the financial aid office
STUDENT TEACHER RATIO
7 NCCAA DIVISION II SPORTS TEAMS
Percentage of business graduates with job placement on graduation day
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DISCOVER YOURSELF AT WELCH COLLEGE Spend a night in the dorm. Stay up late talking with our students. Bundle up and head to a fall basketball game. Grab a few meals in the dining hall. Think Welch College might be the place for you? Thereâ€™s not a better way to decide than visiting our campus. Twice each year we COME VISIT US DURING WELCOME host Senior Days, DAYS OR SENIOR DAYS TO GET and twice a year THE FULL WELCH EXPERIENCE. we host Welcome Days. These events are great ways to get an up-close look at the Welch College experience. Guest students spend time in dorms, chapel, and classes, as well as enjoying various activities throughout the weekend. We also encourage you to talk with professors and students. They will be glad to tell you about the Welch College experience. Visit welch.edu, call 1-888-97-WELCH, or email us at email@example.com to RSVP for an upcoming visit weekend. If Senior Days or Welcome Days does not fit your schedule, let us know, and we will plan a personal campus visit just for you.
CONTACT US Ready to learn more about your future at Welch College? We are here for you. Whether you want more information, an application, or just have a few questions, we are easy to reach. You can call, email, or visit us on the web. We know choosing where to attend college can be a difficult decision. When you choose Welch College, you can be sure that we’ll support and encourage you—from questions and campus visits to unpacking in your dorm—as you begin your college career. Join the Welch College family. We cannot wait to welcome you!
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