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Campbell University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs Campbell University offers. Research its academics, and read about its admissions requirements and financial aid options to make an informed education decision.

About Campbell University

Founded in 1887, Campbell University (CU) was established in Buies Creek, North Carolina, as an academy to educate all students, regardless of their ability to pay for school. CU added graduate programs in 1977 and today is a four-year, private liberal arts and sciences institution that offers associate, baccalaureate, master's and professional degrees. Rooted in its Christian heritage, Campbell University emphasizes education through a Christian worldview and belief system.

Campbell University's main campus spans 850 acres and is located 30 miles from the capital city of Raleigh. The school has additional campuses in Raleigh (where its law school is located), Research Triangle Park, Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg.


Campbell University offers more than 100 undergraduate concentrations through the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, Lundy-Fetterman School of Business and College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Students can earn an Associate in Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Health Science, Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Business Administration in a variety of areas, including business administration, communication and media studies, information technology, elementary education and psychology.

CU also offers a variety of master's degrees through six graduate schools. Additionally, students can choose from five professional degrees: Juris Doctor, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Physician Assistant Practice.

Through Campbell's four extended campus locations, students can choose from 12 associate or baccalaureate degree options. Campbell also has a distance education program that allows students to take courses online; however, students cannot complete a full degree program through online coursework.


Campbell University requires that all first-time applicants complete an application and submit high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. Students must also pay a $35 application fee. Additional materials, including a personal essay, photo or letter of recommendation, can be submitted to help with the decision-making process. Campbell requires that students score at least a 950 (combined math and verbal only) on the SAT or a 20 on the ACT to be considered for admission. The university employs a rolling admissions process, but students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Transfer students need to have a 2.5 GPA in all previous college coursework.

Admissions requirements for graduate and professional degree programs vary by program. Prospective students can check the website for specific instructions.

Of the 8,835 applicants to Campbell in 2010, 67% were admitted and 16% of those admitted actually enrolled. In fall 2011, CU reported its enrollment at 6,182 with 75% of the population enrolled full-time; 51% of students were female.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for undergraduate students enrolled full-time at Campbell's main campus was $12,050 per semester for 2012-2013. Students enrolled in less than 12 credits were charged $500 per credit hour. Students at the main campus who were enrolled in the distance education program were charged $325 per credit hour. General fees for all students taking nine or more credit hours were $900 for the year; additional fees can apply for certain degree programs or specialty courses.

Students who opted to live in one of the on-campus residence halls paid between $4,100 and $6,600 for the full year in 2012-2013. Meal plans cost between $2,800 and $4,600 for the year. Tuition for the extended campus locations ranged between $235 and $325 per credit hour. The cost of attendance for graduate and professional degree programs varies depending on the program.

Campbell gives students the option of paying for school by setting up recurring monthly payments spread over the period of attendance or paying the bill in full online for no additional charge.

Students can pursue several forms of financial aid to help with the cost of attendance, including scholarships, grants, work-study programs and loans. In 2011, 100% of first-year, full-time undergraduate students received some form of financial aid.

School Type Four-year, private, not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Associate, bachelor's, master's and professional degrees*
Religious Affiliation Baptist*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Rural*
Student Body In 2011: 4,539 undergraduates and 1,643 graduate students*
Student Housing Five men's residence halls and seven women's halls; most freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus**
Schools and Programs Six schools; more than 100 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Business administration and management (185)
Master's: Business administration and management (81)
Doctorate: Law (134)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who began in 2003:
36% in four years
58% in six years
58% in eight years*
Admission Rate 67% in 2010*
Entering Class Size In 2011: 886 students*
First-Year Retention Rates 77% of full-time and 33% of part-time students in 2011*
Middle 50% ACT Range of Admitted Students 17-28 in 2011*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions**
Decision Notification Date Decisions sent out on a rolling basis once the application has been received and evaluated**
Tuition (2012-2013) $24,100 per year for undergraduates enrolled full-time**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For full-time beginning students in 2010-2011: Federal grants (100%), state/local government grants or scholarships (84%), institutional grants or scholarships (89%), student loan aid (92%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 100% of first-year students enrolled full-time in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Campbell University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Campbell University, 450 Leslie Campbell Ave., Buies Creek, NC 27506
  • Phone: (910) 893-1200
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