Welch College is a four-year Christian college founded in 1942 by the National Association of Free Will Baptists. The college serves approximately 315 students and is the national college of the 300,000-strong Free Will Baptist denomination.
Mission: The mission of Welch College is to educate leaders to serve Christ, His Church, and His world through biblical thought and life.
Location: Welch College is located in Nashville, TN, the cultural and educational hub of the South. Three of the nation’s interstate highways (I-40, I-24, I-65) converge in Nashville, a city with a population of 600,000. Metropolitan Nashville has 1.5 million citizens and is known as the Athens of the South because of its educational and cultural opportunities.
Campus: Welch College has an intimate nine-acre campus on Nashville’s bustling West End Avenue, just a quarter-mile from the I-440 entrance ramp, Nashville’s connector to the interstate highway system. There are 8 buildings on campus, including the three-story Johnson Academic Building, Welch Library, the Picirilli Activities Center (gym), men’s and women’s residence halls, and more.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition: Welch College is a superior higher education value, lower in cost than 82% of Tennessee private, accredited colleges. 2015-2016 tuition (12-18 hours) is $17,398 per year, and room and board is $7,048 per year.
Financial Aid: Welch College offers more than $4 million in student financial aid each year. Approximately 90% of our students receive financial aid, including institutional loans, grants, and scholarships as well as federally and state-funded grants and loans. Welch consistently ranks high in U.S. News and World Report as one of the top colleges in the U.S. in the awarding of merit-based scholarships.
Accreditation and Recognition
Accreditation: Welch College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Welch College. (Note: Other than for general inquiries the Commission on Colleges should be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.)
Welch College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education to grant degrees at the Associate, Bachelors, and Masters levels. Contact the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education at 5850 T.G. Lee Blvd., Suite 130, Orlando Florida 37822 or call 407-207-0808 for questions about the accreditation of Welch College.
Recognition: Welch College is consistently ranked among the South’s Best Colleges in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges.
Welch College is also approved by the Tennessee State Department of Education to offer degrees leading to teacher education licensure in grades PreK-12.