Chartered November 1, 1956 as a senior, coeducational liberal arts college. Was established as a joint venture by the citizens of Fayetteville/Cumberland County and the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Methodist College opened to students in the fall of 1960. In the Fall of 2006, in conjunction with the institution's 50th anniversary celebration, Methodist College officially became Methodist University. Click here for the historical highlights from the University's first 50 years.
The 617-acre campus includes 50 buildings, an 18-hole golf course, football/track facility, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, outdoor volleyball and basketball courts, and an amphitheater. Click here to view the campus map.
The city of Fayetteville is North Carolina's fourth largest metropolitan area and is home to over 250,000 people, arena league football, minor league hockey and baseball teams, and numerous cultural and entertainment facilities.
The University today serves approximately 2,300 students—1,700 in the day program, 300 in Methodist University at Night, and 300 in graduate programs. The student/faculty ratio is 12:1. Average class size is around 15 students. The student body includes persons of diverse ages and nationalities, representing 40 states, the District of Columbia, and 77 foreign countries. Approximately 40% of our students come from out of state. Almost $24 million of institutional scholarships and grants were awarded to our students last year.
Since 1964, the University has graduated more than 12,000 students. Alumni have excelled in many ways; they have earned graduate degrees, advanced professionally, started their own businesses, and become leaders in their chosen fields and communities.
The University can house 1,170 students in its 19 residence halls. All residence halls include air conditioning, free cable TV, laundry facilities, and Internet access. All freshmen are a part of a First Year Experience Program.
Areas of Study
Today the University offers bachelor's degrees in over 80 fields of study (majors and concentrations) including communications, justice studies, business administration, education, and social work. New majors, minors, and concentrations recently added include engineering, entrepreneurship, applied forensic science, graphic design, and applied communiation. The University offers six graduate degree programs: the Master of Medical Science in physician assistant studies; the Master of Business Administration in organizational management; the Master of Justice Administration; the Master of Education in literacy, special education, physical education, or coaching and athletic administration; the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT); and in the Fall of 2018, the University will enroll its first doctoral level students in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program.
The University is a NCAA Division III member offering 20 intercollegiate sports. The University competes in the USA South Athletic Conference. Several years ago, the University formed the Methodist University Monarch Booster Club and the Methodist University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Students are encouraged to join one or more of our 100+ clubs, honor societies, and student organizations.