William Jennings Bryan University was chartered in 1930 and admitted its first class in the fall of that year. Its stated purpose was, and is, to provide “for the higher education of men and women under auspices distinctly Christian and spiritual.” In 1958 its name was changed to William Jennings Bryan College and in 1993 was shortened to Bryan College.

Mission Statement

Our mission is educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.

The College seeks to assist in the personal growth and development of qualified students by providing an education based upon an integrated understanding of the Bible and the liberal arts.

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Statement of Belief

The college charter states that no sectarian tests or statement of belief are to be imposed on any student.

It also specifies that anyone serving as a trustee, officer, or member of the faculty and staff must subscribe to the Statement of Belief, which appears below. The College’s religious position and control, educational philosophy, and community life standards are consequential outcomes of the Statement of Belief.

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Quick Facts

Bryan's campus is located on a 128-acre hilltop in Dayton, Tennessee, within the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, 35 minutes north of Chattanooga.

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