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.
Bryan College was established as a four-year undergraduate college of arts and sciences, although until 1958 the corporate title used the term “University.”
In December 2005 the College was authorized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (Commission on Colleges) to offer its first graduate degree: The Master of Business Administration. Chartered in 1930 under the laws of Tennessee as a general welfare corporation with the basic purpose of providing “for the higher education of men and women under auspices distinctly Christian and spiritual,” the College has responded to changing times with various modifications of its educational program. The goals for institutional development and the changing climate in American higher education will continue to influence the educational program. However, the original institutional purpose as a Christian liberal arts college remains unchanged.
With an awareness of its heritage and a commitment to its future, the College endeavors to serve its constituencies by traditional and novel means. Bryan College maintains the following distinctives as part of its vision for the next century.
Bryan College has developed and will maintain:
- An identity as a Christian liberal arts college which is evangelical, nondenominational, and regionally accredited.
- A firm biblical emphasis, both in curriculum and in principles for everyday life, based upon unequivocal acceptance of the inerrancy and authority of the Scriptures.
- A close bond of fellowship and a sense of community under the Lordship of Jesus Christ that fosters positive relationships among faculty and students of diverse backgrounds.
- A Christian worldview as the foundation for the engagement of faith, learning, and living.
- A competent faculty committed to a quality academic program.
- A balanced position regarding theological beliefs, daily life and conduct, and educational philosophy and practice.
- A commitment to a progressive approach in addressing the technological nature of our changing society.
- A setting of natural beauty where lake and mountains meet, ideal for serious study and growth.
We believe that God is the author of truth; that He has revealed Himself to humanity through nature, conscience, the Bible, and Jesus Christ; that it is His will for all people to come to a knowledge of truth; and that an integrated study of the liberal arts and the Bible, with a proper emphasis on the spiritual, mental, social, and physical aspects of life, will lead to the balanced development of the whole person.
The opportunity for such study should be available to all students who meet admission standards, regardless of their sex, race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, or age.
Although students are neither required to subscribe to any statement of belief nor placed under any duress with regard to their religious position, the College leadership desires that its graduates will ultimately find their lives transformed by the living Christ, being filled with the Holy Spirit, and consistently practicing a thoroughly Christian lifestyle which grows from a well-developed biblical worldview. These graduates should be well integrated persons and mature citizens who accept their responsibility to glorify God and serve others.
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.
The College, as an evangelical Christian community, endeavors to create an atmosphere in which personal commitment to Christ and Christian standards of behavior will be forthcoming. Trustees, administrative officers, faculty, and staff affirm annually their faith and commitment by subscribing to the Statement of Belief.
- that the holy Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, is of final and supreme authority in faith and life, and, being inspired by God, is inerrant in the original writings;
- in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, this Trinity being one God, eternally existing in three persons;
- in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ; that He was born of the virgin Mary and begotten of the Holy Spirit;
- that the origin of man was by fiat of God in the act of creation as related in the Book of Genesis; that he was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical and spiritual death;
- that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and are in need of a Savior for their reconciliation to God;
- that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only Savior, that He was crucified for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a voluntary representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him and confess Him before men are justified on the grounds of His shed blood;
- in the resurrection of the crucified body of Jesus, in His ascension into Heaven, and in “that blessed hope,” the personal return to this earth of Jesus Christ, and He shall reign forever;
- in the bodily resurrection of all persons, judgment to come, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.
To read the full policies regarding our beliefs, view General Information with the College's catalog.