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Who We Are

Barton College, a four-year, private, liberal arts college, believes in college on a first-name basis. Providing students with a strong academic focus and opportunities for leadership development, Barton unites its smaller size with an intentional application of collaborative learning in every aspect of the students’ college experience.


Approximately 1,000.  The College has students from 21 states and 18 foreign countries.


Eight schools offering over 30 academic majors.  Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of School Administration, and Master of Science in Nursing degrees are awarded through the schools of Allied Health and Sport Studies; Business; Education; Humanities; Nursing; Sciences; Social Work; and Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts.


The College is affiliated with the Division of Higher Education of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  It is also a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Council on Education, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League of Nursing.

College Name

The namesake of the College is Barton Warren Stone, who was a major figure in the founding of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In addition to Stone’s early ministry in eastern North Carolina, he also has roots in private higher education in this state. Born in Maryland and reared in Virginia, Stone used his modest inheritance to attend Caldwell Academy in Greensboro in the late 1700s. Stone’s academic career had its beginnings in law and later in teaching, but it eventually gave way to a lifelong religious evolution that carried him to the frontiers of Kentucky. In that state, a religious movement led by Stone and another led by Thomas Campbell merged in 1832 to form the denomination which, 70 years later, established the College.

Alumni Association

The Barton College Alumni Association includes more than 26,000 graduates and former students. Members of the Association are encouraged to take part in the organization’s many activities, from fund-raising to encouraging prospective students to consider the College. Barton Scope, published twice a year, is a magazine for alumni and friends of the College.

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