Blue Mountain College

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Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields
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Southern Baptist

Founded in 1873 by a pastor and former Confederate general, Mark Perrin Lowrey, Blue Mountain College was originally a women’s school. Lowrey’s vision for the school saw educated women leading the South’s post-Civil War recovery, and his two daughters were the first teachers; his daughter Modena Lowrey Berry was one of the longest-serving female college presidents in history, and the second woman inducted into the Mississippi Hall of Fame. In 1920, Blue Mountain College was given to the Mississippi Baptist Convention by the Lowrey family, and the college began moving toward coeducational status; men were admitted for a special pastoral-training program in 1956, and in 2005 the college became fully coed. Blue Mountain is currently ranked the #7 best regional college in the South, and the #2 best value, by U.S. News & World Report.

Academic Programs

Founded as a Christian liberal arts college, and affiliated with the Baptist Church, Blue Mountain College is focused on providing the best undergraduate education possible. Blue Mountain’s curriculum is dedicated to helping students prepare for careers and graduate education, as well as develop their talents for service to the church and community. The traditional liberal arts provide the foundation for all areas of study, as student earn a well-rounded core education in the humanities and sciences, developing their knowledge and thinking skills within a committed Christian community.

A student:faculty ratio of only 11:1 gives students the opportunity to develop mentoring relationships with their professors, as well as gain the kind of spiritual guidance that is central to Blue Mountain’s educational vision. Forty undergraduate majors, as well as two Master of Education degrees, give BMC students a strong variety of options to choose from, including business, education, criminal justice, and Biblical Studies. In recent years, Blue Mountain has followed the lead of other prominent Christian colleges in introducing online degree programs to extend its reach and impact; currently, many core classes are available online, and fully online programs in business administration, psychology, and criminal justice are available.

Student Life

Blue Mountain’s Christian heritage is evident in its student life. All students attend weekly chapel events, including guest speakers and cultural performances, building a common set of experience, while a number of on-campus activities keep BMC’s students busy in their off-hours. From musical and theater groups to intramural sports, students have numerous opportunities to build relationships and community. At just 600 students – nearly as many people as the population of Blue Mountain, the quiet village BMC calls home – Blue Mountain College gives students a close-knit, familial atmosphere for support, growth, and faith.