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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1924
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Religiously affliated
    • Specialization:
    • Liberal Arts School 1
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 1800 Baptist World Center Drive, Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37207
    • Phone:
    • +16152561463
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of American Baptist of College

The college officially opened under the name of the American Baptist Theological Seminary on September 14, 1924. In 1971, the school became accredited and its official name was changed to American Baptist College. The college was originally formed as a joint educational partnership between the Southern Baptist Convention and the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. The Southern Baptist Convention withdrew its one of the founding fathers of the College. At its annual meeting in 1993, the National Baptist Convention appointed a committee to investigate support of the college in 1995. The college continues to serve as the primary theological training center for the NBC, USA Inc.

Academic Highlights

American Baptist College, we have an outstanding faculty that is committed to helping you grow and holding you accountable for the gift of God within you. Education at American Baptist College prepares students to develop lives that are ready to be lived in human virtue and public service.  Our educational curriculum synthesizes Christian-centered spirituality and higher learning of the humanities and social sciences that embodies justice performed through service.

Life in American Baptist of College

ABC library is to facilitate the leadership, service and social justice education of the American Baptist College community by providing access to quality resources that undergird the professional, academic, personal growth of its students and faculty. Through the use of technology and instruction, the library creates a collaborative and interactive learning center that inspires the community in all area of the lives and presents American Baptist College as a leader in academic research on black church and social justice.

School Ranking



ABC is educating, graduating and preparing a predominantly African American student population for Christian leadership, service and social justice in the world. The school offers a quality educational program with a liberal arts emphasis, equipping diverse students intellectually, morally, spiritually, socially and theologically.

Notable Alumni

LeRoy Bailey Jr., clergy, Senior Pastor of The First Cathedral
James Bevel, civil rights leader
R. E. Cooper, Sr., Baptist pastor and civil rights leader
Cleavant Derricks, pastor, choir director, songwriter
Leroy Gilbert, Chaplain of the United States Coast Guard
Bernard Lafayette, civil rights activist, leader in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and organizer; named first director of the Peace Education Program at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota; recognized as one of the leading exponents of nonviolent direct action in the world and Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
John Lewis, Georgia Congressman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement
C.T. Vivian, author, minister, activist; served in Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign as the national deputy director for clergy

Acceptance Rate

It is a small institution with an enrollment of 98 undergraduate students. The American Baptist acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Religious Vocations, Human Services, and Liberal Arts and Humanities.
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