Barton College

Wilson, NC

Barton College

Wilson, NC

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Bold thinkers. Bold leaders.

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.

Nationally recognized through academics and athletics, Barton College is a community of learners freely examining the intellectual and cultural experiences of an interdependent world to understand humanity’s rich heritage and to improve the quality of all existence.

Barton challenges you to think boldly about your future. Our general education courses focus on students achieving learning outcomes in written communication, oral communication, and critical thinking. These skills are what employers are looking for when hiring new graduates. Barton’s liberal arts education gives you a skill set, which serves as a core foundation for your future. Whether you pursue our most popular majors (Nursing, Education, and Business) or opt for unique disciplines such as Gerontology or Audio Recording Technology, you’ll appreciate the pillars of a Barton education: quality academic programs, hands-on experiences, first-rate faculty, and personal attention.

At Barton, we meet you where you are and get you to where you want to be. Your personal and academic goals become our goals to help you plan the best path to achieve your aspirations. There are lots of opportunities for you to follow your specific interests.


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Wilson, North Carolina

The City of Wilson is an inviting North Carolina community of about 50,000 residents at the intersection of I-95 and US-264, about 35 minutes east of Raleigh, the state capital.

Quick Facts

Founded: 1902

President: Dr. Douglas N. Searcy

Status: Private, co-educational, liberal arts college

Campus Size: 86 acres

Endowment: $34 million

Mascot: Bulldogs

Fall Enrollment 2022: 1,187 undergraduates from 32 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 25 countries; 78 graduate students

Full-Time Instructional Staff: 58

Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Average Class Size: 17

Church Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Athletic Affiliation: Member NCAA Division II

Conference Affiliation: Conference Carolinas (charter member) and SAC (associate member for football)

Academics: Over 40 majors and programs

Seven academic schools: Allied Health and Sport Studies; Business; Education; Humanities; Nursing; Sciences; and Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts

Alumni: Approximately 26,000 graduates and former students, over 2,500 alumni live in Wilson

Financial Aid: 98% of students receiving financial aid; $23,216 average financial aid package

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Becoming a critical care transport nurse, whether you transport patients in a helicopter or in an ambulance, isn’t something that you can achieve overnight. It takes time and experience. Most important, you have to have a strong foundation of knowledge to build on, and that’s what Barton gave me.”

    • Hillary Manning
      Class of 2006, Critical Care Transport Nurse
  • “The small, intimate classes prepared me to teach my content area, manage a classroom, and uphold the teaching standards. I also cultivated lasting relationships with my professors. Years later one still serves as my mentor. Now, as a principal, I use the skills I learned at Barton to foster creativity and growth in current classroom leaders.”

    • Krystal Lane Cox
      Class of 2007, Principal, Wilson Academy of Applied Technology