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Campbell University
Motto Ad astra per aspera
Motto in English To the stars through difficulties
Established 1887
Type Private university
Endowment $104.7 million
President Jerry M. Wallace
Students 10,471 (total), 6,982 (main campus)
Location Buies Creek, North Carolina, United States
Campus Rural, 850-acre (3.4 km2) main campus
Nickname Fighting Camels
Mascot Gaylord the Camel
Athletics NCAA Division I
Affiliations Atlantic Sun Conference

Campbell University is a coeducational, church-related (Baptist) university in North Carolina, USA. Its main campus is located in the rural community of Buies Creek; its law school moved from Buies Creek to a new campus in the state capital of Raleigh in 2009. Campbell has an approximately equal number of male and female students. The school consciously promotes the awareness and application of Christian principles. It is a university of the liberal arts and sciences; offering both theory and vocational education, and also hosts several professional schools.



Kivett Hall, built 1903

Campbell University was founded as a community school on January 5, 1887 called Buies Creek Academy. It was founded by North Carolina minister James Archibald Campbell, under the conviction that no student should be denied admission because of lack of funds. In 1926, the school attained junior college status and changed its name from Buies Creek Academy to Campbell Junior College. In 1961, Campbell became a senior college. The name was changed to Campbell University on June 6, 1979 with the addition of the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.

James Archibald Campbell: 1887-1934
Leslie Hartwell Campbell 1934-1967
Norman Adrian Wiggins 1967-2003
Jerry M. Wallace 2003-present

The Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law was founded in 1976, and the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business was begun in 1983. The Pharmacy School and School of Education were established in 1985. The Divinity School was established in 1995. The School of Law moved from Buies Creek to its new Raleigh campus in 2009.


D. Rich Memorial Building

Located in the Sandhills of southeastern North Carolina, the University is nestled in the small unincorporated village of Buies Creek near the Cape Fear River. The Buies Creek census-designated place population was only 2,215 in the 2000 census and the surrounding area remains rural. However, Buies Creek is approximately 33 miles (53 km) south of Raleigh, the state capital, North Carolina's second-largest city, and approximately 33 miles (53 km) north of Fayetteville, North Carolina's sixth-largest city.

The center of campus is Academic Circle, which fronts Leslie Campbell Avenue to the south. Academic Circle is a grass throughfare, laced with sidewalks and magnolia trees that is surrounded on the south by dormitories Layton Hall (1923), Kitchin Hall (1955), and Baldwin Hall (1958) and along the north by the Frederick L. Taylor Hall of Religion (1973) (Divinity School), D. Rich Memorial Building (1923), Kivett Hall (1903) (formerly Law School), Wiggins Hall (1993) (formerly Law School), and Britt Hall (1947) (campus bookstore).

North of Academic Circle the buildings flank the newly developed Fellowship Commons, a series of brick sidewalks and gathering places that connect the campus from the west on T.T. Lanier Street to the east on Main Street. In this part of campus are Marshbanks Dining Hall (1934), Leslie H. Campbell Hall of Science (1961), J.P. Riddle Pharmacy Center (1991), Maddox Hall (2007) (Pharmacy School), Pearson Hall (1915), Carrie Rich Memorial Library (1925), Carter Gymnasium (1952) and James A. Campbell Administration Building (1961).

Lundy-Fetterman School of Business with Purvis Garden fountain

Beyond Fellowship Commons lies the north campus which contains several residence halls along with the Taylor Bott Rogers Fine Arts Center (1984) and the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business (1999). East of Main Street are more of Campbell's athletic facilities including, Taylor Field (baseball), Johnson Memorial Natatorium (swimming), and the construction site of the John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center as well as the Buies Creek post office.

South of Leslie Campbell Avenue are more residence halls, including the new student apartments in Barker Hall (2005). South of U.S. Highway 421 are athletic fields and the site of the future Campbell Football Stadium.

Future plans call for further renovations to the Academic Circle, including the new Butler Chapel and bell tower.[1]


Campbell offers over 100 tracks and concentrations; master’s programs in business, education, pharmaceutical science, clinical research and divinity; and professional programs in law and pharmacy. The University also makes study abroad and other special programs available. Along with Campbell's premier undergraduate programs, the school has also achieved renown for its graduate programs. Since its establishment in 1986, Campbell University School of Pharmacy has maintained a 99 percent passage rate on both state and national exams. In ten of the last sixteen years, School of Pharmacy students have achieved a 100 percent passage rate on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX).

The School of Law Class of 2006 scored a 97% passage rate on July’s North Carolina Bar Exam, topping all other law schools in the state. Campbell University’s Norman A. Wiggins School of Law was featured in the Princeton Review’s 2007 edition of the “Best 170 Law Schools” publication. Graduates of the School of Law have frequently led in passage rates on the North Carolina Bar Exam since the school’s establishment in 1976, including a 100 percent passage rate in 1994, the first time all members of a graduation class accomplished that feat in North Carolina history.

The Lundy-Fetterman School of Business offers a joint MBA with Pharm.D., J.D., and M.Div. students. Also, undergraduate business students have the option of electing to stay a fifth year to earn a joint BBA/MBA. Campbell is a dynamic institution in the wealth management industry by offering a one-of-a-kind degree, the Bachelor of Business Administration in Trust and Wealth Management. Banks and financial institutions from around the country court Campbell students for paid summer internships and for permanent hire upon graduation.

Campbell University Board Chairman, Mr. Harold Wells, has announced that at its August 27, 2008 meeting, the Executive Committee of the University’s Board of Trustees received a favorable report regarding the addition of a master’s program in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS). Subject to approval of the full Board of Trustees, the University will begin the development and accreditation process for the professional program, anticipating the enrollment of the first class in 2011.

Student activities



Athletics logo

Campbell University fields 18 varsity men's and women's sports which are nicknamed the Fighting Camels and compete in the NCAA Division I as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference for most sports. On May 14, 2009, the school announced it will re-join the Big South Conference beginning in 2011-12 academic year. The football team competes in the Pioneer Football League as of 2008. The men's wrestling team competes in the Colonial Athletic Association.

  • Women's sports
    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Cheerleading
    • Golf
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Campbell completed the John W. Pope Convocation Center, an athletic complex for basketball and volleyball. The facility also houses training and conditioning facilities for athletes and students.

The Campbell Times

The Campbell Times is the student newspaper at the university and is published monthly during the spring and fall semesters.


WCCE-FM is an FM radio station broadcasting on frequency 90.1 that was signed on by the university on October 7, 1974. Campbell sold the station in 2007.

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference
Paul Green 1914 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Norman Adrian Wiggins 1948 former president and chancellor of the university
John D. Loudermilk 1957 American singer and songwriter
Jim Perry 1959 former Major League Baseball pitcher
Gaylord Perry 1960 inductee of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Cal Koonce 1961 former Major League Baseball pitcher and also Campbell's all-time winningest baseball coach
Bob Etheridge 1965 member of the U.S. House of Representatives, North Carolina, 2nd District
George Lehmann professional basketball player
John Tyson 1979 (School of Law) Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals
Fred Whitfield 1980 president and chief operating officer of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats
Elaine Marshall 1981 (School of Law) North Carolina Secretary of State
Ann Marie Calabria 1983 (School of Law) Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals
Emily S. James 2001 2 time Olympian in Archery

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