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Campbellsville University
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Motto Find Your Calling
Established 1906
Type Private
President Dr. Michael V. Carter
Faculty 315
Students 3,006
Location Campbellsville, Kentucky, USA
Colors Maroon and White
Mascot Tigers
Affiliations Kentucky Baptist Convention, Mid-South Conference, Appalachian College Association, Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities

Campbellsville University, also known as CU, is a private university located in Campbellsville, Kentucky, the seat of Taylor County. Founded in 1906 as a Baptist institution, Campbellsville currently enrolls more than three thousand students and is open to students of all denominations. Campbellsville University has a student-faculty ratio of 13:1 and has a strong international program, currently welcoming students from more than thirty-five countries. The university offers associate, bachelor, and master degrees in a variety of fields.[1] Extracurricular activities, many of which are focused around community service and Christian life, complement the academic programs.

Campbellsville University has been named 8th in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” edition in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category of the “Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South.” CU has also been named 22nd in the “Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South” category. In addition to the U.S. News & World Report honor, CU has been named to “America’s Best Christian Colleges” for 2007-08.



The 80-acre campus is situated in the center of Kentucky, about a half mile from downtown Campbellsville, population 11,000. Another portion of the campus, Clay Hill Memorial Forest, is located just seven miles from campus. It is a 135-acre educational and research woodland that is being developed by the Division of Natural Science as a regional center for environmental education and research. Also, Green River Lake, a 10,000-acre recreational state park, is just five miles from campus.

Campbellsville Currently operates an off-site campus in Louisville, Kentucky. The Louisville Campus opened in 2002 and moved to its current location in July 2007. The Louisville Campus is located at 2300 Greene Way in Jeffersontown. Campbellsville University is opening a satellite campus in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Hodgenville is located in LaRue County, which is the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. The branch campus will initially offer adult education, general education classes, and children's programs during the summer. The building in Hodgenville is a gift to CU from Freddie Hilpp.[2]


Campbellsville University was founded in 1906 by the Russell Creek Baptist Association. The current president of the university is Michael V. Carter, Ph.D. The immediate past president is Kenneth W. Winters (born 1934), a Republican state senator from District 1 based in Murray in southwestern Kentucky. Prior to Winters, the president was William Randolph "Randy" Davenport of Campbellsville, who served from 1969–1988.


The university sponsors nineteen varsity athletic teams which compete in the Mid-South Conference of the NAIA, with the women's swimming team being reinstituted in the fall of 2007. Men's sports include: baseball, basketball, bowling, football, cheerleading, cross country, track, golf, tennis, soccer, and wrestling. Women's sports include: basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, track, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. The university's athletic mascot is the tiger and the official colors are maroon and silver. The official website for the athletics department can be found at

The original football program was discontinued but the sport returned to CU in 1987 under the direction of coach Ron Finley (1933-2009).[3] Several other CU teams have received national recognition. Zack Flake, a sophomore from West Chester, Ohio, won Campbellsville's first individual national wrestling championship with his title in the 141-pound weight class in wrestling at the NAIA Wrestling National Championships in 2007. [4] The Men's Basketball team has had three consecutive berths into the NAIA National Basketball tournament, reaching the National Semi-Final in 2008.[5] In 2005, volleyball player Amy Eckenfels was recognized as the NAIA National Libero of the Year. In 2006, she set the all-time national record for career digs with 3,569. The volleyball program also advanced to its first ever NAIA National Volleyball tournament in 2007 by defeating rival, Georgetown College, in the finals of the Region XI qualifying tournament. Lady Tiger Volleyball advanced to the 2008 NCCAA Final Four but lost to Dallas Baptist to conclude the season with a record of 35-11.[6] CU returned to the NCCAA Volleyball Tournament in 2009, sweeping through the field to win the school's first team national championship in Kissimmee, Florida.

The Campbellsville University Athletics Department recently unveiled their new athletics logos which features a modernized tiger. Also, Finley Stadium is currently undergoing renovations such as a new lighting system and astroturf.

School of Music

One of the significant strengths of Campbellsville University is its music program. Distinctive features of the CU School of Music include its recital/rehearsal hall complex (Gosser Fine Arts Center), master's degree programs, a wide variety of performance opportunities, and accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music. The official website for the School of Music can be found at

The Gosser Fine Arts Center is home to Campbellsville University's School of Music. Housed in this complex are classrooms, practice rooms, faculty studios, offices, a computer lab, a piano lab, an instrumental rehearsal hall, a choral rehearsal hall, and the Gheens Recital Hall.

The Music Library is located on the mezzanine level of the Montgomery Library. This collection contains performance videos, CDs, AV listening/viewing stations, musical scores, music reference books, and music periodicals. There is also a conducting room in the basement level for music students to videotape practice and conducting assignments.

Residence Halls

Nearly half of the students enrolled at CU live on campus in one of the seven residence halls for men or women.

  • The Residence Village
  • Broadway
  • North Hall
  • South Hall East
  • South Hall West
  • Stapp Hall
  • Campbellsville University Apartments

Notable alumni


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