North Greenville University
Former name
North Greenville High School (1892–1915)
North Greenville Baptist Academy (1915–1950)
North Greenville Junior College (1950–1972)
North Greenville College (1972–2006)
MottoChrist Makes the Difference
TypePrivate liberal arts college
Religious affiliation
South Carolina Baptist Convention (Southern Baptist Convention)
PresidentGene Fant Jr.
ProvostNathan Finn[1]
Location, ,
United States

35°4′9″N 82°22′20″W / 35.06917°N 82.37222°W / 35.06917; -82.37222
ColorsRed, Black & White
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IICarolinas

North Greenville University is a private Baptist liberal arts college in Tigerville, South Carolina. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.[3][4]


NGU was founded in 1892[5] and named North Greenville High School, the first high school in the northern portion of Greenville County. Benjamin F. Neves donated land for the school. It was operated by the North Greenville Baptist Association and was established to expand educational offerings in the mountainous northern portion of Greenville County.

The school received a state charter in 1904. It was taken over by the Southern Baptist Convention's Home Mission Board a year later and renamed North Greenville Baptist Academy in 1915. The North Greenville Baptist Association reassumed control of the school in 1929.[6]

In 1934, the academy was expanded to include a junior college. In 1949, it was transferred to the South Carolina Baptist Convention, which renamed the school North Greenville Junior College a year later. In 1957, it was accredited as a two-year college, and high school courses were dropped altogether. It was renamed simply North Greenville College in 1972.[7]

NGC began offering its first junior- and senior-level classes in 1992 in Christian studies and church music and added a teacher education program in 1997. In the following years, various other bachelor's degree programs were added, including English, History, Spanish, Psychology, Business, Economics, Criminal Justice, Theatre, Communications, Outdoor Leadership, Interdisciplinary Studies, Biology, and Mathematics, among other subjects. The institution's name changed to North Greenville University in 2006, and it began granting master's degrees as well.[8]

NGU was granted an exception to Title IX in 2015, which some groups, such as Campus Pride, allege allows them to legally discriminate against LGBTQ students.[9] Homosexual acts and all sex outside of marriage are grounds for expulsion from the school.[10]

It was recently ranked 36th in U.S. News & World Report's “Best Regional Universities” in the South,[11]


It is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention (Southern Baptist Convention).[12]


Main article: North Greenville Crusaders

Younts Stadium

The North Greenville (NGU) athletic teams are called the Crusaders. The institution is a member of the NCAA Division II ranks, primarily competing in the Conference Carolinas (CC; formerly known as the Carolinas–Virginia Athletic Conference (CVAC) until after the 2006–07 school year) since the 2011–12 academic year.[13] They were also a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), primarily competing as an independent in the South Region of the Division I level. The Crusaders previously competed as a member of the Mid-South Conference (MSC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) from 1995–96 to 2000–01.

NGU competes in 20 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field, and volleyball, while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball; and co-ed sports include cheerleading.[14]


The baseball team won the national NCAA Division II baseball tournament in 2022.[15][16]

Notable alumni


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  8. ^ "ABOUT NGU: A CHRISTIAN COLLEGE". North Greenville University. 2019. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
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  16. ^ Howell, LaVerne (2022-06-14). "National Champions: NGU Wins NCAA DII Baseball". North Greenville University. Retrieved 2023-09-12.