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Lane College
545 Lane Avenue
Jackson, Tennessee 38301
(731) 426-7500
Contact: Evelyn Brown
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College Overview  
     Lane College, located in Jackson, Tennessee on approximately 55 acres, is a small, private, co-educational, church-related institution that provides a liberal arts curriculum leading to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences. The College admits persons regardless of color, sex, religion or national origin.
     The future of Lane is intimately tied to its historic past. The College was founded by individuals who were committed to assuring that newly freed slaves would be able to "read, write, and speak correctly." The vocational goals of the first students to enroll at the College were in the areas of teaching and preaching. It was the view of the founders that neither group would be able to influence the more learned individuals in society unless they had academic, spiritual, cultural, and economic qualifications that were equal to their counterparts.
     The College played a significant role in reducing the rate of illiteracy among blacks in the South in fewer than fifty years. The pool of graduates has expanded to include graduates who have entered most professional disciplines. The College is confident in its future because of its exceptional progress — due in large measure to the advocacy and commitment of its faculty and staff, alumni and friends — all of whom have supported an ambitious agenda of high academic standards, robust support services, new capital improvements, strong financial management, and strict administrative accountability.
While Lane enjoys the solid advantages accruing from a 129-year tradition of educational progress, the College is more confident in its future than ever before. The faculty and staff, under the leadership of the President Wesley Cornelious McClure, have employed a collaborative approach to establishing a revived culture of student-centered, technology-enhanced teaching and learning. This involves viewing students as clients, life-long learners and future leaders, and viewing faculty as life-long learning facilitators who utilize technology as an integral part of the teaching/ learning process.
Quick Facts
Undergrad Population: 2222
Graduate Population: 0
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $8220
Out of State Tuition: $8220
Room & Board: $5800
Applications Due: August 1st ($10)
Conference: Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Mascot: Dragons
Online Classes: no
Percent Men: 52%
Percent Women: 48%
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Majors Offered

Business and Social & Behavioral Science
•Criminal Justice

Liberal Studies and Education
•Interdisciplinary Studies
•Mass Communication
•Physical Education

Natural and Physical Sciences
•Computer Science

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Choral Groups, Marching Band, Pep Band, Sororities
College History
     In 1882, Lane College, then the “C.M.E. High School,”was founded by the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America. Looking to the establishment of this enterprise as early as November 1878, Reverend J.K. Daniels presented a resolution to establish a school at the Tennessee Annual Conference held in the old Capers Chapel C.M.E. Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and presided over by Bishop William H. Miles, the first Bishop of the C.M.E. Church. The resolution was adopted amid much applause. The Conference at once appointed a committee to solicit means with which to purchase grounds and to inaugurate plans to carry forward the proposed work. Reverends C.H. Lee, J.H. Ridley, Sandy Rivers, and J.K. Daniels constituted this committee.
     Owing to the great yellow fever epidemic of 1878, thecommittee was handicapped and did not accomplishvery much. Meanwhile, Bishop Isaac Lane came totake charge of the Tennessee Conference aspresiding Bishop.
The Lane College Evening Accelerated Program (LEAP) is another such vehicle for outreach. For working adults and other non-traditional students who are unable to attend college during the day, LEAP has affordably offered evening courses to degree-seeking students since 2007.
     Lane College, from its beginning, has served as a source of inspiration for the African-American community. Today it stands as a symbol of Christian education for persons of all faiths, creeds, colors, and nationalities.
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