Barton College

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Barton College
Motto Habebunt Lumen Vitae
Motto in English
They shall have the light of life
Type Private
Established 1902
Religious affiliation
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
President Dr. Douglas N. Searcy
Students 1,189
Location , ,
United States
Mascot Bulldog

Barton College is a private liberal arts college in Wilson, North Carolina. The college is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and enrolls nearly 1,200 students on campus.


Barton College was incorporated as Atlantic Christian College on May 1, 1902 by the North Carolina Christian Missionary Convention, following the purchase of the Kinsey Seminary in 1901.[1] The college remains affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). On September 6, 1990, the school changed its name to Barton College in honor of Barton Warren Stone, a founder of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who was active in eastern North Carolina.[2] Through its Division of Lifelong Learning, Barton College opened eastern North Carolina's Barton Weekend College in the fall of 1990.


Barton College is a member of Conference Carolinas and participates in sixteen different varsity sports for men and women. Its mascot is Bulldog and their colors are royal blue and white. On January 27, 2018 Barton announced that the school would be fielding football again.[3][4]


2006–07 men's basketball

On March 24, 2007, the men's basketball team won the NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship. The team, with a 31–5 record in 2006–07, defeated the previously undefeated defending champion Winona State Warriors, who held a Division II-record 57-game winning streak at the time. Winona State looked to repeat as champs, taking a 74–67 lead with 45 seconds remaining. Barton's Anthony Atkinson then scored 10 points in the last 39 seconds, including the winning layup at the buzzer for a 77–75 victory.[5][6] Atkinson has since become a fan favorite with the Harlem Globetrotters.


Barton College is composed of seven schools and two departments:[7]

  • School of Allied Health and Sport Studies
  • Department of Art and Design
  • School of Business
  • Department of Communication and Performing Arts
  • School of Education
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Sciences
  • School of Social Work

Notable alumni


  1. ^ William S. Powell, Higher Education in North Carolina. Raleigh: State Department of Archives and History, 1970.
  2. ^ "History and Vision," Barton College website, accessed 19 July 2012. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2012-07-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "NCAA DII Collegiate Football Is Coming to Barton | Barton College". Barton College. 2018-01-30. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  4. ^ Samuels, Doug (2018-02-02). "After nearly a 70-year absence, Barton College is bringing back football - FootballScoop". FootballScoop. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  5. ^ "". Retrieved Feb 5, 2019.
  6. ^ "Barton tops Winona St. for first D-II title". Mar 24, 2007. Retrieved Feb 5, 2019.
  7. ^ "Academics". Retrieved Feb 5, 2019.

External links

  • Official website
  • Atlantic Christian College yearbooks, 1929–1934

Coordinates: 35°44′07″N 77°54′47″W / 35.7353596°N 77.9131747°W / 35.7353596; -77.9131747

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