Our History

On Jan. 5, 1887, James Archibald Campbell, a 26-year-old Baptist minister, welcomed 16 students to a small church in Buies Creek, N.C., for the first day of classes for the school he founded: Buies Creek Academy. By the end of the first term, there were 92 students. Since then, Buies Creek Academy has evolved to become Campbell Junior College (1926), Campbell College (1961), and Campbell University (1979). Throughout these transformations, the university has remained true to its founding principles to address the most pressing needs of North Carolina and to educate men and women for Christian service around the world.

A testimony to how these founding principles still guide Campbell University today is the establishment of its School of Engineering. When Campbell University’s engineering school enrolled its first class of students in August 2016, it did so with a unique, hands-on approach with a focus on exemplary teaching and mentoring. It emphasizes preparing tomorrow’s diverse community of industry leaders through meaningful service and Christian principles.

The School of Engineering is the ninth school at Campbell University. The others are the College of Arts & Sciences, the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law (1976), the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business (1983), the School of Education (1985), the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (1986), the Divinity School (1996), the Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (2013), and the Catherine W. Wood School of Nursing (2016).

In addition to its main campus in Buies Creek, Campbell University has extended campuses in Camp Lejeune, Fort Bragg/Pope Air Force Base, and Raleigh, where the law school relocated to in 2009. Since 1979, Campbell has also partnered with Tunku Abdul Rahman College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to offer a Bachelor of Science degree.

Today, Campbell University enrolls approximately 6,000 students, including 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students on its main campus. They’re studying across nearly 100 disciplines in the liberal arts, health sciences, and professions — and continuing the university’s tradition of excellence in faith, learning, and service.