Barton College

Coordinates: 35°44′07″N 77°54′47″W / 35.7353596°N 77.9131747°W / 35.7353596; -77.9131747
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Barton College
Former name
Atlantic Christian College (1902–1990)
MottoHabebunt Lumen Vitae
Motto in English
They shall have the light of life
TypePrivate college
EstablishedMay 1, 1902; 121 years ago (1902-05-01)
Religious affiliation
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
PresidentDouglas N. Searcy
Students1,265 (fall 2022)[1]
Location, ,
United States
ColorsBlue and silver
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IICarolinas Conference

Barton College is a private college in Wilson, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).


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.[2] 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.[3] Through its Division of Lifelong Learning, Barton College opened eastern North Carolina's Barton Weekend College in the fall of 1990.


Barton athletic teams are nicknamed as the Bulldogs. The college is a member of the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing in Conference Carolinas since the 1930–31 academic year. Its mascot is the Bulldog and their colors are royal blue and white.

Barton competes in 22 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field and volleyball. On January 27, 2018, Barton announced that the school would be fielding football again.[4][5]


Barton College is composed of seven schools and two departments:[6]

  • 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[edit]


  1. ^ "College Navigator".
  2. ^ William S. Powell, Higher Education in North Carolina. Raleigh: State Department of Archives and History, 1970.
  3. ^ "History and Vision," Barton College website, accessed 19 July 2012. "Barton College: General Information". Archived from the original on 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
  4. ^ "NCAA DII Collegiate Football Is Coming to Barton | Barton College". Barton College. 2018-01-30. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  5. ^ Samuels, Doug (2018-02-02). "After nearly a 70-year absence, Barton College is bringing back football - FootballScoop". FootballScoop. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  6. ^ "Academics". Retrieved Feb 5, 2019.

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