Methodist University

Methodist University
Former names
Methodist College (1956-2006)
Motto Veritas et Virtus (Latin)
Motto in English
Truth and Virtue
Type Private
Established 1956 (as Methodist College)
Religious affiliation
United Methodist Church
Endowment $19.483 million[1]
President Dr. Ben Hancock, Jr.
Undergraduates 2,300
Postgraduates 150
Location Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
35°08′02″N 78°52′28″W / 35.1339155°N 78.8743569°W / 35.1339155; -78.8743569Coordinates: 35°08′02″N 78°52′28″W / 35.1339155°N 78.8743569°W / 35.1339155; -78.8743569
Campus Urban
Colors Green and gold
Athletics NCAA Division IIIUSASAC
Nickname Monarchs
Affiliations IAMSCU
Sports 20 varsity teams
Mascot Lion

Methodist University, known until 2006 as Methodist College, is a private university that is historically related to the North Carolina Annual Conference[3] of the United Methodist Church. It is located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States. It is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.[4]

Methodist University offers over 80 majors and concentrations[5] in five undergraduate schools and four graduate programs. A fifth graduate program (and first doctoral-level program), the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, began enrolling students in fall 2015.[6]

Methodist University enrolls a diverse student body from over 41 states and more than 53 countries. These students are involved in over 100 clubs and student organizations[7] and 20 NCAA Division III athletic teams.[8] Monarch teams have won 59 team and individual national championships in just under 50 years of competition as well as capturing 116 conference championships and amassing 286 All-Americans and 51 Academic All-Americans. The university has graduated over 10,000 alumni since its first graduating class in 1964.[9]

Methodist University is one of the fastest growing institutions in the southeast, having almost doubled enrollment since 1990.[10] In 2013, Methodist University announced a $35 million capital campaign entitled "Building Excellence: The Campaign for Methodist University," which would fund the new Thomas R. McLean Health Sciences Building, several new athletic facilities, and a major renovation to the Reeves Fine Arts Building, to include Huff Concert Hall, the Union-Zukowski Lobby and Gallery, and the Matthews World Ministry Center.[11]


In 2007 the University opened the new science building and the Nimocks Fitness and Wellness Center.[12] This year the school also purchased a 51% stake of the King's Grant Golf Course to accommodate the increase of students admitted into the PGA-approved Professional Golf Management Program.[13] In the spring of 2009 construction began on the 8,884-square-foot (825.4 m2) William F. Bethune Center for Visual Arts.[14] The new football field house was completed by August 2009.[15]


Methodist University teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Monarchs are a member of the USA South Athletic Conference (USA South). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and indoor/outdoor track and field. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor/outdoor track and field, and volleyball.

Golf is one of the most popular sports at Methodist. The Lady Monarchs have won 25 national titles, winning every national title from 1986 to 2012 except 1990 and 1997, when they finished as the national runner-up both years.[16] The men's team also has 12 NCAA Division III national golf championships (1990-1992, 1994-1999, 2010, 2015, 2018) and secured national runners-up three times (1984, 1989, 2000). [17]

The school also holds multiple conference championships in other sports. The baseball team is coached by coach Tom Austin, currently sixth overall among all-time NCAA Division III head coaches and fourth among active Division III head coaches in victories.[18] Tom Austin has been the coach of Methodist University's baseball team since 1980 and is one of 64 college baseball coaches ever to reach 1,000 career wins.[19][20]

The Monarch baseball team has reached NCAA National Tournament 22 times and reached the Division III College World Series six times, finishing fifth or better each time, including national runners-up in 1995.[21]

Notable alumni

  • Jimmy Hanlin, PGA Professional and TV Personality with Fox Sports


  1. As of June 30, 2012. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2012 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2011 to FY 2012" (PDF). 2012 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  2. NAICU – Member Directory Archived 2015-11-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. NC Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
  4. SACSCOC Membership Directory Archived 2009-09-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. Methodist Academics Archived 2007-02-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. Methodist University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Archived 2014-10-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. Methodist Student Life
  8. Methodist Official athletics website
  9. Methodist University Profile Archived 2015-04-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-17. Retrieved 2009-05-24.
  11. Building Excellence - The Campaign for Methodist University
  12. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2009-05-24.
  13. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2009-05-24.
  14. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2009-05-24.
  15. Methodist University Women's Golf Program History NOTE: The Women's Golf National Championship was sponsored by the NGCA from 1986-1995. From 1996-1999 the NCAA Championship combined DII and DIII. Since 2000 the Championship has been DIII only.
  16. Methodist University Men's Golf Program History
  17. Methodist University Baseball Coaching Staff
  18. "Methodist University - 2013 Baseball Coaching Staff".
  19. "Methodist University baseball's Division III records under coach Tom Austin". Fayetteville Observer. Archived from the original on June 16, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
  20. Methodist University Baseball Program History
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