Find Your Passion

Barton College, a four-year, private, liberal arts college, believes in college on a first-name basis. Providing students with a strong academic focus and opportunities for leadership development, Barton unites its smaller size with an intentional application of collaborative learning in every aspect of the students’ college experience.

Founded in 1902

Barton College is a four-year, private, liberal arts college located in Wilson, N.C.

The Barton Experience focuses on academic excellence within a wide range of professional and liberal arts programs leading to baccalaureate and graduate degrees, including master’s degrees.

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Strength in Numbers

Barton College Overview

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Best Regional Colleges (South)
U.S. News & World Report

4

New Graduate Programs
in Education, Criminology, Criminal Justice Sciences, and Kinesiology

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Best Innovative Regional Colleges (South)
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3

New Undergraduate Programs
in Healthcare Administration, Photojournalism, and Interdiciplinary Arts and Media

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BEST Undergraduate Teaching Regional Colleges (South)
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81%

of Barton College seniors participated in hands-on activities such as internships, undergraduate research, or field experiences

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10

Best Regional Colleges (South)
U.S. News & World Report

4

New Graduate Programs
in Education, Criminology, Criminal Justice Sciences, and Kinesiology

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10

Best Regional Colleges (South)
U.S. News & World Report

4

New Graduate Programs
in Education, Criminology, Criminal Justice Sciences, and Kinesiology

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History

Nationally recognized through academics and athletics, Barton College is a community of learners freely examining the intellectual and cultural experiences of an interdependent world to understand humanity’s rich heritage and to improve the quality of all existence.

Vision

Barton College takes advantage of its smaller size and its historic commitment to students to create a unique undergraduate experience centered on a passionate belief in a community of active learners. Barton graduates will be well-prepared for life and for success in their chosen careers because they will possess a lifelong commitment to learning, service, and achievement. We will gain national recognition for the value of the Barton experience.

Mission

Barton College is committed to providing programs and opportunities to encourage the intellectual, spiritual, social, and cultural development of its students and to challenge them for future leadership and service to their local and global communities.

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At Barton, we meet you where you are and get you to where you want to be. Your personal and academic goals become our goals to help you plan the best path to achieve your aspirations. There are lots of opportunities for you to follow your specific interests.

A strong foundation of knowledge

Becoming a critical care transport nurse, whether you transport patients in a helicopter or in an ambulance, isn’t something that you can achieve overnight. It takes time and experience. Most important, you have to have a strong foundation of knowledge to build on, and that’s what Barton gave me.

Hillary Manning

Class of 2006 • Critical Care Transport Nurse

I use the skills I learned at Barton

The small, intimate classes prepared me to teach my content area, manage a classroom, and uphold the teaching standards. I also cultivated lasting relationships with my professors. Years later one still serves as my mentor. Now, as a principal, I use the skills I learned at Barton to foster creativity and growth in current classroom leaders.

Krystal Lane Cox

Class of 2007 • Principal, Wilson Academy of Applied Technology, Wilson, N.C.

You become an individual with a name

“You become an individual with a name when you walk through the doors of Barton College. Once you enroll, it becomes a home for you. Completing the RN-BSN program at Barton opened up opportunities for me to teach nursing students and to pursue my Master’s Degree in Nursing Education. Now, I am enrolled in a Doctor of Nursing Leadership Program, with plans to graduate in 2021. I am thankful for the opportunity I had to expand my education at Barton.”

Amber Williams

Class of 2016

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Campus News

“Love The Symphony” on February 14 to Feature Pops Sections from Opera and Film

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WILSON, N.C. — January 20, 2023 — Celebrate Valentine’s Day in gala fashion with the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the 31st annual “Love the Symphony” concert. Under the direction of guest conductor and violinist Christopher Ellis, this Valentine’s Day concert...

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Opening Reception for “At Ease” Exhibition at the Barton Art Galleries on January 19

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WILSON, N.C. — January 2, 2022 — The Barton Art Galleries is pleased to present “At Ease,” a traveling, interactive installation, opening on January 17 in Case Art Building on the campus of Barton College. The exhibit will include portraits and...

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Theatre at Barton presents a “Holiday Cabaret” on December 3

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WILSON, N.C. — November 19, 2022 — Tis the season to be merry as Theatre at Barton presents a “Holiday Cabaret.” The annual holiday theatre event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the...

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