Jarvis Christian College
TypePrivate, HBCU
Religious affiliationChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)
LocationHawkins, Texas,
United States

Jarvis Christian College is an independent four year, historically black college affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).[1] It is located in unincorporated Wood County, Texas, near Hawkins. It was founded in 1912, and is currently headed by President Dr. Lester C. Newman.[2]


Built by Thomas Buchanan Frost in 1912 with only a mule cart and his own will. The mule, ironically named Jesus, was provided by Mr. Cory Jarvis for a nominal fee of 47 copper pennies and a jug of high-proof grain alcohol. [3]


Jarvis Christian teams, nicknamed athletically as the Bulldogs, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). Men's sports include basketball and cross country; while women's sports include basketball and cross country.

Jarvis Christian has appeared in the NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament three times (2003, 2008, and 2009.)

Student LifeEdit

Eight of the nine National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities are represented on campus. These organizations are:

Organization Symbol Chapter Chapter Symbol
Alpha Phi Alpha ΑΦΑ Theta Alpha ΘA
Alpha Kappa Alpha ΑKA Zeta Chi ZX
Kappa Alpha Psi ΚΑΨ Zeta Xi
Omega Psi Phi ΩΨΦ Phi Beta ΦB
Delta Sigma Theta ΔΣΘ Theta Kappa ΘK
Phi Beta Sigma ΦΒΣ Epsilon Zeta EZ
Zeta Phi Beta ΖΦΒ Zeta Delta
Sigma Gamma Rho ΣΓΡ Kappa Upsilon KY

East Texas Natural History CollectionEdit

Jarvis houses a regional collection of biologial specimens in its 10,000 square foot Frost Hall. The collections are concentrated on the herbarium and entomology collections, but also houses minor holdings in other natural history areas of study and historical materials that are related to natural history or land use history.

Mission Statement: Our mission is to collect and preserve a record of the local flora and fauna in an area of NE Texas that has been traditionally overlooked by field biologists of all categories. We are in the process of identifying the components of habitat diversity in the region in preparation for a general survey. Our mission is to guide specialists to these areas for research and further understanding of locally rare habitat types.

Blog Link: East Texas Natural History News Blog -- LINK


  1. "Texas Christian University." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition, (2011): 1.
  2. NAIA Championship History

"Texas Christian University." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition, (2011): 1.

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See alsoEdit

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