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Methodist University
MottoVeritas et Virtus (Latin)
Motto in EnglishTruth and Virtue
Established1956 (as Methodist College)
TypePrivate
Religious affiliationUnited Methodist Church
Endowment$13.4 million[1]
PresidentBen Hancock
Undergraduates2,100
Postgraduates115
LocationFayetteville, North Carolina, USA
CampusUrban
ColorsGreen and Gold
Athletics19 varsity teams
MascotMonarchs (represented by a lion)
Websitehttp://www.methodist.edu

Methodist University, known until 2006 as Methodist College, is a private college that is historically related to the North Carolina Annual Conference[2] of the United Methodist Church and is located in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Methodist University offers over 80 majors and concentrations[3] in 5 undergraduate schools and 4 graduate programs in the School of Graduate Studies.

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[4] and 20 NCAA Division III athletic teams.[5] 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.

Methodist University is one of the fastest growing institutions in the southeast, having almost doubled enrollment since 1990.[6]

ExpansionEdit

In 2007 the University opened the new science building and the Nimocks Fitness and Wellness Center.[7] This year also saw the school purchase 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.[8] In the spring of 2009 construction began on 8,884-square-foot (825.4 m2) William F. Bethune Center for Visual Arts.[9] The new football field house has been completed as of August 2009.[10]

AthleticsEdit

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, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Golf is one of the most popular sports at Methodist. The lady monarchs are the current NCAA Division III women's national golf champions. Their 2012 championship is the 25th national title they have won and it extends their current streak to 15 consecutive titles.[11] The men's team also has 10 NCAA Division III national golf championships with their most recent victory being in 2010.[12]

The school also claims national titles in baseball and multiple conference championships in other sports. The baseball team is coached by third ranked D3 Coach Tom Austin who boasts over 900 wins in a 30 year tenure. The Monarch baseball team has reached NCAA National Tournament 22 times and reached the DIII College World Series six times. Their basketball and volleyball arena is the March F. Riddle Center, which is also home to the Carolina Cougarz of the Continental Basketball League.

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