Our Identity...
Freed-Hardeman University is an academic community, associated with churches of Christ, which is dedicated to providing excellent undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.

Our Mission...
The mission of Freed-Hardeman University is to help students develop their God-given talents for His glory by empowering them with an education that integrates Christian faith, scholarship, and service.

Our Vision...
Building on our heritage, Freed-Hardeman University will be the preferred academic community for students who seek to grow in faith, knowledge, and service in a changing world.

Our Aims...
In accomplishing its mission, the university pursues the following three aims:

Freed-Hardeman provides higher education with a Christian perspective:
  • by recognizing the Bible as the inspired and authoritative Word of God
  • by presenting Jesus, the Christ, as the model for personal behavior,
  • by viewing each person as a special creation of God, possessing an everlasting soul, with ultimate accountability to God,
  • by promoting racial harmony, religious unity, and respect for individual differences through Christian love and biblical teaching, and
  • by offering programs, activities, and worship opportunities that strengthen the university community.

Freed-Hardeman provides educational opportunities through excellent undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs:
  • by employing a qualified, caring Christian faculty,
  • by teaching students to be critical thinkers who communicate effectively,
  • by offering a balanced education in the liberal arts and sciences as well as specialization in a chosen discipline,
  • by offering engaging academic opportunities to strengthen individual students,
  • by equipping students for advanced study and career challenges,
  • by instilling in students a lasting desire for learning, and
  • by engaging in the scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and/or teaching in ways that are appropriate to its various disciplines of study, degrees awarded, and professional programs.

Freed-Hardeman provides service to the individual, home, church, community, and world: 
  • by facilitating spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical growth,
  • by recognizing the home as the basic unit of society and helping students develop skills for healthy Christian families,
  • by encouraging students to love the church and preparing them for active service in a local congregation,
  • by offering programs to strengthen and encourage growth of the church, and
  • by teaching students to become effective citizens of the local and world communities.

fhu facts At a Glance

Location: Henderson, Tenn.

Founded: 1869

President: Mr. David R. Shannon

Religious Affiliation: Church of Christ

Undergraduate Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Graduate Degrees: Master of Arts in New Testament, Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Science in Counseling, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education, Education Specialist, Doctorate of Education

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13:1


  • Total enrollment of 1,904

  • Students from 33 states and 20 foreign countries.

  • Undergraduate enrollment is 45% male, 55% female

  • Entering freshmen class of 321 students

  • Average entering freshman ACT composite score of 24.5

Colleges and Schools:

  • College of Arts and Sciences

  • College of Biblical Studies

  • College of Business

  • College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

  • Honors College

  • Graduate School of Theology

Athletics: Member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) at the Division I level, and American Midwest Conference members. Sponsors seven intercollegiate sports programs including Men's and Women's Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Men's and Women's Soccer, Women's Volleyball, Men's and Women's Golf, and Men's and Women's Cross Country.

Accreditation: Freed–Hardeman University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, education specialist’s, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Freed-Hardeman University. For all other inquiries, contact Freed-Hardeman University directly.