Campbell University


Campbell University is a university of the liberal arts, sciences, and professions that is committed to helping students develop an integrated Christian personality characterized by a wholeness of body, mind and spirit.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Campbell University
143 Main Street
Buies Creek, NC 27506


Phone: (800) 334-4111


Organization details

EIN: 560529940

CEO/President: J. Bradley Creed

Chairman: Benjamin N. Thompson

Board size: 42

Founder: J.A. Campbell

Year founded: 1939

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Fueled by a higher calling, we provide a transformational learning experience that prepares students for servant leadership and equips them with skills and habits to make a difference in the lives of others.

Mission statement

The mission of Campbell University is to graduate students with exemplary academic and professional skills who are prepared for purposeful lives and meaningful service.

Statement of faith

The University is informed and inspired by its Baptist heritage and three basic theological and biblical presuppositions: learning is appointed and conserved by God as essential to the fulfillment of human destiny; in Christ all things consist and find ultimate unity; and the Kingdom of God in this world is rooted and grounded in Christian community. The University embraces the conviction that there is no conflict between the life of faith and the life of inquiry.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating244 of 61925 of 85
Fund acquisition rating384 of 62052 of 85
Resource allocation rating94 of 6203 of 85
Asset utilization rating342 of 61948 of 85

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$18,798,469$21,100,694$21,330,751$19,871,470$18,931,356
Short-term investments$204,007,641$194,732,854$176,143,539$175,084,372$136,049,325
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$238,454,780$239,676,011$242,789,666$229,976,923$211,775,359
Long-term investments$562,574$568,674$568,674$522,706$2,477,119
Fixed assets$299,068,735$292,651,267$269,156,352$243,242,713$236,481,744
Other long-term assets$8,158,817$8,452,711$8,698,938$8,462,091$9,701,016
Total long-term assets$307,790,126$301,672,652$278,423,964$252,227,510$248,659,879
Total assets$546,244,906$541,348,663$521,213,630$482,204,433$460,435,238
Payables and accrued expenses$9,702,607$10,548,688$9,207,355$7,196,970$7,834,772
Other current liabilities$6,006,305$5,670,785$4,647,745$3,955,480$3,532,849
Total current liabilities$15,708,912$16,219,473$13,855,100$11,152,450$11,367,621
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$19,718,841$24,930,984$26,599,466$25,715,936$22,827,295
Total long-term liabilities$126,032,608$127,328,448$126,244,079$88,229,384$83,287,730
Total liabilities$141,741,520$143,547,921$140,099,179$99,381,834$94,655,351
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$83,977,865$76,182,140$71,860,562$78,891,621$79,080,986
Permanently restricted$111,231,840$106,937,406$101,548,499$94,053,415$90,180,729
Net assets$404,503,386$397,800,742$381,114,451$382,822,599$365,779,887
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$18,461,371$18,103,232$21,009,963$20,882,994$24,917,630
Program service revenue$208,763,460$204,492,125$190,808,225$167,543,551$151,745,922
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$11,833,650$17,587,379($57,344)$21,922,646$11,489,186
Other revenue$2,481,698$2,991,620$2,905,432$1,549,767$1,219,543
Total other revenue$223,078,808$225,071,124$193,656,313$191,015,964$164,454,651
Total revenue$241,540,179$243,174,356$214,666,276$211,898,958$189,372,281
Program services$226,965,657$215,126,781$196,029,628$174,739,080$167,210,819
Management and general$11,916,018$12,042,891$10,526,635$7,786,363$9,433,740
Total expenses$242,836,287$231,314,139$209,558,382$185,216,644$179,635,009
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($1,296,108)$11,860,217$5,107,894$26,682,314$9,737,272
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($1,296,108)$11,860,217$5,107,894$26,682,314$9,737,272

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On Jan. 5, 1887, James Archibald Campbell, a 26-year-old Baptist minister, welcomed 16 students to a small church in Buies Creek, N.C., for the first day of classes for the school he founded: Buies Creek Academy. By the end of the first term, there were 92 students. Since then, Buies Creek Academy has evolved to become Campbell Junior College (1926), Campbell College (1961), and Campbell University (1979). Throughout these transformations, the university has remained true to its founding principles to address the most pressing needs of North Carolina and to educate men and women for Christian service around the world.

Program accomplishments

Ranked "A Best in the Southeast" college by Princeton Review, and among Best Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report