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Founded in 1882 by Bishop Isaac Lane of the CME; Lane College is a small, private, co-educational, church-influenced institution located in Jackson, Tennessee. The campus is spread across an area of 55 acres. Originally established as C.M.E. High School by the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, it underwent several name changes till it was finally renamed Lane College in 1896. The College admits students regardless of religion color, sex, or nationality.


Lane College provides a liberal arts curriculum leading to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. All the academic programs are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded to students having major such as history, interdisciplinary studies, criminal justice, mass communication, music, religion, or sociology. The Bachelor of Science is conferred to students with any of the following majors: computer science, mathematics, biology, business, chemistry, physical education, or physics.

Students can also opt for a dual degree program with Tennessee State University; those with engineering majors get a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Lane College, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Tennessee State University. Lane College is composed of the following academic divisions: Business and Social and Behavioral Science; Liberal Studies and Education; and Natural and Physical Sciences.

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Lane College has an enrollment of more than 2,000 students each year. Students seeking admission to the College must be a graduate of an accredited or approved high school or have acquired a Graduate Equivalency Diploma(GED). Applicants must take either the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

Transfer students are encouraged to apply for admission. They must send all the official transcripts from previously attended institutes. Lane College offers a great learning environment for international students. International applicants whose native language is not English must take The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Financial Aid

Lane College offers financial aid through various mediums to students who are unable to meet their educational expenses. All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid available in the form of grants and various scholarships. Applicants must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial aid.

Federal and state grants available at Lane College include Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), and State Grants (Tennessee Student Assistance Award). Scholarships include Deborah L. Vincent/ FAHRO Education Scholarship Fund, Google Scholarship, MassMutual Scholars Program, St. Petersburg Golf Classic Scholarship, and Henry C. McBay Research Development. Loans are the type of financial assistance that must be returned with interest. Loans offered at the college include Federal Direct Loans, Federal Work Study, and Federal Direct PLUS Loans.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3227th for the average student loan amount.
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The Student Government Association (SGA) works like the representative of the student body, at the same time enriching their college experience. It promotes leadership and regulation of student activities and organizations. The SGA serves as a medium through which student’s suggestions and concerns can be addressed. There are several on-campus clubs and organizations that students can participate in. Some of them are Communication Club, Alpha Omega Library Club, Biology Club, English Club, Pre-Alumni Council, Students Ministerial Alliance, and Criminal Justice Association.

Lance College has a strong Greek presence. There are several honor societies, sororities and fraternities, governed by the Pan-Hellenic Council. Some of the Greek organizations include Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Society, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Sigma, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta.

Campus Facilities:

Lane College offers decent housing options to most of the students. The residence life is enriched with activities, events and modern facilities. There are on-campus residence halls and off-campus apartments. Each residence hall on the beautiful campus is modernized and wired for the Internet, telephone and cable services. Lane’s Cyber café offers a wireless coffeehouse experience, where students can stop by for smoothies, pastries, or a cup of coffee.

The Library at Lane College houses an extensive collection of books, journals, magazines and reference materials. It is also accessible online. The writing center is situated in the Library Resource Center. It serves as a resource for students looking for help on writing assignments. The environment is created to foster student’s focus on writing, thinking, reading, and research. There is also a Living and Learning Center that houses High Definition television screens, a fitness center, and an area featuring state-of-the-arts sound system.

The Mathematics Laboratory at Saunders Hall provides assistance in general mathematical concepts. Tutoring and assistance with assignments are provided by faculty located in the Math Laboratory. Computers are available for students to practice their math skills. There is also a Communication Arts Studio designed for students enrolled in Mass Communication courses.

The HBCU Wellness Project is an intervention that is designed to use the human and social capital at private historically black colleges and universities to encourage health and reduce risks of unremitting diseases. The primary goal is to leverage educational and service-oriented resources to positively impact the well being of Tennessee residents.

The Counseling Center at Lane College is a place where students can focus and seek assistance in personal and career goals. It helps students become self-understanding, self-reliant, and develop strong personal values, social skills and a sense of ethics.

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Lane College’s department of Athletics sponsors men’s and women’s teams that compete in the intercollegiate sports like baseball, basketball, football, cross country, softball, cross country, volleyball and tennis. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Dragons. They compete in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Dragons compete as a part of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Lane College’s sports facilities include a new football practice field, a renovated playing field, a weight room and re-furbished locker rooms. The campus houses the J.F. Lane Health, Physical Education, and Recreational Building which has been entirely renovated.


  • Donald L. Hollowell, Noted Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Jacoby Jones, Famous Professional Football Player
  • Fred Lane, Former Professional Football Player
  • Jason Brookins, Former Professional Football Player


Lane College. 2011.

Cooke, Anna L. Lane College: its heritage and outreach, 1882-1982. The College, 1987. Print.

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Ranks 40th in Tennessee and 1714th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.10
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 3 0.15
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.30
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.05
Arrest 6 0.30

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 470 0.71
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 6 0.01
Forcible Rape 43 0.07
Robbery 156 0.24
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,126 1.71
Larceny 2,397 3.64
Vehicle theft 223 0.34

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Jackson, TN 38301-4598
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population40,000 (31,726 urban / 8,274 rural)
Households15,723 (2.42 people per house)
Median Household Income$26,549
Families10,193 (3.01 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationChristian Methodist Episcopal
Congressional District4708

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1952nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $8,380 $8,380 $8,380
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $800 $800 $800
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $350 $350 $350
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $18,900 $18,900 $18,900
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,330 $17,330 $17,330
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,230 $13,230 $13,230

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,220 $8,560 $8,220 $8,560 $8,220 $8,560
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,100 $1,200
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,800 $6,040
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,450 $1,700
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $4,200 $4,600
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,550 $1,700
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,550 $1,700

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,589 (1,958 male / 2,631 female)
Admitted 2,256 (954 male / 1,302 female)
Admission rate 49%
First-time Enrollment 405 (220 male / 185 female)
FT Enrollment 405 (220 male / 185 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment1,554

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
NCAA Basketball Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf

ACT Test Admission

1365th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 90%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 11 / 16
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 14 / 16
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 13 / 16

SAT Test Admission

1111th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 1%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 360 / 510
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 280 / 530
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 640 / 1040

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,234
Meals per Week19
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 4236th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $42,335 ($41,963 male / $43,206 female)
Number of FT Faculty 80 (49 male / 31 female)
Number of PT Faculty 87
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $527,753

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