Belhaven University
1500 Peachtree Street
Jackson, MS 39202
(601) 968-5940
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Founded in 1883 as Belhaven College, Belhaven University is a Christian liberal arts college dedicated to preparing students for leadership and success in an ever-changing society. Embracing the values associated with its Christian beliefs, the institution emphasizes personal values and constructive attitudes toward work, others, and the quality of life. Belhaven University was ranked No. 74 among Regional Universities (South) in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The institution also ranked No. 41 in Faculty Credentials and Training in U.S. News‘ Top Online Programs Rankings. To better serve students, Belhaven University maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, which promotes better communication and individualized attention for the students.

Programs Offered

Knowing how residency requirements can inhibit potential adult students from earning a higher education due to the demands of a full-time job, Belhaven University has provided a variety of online programs and courses. Complete programs are available at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s level with little or no residency requirements. The content of the courses is equivalent in rigor and quality to the campus versions and the highly qualified faculty members ensure the theory turns into practice. Classes are comprised of cohort groups of 15-25 students to allow for a diverse range of student learning styles and communication. Online discussions, debates, case studies, and group projects provide students with practical curriculum participation — developing better communication skills. All of the online degrees are accredited under the university’s regional accreditation.


Belhaven University is accredited as a degree-granting institution by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Four other organizations awarded Belhaven specialized accreditation for specific programs.


The requirements for students entering the associate or bachelor’s programs include official SAT or ACT scores, and transcripts showing completed course work with a 2.0 minimum grade point average (GPA). Students will complete an application for admission and submit it to the university with the application fee, scores, and transcripts. Optionally, applicants may include an essay, interview, and recommendation letter for additional evaluation. Transferring students follow the same criteria as listed for undergraduates except they must also include transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended showing a 2.0 minimum GPA. Candidates applying at the graduate level are generally evaluated based on previous college credits earned, resume, letters of recommendation, GMAT, GRE, or MAT scores, and personal statements or essays. All applicants will be notified of their admittance status after evaluation of all required information is complete. Additional information can be found here.

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