Bryan College was founded in 1930 and is named after William Jennings Bryan: statesman, orator, and renowned prosecuting attorney in the famous Scopes Evolution Trial. Bryan's 125-acre hilltop campus is situated in Dayton, Tennessee within the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, and just forty minutes north of Chattanooga. Student population is approximately 1150, which includes over 700 students from 40 states and 7 foreign countries enrolled in the Dayton campus traditional program and over 400 students in graduate, distance learning, and degree completion programs. About 80% of the full-time faculty teaching in our bachelor's degree programs hold the doctorate or highest degree available in their respective fields. Average high school GPA of entering freshmen is 3.64 and one-third attended public school, one-third attended private school, and one-third were homeschooled. Educational programs include Biblical Studies, Biology, Business Administration, Christian Ministry, Christian Leadership, Christian Thought, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Education, English, Exercise & Health Science, History, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Music, Politics And Government, Nursing (3-2 agreement with Vanderbilt University), Psychology, Spanish, and Theatre. Bryan College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 404-679-4500).
Center for Origins Research
Regarding creationism, the Center for Origins Research (CORE) at Bryan College is a well-known group in creationist biology research. The CORE conducts research in five areas: recognizing and interpreting design, the origin of natural evil, the geographic distribution of creatures (biogeography), the origin of species (speciation) and the classification and description of species (biosytematics).