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Johnson University is a private, four-year Christian university on the banks of the French Broad River in south Knoxville. We offer more than 40 undergraduate degrees as well as master’s degrees and a fully online Ph.D. Scroll down to learn more about student life, degree programs, affordable tuition, and resources for students of color. We would love to welcome you to campus and answer your questions!

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Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

The Multicultural Student Affairs CenterMatthew Best serves as the director of multicultural student affairs and the Center for Multicultural Student Affairs. Best provides information and resources to prospective students, leads activities and programming to facilitate the spiritual and academic development of students from outside the majority culture, works with academics and student life to encourage inclusion of diverse students among the student body, and supports efforts to train faculty and staff toward the inclusion of diverse peoples in the life of the University. He has also played an integral role in marketing the University to community partners, particularly through his role as director of the Future of Hope Youth Theology Initiative and through connections with local high schools.

The Center for Multicultural Student Affairs provides space for International Engagement, Students Promoting Social Unity (SPSU), Urban Alliance, and Future of Hope. It has become an important social space on campus where students study, have meetings, develop community, and host small group chapels.

Student Groups

Students pray before a Martin Luther King Jr. walkStudents Promoting Social Unity (SPSU) is a student group that has existed for several years on Johnson’s Tennessee campus. In addition to events that help raise students’ awareness of social issues, SPSU has used its weekly meeting to facilitate workshops and discussions designed to promote cultural competency among the student body from a gospel-centered perspective.

New to Johnson Tennessee in 2020 was the Black Student Ministries group, led by Johnson students facilitating spiritual formation in a context that is more welcoming for Black students or students from Black church backgrounds. BSM holds student-led Bible studies, prayer gatherings, and fellowship events and will eventually take students to regional student gatherings hosted by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Academics at Johnson

Johnson offers more than 40 undergraduate degrees including business administration, psychology, pre-nursing/nursing, preaching and church leadership, elementary education, teaching English as a second language, graphic design, and sport and fitness leadership. Click here to see the full list! In Fall 2022 we’ll be adding two new majors in Life Sciences and Mathematics; both can be combined with our one-year Master of Arts in Teaching to prepare students for teaching at the high school level.

Award-winning Dorms

Our dorms are rated 11th-best in the country by Business Insider, and 3rd-best by Niche.com! (Yet we keep our room and board costs lower than many state schools, including UT.) (Yes, those are hardwood floors you see in some rooms.)


Johnson University Royals, athletics at Johnson University TennesseeJohnson University offers the following sports, and we’re loving our brand-new Athletic & Recreation Complex. Click here for the Royals website to learn more!

  • Baseball (men)
  • Basketball (men and women)
  • Cross Country (men and women)
  • Soccer (men and women)
  • Softball (women)
  • Tennis (men and women)
  • Volleyball (women)