Lane College

Lane College is a historically black, private, liberal arts college. It was established in 1882 as the C.M.E. High School with the sole purpose of making sure that freed slaves could read, write and speak correctly. Lane College played an important role in minimizing the rate of illiteracy of African Americans in the South. Through its three schools, Lane offers Bachelor’s degrees in several fields of study. Majors include Mass Communication, Music, Criminal Justice, Biology, Chemistry and more. College life is not just restricted to the classroom; students engage in activities hosted by the many student groups and organizations on campus. Since its beginning, Lane College has educated thousands of students who now proficiently compete in their career fields. Lane College’s mission is to develop the whole person through academic excellence, and ethical, social and spiritual development.

Location: Jackson, TN

Type of Institution: Four-year, private, liberal arts HBCU

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State/Out-of-State: $4,110

Size: 2,200+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 99%

Percentage of Men: 48%

Percentage of Women: 52%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 17:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s

Colleges/Schools: Business and Social and Behavioral Science; Liberal Studies and Education; Natural and Physical Sciences

Housing: On-campus housing provided: 10 residential halls, five women’s and five men’s


     • Greek: Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta

     • Others: Lane College Choir, English Club, Pre-Law Society, Pan-Hellenic Council, NAACP, Communication Club, Biology Club, Criminal Justice Association, Lane College Marching Band

City Life: Halfway between Memphis and Nashville, shopping, dining, music festivals, pageantry, fishing, shows and concerts, museums, art galleries