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Hometown Hello: May 23-June 3, 2011: Small college towns

The "Hometown Hello" visits small towns with colleges.

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This university of 2,300 students east of Charlotte began as a junior college. It started a pharmacy program in 2003.

Mars Hill

The town is home to Mars Hill College, a Baptist school founded in 1856 that takes its name from a passage in Acts. The college is the home of the Bailey Mountain Cloggers, a folk dance company.

Buies Creek

This town is home to Campbell University, home to the Fighting Camels and founded in 1887. The college has 9,400 students and prides itself on small classes. It added a divinity school in 1996.

Boiling Springs

This town 50 miles west of Charlotte is home to 4,300 students at Gardner-Webb University. Under the Runnin’ Bulldogs mascot, the school produced NBA stars Artis Gilmore and John Drew. The college was founded in 1905.

Banner Elk

This Appalachian town is home to the college at the highest elevation in the U.S. Lees-McRae College sits at 3,720 feet above sea level. It has 882 students and is associated with the Presbyterian church. It offers a minor in cycling, and its mascot is the bobcat. 


Louisburg College was founded in 1787 and gives students "strong foundations for great futures" - its official motto. It hosts the International Whistlers Convention and is part of the United Methodist Church.


Misenheimer is home to Pfeiffer University, with 1,400 students. It boasts state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco among its alumni. The university's mascot is Freddie Falcon and is affiliated with the Methodist Church. It offers an MBA degree and has a satellite campus in Charlotte.

Swannanoa is home to Warren Wilson College, which has a strong reputation as promoter of the environment. All students work 15 hours a week and have to do 100 hours of community service. The college is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.


Wilson is home to Barton College, whose Bulldogs won their national basketball championship in 2007. The college has 1,189 students. Affiliated with the Disciples of Christ, its motto is "They shall have the Light of Life." It was formerly named Atlantic Christian College. 

Mount Olive

Mount Olive College was founded in 1951 and is affiliated with the Baptists. It's home to 3,500 students nicknamed the Trojans.

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