Lane College, a historically black institution in southwestern Tennessee, was founded by the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in 1882, aiming to educate newly freed slaves and focus on producing teachers and preachers for the regions. Over the years, student living developed from a High School setting into the four-year liberal arts college to today lies in the historic Civil War city of Jackson, Tennessee. The institution, now affiliated with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, lies just northeast of the downtown Jackson, a city of more than 65,000 residents. The approximately 2,000 students who now enroll at Lane College may elect to live in student housing on campus or in a nearby college apartment. Off campus housing often places students near the markets, restaurants, bars and shops that dot Jackson and make for a convenient student lifestyle.
In its mission statement, Lane College expresses a goal of developing the "whole student," with especial focus on spiritual, social and ethical development, guided by the Christian Methodist Eposical Church. "Spiritual life at the College is viewed as a quality-filled experience rather than a specific and narrow range of separate activities. Spiritual programs of learning, worshipping, and service have the purpose of illuminating life and making life more meaningful." These aims are carried through Lane College's student living experience and program offerings, which include 17 majors and 20 minors. Degrees are conferred through the School of Business and Social and Behavioral Sciences, the School of Liberal Studies and Education, and the School of Natural and Physical Sciences.
Located on the edge of downtown Jackson, where off campus housing is available for rent, the Lane College campus conveniently places students near some of the city's main attractions. Within walking distance from most student housing, students can reach city hall, the Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fame, and the Jackson Farmers' Market.
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