Located in the rolling hills of Shawnee, Texas, Carpenter University is ranked second among liberal arts colleges in the Southwest. With 90% of students accepting jobs or enrolling in graduate programs within one year of graduation, Carpenter University prides itself in its tight-knit community of faculty and students to enforce interactive learning.
President Lila Wagner, the first woman president of Carpenter University, is committed to providing an affordable, competitive learning environment for students. Carpenter University’s $40 million endowment awards 80% of students with scholarship or financial aid money. Costing $15,000 per year, Carpenter University accommodates housing for faculty and 85% of the student body. These efforts embody Carpenter’s mission to empower, create, and enhance the knowledge of its students while providing everyone an equal opportunity.
The university offers 20 undergraduate majors and two graduate programs, Master of Education and Master of Business Administration. Its diverse student body represents 40 states and 20 countries with a 50:50 male to female ratio. It encourages broadening cultural experiences by offering two study abroad programs, a summer in Belize and a fall semester in Oslo, Norway.
As part of Carpenter University’s goal to create a sense of community within the campus, there are 40 student organizations including athletics and academic organizations. The university proudly opened its new Mabee Athletic Center in 2017, providing a place for students to come together and stay active.
Carpenter University plans to maintain its tight-knit community of students and faculty at a low-cost, while providing vigorous, competitive courses to prepare its students for future success.