Initially founded in 1882 as the Colored Methodist Episcopal High School by Bishop Isaac Lane, Lane College is proud to be one of this nation’s oldest Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the first four-year institution established by the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
In 1884, the School was chartered under the laws of the State of Tennessee, and its name changed to Lane Institute. Later, in 1896, the college department was organized and the name once again changed to Lane College, honoring its founder.
With a male/female ratio of 1:1, annual enrollment varies between 650-800 students. Lane College has a 13:1 Student to Faculty ratio offering majors in:
• Business Administration
• Criminal Justice
• Physical Education
• Computer Science
• Mass Communication
Located on approximately 25 acres in Jackson, Tennessee, the college is a small, private, coeducational, church-related institution. It provides a liberal arts curriculum leading to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences.
Campus buildings encompass the J.F. Lane Building, and the Bray, Saunders, Hamlett, and Berry Halls. These structures have embraced several past Bishops of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
Distinguished alumni include Attorney Donald L. Hollowell, renowned civil rights activist and lawyer for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Simon Haley, father of the late historian and author of “Roots” Alex Haley; and Dr. Louis E. Cunningham, the first Black cardiologist licensed in the State of Tennessee.