Lee University is a private, coeducational university located in Cleveland, Tennessee. It is affiliated with the Church of God, which has its headquarters in the same town. Lee University is named for F. J. Lee, second president of the institution (1922–23) and one of the most respected leaders in the early years of the Church of God. Lee University was known as Bible Training School from 1918 until 1947 when the name was changed to Lee College. Lee became a university in 1997 and continues to maintain a strong Christian identity.
Lee University's enrollment has more than tripled from 1,214 (Fall 1986) to 4,262 (Fall 2009) marking the 22nd straight year of increased enrollment under president, Dr. Paul Conn. Lee University is now the 5th largest undergraduate enrollment among the 103 Christian colleges who are member institutions of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
Although Lee is notable for its religious education; pre-medicine, business, elementary education, and music are also considered among its strongest specialties, and it is consistently ranked by US News and World Report among the top Southern liberal arts colleges.
Lee University (previously named Church of God Bible Training School, and later Lee College) has seen its strongest growth since the 1980s, during which time enrollment has tripled and full university status attained. Lee's student body consists of 4,262 (grown from 1,214 in 1986) undergraduate students (as of Fall 2009). This makes Lee the 5th largest undergraduate enrollment among the 103 Christian colleges who are member institutions of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Students currently represent all 50 states and more than 49 countries. On average, Lee also accepts more than 200 transfer students each fall. Since 1986, Lee has also added twenty-two major buildings necessary to serve the students.