Pfeiffer originated from a home school operated by Miss Emily Prudden in the late 19th century. The school first began operation on the outskirts of Hudson, North Carolina, on Lick Mountain in Caldwell County, North Carolina. University archivist Jonathan Hutchinson said in 2013, "Our accepted founding date is 1885," referring to the date Prudden's first school began, "but Emily probably started the school in about 1898." The school was called Oberlin, after John Frederick Oberlin, a French priest noted for his social improvement in the Alsace Region of France. The school was later endowed by Mrs. Mary P. Mitchell, and the name was changed to the Mitchell School. A fire destroyed the school in 1907 and it moved to the nearby town of Lenoir, North Carolina. As that location proved inadequate, the school again relocated in 1910, this time to its current location in Misenheimer. The Mitchell School began awarding high school diplomas in 1913. In 1928 the school began offering junior college classes and was accredited as such in 1934. It was that year that the Pfeiffer family of New York City gave generous financial gifts to the school for construction of new buildings, and it was then that the name Pfeiffer Junior College was used. Schools of the University Jane Freeman Hall • Division of Business • Accounting • Business Administration • Computer Information Systems • Sports Management • 3-2: BA & MBA • Division of Education • Comprehensive Science • Elementary Education • English • Health & Physical • Mathematics • Music • Social Studies • Special Education • Division of Arts and Sciences • Biology • Chemistry • Environmental Science • Mathematics • Communication • English • English: Creative Writing • English Education • History • History: Social Studies • Licensure Track • Political Science • Criminal Justice • Human Services • Pre-Medical Studies • Psychology • Religion & Practical Theology • Division of Health-Related Programs • Exercise Science • Nursing • Professional Advancement and Degree Completion • Business Administration • Criminal Justice • Health Administration • Interdisciplinary Studies • Human Relations • The Graduate School • Business • MBA - Master of Business Administration • MSL - Master of Science in Leadership • Joint Degree • MBA/MHA Joint Degree • MBA/MSL Joint Degree • MHA/MSL Joint Degree • Education • MSEE - Master of Science in Elementary Education (Charlotte only) • MAT-SPED - Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education (Charlotte only) • Financial Fraud Investigations • FFI - Master of Science in Financial Fraud Investigations (Charlotte only) • Health Administration • MHA - Master of Health Administration • Marriage and Family Therapy • MFT - Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (Charlotte and Triangle only) • Practical Theology • MAPT - Master of Arts in Practical Theology (Charlotte only) • Center for Deacon Education. Graduate studies Pfeiffer has 2 graduate campuses. The main graduate campus is located in Charlotte, North Carolina near the SouthPark area. The campus has been in Charlotte since 1996 and currently serves several hundred students. On October 12, 2016, Pfeiffer announced plans to leave its Park Road campus, which it will sell to a developer planning a six-story building with apartments, restaurants, retail and offices. The new location across the street in the Park Seneca building on Mockingbird Lane will have 26,440 square feet on three floors. Pfeiffer's Research Triangle Park campus, located in Morrisville, North Carolina, serves graduate students in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas. Athletics Pfeiffer's athletic teams are known as the Falcons. They currently compete in the NCAA's Division II as a member of the Conference Carolinas (formerly the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference), but are transitioning to Division III and will join the D-III USA South Athletic Conference in 2017. Men's teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Women's sports consist of basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.