Averett University

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Averett University
Averett stacked logo.png
Motto Latin: Irreparabile Tempus
Type Private university
Established 1859
Endowment $19.3 million[1]
President Tiffany McKillip Franks
Academic staff
270
Students 2,719
Undergraduates 2,071
Postgraduates 648
Location Danville, VA, United States
Campus Suburban
Colors Blue and Gold          
Nickname AU
Mascot Cougar
Website www.averett.edu

Averett University is a private non-profit college in Danville, Virginia, United States, in south-central Virginia near the North Carolina border. Founded in 1859 as a women's college, Averett became a 4-year, coeducational institution in 1969. In 2011 the university restored its Baptist affiliation, renewing a relationship that had existed from Averett's founding until 2005.

History[edit]

The school was chartered in 1859 as Union Female College and became affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia in 1910. The school's name was changed to Averett College and received accreditation as a junior college in 1917. Accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools followed in 1928. Averett became a coeducational four-year college in 1969 and offered its first graduate programs in the 1980s. The school changed its name to Averett University in 2001.

In 2005, the Baptist General Association of Virginia dissolved their ties with Averett after the university abandoned Baptist positions on homosexuality.[2] In November 2011, the Baptist General Association of Virginia voted to restore the association's relationship with Averett University.[3]

Admissions[edit]

In 2011, 54% of applicants were admitted.[4] Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Academics[edit]

Averett offers associate and bachelor's degree programs in approximately 30 majors. There are also two master's degree programs available: Master of Education degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1.[5]

Campus[edit]

Averett's main campus is a 19-acre (77,000 m2) campus located on West Main Street in Danville. The 70-acre (280,000 m2) North Campus Athletic Center and Averett Flight Center at Danville Regional Airport are also located within Danville. The 100-acre (0.40 km2) Equestrian Center in Pelham, NC lies just across the Virginia-North Carolina border.

Averett's adult education program, Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS), has campus centers in Danville, Richmond and Tidewater. GPS classes are offered at 12 locations around Virginia.

Extracurriculars[edit]

There are a number of ways through which students can become involved in campus activities.

Averett Student Foundation[edit]

Averett Student Foundation members represent the University at special functions such as plays, receptions and donor recognition events.

The Chanticleer[edit]

Averett's student-run news magazine, established in 1922.

Student Government Association[edit]

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the governing body of students at Averett University.

Athletics[edit]

The Averett Cougars play in NCAA Division III in the USA South Athletic Conference.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ "College and Baptists Split Over Gay Issues". insidehighered.com. 
  3. ^ "Controversy at Shorter over faith statements". insidehighered.com. 
  4. ^ "Averett University - AU - The College Board". collegeboard.org. 
  5. ^ "Media". averett.edu. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 36°34′43.9″N 79°24′44.1″W / 36.578861°N 79.412250°W / 36.578861; -79.412250