Founded in 1859 as a place for women to obtain an education, Averett University continues to educate and support young men and women from around the world — students who will become future leaders in the Commonwealth, their home states, and in a global community.
Over the last 150 plus years, Averett has been a forerunner in innovative programs. The University offers degree programs in equestrian studies, aeronautics, nursing, and athletic training, among others.
In the 1980s, Averett recognized the demand for educating working adults and created what is now its Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Program. The GPS Program offers bachelor’s degrees in business administration, nursing, criminal justice, and leadership and master’s degrees in business administration and education. Classes are offered online and at select satellite campus locations throughout the Commonwealth in order to better fit a working adult’s schedule. To date, over 12,000 GPS alumni have advanced their careers with Averett.
The University’s mission is to prepare students to serve and lead as catalysts for positive change, and the University’s Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness (CCECC) puts that mission into action by focusing on three areas: (1) experiential learning, including service-learning, internships and studies abroad; (2) community and civic initiatives, including volunteerism, the National Bonner Leader Program and national service; and (3) career competitiveness, in which all Averett students benefit from a comprehensive career development program beginning in their first semester. Averett makes sure its students participate in community service projects throughout the year, with students working with partnering organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, God’s Storehouse, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Special Olympics.
Averett is one of the area’s leaders in providing cultural opportunities. Every year, the University hosts an arts series for its students and the surrounding community called Arts@Averett. The series features a variety of performances, lectures, and theatre productions. Past performances and lecturers have included author Sharyn McCrumb; pianist Elyane Laussade; American Shakespeare Center; Richmond Ballet; the Averett Singers; and student art shows.
In addition, the University boasts 16 NCAA Division III athletic teams after announcing the addition of three new sports in 2016. They include men’s and women’s lacrosse and wrestling, all which began play in the 2017-18 academic year. The Cougars compete in the USA South Conference. Several of the teams regularly compete in NCAA tournament competitions. The home base for Averett Athletics is the University’s North Campus, which houses the multi-million dollar Frank R. Campbell Stadium and state-of-the-art field for football, soccer, and lacrosse.
Averett recently joined the national ranks of colleges and universities competing in the explosive collegiate esports arena. As the only four-year university in the Commonwealth of Virginia to add a varsity competitive gaming program, the Averett Esports team has already entered competition with Division l and ll schools across the country.
While Averett has changed with the times, it has also retained those distinctive features that have long been characteristic of a quality Averett education.
Averett at a glance:
• Fully accredited, private, liberal arts, coeducational, residential four-year university
• More than 1,500 students from 26 states and 24 countries
• Faculty: more than 75 percent have a doctorate or other terminal degree; nearly 50 percent have taught at Averett for more than 15 years
• Academics: 30+ majors, minors, and special programs; 3 Master’s programs
• Student-faculty ratio: 13 to 1
• Average class size: 12 for all programs
• Value: financial aid packages lower costs by nearly 40 percent on average, 99% receive some form of financial aid; making an investment in this small, private university comparable to that of a large state school
• Alumni: more than 25,000 alumni who span all 50 states and almost 50 countries; 3,800 live in the Dan River Region
• In the 2018 rankings by U.S. News & World Report, Averett ranked as the 17th “best regional liberal arts college in the South,” the University’s highest ranking to date, as well as the seventh best regional college in the South for veterans in 2018 and the ninth “Best Value Regional College in the South.”
• Averett has been recognized in the Top 20 percent of all Military Friendly schools nationally for the efforts it makes to help active duty military and veterans and their dependents pursue an education.
• For five consecutive years, the Princeton Review has ranked Averett as one of the “best in the Southeast” in its “Best Colleges: Region by Region” guide, and Colleges of Distinction has again named Averett a College of Distinction.