Averett University
MottoLatin: Irreparabile Tempus
TypePrivate university
Established1859; 162 years ago (1859)
Endowment$21.3 million (2019)[1]
PresidentTiffany McKillip Franks
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States
ColorsBlue and Gold    

Averett University is a private Baptist college in Danville, Virginia. 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.


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.[3] In November 2011, the Baptist General Association of Virginia voted to restore the association's relationship with Averett University.[4]


In 2011, 54% of applicants were admitted.[5] Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


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.[6]


Averett's main campus is a 19-acre (77,000 m2) campus 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 in 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.

Student life

Averett Student Foundation

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

The Chanticleer

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

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is Averett's student governing body.


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


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2019. "U.S. and Canadian 2019 NTSE Participating Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2019 Endowment Market Value, and Percentage Change in Market Value from FY18 to FY19 (Revised)". National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  2. ^ "Averett at a Glance". www.averett.edu. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  3. ^ "College and Baptists Split Over Gay Issues". insidehighered.com.
  4. ^ "Controversy at Shorter over faith statements". insidehighered.com.
  5. ^ "Averett University - AU - The College Board". collegeboard.org.
  6. ^ "Media". averett.edu.

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