Averett University
Other name
Former names
Union Female College (1859–1917)
Averett College (1917–2001)
MottoLatin: Irreparabile Tempus
TypePrivate university
Established1859; 165 years ago (1859)
Endowment$21.3 million (2019)[1]
PresidentTiffany M. Franks
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States
ColorsBlue and Gold    
Sporting affiliations
MascotAve and Rett

Averett University is a private Baptist university in Danville, Virginia.[3] 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.[4] In November 2011, the Baptist General Association of Virginia voted to restore the association's relationship with Averett University.[5]


Averett offers associate and bachelor's degree programs in approximately 30 majors. There are also two master's degree programs available: a Master of Education degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1.[6]

Flight School

Averett University has a Aerospace Management degree as well under a Bachelor of Science in degree in Aviation Business, and Flight Operations.[7] The university was FAA-approved Part 141 pilot school and flight operations are all conducted out of the Danville Regional Airport (KDAN) which students can get to within 10 minutes from campus.[8]


In 2011, 54% of applicants were admitted.[9] Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


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.


Averett competes in 23 intercollegiate varsity sports, and its athletic teams are called the Cougars. The university is a member of the Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) since the 2022–23 academic year.[10] The Cougars previously competed in the USA South Athletic Conference (USA South) from 1978–79 to 2021–22.

List of teams


Matches are played at "Cougars Den", in Danville, which has a maximum seating capacity of 1,500.[11] Redevelopment of the facility began in 2014 with new turf and lights for the existing stadium, and the field being renamed "Daly Field".[12] Further development of the stadium complex followed, with it being named "Frank R. Campbell Stadium".[10]


  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. ^ "Averett University - The Princeton Review College Rankings & Reviews". www.princetonreview.com. Retrieved 2023-09-14.
  4. ^ "College and Baptists Split Over Gay Issues". insidehighered.com.
  5. ^ "Controversy at Shorter over faith statements". insidehighered.com.
  6. ^ "Media". averett.edu.
  7. ^ "Averett University Review- FLYING Magazine Flight School Guide". FLYING Magazine. Retrieved 2023-09-18.
  8. ^ "Averett University Review- FLYING Magazine Flight School Guide". FLYING Magazine. Retrieved 2023-09-18.
  9. ^ "Averett University - AU - The College Board". collegeboard.org.
  10. ^ a b "Averett University to join Old Dominion Athletic Conference in 2022". Chatham Star-Tribune. March 8, 2021. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  11. ^ Cougar Den, Averett University, 2008. Accessed 2009-01-01
  12. ^ Gueguen, Nick (April 24, 2014). "Averett breaks ground on football stadium upgrades". Danville Register & Bee. Retrieved December 7, 2021.

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