Newberry College
Smeltzer Hall, Newberry College Historic District
TypePrivate college
Established1856 (1856)
Endowment$17.3 million (2018)[1]
PresidentMaurice Scherrens
Location, ,
United States

34°17′06″N 81°37′15″W / 34.2851°N 81.6207°W / 34.2851; -81.6207Coordinates: 34°17′06″N 81°37′15″W / 34.2851°N 81.6207°W / 34.2851; -81.6207
Campus90 acres (36 ha)

Newberry College is a private Lutheran college in Newberry, South Carolina. It has 1,250 students.


Newberry College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award bachelor's degrees.


Main article: Newberry Wolves

Men's athletic teams:

Women's athletic teams:

Newberry College has a diverse line-up in men's and women's sports including baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling. The college is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). The school is famous for being on the losing end of a tilt against Furman University, in which Frank Selvy scored 100 points.

Music program

The music program at Newberry College has a history in vocal and instrumental performance dating back over 100 years and a jazz band and marching band in existence since 1956. In 1956, a major turning point in the school's musical history took place, when respected military band leader and alumnus Charles "Chief" Pruitt organized the jazz band and the marching band after returning to the school to teach music.[2]

The Newberry College marching band, which has been in existence since that time, is one of the most unusual aspects of Newberry College's music program. Newberry is one of the smallest colleges in the country with a marching band, and it is the only Lutheran school in the country with a marching band.[citation needed]

Also in 1956, Pruitt hosted the first jazz festival at Newberry College. This jazz festival has since become a unique annual tradition at Newberry College, and is considered to be the second oldest jazz festival in the nation.

V-12: Navy College Training Program

In 1943, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox announced the start of a new college training program, the V-12 Navy College Training Program. The program was designed to supplement the force of commissioned officers in the United States Navy during World War II. Newberry College became one of 131 colleges and universities in the United States chosen to participate in the V-12 program.

On July 1, 1943, the first 325 cadets arrived on campus; they included both V-12 Cadets and V-5 Aviation Cadets.

The cadets attended classes for periods of one to six terms of 16 weeks. Work was planned so that each term was the equivalent of a normal college semester. The Navy handled the discipline of its cadets, directed the physical fitness program, provided military drills and cooperated with the College in the direction of the program.

During the 27 months the V-12 Program were a part of the college, over 1,000 cadets were assigned to Newberry. On October 31, 1945, the V-12 Unit was decommissioned and Newberry College returned to its civilian status.

South Carolina Science Olympiad

See also: South Carolina Science Olympiad

Newberry College hosted the annual South Carolina Science Olympiad competition for 33 years in a row, from 1985 to 2018. The competition has been dominated recently by Clinton High School and Clinton Middle School (formerly Bell Street Middle School). The tournament has produced national champions on six occasions: Irmo Middle School three times, and Irmo High School three times.

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ "Newberry College (profile)". US News and World Report. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ "Pruitt Obituary". Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Corey Anderson UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  4. ^ Thoburn, Joseph B. A Standard History of Oklahoma,Vol. IV, p. 1548. (1916). The American Historical Society. Chicago and New York. Available through Google Books. Accessed May 4, 2020.
Wikisource has the text of the 1921 Collier's Encyclopedia article Newberry College.