Newberry College
The facade of a historic, brick campus building
TypePrivate college
Established1856 (1856)
Religious affiliation
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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; -81.6207
Campus90 acres (36 ha)

Newberry College is a private Lutheran college in Newberry, South Carolina. As of 2023, it has 1,521 students.[2]


Academic rankings
Washington Monthly[3]84 of 242
U.S. News & World Report[4]10 (tie) of 90

Newberry College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award bachelor's and master's degrees.[5]


Main article: Newberry Wolves

Newberry athletic teams are the Wolves. The college is a member of the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) since the 1996–97 academic year. The Wolves previously competed in the Carolinas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAC, now known as Conference Carolinas) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) from 1961–62 to 1971–72.

As of 2023, Newberry fields 22 intercollegiate varsity sports teams, along with cheerleading and dance teams. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, triathlon, and volleyball. Women's acrobatics & tumbling and women's wrestling will begin competition in the 2024-25 academic year.[6]

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.[7]

Pruitt also began the Newberry College Jazz Festival, held each spring since 1958.[8] The festival has hosted artists including Jeff Coffin, Delfayo Marsalis, Terell Stafford, Al Chez, and others.[9]

Smeltzer Hall, Newberry College Historic District

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ "Newberry College (profile)". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ "Newberry College | College welcomes another record class". Retrieved 2023-10-12.
  3. ^ "2023 Bachelor's College Rankings". Washington Monthly. Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  4. ^ "Best Colleges 2023: Regional Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  5. ^ "Institutions". SACSCOC. Retrieved 2023-10-12.
  6. ^ "Newberry College Athletics - Official Athletics Website". Newberry College Athletics.
  7. ^ "Pruitt Obituary". Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  8. ^ College, Courtesy of Newberry (2023-03-02). "Newberry College's 65th Jazz Festival to feature saxophonist Jeff Coffin". Newberry Observer. Retrieved 2023-10-12.
  9. ^ "Newberry College | College's 65th Jazz Festival to feature saxophonist Jeff Coffin". Retrieved 2023-10-12.
  10. ^ "Corey Anderson UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  11. ^ 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.