Averett University

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420 W. Main Street

Danville, VA 24541

Phone: (800) 283-7388
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jul. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#23 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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Averett University is a private institution that was founded in 1859. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 892, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 252 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Averett University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 23. Its tuition and fees are $27,500 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Averett's student-centered educational philosophy means the University focuses on individual success for each student. Averett professors are professionals as well as scholars, dedicated to teaching and mentoring students. They bring their years of real-world experience to the classroom and their first-hand understanding of student needs and aspirations (nearly half have taught at Averett for more than 15 years) to their one-on-one interactions with students. Averett continuously evaluates its academic programs to ensure that it is meeting student and market needs.

Averett created its expanded health sciences initiative because approximately 90 percent of graduates from Averett's biological and physical sciences department over the last four years are employed or seeking further training in healthcare. The initiative includes investigating possible new academic programs in nursing and sports medicine. Community support is very high for the initiative, with more than $2.4 Million donated to the initiative in less than a year. That generosity is making possible the new cutting-edge simulations labs that are being built at Averett's Riverview Campus in Danville's Historic Tobacco Warehouse District. Health Sciences students will be able to practice and learn on simulative mannequins before facing real patients. Although it might be hard to tell the difference at times the simulators are designed to react like humans; for example, they sweat!

Averett knows that learning technology plays an important role for students in other majors too! Our new full-motion flight simulator allows Aeronautics students to gain experience in conditions and locales they might not experience in thousands of hours of real flying. For example, they can practice take-offs and landing in the high-altitude and low-humidity around Denver - without leaving the ground in Danville, which sits at an altitude of less than 600 feet! Recent campus additions like the Galesi Family Student Success Center, which combines all student academic support resources in one central location, with additional resources and longer hours, and Averett Central, which houses all of the offices that Averett students must visit to conduct the business of being a student (Registrars, Student Financial Services, etc.) under one roof and features full-time student service specialists as well as self-service e-kiosks highlight what Averett's student-centered philosophy looks like in action.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1859
Religious affiliation Baptist General Association of Virginia
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $23,559,964


When applying to Averett University, it's important to note the application deadline is July 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 15. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 57.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 57.7%
Application deadline July 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Averett University is 10:1, and the school has 75.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Averett University include: Business/Commerce, General; Sociology; Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General; Education, General; and Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 56.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 28%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business/Commerce, General 15%
Sociology 13%
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 11%
Education, General 9%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 8%

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Student Life

Averett University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 892, with a gender distribution of 52.2 percent male students and 47.8 percent female students. At this school, 57 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 43 percent of students live off campus. Averett University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 914
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Averett University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health insurance. Averett University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Averett University, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Averett University.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Averett University, 84.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,458.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $27,500 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,500 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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