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Averett University Wecomes A Record Number of New Students

August 23, 2011

Averett University is anticipating a record number of new undergraduate students this fall, with 345 new students arriving on the Danville campus for the first day of class on August 24. This is the second consecutive year of record new enrollment in the school's traditional undergraduate program – surpassing last year’s 340.

"We’re ready," said Dr. Stuart Jones, vice president of enrollment management. "Averett has added more classroom space at the Riverview Campus downtown, renovated residence halls, updated biology labs and computer labs, built Averett Central - a centralized location for key student services like the Registrar's office, student financial services, etc. It's all part of our effort to accommodate continuing enrollment growth."

The Averett enrollment team is in its second year of a recruitment strategy that involves departments across campus – from enrollment advisors and coaches to faculty and students – personally connecting with prospective students. "The word continues to spread among high school students and their parents that Averett is truly Southern Virginia's premier university offering a quality education at an affordable price," Jones said, stating that more than 180 applications have already been submitted for fall 2012.

The positive growth at Averett involves more than just additional new students. Averett is also seeing higher retention of second year students, up 11 percent in the last four years, and improvements in the average high school GPA and SAT scores of incoming new students – 50 percent of the new students are in the top two academic ability bands, compared to 45 percent last year.

The incoming student body represents Averett's position as a regional university along with its national and international draw due to the student-focused liberal arts education it offers and its hard-to-find majors like aeronautics, athletic training and equestrian studies. More than half of the new students, 63 percent are from Virginia, with 51 percent of those students coming from our local counties. Thirty-one percent of the incoming students come from other U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and six percent are international students from countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. Averett continues to attract a diverse student body; 32 percent of the freshmen class are minorities. Averett’s 13 NCAA Division III sports teams are also a major draw for new students, with 50 percent of freshmen expressing interest in athletics.

Averett provides educational opportunities for students of all ages through its traditional undergraduate program, Graduate and Professional Studies, IDEAL program for adult learners, part-time options, and non-degree seeking learning opportunities. This year approximately 1,100 students will study on the two Danville campuses, an increase of 12 percent over 2010.

Chartered in 1859 and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga., Telephone: 404-679-4501), Averett is a coeducational, comprehensive university located in Danville, Va. Averett enrolls more than 2,600 students on its main campus and in its statewide programs.