About Averett University

Initially founded in 1859 as a Baptist women’s college, Averett University has experienced tremendous change over the last 150 years. However, our dedication to our students has remained constant, thanks to our strong sense of mission.

Halfway through our second century, we are an educational institution that values:

  • Promoting lifelong learning – Technical knowledge of a profession is important, but it has an expiration date. At Averett, we teach our students adaptive skills that will empower them to lead and thrive in a rapidly changing world. Research capabilities, critical thought, clear communication, and creative problem solving are all hallmarks of the Averett University graduate, regardless of his or her major.
  • Personal attention – Our 12:1 undergraduate student-professor ratio ensures that an Averett education is a collaborative endeavor based on close relationships between students and faculty. At Averett, our faculty bring industry success, academic distinction, and a deep interest in your success to the classroom.
  • Practical skills – Experiential learning and service-learning are long-standing features of an Averett education. Whether you are student teaching, exhibiting in the annual art show, taking flight classes, or training horses at our Equestrian Center in Pelham, NC, at Averett, you will put concepts learned in class to the test in a real-world environment.
  • Diversity and Cultural Awareness – Today’s economy is more globalized than ever, and we aim to graduate students with a strong sense of how the world works. Our learning community includes students from more than 27 states and 13 different countries, and our Study Abroad program gives students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of other cultures.
  • Tradition – We embrace Averett’s Judeo-Christian heritage by honoring the search for truth and spiritual formation. Averett University is affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia, but is open to students from any faith background (or no faith background).

Our Mission

Averett University prepares students to serve and lead as catalysts for positive change. Averett fulfills this mission by educating students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and nations through liberal arts-based undergraduate and graduate programs in a personal, collegial, interdisciplinary environment.

Our Vision 

Averett University will be a model for partnership and innovation in learning, assuring our graduates will be highly competitive in the workplace and creative and agile leaders in their fields.

Learn More about Averett

Find out more about who we are, what we offer, and our vision for the next 150 years at Averett. Click on a link below to learn more:

Board of Trustees – See the business, community, and academic leaders providing guidance to Averett University.

Our History – Read about how Averett University came to be, from its humble beginnings as a women’s college to its current status as a university of distinction.

Office of the PresidentRead a message from Averett’s President, Dr. Tiffany McKillip Franks, and learn about the changes in store at Averett.

For more information about Averett University and our programs, contact us or apply now and get started on your career today!