Averett at a Glance

Founded: 1859

Status: Four-year college, fully accredited, private, co-educational, traditional residential at Danville campus

Student body: Almost 1,500 total students, including 965 traditional undergraduates from 24 states and 20 countries; approximately 571 adult learners in the Non-Traditional programs (IDEAL and GPS)

Student body diversity: total study body: 60% male/40% female; 35% minority; less than 5% are Non-Resident Aliens

Traditional, undergraduate, degree-seeking, full-time students are 50% male and 50% female; less than 5% are Non-Resident Aliens, 33% are Black or African American, 3.5% are Hispanic, and less than 2% are another minority race or ethnicity

Non-Traditional, undergraduate degree-seeking students are 42% male and 58% female; 29% are Black or African American, 1.5% Hispanic, and approximately 2% are another minority race or ethnicity

Academics: 30+ undergraduate majors, minors and special programs; 5 Master’s programs

Student-Faculty ratio: 12 to 1 undergraduate

Average class size: 12 for all programs

Athletics: 16 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s teams for traditional undergraduate students competing in the USA South conference

Religious affiliation: Baptist General Association of Virginia – Averett welcomes students from all faiths or no faith backgrounds

Value: Financial aid packages for traditional undergrads lower cost by almost 40% on average, 99% receive some form of aid

Location: Main campus in Danville for traditional undergrads. Adult learner sites at Danville, Roanoke, Richmond and Quantico

If you want to learn in a traditional campus setting or if you are a working professional who needs convenience and flexibility, Averett has a degree program to fit your life. Founded in 1859 as a school for young women, Averett grew to become a fully accredited, co-educational, four-year college in 1971.


Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA, 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, at

Information about SACSCOC accreditation can be obtained from the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.


  • The Baptist General Association of Virginia.
  • Averett welcomes students of all faiths or no faith backgrounds.


  • Averett University has been ranked as the no. 13 best regional liberal arts college in the South this year by U.S. News & World Report, the university’s highest ranking to date. Averett is the highest-ranking Virginia school among the 64 top tier schools listed as Regional Colleges in the South. In addition, Averett was named the sixth best regional college in the South for veterans in 2019, as well as the fourth “Best Value Regional College in the South.” It is also the only Virginia school to appear on the 2019 “Schools with the Most International Students” list.
  • For the sixth consecutive year, the Princeton Review has ranked Averett as one of the “Best in the Southeast” in its “Best Colleges: Region by Region” guide.
  • Colleges of Distinction has once again named Averett a 2018-2019 College of Distinction, “chosen for its continued commitment to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.”
  • Affordable Colleges Online has ranked Averett among the Best Online Colleges in Virginia for 2015. The organization has also ranked Averett 12th in the U.S. among the Best Online Christian Colleges for 2015.
  • Averett has also been named one of Virginia’s top colleges for return on investment by Affordable Colleges Online.
  • For the fifth consecutive year, Averett has been ranked among the top 20 percent of America’s most military-friendly schools by G.I. Jobs magazine.
  • S. Veterans magazine has recognized Averett as one of its 2015 Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Schools.
  • com has recognized Averett University as one of America’s most military-friendly colleges in 2015.
  • Averett has been recognized by as having one of the 50 Most Affordable Online Master’s in Accounting Programs in the U.S.


  • 25,000 alumni in 50 states and almost 50 countries


  • Traditional undergraduate students study at the campus in Danville, Virginia (city population of more than 41,000)
    • 6 residence halls to choose from: traditional, suites and apartments
    • 61% of students live on campus
  • Adult learners currently study online

Cost and Affordability

Traditional Students

  • Tuition: $37,640.00 (traditional undergraduate)
  • Room and Board: $10,480 (varies by residence hall and meal plan)
  • Averett annually awards over $20 million infinancial aid and scholarships
  • Our average scholarship package lowers the cost of attendance by almost 40%
  • 99% of studentsbenefit from financial aid
  • Students’ costs at Averett are less than 80% of other private colleges in Virginia

Adult Students (Graduate and Professional Studies)

  • Master of Business Administration Cost: $26,200
  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction: $16,430
  • Master of Education in Administration & Supervision: $20,670
  • Master of Education in Special Education (Licensure Track): $24,380
  • Master of Education in Special Education (Endorsement Track): $18,020
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration & Leadership: $19,980
  • Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics: $20,305
  • Master of Accountancy: $17,250


  • 75% of faculty with doctorates or terminal degrees
  • 12 average class size (all programs)
  • 12:1 student to faculty ratio in traditional undergraduate classes in Danville
  • 7:1 student to faculty ratio in adult classes held throughout Virginia
  • 30+ majors and minors for undergraduate studies
  • Master’s programs available in Business, Education, Accountancy, Criminal Justice and Applied Data Analytics


  • NCAA Division III, USA South Conference – traditional, undergraduate students can participate in women’s sports such as basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis or volleyball; or men’s sports such as baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis or wrestling
  • 38% of traditional, undergraduate students at Averett are student-athletes


  • Traditional students at the Danville campus can participate in the Arts@Averett Series, Averett Theatre Players, Averett Singers, AU Cougars Band or the Annual Student Art Show