Averett at a Glance

Founded: 1859

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

Student body: Almost 1900 total students, including more than 870 traditional undergraduates from 23 states and 14 countries and Puerto Rico; approximately 1,000 adult learners in the Non-Traditional programs (IDEAL and GPS)

Student body diversity: total study body: 45% male/55% 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; 3 Master’s programs

Student-Faculty ratio: 13 to 1 undergraduate

Average class size: 12 for all programs

Athletics: 13 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, Quantico, and Newport News

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. Today, the university enrolls approximately 1,900 students from 23 states and 14 foreign countries and offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs at 7 Virginia locations.


  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA, 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, at http://www.sacscoc.org)

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.


  • For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Averett among the top 30 Regional Colleges in the South in its Best Colleges guide.
  • The Princeton Review has ranked Averett as one of the “Best in the Southeast” in its “Best Colleges: Region by Region” guide for the third consecutive year.
  • 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.
  • Colleges of Distinction has named Averett a 2015-2016 College of Distinction, “chosen for its continued commitment to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.”
  • 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.
  • U.S. Veterans magazine has recognized Averett as one of its 2015 Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Schools.
  • BestColleges.com has recognized Averett University as one of America’s most military-friendly colleges in 2015.
  • Averett has been recognized by Masters-in-Accounting.org as having one of the 50 Most Affordable Online Master’s in Accounting Programs in the U.S.
  • Averett has also been recognized as one of the three safest colleges and universities in Virginia by stateuniversity.com.


  • 25,000 alumni in 50 states and 38 countries


  • Traditional undergraduate students study at the campus in Danville, Virginia (city population of 46,000)
    • 6 residence halls to choose from: traditional, suites and apartments
    • 61% of students live on campus
  • Adult learners currently study at 7 regional campuses located at:
    •  Danville, Richmond, Roanoke, Newport News, Quantico

Cost and Affordability

  • Traditional Students
    • Tuition: $30,900 (traditional undergraduate)
    • Room and Board: $8,700 (varies by residence hall and meal plan)
    • Averett annually awards over $20 million in financial aid and scholarships
    • Our average scholarship package lowers the cost of attendance by almost 40%
    • 99% of students benefit from financial aid
    • Students’ costs at Averett are less than 80% of other private colleges in Virginia
  • Adult Students (Graduate and Professional Studies)
    • Masters in Business Administration (MBA) total program tuition (excluding books): $24,395
    • Masters in Education (MED) total program tuition (excluding books): $13,950
    • Previous Averett graduates are eligible for a $1,000 Alumni Scholarship
    • Financial aid is available to those who qualify


  • 75% of faculty with doctorates or terminal degrees
  • 12 average class size (all programs)
  • 13:1 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 and Accountancy


  • NCAA Division III, USA South Conference – traditional, undergraduate students can participate in women’s sports such as basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, or men’s sports such as baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer and tennis
  • 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, Averett Gospel Choir, or the Annual Student Art Show