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Averett University
Averett University logo.png
Motto Big Dreams, Bold Futures
Established 1859
Type Private university
Endowment $21,102,241 [1]
President Dr. Tiffany McKillip Franks
Faculty 270
Students 2,719
Undergraduates 2,071
Postgraduates 648
Location Danville, VA, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Blue and Gold
Nickname AU
Mascot Cougar

Averett University is a private college in Danville, Virginia, USA, in south-central Virginia near the North Carolina border. It was established as a Baptist college, but no longer has a religious affiliation.



The school was chartered in 1859 as Union Female College and became affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia in 1910. The school's name was changed to Averett College and received accreditation as a junior college in 1917. Accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools followed in 1928. Averett became a coeducational four-year college in 1969 and offered its first graduate programs in the 1980s. The school changed its name to Averett University in 2001.

In 2005, the Baptist General Association of Virginia dissolved their ties with Averett after two years of growing disagreement over homosexuality.[2][3]


In 2005, 84% of applicants were admitted[1]. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Averett offers associate and bachelor's degree programs in approximately 30 majors. There are also two master's degree programs available: Master of Education degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1.


Averett's main campus is a 19-acre (77,000 m2) campus located on West Main Street in Danville. The 70-acre (280,000 m2) North Campus Athletic Center and Averett Flight Center at Danville Regional Airport are also located within Danville. The 100-acre (0.40 km2) Equestrian Center in Pelham, NC lies just across the Virginia-North Carolina border.

Averett's adult education program, Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS), has campus centers in Danville, Richmond and Tidewater. Classes are also offered in more than 25 locations around Virginia.


The Averett Cougars play in NCAA Division III in the USA South Athletic Conference.


Michael D. Dunlevy will be entering his sixth season as the Averett University Head Coach in 2007. Dunlevy took over a program with 3 wins in two seasons and brought Averett its first football championship in 2006. In the last two seasons the Cougars are 14-6 and have won 10 of their last 11 conference contests.

J.D. Shaw is Assistant Head Football Coach / Offensive Coordinator. Shaw had the Cougars leading the USA South in Passing 4 of the last 5 years. In 2006 the Cougars were ranked #22 in the nation in scoring offense.


The baseball team has been coached by Ed Fulton (I) since 1997.

Men's basketball

The men's basketball team has been coached by Jimmy Allen since the 2004-2005 season. They have won the past three USA South Athletic Conference tournaments. In March 2007, Averett enjoyed their first bid into the NCAA Division III National Tournament, but were ousted by defending national champions Virginia Wesleyan College in the first round, despite having beaten them earlier in the year.

Men's soccer

The men's soccer team has been coached by Ed Goodhines since 2008. Goodhines, in his second season, lead the cougars to the USA South Men's Soccer semifinals in 2009.

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Coordinates: 36°34′43.9″N 79°24′44.1″W / 36.578861°N 79.41225°W / 36.578861; -79.41225

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