Averett University is a private not-for-profit college in Danville, Virginia, USA, in south-central Virginia near the North Carolina border. Founded in 1859 as a women's college, Averett became a 4-year, coeducational institution in 1969. In 2011 the university restored its Baptist affiliation, renewing a relationship that had existed from Averett's founding until 2005.
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. In November 2011, the Baptist General Association of Virginia voted to restore the association's relationship with Averett University.
In 2011, 54% of applicants were admitted . 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. GPS classes are offered at 12 locations around Virginia.
There are a number of ways through which students can become involved in campus activities.
Averett Student Foundation members represent the University at special functions such as plays, receptions and donor recognition events.
Averett's student-run news magazine, established in 1922.
The Student Government Association (SGA) is the governing body of students at Averett University.
The Averett Cougars play in NCAA Division III in the USA South Athletic Conference.
The baseball team has been coached by Ed Fulton (I) since 1997. The Cougars won the 2003 USA South Conference Tournament championship and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The men's basketball team is coached by Matt Parke, who accepted the position in May 2010. He replaced Jimmy Allen, who left Averett after six seasons to become an assistant at Army. Averett won four USA South Athletic Conference championships (three regular-season titles and three conference tournament titles in four years) and made three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. In March 2007, Averett enjoyed its first bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament, but were ousted by defending national champions Virginia Wesleyan College in the first round despite having beaten them earlier in the year. In March 2008, the Cougars lost in the opening round of the tournament to Widener. Averett's lone NCAA Tournament win under Allen came on March 6, 2009, when the Cougars defeated Centre College 76-71 on Centre's campus in Danville, Ky. The Cougars fell in the second round to eventual Final Four participant Guilford College, 91-81.
Averett also made an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1990. The 1990 team won the schools first conference tournament championship(Dixie Conference) and advanced to the Sweet 16 by defeating Randolph-Macon in the first round. The 1990 team was led by Head Coach Ed Hall.
The women's basketball team has achieved success in recent years, winning at least 12 games in each of the past three seasons. During the 2009-10 season, Averett set program records with 17 overall wins and 12 conference wins.
Michael D. Dunlevy completed his ninth season as the Averett University Head Coach in 2010. Dunlevy took over a program with three wins in two seasons and brought Averett its first conference championship in 2006. Through the end of the 2010 season, the Cougars have produced 99 USA South All-Conference players in 11 seasons.
The Averett men's golf team is in its third season under head coach John Franklin. The Cougars were the 2003 NCAA Division III national champions. Averett's Janne Mommo was the medalist at the 2003 national championship.
The men's soccer team has been coached by Ed Goodhines since 2008. Goodhines turned the program around, improving the team's win total by nine. He led the Cougars to the USA South Tournament semifinals in 2009 and 2010.
The women's soccer team has been coached by Carly Pearce since 2008. Pearce guided the Cougars to their first-ever appearance in the USA South Conference Tournament championship game in 2010.
The Averett softball team is coached by Bren LaFlamme, who took over the program in July 2010. The Cougars earned a share of the 1995 USA South Conference regular season championship, and won the 2004 USA South Tournament title to earn a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
The women's volleyball team is coached by Danny Miller, who finished his 16th season as head coach in 2010. Since taking over the program at Averett, Miller has won more than 400 games, led the Cougars to four NCAA Tournament appearances. He has also won seven conference tournament titles and nine regular season crowns. Averett's program has won 13 regular season conference titles and 10 conference tournament titles. Miller, a seven-time USA South Coach of the Year, has produced two All-Americans (Brenda LaFlamme and Samantha Kirby), 12 USA South Player of the Year selections, five USA South Rookies of the Year and one USA South Defensive Player of the Year.