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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements

Posted on: September 12, 2022

For Averett University, accolades continue

News release by Averett University

Averett University was recently named as one of the best southeastern colleges by The Princeton Review’s “2023 Best Colleges” List, and has once again been designated a 2022-2023 College of Distinction, in which it was also recognized as a best school in business, education and nursing. Averett has additionally been ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 25 in the “2022-23 Best Regional Colleges in the South” list – the highest ranking Virginia school on the list. 

The University also earned U.S. News’ No. 10 spot for best colleges for veterans among regional colleges in the south – the only school in the Commonwealth on the list – in addition to No. 17 for best value schools and No. 34 for social mobility among regional colleges in the south. Furthermore, the University was recognized for economic diversity among the student body and campus ethnic diversity. 

According to U.S. News, the top performers on social mobility ranking measures the extent schools enrolled and graduated students who received federal Pell grants, and economic diversity was based on percentages of fall 2021 full time and part-time degree-seeking undergraduates who received Pell grants. As for campus ethnic diversity, U.S. News factored in the total proportion of minority students, leaving out international students, and the overall mix of groups. View the complete rankings by clicking here

For The Princeton Review’s 2023 Best Colleges list, 655 colleges in five zones – northeast, southeast, midwest, west, and international – are considered academically outstanding, according to its website. For more than 30 years The Princeton Review has provided students and professionals the tools needed for success in high school, college, graduate school and beyond to help students become well-rounded applicants. View more about this list here.

This year, Colleges of Distinction focused on four distinct factors it deems fundamental elements of an effective undergraduate education: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. 

“We could not be more thankful for these distinguished recognitions Averett has received, and we continue to find new ways to innovate and engage,” Averett President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks said. “Our faculty and staff are committed to helping students make the impossible achievable and attainable, and that commitment is being noticed.”

About Averett University

Since 1859, Averett University has grown and developed into a dynamic institution that serves students of all ages, offering more than 40 undergraduate majors with a number of concentrations and minors, along with 12 graduate programs with several concentrations. Dedicated to preparing students to serve and lead as catalysts for positive change, the University’s historic main campus is embedded in the heart of Southern Virginia with regional learning centers throughout Virginia and online. Averett enrolls a diverse student body, and boasts an alumni network that spans the globe. 

At Averett University, we are altogether different. We know that relationships fuel futures, which explains our unmistakable family atmosphere. On campus or online, Averett students feel a sense of true belonging. Through relentless support and unwavering dedication, we equip our students with the skills for a lifetime of success. Knowing that personal growth and community well-being go hand-in-hand, we serve others with confidence and distinction, and with a more than 160-year legacy, our influence is far-reaching in the world around us. This is All Averett.

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