DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – Averett University has been awarded the distinction of First-gen Forward by the Center for First-generation student success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation.

This designation recognizes institutions of higher education that have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students – students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college.

Selected institutions receive professional development, community-building experiences and a first look at the Center’s research and resources.

Nearly half of Averett’s entering class are first-generation college attendees. Nearly 100-percent of Averett students qualify for some form of financial aid with 43-percent of the student body qualifying this year for Pell grants.

Averett University was also ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2020 and 2021 among the top regional colleges in the south for social mobility, measured by how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell grants which are typically given to students with lower family incomes.