Newberry College

Newberry College
The facade of a historic, brick campus building
Smeltzer Hall, Newberry College Historic District
TypePrivate college
Established1856 (1856)
Endowment$17.3 million (2018)[1]
PresidentMaurice Scherrens
United States

34°17′06″N 81°37′15″W / 34.2851°N 81.6207°W / 34.2851; -81.6207Coordinates:34°17′06″N 81°37′15″W / 34.2851°N 81.6207°W / 34.2851; -81.6207
Campus90 acres (36 ha)

Newberry College is a private Lutheran college in Newberry, South Carolina. It has 1,250 students.


Newberry College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award bachelor's degrees.


Men's athletic teams:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling

Women's athletic teams:

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Newberry College has a diverse line-up in men's and women's sports including baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling. The college is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). The school is famous for being on the losing end of a tilt against Furman University, in which Frank Selvy scored 100 points.

Music program

The music program at Newberry College has a history in vocal and instrumental performance dating back over 100 years and a jazz band and marching band in existence since 1956. In 1956, a major turning point in the school's musical history took place, when respected military band leader and alumnus Charles "Chief" Pruitt organized the jazz band and the marching band after returning to the school to teach music.[2]

The Newberry College marching band, which has been in existence since that time, is one of the most unusual aspects of Newberry College's music program. Newberry is one of the smallest colleges in the country with a marching band, and it is the only Lutheran school in the country with a marching band.

Also in 1956, Pruitt hosted the first jazz festival at Newberry College. This jazz festival has since become a unique annual tradition at Newberry College, and is considered to be the second oldest jazz festival in the nation.

V-12: Navy College Training Program

In 1943, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox announced the start of a new college training program, the V-12 Navy College Training Program. The program was designed to supplement the force of commissioned officers in the United States Navy during World War II. Newberry College became one of 131 colleges and universities in the United States chosen to participate in the V-12 program.

On July 1, 1943, the first 325 cadets arrived on campus; they included both V-12 Cadets and V-5 Aviation Cadets.

The cadets attended classes for periods of one to six terms of 16 weeks. Work was planned so that each term was the equivalent of a normal college semester. The Navy handled the discipline of its cadets, directed the physical fitness program, provided military drills and cooperated with the College in the direction of the program.

During the 27 months the V-12 Program were a part of the college, over 1,000 cadets were assigned to Newberry. On October 31, 1945, the V-12 Unit was decommissioned and Newberry College returned to its civilian status.

Notable alumni

  • Corey Anderson – professional mixed martial artist; Ultimate Fighter 19 winner, competing in the UFC's Light Heavyweight Division[3]
  • Kelly Anundson, professional MMA fighter
  • Lee Atwater
  • Dike Beede
  • Coleman Livingston Blease
  • Brandon Bostick
  • Henry L. Carroll
  • Frederick H. Dominick
  • Cody Garbrandt – professional mixed martial artist; former UFC Bantamweight Champion
  • Mark Hammond
  • Butler B. Hare
  • James Butler Hare
  • Greg Hartle
  • James Haskell Hope
  • Stuart Lake
  • Asbury Francis Lever
  • Mike Longabardi
  • Debola Ogunseye
  • Ron Parker
  • Amanda Pennekamp
  • John H. Pitchford (1857–1923) – lawyer and politician, served on the Oklahoma Supreme Court (1921–23) and died in office[4]
  • Billy Rhiel
  • Ralph Rowe
  • Corey Washington

See also

  • Newberry College Historic District – U.S. historic district at Newberry College


  1. ^ "Newberry College (profile)". US News and World Report. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ "Pruitt Obituary". Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Corey Anderson UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  4. ^ Thoburn, Joseph B. A Standard History of Oklahoma,Vol. IV, p. 1548. (1916). The American Historical Society. Chicago and New York. Available through Google Books. Accessed May 4, 2020.

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