The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Alderson Broaddus College
Type of institution: Private not-for-profit, four-year plus
Degrees: Master's, Bachelor's, Associate's
Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges - General
Alderson Broaddus College (AB), affiliated with the American Baptist Churches and the West Virginia Baptist Convention, has provided quality education in a faith-based community in central West Virginia for more than 130 years. A private, general-baccalaureate institution, AB is perhaps best known for its health-related and professional educational programs. Its campus is located above the scenic Tygart River. The Battle of Phillipi, often called the first land battle of the American Civil War, was fought on site of the campus. AB was established in 1932 when two Baptist institutions combined -- Alderson Academy, founded in 1901, and Broaddus College, founded 1871. Although its mission is to foster liberal arts and Christian faith education, the institution has focused on developing natural and applied science programs in recent years. Alderson-Broaddus is known for developing, in 1945, the first radiologic technology and four-year nursing programs in West Virginia. The school maintained an enrollment of around 800 students in 2010, 300 of which reside on its campus, which maintains an alcohol prohibition policy. Whitescarver Hall (c.1911) is the oldest extant building on campus and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. The school motto is "Learning to Succeed, Learning to Serve." Its colors are blue and gold, and their sports teams are "Battlers," referencing the 1861 Battle of Philippi.
Notable Alumni: Lt. Gen. John E. Jackson, President, Fork Union Military Academy; Ed Schrock, U.S. Congressman (R-VA), 2001-2005; Richard F. Wilson, President, Illinois Wesleyan University; Maj. Gen. Jessica L. Wright, first woman Adjutant General of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and the second woman to hold such a position in the US.
General Info: 304-457-1700
Financial Aid: 304-457-1700 Ext 6354
Admissions: 304-457-1700 Ext 6256
Official Website: http://www.ab.edu/