Newberry College is a liberal-arts college
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of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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(ELCA) located on a historic 90 acres (36 ha) campus in Newberry, South Carolina
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The college has 1,025 students and a 19:1 student-teacher ratio. The school's website says, "Newberry College ensures that students receive individual attention and guidance as part of its values-based curriculum."
In 2006-2007, Newberry College celebrated its 150th anniversary of service and educational leadership to the Newberry community, South Carolina, and to the Lutheran Church.
Newberry's heritage began in 1828 at the annual meeting of the Lutheran Synod in South Carolina and Adjacent States—nearly 30 years before it was chartered as a college by the State of South Carolina. At that 1828 meeting the Rev. John Bachman
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, President of the Synod, recommended the establishment of a seminary to train Lutheran ministers. The following year the Synod followed his advice and voted to establish a seminary and classical academy.
The new seminary-academy opened its doors in February 1831, near Pomaria, South Carolina
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(about 15 miles (24.1 km) from the College's present location); it moved to neighboring Lexington, South Carolina
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in 1834 and remained there for more than 20 years.
In 1854 the Synod voted to make the institution a degree-granting college, in 1855 to move it to Newberry, and in 1856—just before the granting of the charter—to name it Newberry College. A preparatory department opened in 1858, and the College and Seminary began operation in February 1859.
It prospered until the Civil War
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when nearly all faculty and students were called into military service. At the end of the war, the only college building was occupied by federal troops. In 1868, as a result of the physical condition of the building, the military occupation, and the depletion of the endowment funds, the College faced a severe financial crisis. St. John's Lutheran church in Walhalla, South Carolina
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, in the extreme northwestern corner of the state, offered the College a new home and the offer was accepted. In 1877 through the efforts of Newberry residents, the College returned to its original site in Newberry, where it has prospered since.
During World War II
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, Newberry was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program
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which offered students a path to a Navy commission.
The College has maintained its association with the Lutheran Church. Today Newberry is affiliated with the South Carolina, Southeastern, Florida-Bahamas, and Caribbean Synods of the ELCA.
In the spring of 2009, the college launched its Newberry FastForward program, which is an adult degree completion program. The program includes a course format with few visits to campus, an accelerated schedule, and a reduced tuition structure for older returning students seeking a bachelor's degree.
On July 29, 1992 The State Newspaper reported that then Head Football Coach Brad Senter had resigned amid question of his qualifications and his hiring. "Interviews by The State with ex bosses, former assistant coaches and other colleagues" Showed that Senter "Exaggerated or misstated some of his titles and duties for much of the past 19 years"
The States article goes on to show Hubert H. Setzler Jr. Then College president who had personally hired Senter did nothing when he was informed of the errors in Coach Senter's record and actually tried to cover the matter up, when exposed by another member on the coaching staff, after Coach Senter had been arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina for shoplifting.
Further investigation of problems with in President Setzler's administration, and President Setzler's behavior, were suspended upon his resignation August 11, 1992.
Newberry College has a diverse line-up in men 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
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(Division II) and the South Atlantic Conference
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Newberry's football team won their first South Atlantic Conference Championship in the 2006 season. The team finished with a 10-1 record in the regular season, losing only in their last game ever against their rival, Presbyterian College. The team also won a first round game in their first ever post season appearance in Division II football.
In August 2005, Newberry College was placed on a watch list by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) along with 17 other schools which deemed the use of "Indians" as hostile and abusive, and prohibited the use of Native American nicknames, mascots and imagery in postseason competition. In September 2005, Newberry College appealed to be removed from the list of schools which were declared unable to host postseason play on the basis that none of the institution's uses of "Indians" were hostile and/or abusive toward Native Americans. The next month, the NCAA rejected Newberry's appeal. On May 7, 2008 Newberry's Athletic Department officially retired the nickname "Indians" from all of the school's 15 NCAA athletic teams. The college used their "Block N" logo for for Newberry College's athletic teams until June 7, 2010 when Newberry's Athletic Director, Brad Edwards, announced that the school had decided on a new nickname for its athletic teams. Effective from that day, Newberry College athletic teams (men's and women's) would be known as "Wolves."
Dopey's Hamburgers is an eatery across from the dorms that is open from 9pm to until "Dopey" decides to close for the night. Hamburgers here traditionally do not come with pickles but do include onions. Founder of "Dopey's" John L. "Dopey" Edwards; Dopey died April 7, 2008.