Edward Waters College (EWC) was established in 1866, just one year after the end of the Civil War, to educate former slaves. It is the oldest historically black college in Florida. The college offers bachelor’s degrees in Arts, Science, and Business Administration. Majors include Communications, Sociology, Biology, Computer Information Systems, Education, and Organizational Management.
EWC is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools. It is also affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
The school’s CLIMB program (Credentials for Leadership in Management and Business) is an accelerated bachelor’s degree program tailored to older students (over 23) looking to increase their job skills or switch careers. The program consists of one night of class, every five weeks, over eighteen months. In 2008, CLIMB Online was introduced; in this program, one introductory class precedes the rest of the course, which is delivered online.
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EWC has a detailed website that provides applicants with tips on obtaining quality letters of recommendation and performing well in the Admissions interview. Students can apply online. Priority admissions deadlines are mid-April for the fall semester and mid-November for the spring semester.
Students applying to the college must have a high school diploma, official high school or transfer transcripts, and a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average. There is no minimum score requirement for either the ACT or SAT, but students should include their ACT or SAT records when they apply. Applicants are also required to submit two letters of recommendation. International students must demonstrate proof of English proficiency.
Students can apply online for the Parent PLUS Loan, Signature Student Loans, and the Stafford Loan. In fact, students do not need to visit or even call the campus to find out about financial aid, as the school’s financial aid office offers online loan counseling sessions.
Many minority scholarships are available to applicants of the school.
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Edward Waters College is located in northwest Jacksonville, where even in the middle of January the average high temperature is 64 degrees. Many Edward Waters students spend their spare time enjoying the city’s many attractions, including the Jacksonville Landing and the Jacksonville Riverwalks. In the fall, students can go to Alltel Stadium and root for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.
On-campus attractions include the Centennial Library, which is open seven day a week, and the Obi-Scott Umunna Collection of African Art at Centennial Hall, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Collection includes masks, carved ivory, and other historic artifacts from Central and West Africa.
Edward Waters College hosts Black Heritage Weekend, which is usually held during Black History Month in February. This festival features poetry, art, dancing, and essay writing.
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The college fields teams in golf, baseball, track and field, volleyball, football, softball, and cross-country. Its teams, nicknamed the Tigers, complete in the NAIA’s Florida Sun Conference and the South East Atlantic Conference. The Tigers football team plays in Earl Kitchings Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 8,000. The baseball team competes at the Adams Jenkins Complex, which can hold up to 2,500 spectators.
EWC alumni include Negro League baseball legend Buck O’Neil, who gained worldwide fame when he appeared in the Ken Burns PBS documentary Baseball in 1994.
Brooke Bright graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She currently resides with her family in Northern Illinois. When she is not chasing her two sons around you can find her organizing something or reading a mystery novel.