Edward Waters University, located in Jacksonville, Florida, holds the distinction of being one of the oldest historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the state, with its origins dating back to 1866. Founded just after the Civil War, the institution was established by the African Methodist Episcopal Church to provide formerly enslaved people with educational opportunities, a mission that was both pioneering and crucial during the Reconstruction era. Over the years, Edward Waters University has grown and evolved, maintaining its commitment to education and community empowerment. Today, the university enrolls approximately 1,181 students and offers a variety of Bachelor's degree programs.
The university's motto, "Emerging Eminence," reflects its focus on academic excellence and the development of leadership qualities among its students. Edward Waters University is particularly noted for its programs in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Communications. The campus, set in an urban environment, offers campus housing, contributing to a vibrant and supportive educational community. The university's spirit is embodied in its mascot, the Tiger, and its colors, purple, orange, and white.
In the realm of athletics, Edward Waters University competes in NCAA Division II as part of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), with its teams known as the Tigers & Lady Tigers. Edward Waters University continues to uphold its legacy of providing quality education and nurturing a community of learners who are prepared to make meaningful contributions to society.
NCAA Division II - Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC)
Team Name: Tigers & Lady Tigers