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Davis & Elkins College is destined to become one of central West Virginia's leading tourist attractions. The newly-restored Halliehurst mansion (circa 1890) is one of seven historic buildings positioned on the picturesque hillside campus and the centerpiece that is already drawing thousands of visitors annually to its Victorian doorstep.
Davis & Elkins College shares its heritage and proud sense of tradition with the City of Elkins. Both were benefactors of the same founders, Senators Stephen Benton Elkins and his father-in-law, Henry Gassaway Davis, who brought the first railroad to West Virginia's rugged Potomac highlands and converted the regions's vast coal and timber resources into their fortunes.
Elkins and Davis provided the financial backing which supported efforts by the Presbyterian Church to establish a college in West Virginia's central region. The result of this collaboration was Davis & Elkins College, which opened its doors in 1904 on a hill south of Elkins.
An enduring remnant of the Davis/Elkins family era is a stone wall originally built by Davis to mark the south and western edges of the Halliehurst and Graceland estates. The wall extended for more than two miles toward Maplewood Cemetery on Rt. 219. Portions still stand along the front of the campus on Sycamore Street and in the vicinity of Maplewood. Davis was inspired to build the wall in 1896 after visiting his friend George Vanderbilt's now-famous Biltmore estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
Davis & Elkins College
For nearly a century, Davis & Elkins College has fulfilled the vision of its founders by providing high quality educational opportunities, special programs and services to individuals representing a variety of countries and cultures.
A private four-year, liberal arts and sciences institution, Davis & Elkins is one of 69 colleges nationwide that shares affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The 170-acre campus is located on a picturesque hillside overlooking the progressive central West Virginia community of Elkins, population nearly 10,000. The College is in the heart of West Virginia's ski country and is only a stone's throw from nearby Monongahela National Forest, where year-round, outdoor recreational opportunities abound.
While fun and recreation are important to a memorable college experience, academics, emphasizing the education of the whole person, are priorities at Davis & Elkins. The College offers 33 four-year majors and 14 two-year majors, enhanced by internship opportunities available to most majors.
In addition, there are numerous professional programs in business administration, nursing, travel and tourism, theatre, hotel-resort, and sports management, as well as master-level classes.
The intellectual, aesthetic, and geographic center of Davis & Elkins College is the four-level, 45,000 square-foot Booth Library, dedicated in October, 1992. Built across a wooded glen near the center of campus, the $7 million structure blends both historic and modern architectural styles that give the Davis & Elkins campus its distinctive flavor. This imposing state-of-the-art building features ingenious design and skillful architectural detailing in which space and function have been meticulously matched to maximize efficiency and ease of use.
As the year 2004, the 100th year of its founding, approaches, Davis & Elkins has taken its place as a leader in higher education in West Virginia. Small classes and a caring, highly skilled faculty, 69 percent of whom hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional degree, lend a rare personal quality to Davis & Elkins. Enrollment is maintained at less that 1,000.
A low 14:1 student/faculty ratio enables members of the faculty to be readily available for friendly one-on-one consultations to meet the individual needs of each student.
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