Edward Waters College
Edward Waters College (EWC/College) is distinctively the state of Florida’s first independent institution of higher learning as well as Florida’s first institution established for the education of African-Americans. With a distinguished higher education lineage spanning over 150 years, EWC is primed to continue its Emerging Eminence as a premier urban, private, Christian, historically black, liberal arts college offering high quality four-year baccalaureate degrees and preparing students holistically to advance in a global society through the provision of intellectually stimulating academic programs of study. The College offers a close-knit, collegial, intellectual community that draws students and scholars from around the world.
True to its historic mission the College’s academic program provides access and opportunity to a high-quality 21st century undergraduate education consisting of a reinvigorated, practical, and engaged liberal arts curriculum buttressed by an array of comprehensive academic services to support high academic scholarship, achievement, and overall student success.
The College’s liberal arts curriculum is designed to provide students with a program that is rigorous, inclusive, pragmatic, socially relevant and responsible. As such, EWC is an institution of purposeful intention that employs its resources and aligns its practices to provide students with an impactful academic and experiential program of study. The College’s graduates are pioneering leaders, insatiable learners, critical thinkers, and are highly skilled in navigating new environments, integrating knowledge from different sources, and becoming agents for positive change in every sector of our increasingly expanding society and world.
In addition, the academic program at EWC embraces and places high value upon inclusivity and diversity and recognizes that students come to the College from a wide ranging and diverse array of backgrounds.
Edward Waters College will become a national model for a dynamic, globally diverse learning center community that champions academic excellence through innovative teaching and learning strategies under-girded by a spirit of servant leadership.
Edward Waters College is a small, Christian, Historically Black, urban liberal arts college that offers quality baccalaureate programs. The College strives to prepare students holistically to advance in a global society through the provision of intellectually stimulating programs, and an environment that emphasizes high moral and spiritual values in keeping with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Edwards Waters College seeks to develop excellence in scholarship, research and service for the betterment of humanity.
Our Core Values
Edward Waters College values sustain the principles of academic excellence, scholarship, research, and community service by exemplifying integrity and accountability in our scholarly and human service pursuits. We dedicate ourselves to sustaining values that uplift and ethical principles that edify as demonstrated by the following directives:
Ethics and doctrines predicated on the AME Church theology, “GOD our Father, CHRIST our Redeemer, MAN our Brother”.
Superiority, eminence, distinction, and quality in scholarship, leadership as a citizenship.
Embracing a burden of obligation to collective society, both the immediate as well as the global.
Dedication to addressing issues of public concern.
Fostering the concept of teamwork as a means to success.
Employing the Biblical tenant Matthew 7:12, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”
Practicing proficiency, skill, and expertise in all that we undertake.
Creating a culture of erudition through a nurturing spirit.
Endeavoring to celebrate the uniqueness of all cultures with appreciation and understanding.
Cultivating within our students a thirst for education, a desire for higher level thought processes, and a willingness to persevere despite challenges.