Anderson University is a private Christian college located in Anderson, Indiana. Anderson University was established in 1917 by the Church of God which continues to sponsor the University to this day. Originally called the Anderson Bible Training School, the institution experienced rapid growth as it began to widen the scope of its offerings; in 1925 the school was renamed Anderson College and 1987 Anderson achieved university status. Today, Anderson University is made up of several schools through which it awards both baccalaureate and graduate-level degrees. Anderson University has received repeated recognition as a top college from sources such as the U.S. News Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes.
Academic ProgramsAnderson University’s mission is to “educate for a life of faith and service in the church and society.” The University’s statement continues, declaring that Anderson University is “committed to being a teaching-learning community of the highest order, engaged in the pursuit of truth from a Christian faith perspective.” Anderson University’s degree granting schools include the Falls School of Business; the School of Education; the School of Humanities & Behavioral Science; the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance; the School of Nursing & Kinesiology; and the School of Theology & Christian Ministry.
Anderson University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and has been so since 1946. More than 60 undergraduate majors are offered with several undergraduate degrees including: Associate of Arts; Associate of Science; Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and Bachelor of Music. Anderson University also offers several graduate degree programs including Master of Business Administration; Doctor of Business Administration; Master of Divinity; Master of Theological Studies; Master of Arts in Christian Ministry; and Master of Music Education.
Student LifeAnderson University has a total enrollment figure of around 2,000 students. Nearly all fifty States and more than 20 foreign nations are represented in the student body with an approximate 18% minority student representation. All full-time undergraduate students are required to live on-campus in University housing unless certain requirements are met. Anderson University offers a variety of residence halls to accommodate students, all of which are staffed by professional resident directors (RDs) and student resident assistants (RAs).
More than 130 opportunities exist for students to participate in campus activities, a number of which are coordinated by the Student Life staff, the Campus Activities Board, and the Student Government Association. Chapel/convocation attendance is required of all students and students regularly have opportunity to participate in music and worship leadership and to hear campus guest speakers. More than 100 student-led clubs and organizations provide students with opportunities to interact and forge friendships outside of the classroom; these include a number of honors societies, groups centered around fine arts, academics, athletics, and special interests or hobbies. An NCAA Division III school, Anderson University also sponsors more than a dozen intercollegiate sports teams.