Knowledge for your Journey
A journey of significance You want your life to count. To make a difference. At Anderson, we’re committed to helping you discover your path, along with your strengths, your calling, and your passion. Your journey will begin in one of the most scenic and vibrant places in the country, and you won’t be alone on the trail. We’ve surrounded you with people who care, genuinely care, about you and your success. Wherever you come from, whatever your interests, whatever your background, in this warm, stimulating and caring Christian environment, you’ll reach as high as your dreams can take you. Let us show you how.
A journey of excellence At Anderson, we believe in developing the mind God gave us to its fullest potential. With professors who have a passion for teaching, useful technology and facilities, and a culture of engaged learning, we strive every day to light the fire of achievement in our students. That’s why U.S. News & World Report recognizes AU as a Top Tier (#21) Best Regional College in the South, the #2 Regional College in the South with “A Strong Commitment to Teaching” and one of “49 Up-and-Coming” universities to watch in the nation for four years in a row. Anderson University’s commitment to excellence is why The Princeton Review named AU one of the “Best Southeastern Colleges”, and why we are one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys” and a “Best Christian College.” We are inspired by faith... ignited by excellence.
A journey shared In college, you form relationships that last for a lifetime, and you won’t find a place that’s more about relationships than Anderson University. We’re known for our warm, supportive, close family atmosphere. Whether you need people to study with you, enjoy that late night snack, help you find your courage or just have fun with you—this is a place where you are included, encouraged, embraced and accepted. In dozens of campus groups and activities, you’ll meet people from all walks of life, you will feel like you’ve known them forever. You’ll cherish those friendships forever too. We didn’t invent the close-knit, friendly campus, but we like to think we perfected it.
A journey of the soul What does it mean to be a Christian university? At Anderson, we believe Christ desires us to be the best we can be in all areas, so we place as much emphasis on the life of the spirit as we do the life of the mind. Wherever you may be on your own spiritual journey, you’ll find someone to meet you there, and a college that takes faith seriously in and out of the classroom. You’ll find dozens of opportunities to go around the world and around the corner to be a servant, whether it’s teaching children in Honduras, helping people in India get safe drinking water, or building a Habitat house. Here on campus, you’ll discover great spiritual resources to help you hear and respond to your calling in life. It’s what we do. It’s who we are.
Anderson University at a Glance Anderson University, a four-year, co-educational, comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, welcomes students from a variety of denominations, educational and cultural backgrounds.
our vision Anderson University exists to be a premier teaching university where liberal arts and professional studies thrive within a distinctively Christian community of faculty, staff and students dedicated to learning and service. our campus Ideally situated on 271 acres in the elegant historical district of Anderson, South Carolina, Anderson University’s campus provides a definitively collegiate setting for your educational journey. our faculty Guided by a commitment to teaching excellence, Anderson’s faculty invest their lives into your personal and intellectual success. Our faculty distinguish themselves by creating unique opportunities for student engagement in advanced research. Eighty-two percent of faculty hold the highest degree in their field. our students We welcome more than 3,000 students from 33 states, 25 countries and a wide range of denominations. Fourteen percent of our students are ethnic minorities. Approximately 72% of students live on campus.
our affordability In the past six years, Anderson University has been recognized as one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys” for academic quality, value and affordability .1 Recently, Anderson University ranked among the top 11 universities in the South (public & private) for students accumulating the least educational debt. For the 2012-13 year, 99% of students received financial aid with an average award of $23,366. 1 Institutional Research and Evaluation
our shared journey We design exceptional events and programs to meet the spiritual, intellectual, cultural and social interests of a diverse student population. Through unique programming, we create opportunities for students to develop as leaders, celebrate community, appreciate diversity, serve others and discover new things about themselves and the world around them. Each semester, Anderson averages 150 student activities and athletic events. our global journey During the junior year, qualified students take a three-credit course that includes a short-term, faculty sponsored study abroad experience (recent trips include: Italy, Spain, Panama, Australia, China, the Galapagos Islands and Jamaica). Our students engage in approximately 10 college-sponsored mission and service trips each year and provide 15,000 hours of local community service. Anderson has been named to the “President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll” for the eighth consecutive year. our accreditation Anderson University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. Professional accreditation includes the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
our undergraduate academic programs Grounded in a Christian perspective, Anderson offers more than 50 liberal arts and professional programs of study. Our vision is to be a premier place of learning that combines the best of the liberal arts and professional education in a distinctly Christian community. COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Bachelor of Arts Communication, with concentrations in • Digital Media • Public Relations English, with concentrations in • Creative Writing • Literature History Humanities and the Law Psychology Spanish Bachelor of Science Biology Biochemistry Kinesiology, with tracks in • Athletic Training • Exercise Specialist • Pre-Physical Therapy Mathematics, with a concentration in • Actuarial Science Engineering (dual degree w/Clemson Univ.) Psychology
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Bachelor of Science Business, with concentrations in • Accounting • Computer Information Systems • Financial Economics • Human Resource Management • International Business • Management • Marketing COLLEGE OF CHRISTIAN STUDIES Bachelor of Arts Christian Ministry, with concentrations in • Missions • Pastoral Ministry • Preaching • Youth Ministry Christian Theology, with a concentration in • Biblical Studies COLLEGE OF EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts Secondary English Education (9-12), with add-on certification in • Theatre Secondary Social Studies Education (9-12)
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (CONT.) Bachelor of Science Elementary Education, with concentrations in • Special Education Learning Disabilities (K-12) • Early Childhood Education Early Childhood Education Special Education: Multi-Categorical Physical Education Secondary Mathematics Education (9-12) SOUTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS Bachelor of Arts Art, with concentrations in • Art Education (K-12) • Ceramics • Graphic Design • Painting/Drawing Music Secondary English Education (9-12), with add-on certification in Theatre Theatre, with concentrations in • Acting/Directing • Dance • Theatrical Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Musical Theatre Bachelor of Music, with concentrations in • Keyboard or Instrumental Performance • Vocal Performance • Worship Leadership Bachelor of Music Education, with concentrations in • Instrumental Music • Choral Music SCHOOL OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice, with concentrations in • Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness • Law Enforcement SCHOOL OF INTERIOR DESIGN Bachelor of Arts Interior Design SCHOOL OF NURSING Bachelor of Science Nursing
graduate programs COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
The AU Mobile Learning Initiative Anderson is leading the
COLLEGE OF CHRISTIAN STUDIES Master of Ministry (M. Min.)
way in the incorporation
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), with concentration in Biblical Preaching
the classroom. The AU
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T)
is the culmination of a
Master of Education (M.Ed.) (non-certification) Master of Education in Administration and Supervision (M.Ed.)
SOUTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS Master of Music in Music Education (M.M.E) SCHOOL OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE Master of Criminal Justice (M.C.J.)
of mobile technology in Mobile Learning Initiative two-year project that uses the power of the iPad as a platform for a new kind of learning using interactivity between professors and students and bringing the pages of a textbook to life in an unprecedented fashion. AU is the first university in South Carolina and one of the first in the nation where all
minors in Accounting Art Art History Business Chemistry Christian Studies Computer Information Systems Communication Studies English French History Humanities And The Law Kinesiology Marketing Mathematics Medical Physics Music Music Composition Psychology Public Relations Sociology Spanish Theatre Worship Leadership Writing Youth Ministry
incoming freshmen received the latest iPad which will be used in specially designed courses.
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Time to begin your journey! Life is a journey, full of choice and possibility. As one of the most affordable top-ranked Christian universities in the nation, Anderson is committed to giving you knowledge to be successful in your professional and personal journey. We’ll help you discover your strengths and develop them. We’ll help you make great choices. We’ll help you grow in mind, body and spirit. Wherever you’re going in life, Anderson can help you get there.
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Located in the Upstate region of South Carolina, the city of Anderson has been recognized as the “Friendliest City in South Carolina.” Anderson is a regional destination city for shopping and dining, as well as outdoor sports at nearby Lake Hartwell and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located less than 30 minutes from downtown Greenville and two hours from Atlanta and Charlotte, Anderson students have easy access to vibrant professional, cultural and recreational opportunities, and are within driving distance of South Carolina’s beaches.