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Anderson University

Anderson, Indiana


Anderson University offers more than 50 majors, including the new addition of computer engineering, information security, national security studies, and sport marketing in the 2016-17 academic year. Notably unique majors with experiential and service-learning experiences include nursing, engineering, music education, dance, and finance. 


AU helps shape students’ academic experiences, all while allowing them to explore their spiritual growth and create lasting friendships through more than 130 campus activities.


Campus Ministries connect students to the local community through volunteer opportunities at places such as local shelters, prison ministry, and nursing homes. Additionally, students can travel the world through the Tri-S (Study, Share, Serve) program. Thanks to the vast number of service opportunities available through Anderson University, more than 24,000 of its students have volunteered both in the United States and abroad.



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,760 undergraduate students
91% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female
25% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
129 full-time faculty
148 part-time faculty
11.4 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
90% of first year students live on campus
77% of all students live on campus

School Location

With its close proximity to Indianapolis, Anderson University equips its graduates to succeed in ways that are uncommon for many colleges and universities in the region, providing them internships, hands-on experiences, and network connections less than 30 minutes from campus.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


75% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

54% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Black or African American 6%
White 80%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%


Anderson University offers 14 intercollegiate sports in the NCAA III, including a men’s and women’s swimming program started in 2016-17 and a men’s and women’s lacrosse program coming in 2018-19. AU also has competitive teams in football, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s and women’s track and field.

Other Information

Founded in 1917 by the Church of God (Indiana), Anderson University is dedicated to educating its students to lead meaningful lives of faith and service in both the church and society. Anderson University recognizes the value of the liberal arts and provides its students a comprehensive education, all while maintaining its Christian roots.

In 2015, Anderson University inaugurated its fifth president, 1978 graduate John S. Pistole. Pistole served the United States as an FBI agent before being named deputy director in 2004. In March 2006, he was honored the 2005 Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive and, in 2010, he was appointed as the head of the Transportation Security Administration. In the same year, Pistole was also sworn in as director of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

With his experience adapting to such an ever-changing world, President Pistole shares with Anderson University the most up-to-date technology as well as a keen understanding of the current challenges facing the United States government. Anderson University benefits from President Pistole’s background, hosting some of the best national security and cybersecurity programs that a university can offer.

Academic Programs

Falls School of Business offers accounting, business administration, entertainment and music business, finance, global business, management, marketing, and sport marketing.

The School of Education offers programs in elementary education, transition to teaching, language arts teaching, math teaching, music education teaching, physical education teaching, social studies teaching, Spanish teaching, and TeachScience.

The School of Humanities and Behavioral Science offers programs in cinema and media arts, public relations, visual communication design, journalism, writing, English, global studies, history, political science, political science – economics, Spanish, psychology, youth leadership development, national security studies, information security, social work, family science, and criminal justice.

The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance offers majors in musical theatre, music business, music, songwriting, dance performance, and dance business.

The School of Nursing and Kinesiology offers majors in athletic training, exercise science, nursing, and sports and recreational leadership.

The School of Science and Engineering offers majors in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, business information systems, computational physics, computer science, computer science – math, information security, mathematics, mathematics – decision science, mathematics – economics, mathematics – finance, electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, physical science, and physics.

The School of Theology and Christian Ministry offers majors in bible and religion, biblical studies, Christian ministries, and youth ministries.

Pre-professional programs are available in pre-law, pre-seminary studies, and pre-health professional programs for students desiring careers in medicine, physical and occupational therapy, dentistry, physician assistant, pharmacy, chiropractic, optometry, podiatry, and veterinary medicine.

At Anderson University, students don’t just study in a classroom; they fully experience their majors. So many aspects of its campus collectively make AU a special place to learn and discover.

Undergraduate research

Undergraduate research and internships are intrinsic to every major at AU. Each spring, students work closely with faculty for a scholars’ day research project to be presented on campus. These projects showcase the in-depth process of organizing abstracts, hypotheses, research, focus groups, and surveys.

The honors program’s senior seminar serves as a project-based capstone course, driving students to produce intensive, original research under the direction of academic mentors.

Students studying nursing, social work, criminal justice, and ministry are encouraged to immerse themselves in other cultures, whether they travel internationally to countries across the world or locally to diverse communities in the Indianapolis area. For example, nursing students have travelled to Calcutta, India, to work in the Missionaries of Charity Home for the Dying, while social work students have spent full semesters at the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture.

Students in Anderson University’s School of Education have the opportunity to practice student teaching near Anderson, in the Indianapolis area, and even overseas. Furthermore, AU is also one of the few colleges to offer year-round student teaching experiences.

Life of faith and service

It is part of Anderson University’s mission to educate its students for lives of faith and service to both the church and their society. Throughout the last 50 years, over 24,000 students have participated in the Tri-S program (Study, Serve, Share), which is designed to let students learn from other cultures while serving in communities around the world. Through Tri-S, students explore other cultures while participating in work camps, service, or ministry projects. In 2017-18, Anderson University students will travel to Trinidad, Greece, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Guatemala, London, Paraguay, Zambia, Jamaica, Scotland, Grand Cayman, Nicaragua, Uganda, China, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, Romania, Hungary, and Germany.

Tri-S also offers domestic opportunities to serve, hauling students around the United States for meaningful service. Examples of American Tri-S projects have included urban ministry in cities such as Philadelphia and New York City as well as work projects in the Native American communities of South Dakota and Oklahoma.  

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  
Yearbook X

Anderson University’s faculty are highly invested in all of their students. They love seeing students deepen their learning, grow in their faith, and prepare for lives of service.

Liberal arts education

Anderson University’s liberal arts education requires students not only to master their chosen fields of study, but also to gain a broad understanding of the world around them.

The liberal arts core curriculum sharpens students’ skills in written communication, speaking and listening, quantitative reasoning, Biblical literacy, and personal wellness.

AU is committed to offering leadership-building courses that complement every area of study. In addition to their core requirements, students choose between six categories of courses, which include:

  • Christian Ways of Knowing
  • Scientific Ways of Knowing
  • Civic Ways of Knowing
  • Aesthetic Ways of Knowing
  • Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing
  • Global/Intercultural Ways of Knowing

First-Year Experience

Anderson University’s First-Year Experience introduces students to well-rounded liberal arts curriculum through a series of engaging activities. Every first-year student builds upon a sturdy foundation that consists of Raven 101 (a registration and advising event), new student orientation, a first-year seminar, a critical-thinking seminar, and a peer-mentoring program.

To ensure that students are as successful as possible right from the beginning of their college careers, the First-Year Experience’s peer-mentoring program divides students into small groups that are led by teams of faculty and student mentors.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Bible/Religion

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 157 207 105 43 13 10 1 536

During their time at college, Anderson University students stroll through the Valley, play laser tag in the library, explore their faith, and learn from the best faculty. They enjoy a variety of activities after hours through the Campus Activities Board, service clubs, student organizations, fine arts events, and athletics. There is plenty of fun to be had, but those who want to stretch their thinking after class also have countless opportunities to learn from others on campus, AU alumni, and nationally known speakers.

Learning from the best

Through a recent speaker series, students had the opportunity to witness valuable, real-world applications to their studies, hearing from experts in the sciences, national security studies, and successful AU alums. Other renowned, annual lecture series conferences hosted by Anderson University include the Newell Lectures in Biblical Studies, the Indiana Faith Writing Conference, and the York Children’s Literature Festival. Additionally, in 2016, the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance hosted a conference for the American College Dance Association.

The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance presents concerts, dance performances, and theatre productions that feature both students and guest artists. Anderson University has three performance venues on campus that proudly host student- and guest-created exhibits. Currently, the university is hosting a special three-year exhibit to celebrate the life and legacy of alums Bill and Gloria Gaither. The university also owns artwork by Warner Sallman, painter of the famous Head of Christ. A collection of Sallman’s work is permanently on display on the second floor of AU’s York Recital Hall and Galleries.

The School of Theology and Christian Ministry is home to the Gustav Jeeninga Museum of Bible and Near Eastern Studies. Its holdings include original artifacts from many periods of the Ancient Near East, such as the Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Babylonian, Assyrian, and Israelite Periods. The Nicholson University Library also houses a large collection of children’s literature and a substantial collection of hymnals.

Experiential learning on campus

Anderson University recently added a one-of-a-kind training center that pairs students with a Genesys supervisor right on campus. To provide cybersecurity students a striking experience of real-world application, the University helped them participate in processing election results at Rook Security.

The Falls School of Business features its own financial stock trading room, which benefits all Anderson University finance students. Made possible by the STAR Financial Bank, the trading room serves as a real-time, high-tech laboratory classroom that simulates a realistic Wall Street environment that displays the market’s progress around the world. AU finance majors are responsible for managing the university’s Raven Fund, valued at $1.5 million.

The School of Nursing and Kinesiology features state-of-the-art facilities, including a Swim Ex rehabilitation pool, a sports medicine center, and a human performance center. The nursing lab is also home to hospital equipment such as Pyxis® MedStation® System, Mega Code Kelly®, and SimMan®.

Students in the School of Science and Engineering are learning to maintain and enhance AU’s first solar car, preparing for an exciting race against some of the highest-ranking universities in the United States American Solar Challenge.

Staying Fit

AU students have many outlets through which to be active, including an array of 15 intramural sports programs and several extracurricular club sports that range from rugby, men’s volleyball, cheerleading, and lacrosse. The 132,000-square-foot Kardatzke Wellness Center features a natatorium, a weight room, and a cardio area. Additionally, students have daily access to indoor courts for volleyball, floor hockey, basketball, and indoor soccer for intramural and recreational use.

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing X
Other housing options  

Anderson’s close proximity to Indianapolis not only allows faculty members to maintain critical networks in the professional field, but it also offers opportunities for students to secure internships that often turn into jobs. IndyMix, a gathering of panelists from leading and cutting-edge Indianapolis businesses, is a significant example of the direct contact students have with the professional world beyond AU’s borders.

Successful Outcomes

Heike (Baird) Young, a 2010 English graduate, works at Salesforce as Global Content Lead. Her ability to face a number of complex, professional challenges was bolstered by her experience as an active member in a large number of Anderson University activities. As a former member of the WQME radio station, AU’s Literary Arts Magazine, and the Sigma Tau Delta honor society, Heike learned to grow as a leader. And, with the critical thinking and communication skills gained through her Tri-S trip to London, internship with FOX 59, and many English courses, she excelled quickly in the demanding workforce.

Lawrence Brownlee is one of the world’s leading bel canto tenors. He has performed with nearly every leading international opera house and festival and has been nominated for a GRAMMY with his recording Virtuoso Rossini Arias. “Being at AU, I had the opportunity to cultivate my own relationship with God. I really learned to stand on my own two feet, to be a grown-up in Christ,” said Brownlee.

Ryan Daniel, a 2007 graduate of political science, currently serves as the mayor of Columbia City, Ind., just west of Ft. Wayne. As a student, Daniel had been an intern for Mike Pence’s for Congress Campaign and served as the Anderson University student-body president. Daniel shares that the political science program at Anderson University taught him “the ins and outs of campaigning, connecting to voters, and strategies behind ‘get out the vote’ campaigns. More importantly, AU challenged my beliefs and allowed me to find my own political thoughts on the world around me.”

Kyle Lacey, vice president of marketing for OpenView in Boston, Mass., graduated in 2006. Before joining OpenView, Lacey led the global content marketing team at ExactTarget as well as the Salesforce Marketing Cloud, managing content in five countries. He has authored three books — Twitter Marketing for Dummies, Social CRM for Dummies, and Branding Yourself.

Emily Race is a senior high school English teacher in Indiana. In the summer 2015, she traveled to Beijing to teach for an English-language immersion program at a Chinese university. Race shared that the Tri-S program provided “valuable experiences in teaching me the patience required in travel as well as the attentiveness a traveler must have to notice the world around her and reflect on it.”

Danielle Godly, an orthodontist in Houston, Tex., credits her undergraduate training in biology and chemistry for her strong dental school preparation. “The faculty at AU are incredibly encouraging and supportive. I really appreciated smaller class sizes, which allowed the faculty to get to know us on a personal level.”

Josh and Audrey Weiger are serving with Three Worlds in Germany to help fight against sexual slavery, to serve and assist women caught in sex-trafficking, and to establish a Europe/Middle East Youth Network that connects leaders with youth in need.



2,620 Total Applicants
1,562 Total Admissions
422 Total Freshmen Enrollment

59.62% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Feb 1


Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Religious affiliation/commitment

Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work

Application Essay
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Racial/ethnic status
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 440 550
SAT Math 450 570
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 20 26
ACT Math 19 25
ACT English 20 25
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator 


Tuition $28,500
Fees $150
Total $28,650
Room and Board (on campus) $9,550
Estimated Total On Campus $38,200

Aid Information

With a job-placement rate of 96%, Anderson University knows that a private education is more than worthwhile. AU partners with each student so that they may earn renewable merit scholarships, explore grant opportunities both on and off campus, and enroll in work-study programs.

Anderson University honors the deep involvement that many churches and families have in their students’ lives. To support each student’s Christian education, AU’s Matching Church Scholarship matches any gift from one’s church community up to $1,500 per academic year, doubling the amount of financial assistance they receive as members of their congregation.

The Dr. James Earl Massey Scholarship awards students of superior academic success and leadership. Ranging from $2,000-$4,000, this scholarship support the education of students who have promoted peace and unity across cultural divides in their home communities.

Anderson University is committed to student’s success and will make sure each that AU graduate is ready to compete and succeed in the job market.