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About AU

Knowledge for your Journey

Located in the vibrant city of Anderson, in the rapidly growing region of Upstate South Carolina, Anderson University is a selective, Christian, comprehensive university offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus, online and at the University Center in Greenville. Students may choose from 50 major degree programs, 29 concentrations, 48 minors, 18 master’s and doctoral degrees and eight certification programs.

Anderson University is among the fastest-growing private universities in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Education and the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac. Increased enrollment only tells part of the story, however; the reason for it is Anderson’s reputation as a premier institution of higher learning and status among the best regional universities in the South as recognized by both U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Further, U.S. News & World Report for 2023 named Anderson as one of the “Best Value” schools among regional universities in the South, and the Wall Street Journal for 2022 named Anderson #25 for best student engagement among all universities in the United States.

At the heart of our educational program is an uncompromising commitment to the liberal arts as a means of preparing students with both a breadth and depth of knowledge they need, not only to be successful in the career of their choice, but to be successful in all realms of life—in family, community, work, and church.

We’re glad you’re exploring our website today. The best way to learn about AU is to see our campus and talk with our students, faculty, and staff. Follow this link to schedule a visit, or call our Office of Admissions at 864-328-1835.

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“At Anderson University, we educate the whole person. We want to nurture our students to grow in their knowledge, personal health, and in faith.”

– Evans P. Whitaker, Ph.D.

President and Professor of Management, Leadership and Organizations

Four Pillars of Distinction

From our humble beginnings to our growth into South Carolina’s largest private institution of higher learning, Anderson University has sought to provide a transformational education experience within an intentionally Christian environment. At the heart of the University’s mission is an uncompromising commitment to great academics, great faith, great hospitality, and great purpose.

Great Academics

Students depend on AU to give the knowledge they need for their individual journey in life. We don’t dare let them down. When it comes to intellectual development, we don’t play around. Rigorous, challenging academics combined with exceptional support and encouragement make the difference.

Great Faith

Human beings are not intellect alone, but a combination of mind, body, and soul. C. S Lewis said, “Once people stop believing in God, they will believe in anything.” Thus, we do not ask students to choose between God and science. We teach science and we nurture faith. We integrate the life of the mind with the life of the soul. We respect all people of moral conscience. We joyfully present the Gospel of Jesus Christ as our confession.

Great Hospitality

We relentlessly pursue genuine hospitality…because people really matter. We respect, honor, and serve one another on the AU campus. We want everyone to feel like an insider, and no one to feel like an outsider. Here, people feel valued and cared for. We are warm, kind, generous, anticipatory, and empathetic. The Anderson campus flourishes with an extraordinary sense of connection and community.

Great Purpose

We find joy in helping one another discover and pursue a purposeful life. At the end of their AU educational journey, we want students to not only be able to demonstrate what they know and what they can do, but also be ready to articulate a virtuous answer to the most important question: What kind of person do I want to be?

Recent National Recognitions

Anderson University is one of the premier, private Christian universities in the country. Known among its peers as an institution that provides a rigorous educational experience, grounded in faith and innovation, AU is regularly recognized by national organizations for affordability, excellence, and a commitment to our student’s engagement and growth.

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"Best College"

among regional universities in the South: No. 26 (U.S. News and World Report, 2023)

"Best Value"

among regional universities in the South: No. 18 (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)

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Four consecutive (2014, 2016, 2018, 2021) Apple Distinguished School recognitions for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence.

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