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Campus Life

College is a time of transformation

Often we think of college as simply a place of classrooms, textbooks, lectures, and tests. It certainly includes all of those. But a good education is much more than that. At least it should be. As you progress through your college journey, you will undergo a transformation. It’s up to you to decide how complete that transformation will be.

At Anderson University, we endeavor to help you become all you were created to be.

Every part of our campus is your classroom. Our residence halls, dining commons, Campus Worship services, athletic events and robust campus life activities are your classroom and your laboratory. You will grow here. You will change here. You will transform.

Through involvement, leadership, and relationships with faculty, staff, and peers, you will grow to know yourself and your gifts. At Anderson, you will also encounter faith in Christ in new, stretching, and refreshing ways.

The Student Development team encourages you to get involved during your university years. Through clubs, athletics, student government, and leadership, students learn and grow and put their classroom learning into practice.

College is a time of transformation. Of becoming. And we look forward to walking alongside you as learn and grow through your Anderson University education.

Welcome to AU!

"Every part of our campus is your classroom. Our residence halls, dining commons, Campus Worship services, athletic events and robust campus life activities are your classroom and your laboratory. You will grow here. You will change here. You will transform. "

– Dr. Jim Fereira
Senior Vice President for Student Development


Campus Life Fun Facts

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ongoing student activities
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different on-campus
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of undergraduate students
live on campus

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active student
clubs & organizations

Base Camp

We designed Base Camp to prepare you for the upcoming school year by providing information and connections that will support you during your climb through college. The schedule will be a mix of information from academics, campus and social life, along with lots of opportunities to meet your fellow classmates.

Welcome Week

We have an incredible week planned for you that will be jammed full of fun, information, and opportunities to meet your fellow students while also providing time to get settled into your new home. We ask that all new students make plans to attend these Welcome Week events.

Big Welcome Event
Move-In Day
Beach Blast
Trojan Tradition

West Fest
Outdoor Movie Night
Matriculation & Archway Walk

First Year Experience (FYE)

Our First Year Experience helps each of our students be seen and known in their first year at Anderson! All first time freshmen students that attend Anderson University are placed into an Alpha Group where they will find an upperclassman peer mentor, make new friendships, and much more!

Commuter Engagement

Commuter Engagement seeks to create opportunities for commuter students to build relationships, connect with others, and feel part of the Anderson University Community.

Christian Life

For many young adults, no other time in life is as critical as the college years, a time when they make choices and decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. Anderson University has a Christian faculty and staff, challenging spiritual programs, and strong Christian organizations – all of which come together to help Anderson students deepen their faith, share in Christ’s love, and grow.

Chapel Services
Student Lead Services

Mission Trips
Worship Events

Student Activities

The Student Activities hosts a number of events throughout the school year that are designed to bring the AU community together and create memories that will last far beyond a student’s college career. Whether riding the Ferris wheel at Fall Fest, cheering on the Trojans in a free AU t-shirt, learning something new while watching a movie, shopping at the Andie Craft Fair – our festival for student makers, or watching fellow students showcase their talent at AU’s Got Talent, Student Activities has something for everyone! We hope that you will join in on the fun and make the most of your college experience!

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) partners with University Leadership and the Student Body to create the best, God-honoring Anderson University.

Recreation & Fitness

Anderson University offers students an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that promote character, physical fitness, and team building. The Campus Recreation and Fitness department oversees the Fitness Center, Athletic Campus Gym, Intramural Sports, and the University Pool.

State-of-the art Fitness Center
New Tennis Center
New Outdoor Recreational Swimming Pool

Rocky River Nature Park
New Multipurpose Theater
New Game Room Complete with Big Screen TVs

Diversity, Community & Inclusion

Believing that all people are created by God and bear His image, the Office of Diversity, Community & Inclusion seeks to create an environment in which every individual is an accepted, respected and valued member of the campus community.


Anderson University is home to 16 modern on-campus housing options ranging from traditional halls to apartment-style suites and townhomes. Each residence hall is designed to foster a sense of community and well-being, including study environments. Nearly half of the residence halls have been constructed in the past six years and feature modern living arrangements.

Dining at AU

There are four dining locations at AU. The AU Culinary Center is in the G. Ross Anderson, Jr. Student Center along with Chick-fil-A and Chronicles Café. Books & Beans, a We Proudly Serve Starbucks location, is located on the lower level of the Thrift Library.

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Chronicles Café

The NutriBar
Clarity and Roots


Thrive Wellness Center

At Thrive, you will find the health center and counseling services in one place. That means you can get treatment and prescriptions for most minor ailments at Thrive without leaving the campus.

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Campus Safety

Campus safety primary purpose is to protect the lives and property of the students, faculty, staff and guest of Anderson University. Anderson University’s Campus Safety Officers are trained and equipped to protect the Anderson University community.

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About the Town

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 for shopping and dining, as well as outdoor sports at nearby Lake Hartwell.

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Curriculum Enhancement Program (CEP)

The purpose of the Curriculum Enhancement Program (CEP) is to enrich student’s academic experience by providing co-curricular opportunities that reinforce the educational and personal development of students within the framework of the 18 Common Learning Goals (CLGs) as outlined in the AU Core Curriculum.