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Frequently Asked Questions – Freshmen


Is there an application deadline?

Anderson has rolling admission (students are notified when they are accepted whenever that is during the year.) However, students are encouraged to apply by the following dates: December 1 for best merit-based scholarship consideration and July 1 to begin in the fall semester.

How long does it take to process an application and when will the acceptance letter be mailed?

Students should be notified of their application decision within three weeks of completing an application and supplemental materials being submitted to the Office of Admission.

What is the average fall enrollment?

4,000+ total students (Traditional, Adult Studies, Graduate, and Dual-Enrolled High School.)

Does Anderson require a minimum SAT/ACT/CLT score for admission?

The Admission Committee gives full consideration to all students. Anderson University is currently test-optional. For students who pursue the test-optional route, the Office of Admission requires the submission of two essays located in their Admission Portal. 

If a student chooses to submit test scores, Anderson University accepts the SAT, ACT, and CLT for admission and scholarship assessment.

If you are concerned about your test scores or GPA, please contact the Office of Admission to talk through your situation specifically.

Are high school honors courses weighted in favor of the grade point average and what is the minimum GPA required?

Anderson will assess the GPA listed on the official high school transcript whether it be weighted or unweighted. A minimum 3.0 is required.

Does Anderson offer an Early Admissions Program (EAP)?

In the traditional sense, no. Being that Anderson University has rolling admission, the application for admission typically opens in July with first decisions being made in September.

What are the transfer admission requirements?

Transfer students are required to submit an official high school transcript if they have less than 24 hours of college coursework completed. Students with greater than 24 hours of college coursework do not need to submit an official high school transcript. A college GPA of 2.5 is required.  

Please note that students pursuing a degree in TBSN – Nursing are required to submit a test score.

Does Anderson University offer a Dual Enrollment Program?

Yes. College courses are taken here during the junior or senior year of high school. High school and college credit is given. The student can use the college credits toward an Anderson University degree or have them transferred to another university.

What visit opportunities are available to prospective students?

There are a number of visit options available for prospective students. This includes an overnight event every semester, multiple all-day and half-day events, and daily tours by appointment. See our Campus Visit section for more information.


Are internships, cooperatives, and study abroad available?

For information about internships and cooperatives, please visit our Center for Career Development website here. Please note there are offerings available within each College and School that may be specific to your major.

For study abroad information, please visit our website here.

Will Anderson University honor AP, IB, or CLEP, and what are minimum scores to receive credit?

Information about minimum score requirements can be found here

Will “D” grades transfer in from other post-secondary institutions?


What are Anderson’s largest academic areas?

Health Professions, Education, Arts and Sciences, Business, and Visual Arts.

How long does it take to graduate?

The average length is four years; however, it varies due to person and degree.

What is the student to faculty ratio?

13:1 (13 students for every 1 faculty member).

Campus Life

May Freshmen have cars on campus?

Yes, Freshmen are welcome to bring cars to campus, and they will have designated parking areas available to them.

Do national fraternities and sororities exist at Anderson?

No. Anderson University offers many clubs and organizations for students to get involved on campus.

Are students required to purchase a meal plan?

Yes. Resident students are required to purchase meal plans. More information about dining can be found here.

Is there a dress code?

Students are encouraged to dress in a way that reflects the values of Anderson University. A formal dress code is not implemented, but information about appropriate attire is discussed in more detail in the student handbook.

What are some campus organizations that emphasize religious activities?

Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), Women’s Ministry, small group Bible studies, and more. Learn about Christian Life at Anderson University here.

Is there an infirmary or health facility on campus?

Yes, the Thrive Wellness Center is located on the basement floor of the Village where a full-time nurse is available during normal business hours and on call 24/7.

Is there a job placement or career day?

The Center for Career Development is available to help in internships, preparation for career fairs, and on-campus recruiting. They have job listings available for full-time students and those preparing to graduate. Learn more here.


Are athletic scholarships available?

Yes. Contact the coach of your sport for more information via our Athletic website.

In what athletic associations, divisions, and conference does Anderson participate?

Anderson competes in the NCAA Division II and is a member of the South Atlantic Conference.

In what intercollegiate sports does the college participate?

Women: cross-country, track & field, soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf, fast-pitch softball, cheer, and lacrosse (spring 2023)

Men: cross-country, track & field, soccer, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, lacrosse, and football (fall 2024)

Does the college offer intramurals and, if so, which sports are currently offered?

Basketball, flag football, powder puff football, indoor volleyball, sand-court volleyball, softball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, dodge ball, and spike ball.

What general athletic facilities exist for overall student use?

The Fitness Center, located in the G. Ross Anderson, Jr. Student Center, is outfitted with the latest in cardio and weight training equipment. A full schedule of group fitness classes is also available to students throughout the week. The Athletic Campus gym is open to students daily and offers basketball, volleyball, and a walking track. The gym is also used for Intramural sports competitions throughout the school year. The University Pool is available to students in the early fall and late spring. The pool area includes barbeque grills, ample seating for relaxing or studying, and Wi-Fi throughout the complex.

Financial Aid and Expenses

Are there student employment opportunities on the Anderson University campus?

Yes. Please inquire with the Center for Career Development for more details here.

How much are books?

Book prices range depending upon the specific class and the amount of classes that are being taken. Anderson University continues to make strides to lessen the cost of books for its students through its Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative. Read more here.

General Questions

What year was the University founded, and what is a brief history?

Anderson was founded in 1911 as a four-year college for women, becoming co-ed in 1929. Anderson University operated as a junior college before transitioning to a four-year institution in the early 1990s.In 2006 Anderson added its first Master’s program and became Anderson University. To learn more about the robust history of Anderson University, check it out here.

What is the size of the Anderson community?

Anderson has 28,226 residents, and Anderson County has 202,558 residents.

Where is Anderson University located?

One visit and you’ll understand why the city of Anderson is known as the “Friendliest City in South Carolina.” Anderson is a regional destination for shopping and dining, as well as outdoor recreation 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 easy driving distance to South Carolina’s world-renowned beaches.

How diverse is the Anderson University student body?

Diversity – 17.89%, International students – 1.12%.

What is the percentage of enrolled females to males?

65% Female : 35% Male