AU 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. Anderson offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus, online and on at the University Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Students may choose from among 35 majors, 43 concentrations and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.
Ideally situated on 305 acres in the vibrant city of Anderson, South Carolina, part of the rapidly growing region of Upstate South Carolina, Anderson University's campus provides a definitively collegiate setting for your educational journey.
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.
We welcome nearly 3,500 students from 28 states, 32 foreign countries and a wide range of denominations. Enrollment at Anderson increased 114 percent from 2002 until 2017, going from just over 1,600 students to approximately 3,500 over the last 15 years.
Our students engage in 10 college-sponsored mission trips each year, while AU students and employees contribute an average of 14,000 hours of local community service per year.
Anderson University has been recognized as one of the most affordable universities in the South. In its 2019 “Best Colleges” list, US News & World Report ranked Anderson University a “Best Value” school among regional universities (public and private) in the South.
Grounded in a Christian perspective, Anderson offers comprehensive and wide-ranging professional and graduate 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.
Anderson University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Professional accreditation includes the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Anderson University is among the fastest growing private universities in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Education and the 2018 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.
Innovation is a hallmark of the Anderson University experience. Among regional universities in the south, U.S. News & World Report ranks Anderson as the No. 16 “Most Innovative” school and recently ranked it No. 3 in the state of South Carolina for having the “Best Online Bachelor’s” program – and the top such program in the Upstate. Further, Anderson University is a two-time Apple School of Distinction; only about 400 schools have received that recognition, with fewer than 20 being recognized twice. Innovation continues to be a strategic goal, and with that vision in mind Anderson launched a new Office of Technology, Online Learning and Innovation in 2018.
At the heart of the University’s 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 adaptable to multiple careers, and ultimately be successful in all realms of life – in work, family, community and faith.
- No. 65 “Best College,” Regional Universities-South (U.S. News & World Report)
- No. 16 “Most Innovative,” Regional Universities-South (U.S. News & World Report)
- No. 22 “Best Undergraduate Teaching,” Regional Universities-South (U.S. News & World Report)
- No. 36 “Best Value,” Regional Universities-South (U.S. News & World Report)
- “Best Southeastern Universities” (The Princeton Review)
Visit www.andersonuniversity.edu to view all honors and accolades.
More than 250 high schools, colleges, universities, graduate schools and seminaries have come together to promote the vision of Christian higher education. They firmly stand for the mission of integrating faith and learning.
Since 1970, NACCAP has been the foremost professional enrollment organization promoting career development, spiritual growth and mutual cooperation between United States and Canadian institutions of Christian education. NACCAP desires to serve the interests of its member institutions and students seeking admission to Christian colleges, universities, graduate schools and seminaries by providing professional development, support, encouragement, accountability and recruitment standards.
Anderson, SC 29621