The new “Best Colleges” rankings for colleges and universities have a lot to say about the growth and quality at Anderson University.
Not only did the University remain in the top 21 schools in the South for 2015 in the category of “regional colleges,” but AU was named the #1 “Up and Coming” regional college in the South for its rapid growth in quality and innovation. AU has been on the “Up and Coming” list for all seven years of the category’s existence. It was the only S.C. regional college named to the list.
For the second time in three years, Anderson was also cited as the number one regional college in the South among schools who have a “strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.” Again, AU was the only regional college in SC designated as such. Only four regional colleges nationally received the recognition this year, Anderson in South Carolina, Asbury in Kentucky, High Point in North Carolina, and College of the Ozarks in Missouri.
In the spring of 2014, AU was named as the South’s most “efficient” regional college, a new designation from U.S. News & World Report to recognize those institutions that most effectively increase quality and innovation while holding down the cost of education.
Anderson welcomed what is far and away its largest freshman class three weeks ago (650) and has topped 3,100 in enrollment in the fall of 2014, capping a period of ten years in which the university has nearly doubled in enrollment.