Students Say

Anderson University is a good fit for students seeking "a warm, friendly, Christian environment where someone can get a liberal arts education and a lifetime of memories and experiences and friends." "There is a religious focus campus-wide" at Anderson, so "If someone wants to be in a Christian atmosphere, Anderson is an excellent school to choose." It's also a school on the rise; students note that Anderson "has changed a lot" in recent years, adding "a new library and student center." Still, the school isn't for everybody; those craving independence may bristle at Anderson's many rules and restrictions.

Overview

Applicants
2,142
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.52

GPA Breakdown

26%
Over 3.75
29%
3.50 - 3.74
32%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 590
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 578
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 26

Deadlines


Regular
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Anderson University is a good fit for students seeking "a warm, friendly, Christian environment where someone can get a liberal arts education and a lifetime of memories and experiences and friends." "There is a religious focus campus-wide" at Anderson, so "If someone wants to be in a Christian atmosphere, Anderson is an excellent school to choose." It's also a school on the rise; students note that Anderson "has changed a lot" in recent years, adding "a new library and student center." Still, the school isn't for everybody; those craving independence may bristle at Anderson's many rules and restrictions. One such student complains that "We are not treated as adults…If our desk is so much as cluttered, we risk being fined…We have an attendance policy that requires us to go to class or be failed." Students also observe that the new library "could improve on the materials and resources available." Fortunately, students can "use nearby Clemson University's library for the bulk of [their] research" when necessary.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
357
with Terminal Degree
158

189
Women
168
Men
25
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
45%
Graduate in 5 years
51%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Organizational Behavior Studies

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Communication, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • History Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, Other

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Studies, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Behavioral Sciences

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Christian Studies
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Divinity/Ministry (BD, Mdiv.)
  • Religious/Sacred Music
  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Interior Design
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Musical Theatre


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


James Lee Barrett
Author, Screen Writer

Lynda Watkins Popwell
Retired President of Carolina Eastman

M. Hayes Mizell
Sr Fellow National Development Council

Sue Monk Kidd
Author: The Secret Life of Bees

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
45%
Graduate in 5 years
51%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jun 30
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,312

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,082

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,608

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$21,660
Required Fees
$2,090
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$2,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,500
Transportation for Commuters
$3,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Anderson students are "typically hard workers" who are "involved in campus activities" and "love their school." Most are also "in love with their savior, Jesus Christ," "but there are some exceptions." If you were to divide the student body into four categories, you might find them to be "nonreligious student athletes, religious student athletes, students in religious organizations, and students involved in the arts. For the most part, the different groups tend to stick together." The typical student is also "from the state of South Carolina; either a Clemson or a Carolina fan; [and] an education, music, or religion major." While "most of them are religious, do-nothing-wrong people," "A lot of them are still your typical teenagers who party a lot." There are "very few minorities at the school."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,776
Out of State

International
Foreign Countries Represented
29

Demographics

68% female
32% male
82% are full time
18% are part time

Overview

Students Say

There are no fraternities or sororities at Anderson, so students must look elsewhere for diversion. Fortunately, options abound; "During the week, ministry-focused groups (FCA, RUF, BCM, CRU, etc.) meet at night," and the university "also has many fine arts concerts and exhibits that occur." When the weekend rolls around, "There are always athletic and intramural games to attend as well as various happenings in the community. For the most part, it's not too difficult to find things to do at and around Anderson University." Off campus "There are two movie houses in town, a bowling alley, a skating rink, and the Civic Center, a highly frequented place for candlelit picnics and long walks by the duck pond." There are also "a few people who like to go to dance clubs [and] parties at the local university [Clemson]." "On the weekends, a large majority of students go home. "We are definitely a suitcase college," says one student.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
42
Number of Honor Societies
6

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Trojans)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Trojans)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Clemson University

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
3

Average Number of PC's per Lab
18

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jody Bryant
Campus Visit and Admission Event Coord

Address
316 Boulevard
Anderson, SC 29621

Phone
864-231-2030

Email
jbryant@andersonuniversity.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Java City
Food For Thought
Thrift Library
Student Center
Fitness Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Anderson

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@andersonuniversity.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Campus Shuttle, City Bus, City trolly, taxi

Driving Instructions to Campus
ATLANTA From I-85 North, take exit 19A to Hwy 76 and turn right toward Anderson. Drive 5 miles south on Hwy 76 (Clemson Blvd/Main St) to Boulevard. You will pass through 14 traffic lights, 1 blinking caution light, and then turn left at the 3rd traffic light onto Boulevard. Drive 1.3 miles (following the road as it curves right) past the front of the campus to the 3rd traffic light, and turn left onto Calhoun. Immediately turn right on the driveway, and the admissions office is at the top of the hill. CHARLOTTE/GREENVILLE From I-85 South, take Exit 27 to Hwy 81 and turn left toward Anderson. Drive 7.6 miles south to Boulevard, which will be the 10th traffic light. Turn left onto Boulevard. Go 0.5 miles past the front of the campus to a traffic light and turn left onto Calhoun. Immediately turn right on the driveway, and the admissions office is at the top of the hill. COLUMBIA Take I-26 West to I-385 towards Greenville. Take I-85 South, take Exit 27 to Hwy 81 and turn left toward Anderson. Drive 7.6 miles south to Boulevard, which will be the 10th traffic light. Turn left onto Boulevard. Go 0.5 miles past the front of the campus to a traffic light and turn left onto Calhoun. Immediately turn right on the driveway, and the admissions office is at the top of the hill. AIKEN/GREENWOOD Take Hwy 25 North through Greenwood then bear left on Hwy 178 toward Anderson. Follow Hwy 178 to Honea Path, then turn left at the first light on Hwy 252. This will eventually merge back into Hwy 178 (Belton Hwy) that leads into Anderson. Follow Hwy 178 for approximately 2 miles and turn right at Waffle King onto Hwy 29. Follow Hwy 29 to the islands and turn left at the Anderson College sign. Turn right at the second light onto Calhoun. Immediately turn right on the driveway, and the admissions office is at the top of the hill.