• Address: 316 Boulevard, Anderson, South Carolina 29621-4035

  • Phone Number: (864) 231-5510

  • Website: https://www.andersonuniversity.edu

About

Anderson University is a private not-for-profit university which was established in 1917 and since then the mission of the university has been a sincere commitment to the teaching of liberal arts aimed at the overall development of its students. The university has a Baptist religious affiliation with the headquarters at Anderson in South Carolina.

  • Anderson University acceptance rate is 66%.

  • There are 2,232 students in total with 1,625 full-time and 607 part-time enrollments.

  • The student-faculty ratio is 11:1 at the university.

  • The retention rate for full-time students is 77% and for part-time students is 60%.

  • The university has a total graduation rate of 58%.

  • The university address is 316 Boulevard, Anderson, South Carolina 29621-4035.


Anderson University Online

  • The online degree program at the university provides the luxury of convenience and flexibility. The student can move ahead in the curriculum at their personal pace.

  • The Anderson University Canvas online classroom technology facilitates the smooth conduction and interactive experience of the classes. Projects, assignments, syllabus, class work and other academic resources are available on this platform.

  • The university also provides 'Journey Coaches' who will assist the students through admission procedure, credit transfer, registering for classes, navigating through various offices and other academic-related and admission centric complexities.


Anderson University Schools

There are 8 schools offering various online degrees at the university.

South Carolina School of Arts

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Christian Studies

College of Business

College of Education

College of Health Professions

School of Public Service and Admissions

School of Interior Design


Anderson University Reviews

Some student reviews of the university are given below.

  • Diversity spectrum is limited around the campus. Major-specific classes are much more engaging and interesting than general classes.  

  • The campus is small and easy to navigate. The community is friendly and helpful. The professors are excellent in their respective fields and very approachable.

  • The campus is small and welcoming. The students feel right at home. The staff and professors are really encouraging and the academics are rigorous and well planned.

Overview

Institution Type

(4 Years) Private Not-For-Profit

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Headquartered at

Anderson, South Carolina

FAFSA/Federal School Code

003418

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Institutional Accreditation

SACSCOC

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Programmatic Accreditation

ACBSP, NASAD, NASM

Religious Affiliation

Baptist

Historically Black College or University

No

Data Source: https://www.andersonuniversity.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.

Accreditation

Institutional Accreditation

  • The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Accredited Programs

  • Applied Computing for Business, Healthcare Management, Healthcare Leadership, Human Resource Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

  • Criminal Justice, Homeland Security/Emergency Preparedness, and Law Enforcement programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design Commission on Accreditation.

  • Music Education program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation.

Campus Life

Campus life at the university is engaging and eventful with many student-run clubs and organizations catering to every interest. Anderson University athletics team is the 'Trojans' and a wide range of sports are trained and played at the university. The infrastructure provided for sports enthusiasts are world class.

  • Some of the clubs to be engaged in at the university are Clay club, Ducks Unlimited, Connect, Boulevard, Fitness Center, Accounting Club, AIGA, Anderson Science Association, Art Education Club, AU Pool, Ecology Club, Education Club, Math Club, Writer’s Block, Women’s Ministry and Viva el Espanol among various other clubs. 

  • The various sports played at the university include Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Softball, Volleyball along with other track and field events.

  • The infrastructural advantages provided to the students pursuing various sports include a softball complex, Abney Athletic Center, Athletic Campus, a tennis center, Memorial Stadium, and Trojan Stadium.

  • Anderson University baseball camps are organized to train the students to participate in various intercollegiate baseball events.

  • The Anderson University Bookstore is an online platform to shop for books by course or by schedule. Books can also be sold through this virtual bookstore. Apparel, gift items, and other university merchandisers can be bought through the e-campus facility. Students are required to log in to the self-service online portal to use this facility.

Statistics

Key Statistics
Student Faculty Ratio 11: 1
Retention Rate Full Time: 77 % Part Time: 60 %
Total Population 2,232
Student Population Full Time: 1,625 Part Time: 607
Gender Division Male: 42 % Female: 58 %

Graduation Rate

The College Monk

Male: 49 %

The College Monk

Female: 65 %

Total Graduation Rate: 58 %

Graduation rate with bachelors degree completed

Race & Ethnicity

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Majors and Online Programs

Anderson University offers 25 online programs across 9 Majors

Business Management

Offering 11 programs accross 2 degrees

Nursing

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Criminal Justice

Offering 3 programs accross 1 degrees

Education

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Theology

Offering 3 programs accross 3 degrees

Music

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Interdisciplinary Studies

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Homeland Security

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Human Services

Offering 3 programs accross 1 degrees

Admissions

Anderson University Acceptance Rate is 66%

Application Fee
Graduate Application Fee $50

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2017.

Admission Statistics
Total Applicants 2,650
Total Applicants Admitted 1,760
Applicants Enrolled 426
Full time Applicants Enrolled 423
Part Time Applicants Enrolled 3
Admission Requirements
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Anderson University Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)
Number of students submitting SAT scores 308
Number of students submitting ACT scores 258
Percent of students submitting SAT scores 74%
Percent of students submitting ACT scores 62%
SAT Math 515 average 470 - 560 range
SAT Critical Reading 520 average 470 - 570 range
ACT Composite 23 average 21 - 25 range

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2015-2016.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The university supports students financially for meeting the requirements of fee payment. These aids are provided in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs. Students in need of such aids must fill in the FAFSA form. Anderson University federal school code is 003418. The various financial support measures provided by the institution are given below.

  • Federal Aids provided include Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, TEACH Grant, Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Direct PLUS Loan, and Federal work-study opportunity.

  • Yellow Ribbon Program and Post 9/11 GI Bill are provided as Military Aids.

  • State Aid includes South Carolina State Tuition Grant, LIFE Scholarship, HOPE Scholarship, and South Carolina Palmetto Fellows.

  • Institutional Aids provided by the university include President’s Scholarship, Founder’s Scholarship, Provost’s Scholarship, Ministry Vocational Scholarship, and Denmark Scholarship.

Federal Aid

Federal Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pell Grant $4,458 Undergraduate Student, U, S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen. June 30th, 2019
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) $1,591 Undergraduate student,Eligible for Federal Pell Grant,Enrolled atleast half-time. June 30th, 2019
TEACH Grant $4,000 Undergraduate or Graduate student, enrolled in TEACH Grant Eligible major, Minimum of 3.25 CGPA. June 30th, 2019
Federal Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Direct Subsidized Loan $5,842 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen, Enrolled at least half-time June 30th, 2019
Direct PLUS Loan $8,780 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen, Enrolled at least half-time, Should not have an adverse credit history. June 30th, 2019
Direct Unsubsidized Loan $5,842 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Enrolled half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds. June 30th, 2019
Federal Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Federal Work Study Varies Financial need, perform satisfactory work, must maintain satisfactory academic progress. June 30th, 2019

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Military and Veteran Benefits

Military Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Yellow Ribbon Program Varies Eligible for the maximum benefit rate (100%) under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Must not be on active duty or a spouse transferee of an active duty member. Varies
Post 9/11 GI Bill $12,903 Individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001. Honorably discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Varies

Data Source: https://www.andersonuniversity.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

State Grants and Scholarships

State Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
South Carolina State Tuition Grant $6,972 South Carolina residents. June 30th, 2019
State Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
LIFE Scholarship $5,000 South Carolina residents. 3.0 high school GPA. 1100 SAT (Math and Verbal Score) or 24 ACT score, or top 30 percent of high school graduating class. Varies
HOPE Scholarship $2,800 First-time freshmen students. Do not meet the requirements for the LIFE Scholarship only even with 3.0 GPA. Varies
South Carolina Palmetto Fellows Varies Must have a 3.5 GP A, 1200 SAT (Math and Verbal Scores) and be in the top 6 percent of class rank. Varies

Data Source: https://www.andersonuniversity.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Scholarships and Grants

Institutional Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Anderson University Grant $6,000 Entering freshmen not receiving a President's, Founder's or Provost's Scholarship. Based on GPA, test scores, major, financial need, and border/commuter status. July 1st, 2019
Athletic Grants Varies Athletes in intercollegiate sports July 1st, 2019
Out-of-State Grant $3,000 Any out-of-state entering freshman Varies
Gold Grant Varies Need-Based grant. FAFSA required. Varies
Institutional Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
President's Scholarship $13,000 3.5 High School GPA. 1300 + (Old SAT) or 1360 + (New SAT) or 29+ ACT. Varies
Founder's Scholarship $11,000 3.5 High School GPA. 1150 + (Old SAT) or 1220 (New SAT) or 25 + ACT. Varies
Provost's Scholarship $9,000 3.0 High School GPA. 1000 + (Old SAT) or 1080 + (New SAT) or 21 + ACT. Varies
Ministry Vocational Scholarship $500 Entering first-time freshman or transfer in the College of Christian Studies and pursuing a call to ministry. Varies
Denmark Scholarship Varies First-time freshmen. Minimum 3.25 High School GPA and 1000+ SAT or 21+ ACT. February 1st, 2019

Data Source: https://www.andersonuniversity.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal Aid based on family income

Family Income Average Federal Aid per year
Under $30,000 $19,544
$30,001 - $48,000 $19,170
$48,001 - $75,000 $20,333
$75,001 - $110,000 $23,708
Over $110,000 $26,552

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal, State or Institutional Aid Awarded Percent Avg Amount per year
Undergraduate students awarded Pell grants 32% $3,943
Federal, State or Institutional aid awarded for Full-time, first-time undergraduates 100% $16,891
Federal Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 34% $4,535
Institutional Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 100% $13,729
Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 78% $6,935
Federal Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 78% $6,025
Average aid awarded as grant or scholarship $ 23,515
Post-9/11 GI Bill Award Number of Students Amount per year
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits 31 $8,918
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduate students 21 $10,414
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduate students 10 $5,777

Data Source: https://www.andersonuniversity.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Library

  • The university is home to The Thrift Library. The library subscribes to more than 200 scholarly databases thus providing an apt research platform for the students.

  • There are over 100,000 traditional books. The online collection includes close to 500,000 electronic books, millions of articles and over 30,000 periodicals.

  • Anderson University Special Collections include works from Dr. Annie Dove Denmark, Johnny Mann, and Manse Jolly.

  • There are also thousands of audio and video streamings for reference and research purposes.

Rankings

  • The university is ranked 65th in 'South Regional Universities'.
  • The university ranks 22nd in 'Best Undergraduate Teaching' and 36th in 'Best Value Schools'.

  • It ranks 16th in 'Most Innovative Schools'.

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