Anderson University

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316 Boulevard

Anderson, SC 29621

Phone: (864) 231-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#20 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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Anderson University is a private institution that was founded in 1911. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,630, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 271 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Anderson University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 20. Its tuition and fees are $22,840 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Anderson University, founded in 1911, is a private, liberal arts-based comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
The campus is located in scenic Upstate South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, and boasts lovely southern architecture, surrounded by a host of giant oaks, native dogwoods and azaleas.
With over 50 majors and concentrations, Anderson University brings an added dimension to the university experience with an intense focus on teaching and learning, and professors who are as much mentors to their students as instructors.
The University boasts a graduate program which includes an MBA degree, a Master of Ministry as well as three Masters of Education degrees. AU has a highly regarded business school, a regionally recognized college of visual and performing arts, and is one of the leading producers of top-quality teachers in South Carolina. Its School of Interior Design attracts students from every corner of the country due to its high quality of work and small class sizes, which allow meaningful design as early as the freshman year.
Anderson students live and learn in a Christian environment that seeks to develop the whole person through encouragement, spiritual development, rigorous academics, meaningful social interaction, and fun.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1911
Religious affiliation South Carolina Baptist Convention
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $32,338,985


When applying to Anderson University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 31. The application fee at Anderson University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 71.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 71.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Anderson University is 19:1, and the school has 47.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Anderson University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Visual and Performing Arts; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 43%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 29%
Education 25%
Visual and Performing Arts 14%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 5%
Psychology 5%

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Student Life

Anderson University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,630, with a gender distribution of 34.9 percent male students and 65.1 percent female students. At this school, 54.3 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 45.7 percent of students live off campus. Anderson University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,922
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Anderson University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Anderson University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Anderson University, 78 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Anderson University.

Students who have cars on campus 78%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Anderson University, 82.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,893.

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Tuition and fees $22,840 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,348 (2013-14)
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Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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