Anderson University is a four-year, private not for profit, Christian institution of higher education, located in the town of Anderson, Indiana.
The university is affiliated with the Church of God. The school began in 1917 as Anderson Bible Training School. It eventually evolved into Anderson College and Theological Seminary, and, at present, is Anderson University. Anderson offers over 60 majors, graduate programs, doctoral programs, adult degree programs, and more. The mission of Anderson is “...to educate for a life of faith and service in the church and society.” Anderson University’s faculty, students, and staff aim to accomplish this mission through the open traditions of the Church of God and fostering a teaching-learning community that is engaged in the pursuit of truth from the perspective of the Christian faith. Ideally, the school equips its graduates with a global perspective and the ability to care, create, and convey the characteristics of generous individuals. An aim of this university is to prepare its students “to become stronger in body, mind, and spirit, to experience what it means to love God and neighbor, and to adopt Christ-like Servant ways in all of life”.
Students at Anderson University have many non-academic, social, and faith-based extracurricular activities available to them. Anderson students are encouraged to partake in volunteer and ministry events and opportunities. There is an intramurals sports program and 16 intercollegiate sports, which compete in the NCAA Division III. Clubs and organizations fall under categories such as Social and Service Clubs, Student Government Association-Sponsored Interest Clubs, Sports-Related Interest Clubs, Fine Arts, Academic Societies, and Academic and Departmental Interest Clubs. Being a faith-based institution, Anderson University holds its students’ spiritual lives in great regard. Students can go to Chapel and partake in Campus Ministries or Counseling Services. Other resources include the Cultural Resource Center and the Career Development Center.
Anderson University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to general accreditation, many of Anderson’s programs are accredited by independent organizations. For example, the Falls School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Master of Science in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Teaching and Education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Anderson’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance also has accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music. Of course, Anderson University’s School of Theology, which offers five graduate theological degrees, is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.
Anderson University is comprised of five schools, which make up the university. The five schools are: Falls School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Music, the School of Nursing, and the School of Theology. There are many academic programs that are individual to Anderson University. These include the Pre-Professional Program, the Honors Program, the Kissinger Learning Center, “INvision”, and the Flagship Center. The Flagship Center is the adult education cooperative program.
DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION
In addition to its adult education cooperative program, Anderson also offers some online programs, which include the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Bachelor of Science: Nursing (RN-BSN), Bachelor of Science: Integrative Leadership, and as Associate Degree in General Studies. Anderson also offers many courses in an online format, which makes it relatively easier for adult learners to attain the degree which they are pursuing.
Anderson University enrolls about 2,516 students a year, 2,034 of which are undergraduates. There are 135 full-time faculty members and 62 part-time faculty members. Out of the 2,894 students who applied in the fall of 2012, 54 percent were admitted and 32 percent of that number actually enrolled. The overall graduation rate is 57 percent. The school has a retention rate of about 79 percent and about 27 percent of the student body reveals themselves to be part of the Church of God. Around 59 percent of the student body is female and 81 percent is white. Around 11 percent of the undergraduate student body is 25 or older and most students (69 percent) are from Indiana. The student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1.
COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID
The tuition for an academic year is $26,120 for both in-state and out-of-state students. Around 97 percent of the undergraduate students at Anderson take some grant or scholarship aid. Around 73 percent take out Federal Student Loans, which generally average to $8,207.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Church of God
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:706
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