Anderson University - SC

316 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621-4035

School Details

Anderson University is a private not for profit, four-year institution of higher learning with Baptist affiliations, located in the city of Anderson, South Carolina.


Anderson University began as the Johnson Female Seminary, which opened in 1848. The Johnson Female Seminary’s founder was William B. Johnson, the first president of the Southern Baptist Convention. This institution closed during the Civil War. The school reopened in 1912 as a four-year college for women, which lasted until 1930. In 1929, it became a junior college, which made it the first junior college in the state of South Carolina. In 1930, it became coeducational and in 1989 it returned to its former status as a four-year college. Anderson University aims to be a teaching university that offers students both liberal arts and professional studies within the Christian community environment. The mission of Anderson University defines it as:

an academic community, affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, providing a challenging education grounded in the liberal arts, enhanced by professional and graduate programs and a co-curricular focus on the development of character, servant leadership, and cultural engagement. This is a diverse community that is Christ-centered, people focused, student-oriented, quality-driven, and future-directed.

Students are offered many non-academic extracurricular activities on campus at Anderson University. The Rainey Fine Arts Center includes three performance venues, seven art studies, and choral and instrumental rooms. There are many student-led organizations and clubs at Anderson. Academic clubs include: Math Club, Business Club, Ceramic Artists of Anderson University, Think Tank, Psychology Club, Kinesiology Club, and The Criminal Justice Society. Common interests clubs include: Rotary Club, Unveiled, Writer’s Block, Impact Team, Far Stretched (the improv comedy troupe), AU Debate Institute, and the Ultimate Frisbee Club. Of course there are many campus ministries opportunities available. These include: Anderson’s Team for Effective Advancement of Ministry (A-Team), Baptist Campus Ministries, Reformed University Fellowship, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The mascot for Anderson University is the Trojan. Men’s sports include: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track and field, and wrestling. The women’s sports include: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Athletics at Anderson compete in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) and are part of the NCAA Division II.

Anderson University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to this overall accreditation, the School of Nursing is seeking accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Anderson offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in both on-campus and online learning environments. Anderson offers 36 majors, 38 additional concentrations, and 25 minors. The schools that make up Anderson University include: Arts and Sciences, Business, Christian Studies, Criminal Justice, Education, Interior Design, Nursing, and the School of the Arts. The graduate programs at Anderson University are part of the College of Business and the College of Education. The Master of Business Administration aims to help students understand theories of management, which integrates important concepts and models related to the world of Business. The Master of Education, on the other hand, emphasizes school instruction and aims to enhance both teaching methods and techniques.

Anderson University undertakes the Mobile Learning Initiative, which offers iPads to students in order to create engaging content, create better demonstrations and animations, and to encourage greater student attention and, therefore, success. Students can take part in other academic opportunities such as the Honors Program, the Study Abroad Program in Sydney, and the Writing Center. In addition to its traditional programs, Anderson University also offers students opportunities through the Institute for Lifelong learning. This is a program offered throughout both Canada and the United States that offers mature learnings non-credit short courses that aim to improve skills, explore new ideas, and offer them the opportunity to interact with interesting and active people.


Online programs offered by Anderson include: Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Christian Studies, Bachelor of Emergency Management Services, Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Master of Criminal Justice, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Ministry, Master of Music in Music Education, and the Doctor of Ministry.



Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


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    4-year, Private not-for-profit
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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