Anderson University

Located in the vibrant city of Anderson, South Carolina, Anderson University is a selective, comprehensive university offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees on campus and online.

Students can choose among 36 majors, 38 concentrations, and 25 minors, and we are ranked as one of the best regional colleges in the South by both U. S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review.
In addition to our "Top Tier" academic ranking, AU has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 35 universities in the South whose graduates accumulate the least amount of educational debt.

At the heart of our educational program is an uncompromising commitment to the liberal arts as a means of preparing students with both breadth and depth of knowledge they need not only to be successful in the career of their choice but to be successful in all realms of life – in family, community, work, and church.

The best way to learn about AU is to see our campus and talk to our students, faculty, and staff. Schedule a visit or call our Office of Admissions at 864.231.2030.

Our Mission

Anderson University is 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 developing character, servant leadership, and cultural engagement. This is a diverse community that is Christ-centered, people-focused, student-oriented, quality-driven, and future-directed.

Our Vision

To be a premier teaching university where liberal arts and professional studies thrive within a distinctively Christian community of faculty, staff and students dedicated to learning and service.

Our Values

Anderson University takes pride in being able to function as a community rather than a conglomerate. Accordingly, we have adopted a set of community values that support our aspiration to fulfill the University’s mission and achieve its vision, both of which are considerable aims. Values serve as guiding principles that shape our daily actions. These are dimensions of our community we believe are very important and should be known and understood by everyone within our institution.
Anderson University is a Christ-centered community that presents Jesus as the Christ and as the ultimate model for personal behavior. The unifying principle of Anderson University is a Christian vision of life in which community participants are encouraged to develop a Christian worldview and live up to the high calling of the Great Commandments which tells us to love God with our hearts, with our minds, and with our souls, and to love others completely. We seek to build an academic community where men and women can be lovingly and gracefully introduced to an understanding of God, His creation and grace, and humanity’s place of great privilege and responsibility in God’s world.