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Anderson University
Motto Knowledge for the Journey
Established 1911
Type Private, comprehensive, with graduate programs
President Dr. Evans P. Whitaker
Staff 130
Undergraduates 2,134
Postgraduates 155
Location Anderson, South Carolina, United States
34°30′50″N 82°38′17″W / 34.514°N 82.638°W / 34.514; -82.638Coordinates: 34°30′50″N 82°38′17″W / 34.514°N 82.638°W / 34.514; -82.638
Campus 270 acres (1.1 km2), 36 buildings
Mascot Trojan (Troy the Trojan)

Anderson University is a private comprehensive university located in Anderson, South Carolina, offering bachelors and masters degrees in approximately 50 areas of study. Anderson is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Several degree programs have additional specialized accreditation at the national level: The College of Education programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM); the College of Business is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and the art, graphic design, and interior design programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Anderson is also recognized as a South Carolina Teaching Fellows institution. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier of Southern Comprehensive Universities by U.S. News and World Report. It is also recognized as one of America's 100 Best College Buys by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc., one of America's Best Christian Colleges, and is consistently recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the top universities in the Southeast.[citation needed] In 2009, Anderson was further recognized by U. S. News and World Report as one of 77 "Up and Coming" institutions in the country for its recent advancements and innovation.

Anderson is a member of the Conference Carolinas (formerly the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference) and has ten sports played by 19 teams. Anderson has won the Conference's coveted Messick Award for sportsmanship several times. It has also won the Joby Hawn All-Sports Cup two consecutive times.[citation needed] Anderson will leave the Conference Carolinas at the end of the 2009-10 academic year to become a member of the South Atlantic Conference.

Anderson was recognized by President Bush for being one of only two universities in South Carolina named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.[citation needed] In a typical year, Anderson students contribute approximately 15,000 hours of service to numerous community human service organizations.


Student Body

The Anderson University student population is approximately 2,280 students, with a student to faculty ratio of 16:1. The traditional student body is made up of young men and women from a variety of states including South Carolina, Missouri, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, Virginia, Colorado, Maine, Pennsylvania, and New York, as well as many different countries including Kazakhstan, Iraq, Mongolia, Russia, Lithuania, Spain, Sweden, France, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Barbados, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, India, Japan, and Bermuda. The University also serves adult students through its ACCEL evening program and its graduate programs.

Global Education

Anderson emphasizes global education and promotes and facilitates students wishing to participate in study abroad in numerous locations around the world. Semester and year-long programs require advanced academic work plus various assignments that allow the student's professor to assess student learning and assign grades while studying abroad.

In addition, the university features two signature programs. The first signature program is called "Anderson Abroad" for juniors who meet academic requirements. Anderson Abroad is a short-term educational experience led by a full-time Anderson faculty member in various countries, the cost of which is partially subsidized by the university. The other signature program is a semester long experience in Sydney, Australia. Anderson University is host in Sydney to its own students as well as students from approximately 44 other universities within Anderson's global education consortium. A full-time Anderson faculty member is the on-site head of the program in Sydney. Both Anderson Abroad and the Australia program provide academic credit.

Undergraduate Research

The Center for Undergraduate Cancer Research was established in 2009 to facilitate undergraduate research in search for a cure for cancers. Working under the direction of full-time faculty, students conduct studies and publish results.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Anderson offers the following undergraduate degrees in the traditional daytime program:

  • Art: Art Education (K-12)
  • Art: Ceramics
  • Art: Graphic Design
  • Art: Painting/Drawing
  • Biology
  • Business: Accounting
  • Business: Computer Information Systems
  • Business: Financial Economics
  • Business: Human Resource Management
  • Business: Management
  • Christian Ministry
  • Christian Theology
  • Communication: Mass Media
  • Communication: Public Relations/Advertising
  • Communication: Writing
  • Early Childhood/Elementary Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • English: Secondary Education
  • History
  • History/Social Studies: Secondary Education
  • Interior Design
  • Kinesiology
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics: Secondary Education
  • Music
  • Music: Keyboard or Instrumental Performance
  • Music: Vocal Performance
  • Music Education: Instrumental Music
  • Music Education: Vocal/Choral Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education: Learning Disabilities/Elementary Education
  • Theatre

Adult/Evening Programs

Anderson offers the following undergraduate degrees in its ACCEL program:

  • Business Administration
  • Business Administration: Computer Information Systems
  • Business Administration: Healthcare Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood/Elementary Education
  • Human Services
  • Human Services: Behavioral Science
  • Liberal Studies
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Organizational Leadership: Human Resource Administration

Graduate Programs

Anderson offers the following graduate programs:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Education (MEd)
  • Master of Education in Administration and Supervision (MEd)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education (MAT)
  • Master of Ministry (MMin)
  • Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ; aka The Command College of South Carolina at Anderson University)


Men's Sports

  • Baseball
  • JV Basketball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Other Resources

  • Cheer & Dance

Campus Locations

Anderson, SC

Anderson University is situated on a 68 acre (227,000 m²) main campus with an additional 202 acres (0.82 km2) within the city limits of Anderson, South Carolina. The school recently received a gift of 125 acres (0.51 km2), boosting its acreage to its present 270, including 40 acres (160,000 m2) of wetlands used as an outdoor lab for the science programs. The university also recently acquired the former Anderson County Fairgrounds consisting of 77 acres. This property will be developed into an athletic campus over the next few years. Most of the buildings on the main campus are red brick, built throughout the 20th century in the Georgian architectural style. The Merritt Administration Building, Denmark Hall, and Pratt Hall were the original buildings on the Anderson University campus, being built at the time of the university's founding in 1911. The front lawn (sometimes referred to as the "Sacred Six" acres) of Anderson University is heavily wooded with large oak trees, as is the interior of the main campus which is landscaped in a series of rising terraces. The front lawn and early buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Anderson College Historic District.

Greenwood, SC

Students enrolled in the ACCEL program's Organizational Leadership degree can take classes on the Piedmont Technical College campus in Greenwood, South Carolina. Located approximately 45 miles from Anderson, our Greenwood campus offers students there the opportunity to attend class close to home.

Simpsonville, SC

Located in the Greenville-Spartanburg metro area, our Simpsonville, South Carolina, campus gives students in South Carolina's most populated region easy access to classes in our ACCEL Early Childhood/Elementary Education degree program. Its close proximity to I-385 provides a convenient site for this popular major.

Notable Alumni

  • Georgia Lou Welborn, M.D. ’61: Physician; Former Director, School of Medical Technology, Anderson Area Medical Center
  • S. Truett Cathy, D.Hum., Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Chick-fil-A
  • Dan T. Cathy, CEO, D. Hum., President and Chief Operating Officer, Chick-fil-A
  • Louise Kellett ’43: Founder and President of Kellett Enterprises (textiles)
  • James Lee Barrett '50: Tony Award-winning writer (Shenandoah and others)
  • Richard Franklin, Ed.D. ’63: Former Vice President for Student Development, Samford University
  • Donald McLeese ’64: CEO, Greater Columbia, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • Richard Shirley ’75: Former Mayor of Anderson, South Carolina
  • Mary Nell Tysinger Anthony ’96: Dean of Arts and Sciences, T.L. Hanna High School
  • Perry Noble ’96: Pastor, NewSpring Church
  • Lee McDerment ’01: Worship Leader, NewSpring Church
  • Beau Bailey '07: Vice President of Customer Relations, Bailey Enterprise


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