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Andrews University
Motto Corpus, Mens, Spiritus
Motto in English Body, Mind, Spirit
Established 1874
Type Private
Religious affiliation Seventh-day Adventist Church
Endowment $26.3 million[1]
President Niels-Erik Andreasen[2]
Provost Bill Richardson [(interim provost]
Faculty 298
Staff 298
Students 3420[3]
Undergraduates 1760[4]
Other students 850 (Seminary)
Location Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA
Campus Rural, 1,600 acres (6.5 km2)
Former names Emmanuel Missionary College
Teacher:Student ratio 10:1
Mascot Cardinal
Athletics USCAA
Aerial view of Andrews University.

Andrews University is a Seventh-day Adventist university in Berrien Springs, Michigan, United States. Founded in 1874 as Battle Creek College in Battle Creek, Michigan, it was the first higher education facility started by Seventh-day Adventists, and today claims to be the most well-known university of the Seventh-day Adventist school system.[5]



Andrews University was founded as a small, Seventh-day Adventist school called Battle Creek College in 1874. In 1901, the school moved from Battle Creek, Michigan to its current location in Berrien Springs. It is said that everything the school had was packed up in 16 boxcars and sent on its way. The school was renamed "Emmanuel Missionary College", or EMC for short.[6]

The school continued to grow slowly through the early 20th century. In the 1940s, Nethery Hall, the current location of the College of Arts and Sciences, was built as the administration building. In 1959 the graduate program and theological seminary of Potomac University were relocated from Washington, D.C. and joined with the school in Berrien Springs. Because of the addition of the graduate programs and the seminary in 1960, the school was renamed "Andrews University" in honor of John Nevins Andrews, an Adventist scholar and the first officially sponsored overseas missionary for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Today the seminary is known as the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.

In 1974, the undergraduate school was reorganized into the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Technology. The School of Business was established in 1980, and the School of Education in 1983. In 2007 the architecture department was organized into the School of Architecture, and has since established itself as one of the leading architecture schools of the new urbanism in the United States.

On Thursday, April 11, 2007, President Niels-Erik Andreasen announced at a special chapel assembly that the university had just received a gift totalling $8.5 million. The anonymous donors requested the money be spent on the following: Construction of the new entrance on Old US 31 (officially opened on June 2, 2008 and named J. N. Andrews Blvd.), Two endowed chairs: one for the Marketing Department in the School of Business Administration and the second in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary's Christian Ministry Department, Construction of a milking parlor for the Andrews Dairy, Refurbish the kitchen and dining facilities in the Campus Center, and Support for the educational program of the Aeronautics Department.[7]


Andrews University is located next to the Village of Berrien Springs in southwest Michigan. The entire campus is actually located within the Oronoko Charter Township, adjacent to the St. Joseph River and 12 miles away from the shores of Lake Michigan. South Bend, Indiana, home of the University of Notre Dame, is 25 miles away; thus, several Andrews faculty members hold joint appointments with Notre Dame.

The 1,600-acre (6.5 km2) campus was originally designated as an arboretum. The campus maintains a variety of indigenous trees, especially around the quad in the center of the campus. The campus is composed of 27 instructional buildings, the Howard Performing Arts Center, an airpark, three single-sex residence halls and four apartment complexes.

The three dormitories on campus are Lamson Hall, the women's hall, Meier Hall, the undergraduate men's hall, and Burman Hall, primarily for men who are either graduate or seminary students. The residence halls strictly enforce a curfew depending on a student's age, as well as a visitation policy which does not allow students of the opposite sex in dorm rooms at any time. Students living on-campus are also required to attend a number of worship services.[8] [9]


The university is made up of six schools/colleges, offering 130 undergraduate majors and 70 graduate majors.[10] In addition, post-baccalaureate degrees offered by all but the College of Technology are supervised by the School of Graduate Studies.

The university's freshmen retention rate is 83.9% while the graduation rate is 53.3%.[4]


School of Architecture

School of Architecture began as a simple architecture program in 1974 as an associates degree and the program received full accreditation as a bachelors program in 1987. In 2002 the program was approved to offer a 5 and half year National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)-accredited masters of architecture. On October 29, 2007, the Board of Trustees voted the Division of Architecture to be reclassified as the School of Architecture. It advocates the building and preservation of rural and urban landscapes which promote civility, healthy living and environmental stewardship.

The mission of the Urban Design Studio is to assist real communities and its citizens in developing sound growth strategies and specific design solutions for redevelopment purposes. The studio is led by Assistant Professor Andrew von Maur, who professionally collaborates with some of the world’s leading town planning offices, including Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company. The Urban Design Studio has been recognized with a 2007, 2008, and 2009 Charter Award of Excellence by the Congress for the New Urbanism for its urban design and planning work in communities in Saucier, Mississippi and Michigan City, Indiana. Past projects have led to municipal adoption as well as implementation. Previous projects by the School of Architecture include community plans for Palmer (Alaska), Empire, Suttons Bay, Traverse City and Wayne (Michigan), Billings (Montana), Michigan City and Plymouth (Indiana), Henderson Point and Saucier (Mississippi).[11] The Andrews University School of Architecture is one of five accredited architecture programs in the United States located at a Christian university.[12]

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences, which was officially organized in 1974, is the largest of the six schools.[13] It is divided into twenty departments specializing in a wide range of areas in the fine arts, science, the humanities, and the social sciences. The CAS also offers a variety of pre-professional programs in the fields of health, medicine, and pre-law. Many students opt to attend Loma Linda University to pursue a professional education in medicine.

School of Business

The School of Business first began to offer graduate education in business in 1964. It has been housed in its current location in Chan Shun Hall since 1989 and offers Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Science in Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees. The school is a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

School of Education

The School of Education offers bachelors (BA, BS), masters (MA, MAT), education specialist (EdS) and doctoral degree (EdD & PhD) programs in thirty-one (31) different programs of education.[14]

School of Technology

The College of Technology is divided into four departments: Aeronautics, Agriculture, Digital Media & Photography, and Engineering & Computer Science.[15] Additionally, a degree in aviation flight is offered through the Department of Aeronautics.

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary was voted into existence in 1936 by action of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It operated in Washington, D.C. until it was transferred to Berrien Springs, Michigan, in 1960. There it became a school in the newly established Andrews University. The seminary is fully accredited by The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.[16]

The primary mission of the Seminary is to prepare ministers for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This is done especially by means of the 3-year Master of Divinity program. There are also 2-year master’s programs in Youth Ministry and in Pastoral Ministry. In addition, the Seminary offers the 1-2 year academic Master of Arts in Religion program and the Master of Theology. Three doctoral programs are also offered: Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Philosophy in Religion, and Doctor of Theology.[16]

The Seminary has six departments: Christian Ministry, Church History, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology and Christian Philosophy, and World Mission.[16]


The international population includes 885 students representing 98 countries. Andrews is ranked sixth in the nation for largest proportion of international students, and 7th in the nation for campus diversity (compared to other national universities according to U.S. News & World Report 2008).

Study abroad opportunities

Andrews University co-sponsors Adventist Colleges Abroad[17], a program in which qualified students study overseas while completing requirements for graduation at Andrews. This language and cultural immersion is available in nine locations: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, France, Greece, Italy, Singapore, Spain, and Taiwan. Undergraduate students may also study abroad in the Andrews University Year in England at Newbold College. Affiliation and Extension Programs are offered in Chile, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Kenya, Nigeria, England, Italy, Romania, Russia, Lebanon, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

Administrative changes in 2006

An official briefing on the university website states that during a March 6, 2006 meeting of the university's Board of Trustees an executive session of the Board - one which "includes only its non-university members" - decided that "perhaps the best way to achieve new strategic directions for the university was through the opportunities that might be offered by new leadership at the school.".[18] During a break in that meeting the leadership of the board asked the university president for his resignation.[19] Dr. Niels-Erik Andreasen (President), Dr. Patricia Mutch (vice president of academic administration), and Dr. Ed Wines (vice president of financial administration) immediately offered their resignations.[18] President Andreasen's resignation letter included the phrase "effective immediately", but three weeks later, the board announced that Andreasen would continue to serve as President until June 30, 2006, and the position of University Provost would be created to serve as the university's Chief Operating Officer.[20] The official explanation for the board action was that student enrollment - and the resulting revenue - had increased much more modestly than expected,[19] but there has been speculation about other possible causes.[21] Dr. Andreasen has spoken publicly about these events.[22]

In its March 30 meeting, the Board of Trustees of Andrews University met and took two significant actions. First, the creation of the position of University Provost was voted, which is intended to function as the Chief Operations Officer of the University, focusing on day-to-day operations and execution of strategy. Second, the Board asked Dr. Niels-Erik Andreasen to continue his service to the University as President, and he agreed.

On July 17, 2009 the university announced that Dr. Heather Knight accepted a position to serve as a president of Pacific Union College, a small liberal arts college in Angwin, California. Statement on the university website stated that Bill Richardson, formerly a dean of College of Arts and Sciences will serve as an interim provost while the search for a new provost is conducted.

Notable alumni

Alumni include:

See also


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ President's Welcome:: Andrews University
  3. ^ Record Enrollment:: Andrews University
  4. ^ a b Andrews Facts:: Andrews University
  5. ^ About Andrews:: Andrews University
  6. ^ University History:: Andrews University
  7. ^ Gift:: Andrews University
  8. ^ (Read-Only)
  9. ^ Lamson Hall:: Andrews University
  10. ^ Andrews Facts:: Andrews University
  11. ^ School of Architecture
  12. ^ Annual Fall Board Report:: Andrews University
  13. ^ College of Arts & Sciences:: Andrews University
  14. ^ School of Education :: About Us. Andrews University. Retrieved 2009-08-21
  15. ^ College Of Technology:: Andrews University
  16. ^ a b c Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary :: About Us. Andrews University. Retrieved 2009-08-21
  17. ^ Adventist Colleges Abroad
  18. ^ a b Original briefing from the board which announced the immediate resignation of Dr. Andreasen.
  19. ^ a b the website of the world Seventh Day Adventist church has an official explanation on the actions of the board of trustees
  20. ^ March 30, 2006 Board Briefing announcing the reinstatment of President Andreasen
  21. ^ Email from Elwin Dunn printed at the Adventist Today website. speculates about the possible causes of the president's resignation
  22. ^ A recording of the President's address is available on the university website as an mp3

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