Anderson University

Anderson University

Anderson University, or AU, is a private university located in Anderson, South Carolina. The university was chartered in 1911, and became a coeducational institution in 1930. The campus is spread across an area of 193 acres. Anderson University offers bachelor's and master's degrees in various areas of study. The university offers study through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Adult and Professional Studies
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • School of Christian Ministry
  • School of Interior Design

The athletics teams of Anderson University are known as the Trojans. Both the men and women players take part in sports including basketball, tennis, golf, cross country, and soccer. Apart from this, the students publish a newspaper called the "Andersonian". They are also involved in several on-campus clubs and organizations like the International Student Association, and Multicultural Students Association.

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Anderson University
316 Boulevard
Anderson , SC 29621
General Phone: (864) 231-2000

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Anderson Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching70education, special ed, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher education, art education, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, ...
Business and Management69business, business management, human resources, organizational behavior
Art Studies14art studies
Therapy and Counseling13psychology, psychology courses
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy11exercise science
Liberal Arts9Spanish language, English, general studies, history
Security and Law Enforcement9criminal justice and administration
Design8interior design
Media8communication studies, journalism
Drama and Performing Arts5drama
Music5music, music performance
Religion and Philosophy4religion, religious music
Engineering0various engineering courses

Number of programs and degrees for Anderson in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree22035
Master's degree132

Anderson Student Body

In 2007-2008, Anderson had a total enrollment of 1,902 students (1,584 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 63%
Women 37%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 96%
Graduate 4%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 83%
Black 11%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 14%
18-19 37%
20-21 22%
22-24 10%
25-29 5%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Carolina81%
North Carolina4%
(International Students)2%
New York1%

Anderson Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 62 %
Part-Time 20 %

Anderson Room and Board (2007)

Anderson offers campus housing for 925 of its 1,584 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Anderson, South Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Carolina Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Anderson Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450570
SAT Math460560
SAT Writing430570
ACT Verbal1824
ACT Math1724
ACT Composite1824

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT84%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT55%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Anderson Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 18,700
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,700
Room and board $ 7,050
Room charge $ 3,600
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,700
Books and supplies $ 1,600
Other expenses $ 3,150

Financial Aid:
Anderson participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 341800)

Anderson Faculty

Anderson has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1712
Non-tenured and not on tenure track45

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*0*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year13$62,3616$57,889
Associate professoracademic year15$53,32110$49,201
Assistant professoracademic year10$49,67710$46,604
Instructoracademic year3$54,8528$41,971
All faculty totalacademic year41$55,41134$48,269

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Anderson Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference
Baseball Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference
Track Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports9086176

Anderson Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Engineering, Other

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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