Columbia Union College was originally established in 1904 as the Washington Training Institute. Founded by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the institute was renamed Washington Foreign Mission Seminary in 1907. It came to be known as the Washington Missionary College in 1914, and was rechristened Columbia Union College in 1961. Since 2009, it has been known as the Washington Adventist University. Popularly referred to as WAU, the university is situated on a 19-acre campus in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Washington Adventist University offers the Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Business Administration degrees. Students can choose from courses in engineering, information systems, mathematics, nursing, computer science, liberal studies, and theology among others. A number of master's degrees in arts and science are also offered through the university's School of Graduate and Professional Studies.
WAU's athletics department is a member of the USCAA and the NCAA Division II. Nicknamed the Pioneers, the teams participate in sports like baseball, basketball, acrobatics, cross country, track and field, soccer, and softball. The students are also involved in various clubs and organizations such as Alpha Chi, Alpha Kappa Mu, Delta Sigma Tau, the Drama Team, Loaves and Fishes, and the Student Association.
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