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Anderson University was notified today that not only had it moved up within the Top Tier of U. S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges within its category, but it was also cited by experts as an Up and Coming School, one that “schools everywhere should be watching.” 

This spring, for the first time, U.S. News asked the experts who respond to its annual peer assessment survey to identify schools that fit this profile. The 70 that received the most nominations included Anderson and other institutions like Belmont, James Madison, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Wofford. 

Anderson remains squarely anchored within the Top Tier of Southern Baccalaureate Colleges with a one-spot improvement this year to rank 33rd among all baccalaureate institutions in the South. 

In its announcement, U. S. News & World Report said, “It’s striking how clearly our up-and-coming schools are looking to the future.”  The schools were cited for “recently making the most promising and innovative changes in academics, students, campus, or facilities.”

Anderson’s President, Dr. Evans Whitaker, believes his institution’s inclusion reflects a combination of improvements within all the categories used to determine eligibility for the list.  In 2004 the university adopted an aggressive strategic plan to become known as a premier comprehensive university.  “We have been implementing that plan and as a result, practically every aspect of the institution is flourishing.  We’ve been increasing quality and coupling it with affordability, which is obviously a winning combination for students.” 

Recent advancements at Anderson include the new 50,000-square-foot Thrift Library, the introduction of a unique study abroad program, additional national accreditation in academic programs, the achievement of an exciting campus life program, the introduction of three graduate programs with plans for additional programs on the way, campus beautification and refurbishment of campus facilities, a new residence hall, and increased donor interest and support. 

“We’ve been seeing our students respond positively to campus advancements for several years, but we knew we had reached a new tipping point last spring when more upperclassmen signed up for fall campus housing than ever before— over 100 more—making it necessary for us to triple rooms for the first time in our history.  That speaks volumes to us about the growing demand for the Anderson University experience,” Whitaker said.     

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