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Anderson University Named To “100 Best College Buys” List
AU given national honor for the second straight year

     Anderson University has been named to the list of “America’s 100 Best College Buys” for the second straight year. AU is one of only two private universities in South Carolina to make the list and is one of only nine in the South. Only 21 private schools in the nation were named to the list, which is compiled independently to identify those schools that effectively combine quality and affordability.

     The “100 Best College Buys” are named each year by Institutional Research and Evaluation. To be considered for the honor, an institution must: (1) be an accredited, four-year institution offering bachelor degrees, (2) Offer full residential facilities including residence halls and dining services, (3) Have had an entering freshman class in the fall of 2006 with a high school grade point average and/or SAT/ACT score equal to or above the national average for entering college freshmen, (4) Have an out-of-state cost of attendance in 2007-2008 for three quarters or two semesters below the national average cost of attendance or not exceeding the national average cost by more than 10 percent.

     Anderson University officials point to the importance of being cited for quality and affordability in these days of rising educational costs coupled with a fluctuating national economic situation. “This is continuing confirmation that Anderson University is one of the most affordable private or public universities in America,” said Dr. Evans P. Whitaker, Anderson University president.

     In South Carolina, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Clemson, and the University of South Carolina joined Anderson University on the list. When the State of South Carolina is combined with the states that border it, only four private institutions were given the “Best College Buy” designation.

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