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Anderson University Named To 2010 “100 Best College Buys” List

AU given national honor for the third straight year

Anderson University has been named to the list of “America’s 100 Best College Buys” for the third straight year. AU is one of only two private universities in South Carolina to make the list. The list is compiled independently to identify those schools that effectively combine quality and affordability. Less than a third of the schools on the national list are private universities.

Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. is an independent research and consulting organization.  Each year, it identifies the 100 American colleges and universities providing students the very highest quality education at the lowest cost.  No college or university paid to be included in the report.  Institutions are included solely on the basis of merit.  The survey to determine the 100 best college buys was sent to 1,451 accredited residential four-year institutions.  Of those surveyed, 1,195 institutions responded.  Anderson’s cost was found to be 13.4% lower than the national average.

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.


Anderson University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier (top 33) of colleges and universities in the South by U. S. News & World Report.  Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys.” Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive Christian environment.



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