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Record Freshman Class Begins Journey as Trojans

AU's Nursing School launches with full classes

680 new students moved into their new homes on the Anderson University campus on Saturday, August 18th. Added to returning students, the freshmen and transfers push AU's enrollment toward the 3,000 mark.

A record 550 freshmen, (42 more than in 2011) and a record 130 transfer students (compared with 84 in 2011) will bring the University's enrollment to more than 2,800. Exact enrollment figures won't be compiled until mid-September.

As Anderson University begins another academic year, it does so with new facilities and a major new program. The first students in the University's new school of nursing begin classes this fall. 32 traditional nursing students and 21 in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) fill the available slots for AU's first nursing classes. They are meeting in a brand new, state-of-the-art nurse education facility that features the most high-tech simulation equipment in the region and the first cadaver lab dedicated to undergraduate education in the region.

A brand new residence hall featuring room for 102 female students is also fully occupied. It is adjacent to the recently constructed Boulevard residence halls across the street from the front of campus. Four new residence halls have been constructed in the past four years to accommodate the record growth.

Classes began on Wednesday, August 21. Freshmen participated in a matriculation celebration on Sunday morning featuring Clayton King, along with the ceremonial archway walk as they symbolically pass through the famed arches of Anderson University to commence their college years.

Anderson University is a selective comprehensive university offering bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees on campus and online. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier of US News and World Report's America's Best Colleges and is on that publication's list of the 46 "Up & Coming" universities in America. It is also ranked as one of America's "100 Best College Buys."

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