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About Anderson University


Anderson University traces its origins back to 1911, when it was chartered as a four-year college for women. Public minded citizens of Anderson, South Carolina, wanted a college to be established in the growing area since a previous institution, The Johnson Female University had closed during the Civil War. With a donation of land and money from area citizens, the South Carolina Baptist Convention agreed to partner with those who wanted an institution of higher learning in Anderson, and the school opened its doors in 1912.

What we know as Anderson University has throughout its history adapted to the educational needs of South Carolinians and those outside the State seeking a great education in a Christian environment. In 2005, the school officially became Anderson University as it added graduate programs and reorganized into colleges. The University is in the midst of the biggest period of growth in its history, having nearly doubled in enrollment over the past 7 years. Today, 2,908 students enjoy a high-quality education and can choose from 36 majors, 38 concentrations, and 25 minors in our nine Colleges and Schools. The scenic campus located in the historic district of Anderson, near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the vibrant city of Greenville, South Carolina, also has also grown from its original 68 acres to more than 270 and four major new buildings have been completed within the past four years.

Anderson University National Recognition

Anderson University has received numerous accolades and national recognition as an intentionally Christian university offering exceptional academics.

Recent recognitions, include:

  • #21 regional college in the South - U.S. News & World Report
  • One of America's 100 Best College Buys as determined by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc.
  • #1 up-and-coming school among regional colleges in the South - US News & World Report
  • 138 best Southeastern colleges - The Princeton Review
  • #1 regional college in the South for Excellence in Teaching - U.S. News & World Report
  • "A Best Christian College"

Anderson University Online

The online educational opportunities at Anderson University add value through convenience and flexibility, allowing busy, working students to advance their education and future. Anderson University is committed to academic excellence in all of its programs and has an established reputation as a school with a diverse and Christ-centered environment.

Anderson University provides a high-quality education so students are proficient and knowledgeable in their chosen professions. Anderson's faculty members are dedicated, knowledgeable and model the principles of the Christian faith. Anderson University continually strives for success and provides a unique online and on-campus atmosphere that is extremely conducive to student achievement.

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