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Frequently Asked Questions


• Is there an application deadline?
Anderson has Rolling Admission (students are notified when they are accepted whenever that is during the year) but students are encouraged to apply by the following dates: Fall semester - July 1st, Spring semester - December 1st

• How long does it take to process an application and when will the acceptance letter be mailed?
Students should be notified of their acceptance (or denial) within two weeks of the Admissions Office receiving their completed application and supplemental materials.

• What is the average fall enrollment?
2,900-3,000 total students (Traditional, ACCEL, Graduate, and Dual-Enrolled High School)

• Does Anderson require a minimum SAT/ACT for admission?
SAT-1000 (500 Critical Reading/500 Math), ACT- 21

• Are high school honors courses weighed in favor of the grade point average and what is the minimum GPA required?
Anderson uses whichever GPA on the report card is highest. Minimum 3.0 is required.

• Will Anderson honor a home study program or diploma from an unaccredited private high school?
Yes, but additional documentation may be necessary in either case.

• Does Anderson offer an Early Admissions Program (EAP)?
In the traditional sense, no. However, there are some incentives for committing early to Anderson. See the Financial Aid section of the website for more information.

• What are the transfer admission requirements?
Transfer students need 24 hours or more in college work and a college GPA of 2.5 or higher.  If the student has fewer than 24 college hours, then official test scores and high school transcripts are required.

• Does Anderson offer a Joint/Dual Enrollment Program?
Yes.  College courses are taken here during the junior or senior year of high school.  High school and college credit is given.  The student can use the college credits toward an Anderson University degree or have them transferred to another university.

• Will Anderson honor both the SAT and ACT?
Yes. Anderson requires a 1000 SAT (500 Critical Reading/500 Math) or 21 ACT for regular admission.



• How many majors and degrees are offered?
Traditional: 25 Majors (36 counting Concentrations) and 21 Minors
ACCEL (Evening): 7 Degrees (11 counting Concentrations)
Graduate: 6 Degrees

• Are internships, cooperatives and study abroad available?
Yes; see your major's section of the Anderson website for more information.

• Will Anderson honor AP, CLEP, or CR/NCR and what are minimum scores to receive credit?
A maximum of 24 semester hours of CLEP and/or AP credit may be applied toward a degree at Anderson University. AP examinations with a score of 3 or higher are accepted for credit. Please click on the images below to see the list of AP and CLEP Exams we accept.
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• Will "D" grades transfer in from other post-secondary institutions?

• What are Anderson's largest academic areas?
Education, Business, Visual Arts, and Communication

• How long does it take to graduate?
The average length is four years; however, it varies due to person and degree.

• What is the student to faculty ratio?
17:1 (17 students for every 1 faculty member)


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Campus Life

• May freshmen have cars on campus?
Freshmen park at the Athletic Campus and permits are $25 for the year.

• Do national fraternities and sororities exist at Anderson?

• Are students required to purchase a meal plan?
Yes. Resident students are required to purchase meal plans typically ranging from 15 or 21 meals per week and include money that can be spent on campus like a debit card.

• Is there a dress code?
Modest attire is expected and is discussed in more detail in the student handbook.

• What are some campus organizations that emphasize religious activities?
Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), Campus Crusade for Christ, Small Group Bible studies, and more

• Is there an infirmary or health facility on campus?
Yes, the Health Services Office is located on the basement floor of the Village where a full-time nurse is available.

• Is there a job placement service or career day?
The office of Career Services is available to help in internships, preparation for career fairs and on-campus recruiting.  They have job listings available for full time students and those preparing to graduate.

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• What athletic scholarships are available?
There are athletic scholarships available with all intercollegiate sports. Contact the coach of your sport for more information.

• In what athletic associations, divisions, and conference does Anderson participate?
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II; Conference Carolinas (joining South Atlantic Conference in 2010)

• In what intercollegiate sports does the college participate?
Women: cross-country, track & field, soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf, fast-pitch softball
Men: cross-country, track & field, soccer, wrestling, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis

• Does the college offer intramurals and, if so, which sports are the most popular?
Basketball, billiards, flag football, golf, miniature golf, powder puff football, racquetball, sand-court volleyball, softball, and tennis

• What general athletic facilities exist for overall student use?
White Gym, Abney Gym weight room, and the training room are open for overall student use.


Financial Aid and Expenses

• What are current expenses for room, board, and fees for 2013-14?
Tuition: $20,820/yr, Fees: $2,020, Room and Board: $8,146/yr, Total (on campus with 21 meals) $30,986/year

• Are jobs available on the college campus?
Yes. Inquire with Anderson Central for more details.

• How much are books?
Book prices range depending upon the specific class and the amount of classes that are being taken. The average cost per semester is between $700-$1,100 per semester.

• Will the college take a credit card?
Yes, in the Bookstore and Anderson Central.


General Questions

• What year was the college founded, and what is a brief history?
Anderson College was founded in 1911 as a four-year college for women, becoming co-ed in 1929.  In 2006 Anderson added its first Master's program and became Anderson University.

• Is there a visitation day for prospective students?
Several overnight events each year (All Access)
Multiple single-day events each year (Trojan Preview, Sneak Peek @ AU, Saturday Visit Days, etc.)
Daily tours by appointment

• What is the size of the Anderson community?
Anderson has 26,708 residents, and Anderson County has 189,355 residents

• What attractions are a reasonable distance from the college?
Lake Hartwell, Blue Ridge Mountains, Historic Downtown Anderson, Greenville Drive baseball, Atlanta, Charlotte, Clemson University

• What is the minority enrollment?  International enrollment?
Minority enrollment – 15% (10% Black, 3 % Hispanic, 1% Asian, 1% Other), International enrollment – 2%

• What is the ratio of enrolled females to males?
65% Female : 35% Male (2 : 1)

• Who are some notable graduates/alumni?
Louise Kellett '43: Founder and President of Kellett Enterprises (textiles)
James Lee Barrett '50: Tony-award winning writer (Shenandoah and others)
Georgia Lou Welborn '61: Former Director, School of Medical Technology, Anderson Area Medical Center
Richard Franklin '63: Dean of Students, Samford University
Donald McLeese '64: CEO, Greater Columbia (SC) Chamber of Commerce
Richard Shirley '75: Former Mayor of Anderson
Mary Nell Tysinger Anthony '96: Dean of Arts and Sciences, T.L. Hanna High School
Perry Noble '96: Pastor, NewSpring Church
Lee McDerment '01: Worship Leader, NewSpring Church

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