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Time Magazine and Princeton Review rank Anderson among the state's more selective colleges. Anderson attempts to select those students who show promise of being academically successful. Each applicant's record is examined for evidence reflecting potential for intellectual and social growth, strength of character and seriousness of purpose.

Anderson University requires that incoming students complete a College Prep curriculum in high school and have taken the SAT and/or ACT.  Contractual Admission may be granted an applicant who does not meet the stated minimum requirements. Contractually admitted students are required to develop a performance contract with the Director of Student Success and to successfully complete that contract.  Students do not apply for Contractual Admission, but are designated so by the Director of Admissions.

Anderson University is a selective university that attempts to select those students who show promise of being academically successful and who are a good match for Anderson University's academic, social and spiritual environment.

Each applicant's record is examined for evidence reflecting potential for intellectual and social growth, strength of character, and seriousness of purpose.  These qualities are evaluated by considering each applicant's academic record, including graduation, SAT Reasoning Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT), optional reference(s)/essay(s). An essay answering the following question(s) is not required, but we encourage you to submit less than 500 words answering either one or both of the questions below:

  • Share with us what part of your journey has been most impactful in your life to this point.
  • How do you see Anderson University contributing to your future?

Course Requirements
4 years of College Prep English
3 years of Math (preferably Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, or higher)
3 years of Science (at least 2 lab Sciences, preferably Chemistry, Physics, and/or Biology)
2 years of the same Foreign Language
1 year of Government/Economics

Language Placement

Student with: Will be placed in: For requirement:

No foreign language

A 101-102 sequence

Completion of 101-102

1 credit foreign language

101 of the same language

Completion of 101-102

2+ credits same foreign language

131 of the same language

Completion of 131/ 201

1+ credits in foreign language not at AU

101 of foreign language at AU or 101-102 of the that language at another college

Completion of 101-102

If you have not yet applied, you may apply online.

Anderson University admits qualified students without regard to race, age, color, gender, disability, or national or ethnic origin.

Planning to Attend Anderson?

If you have already applied and been accepted to Anderson, and you're ready to commit to attending, download the Enrollment Confirmation Form below to send to the Admissions Office with your Enrollment Deposit:

Enrollment Confirmation Form  (send with $250 deposit)

Preparation Guidelines

To help you prepare for college we have listed a brief timeline for high school students to use as a general guide before applying to college.

10th Grade

  • Prepare for the PSAT/SAT/ACT.
  • Get on college mailing lists.
  • Spend the summer after your sophomore year visiting some colleges.
  • Keep a college journal to record facts and impressions of each college you visit.
  • Determine the five qualities you most desire in a college.

11th Grade

  • Take the PSAT, SAT, or ACT.
  • Keep your grades up. Colleges place a heavy emphasis on junior year grades.
  • Meet with admissions counselors when they visit your high school.
  • Visit colleges you are interested in. Request an application packet and ask to be on their mailing list.
  • Attend open houses or preview events.

12th Grade
September through December

  • Take the SAT or ACT again.
  • Schedule your own visit or take advantage of the open houses at colleges where you plan to apply.
  • Fill out applications and send them in. Be sure to follow each school's directions and be aware of their deadline.


  • Complete and send FAFSA forms. These forms must be mailed BEFORE June 30 to qualify for state aid. However, we recommend an earlier date of March 15.

February through May

  • If you have been accepted at more than one school, you should notify ALL of the colleges of your decision.
  • Let your college know you've chosen them. You will need to send in the reply form with a monetary deposit, and your signed financial aid award letter.

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