About Anderson University

About Anderson University - Campus in the Morning


Anderson University traces its origins back to 1911, when it was chartered as a four-year college for women. 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 adapted to the educational needs of South Carolinians and others 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, more than 3,400 students enjoy a high-quality education and can choose from 40 majors, 38 concentrations, and 32 minors in our 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. We are particularly proud of the new G. Ross Anderson Jr. Student Center.

Anderson University National Recognition

Anderson University has received numerous accolades and national recognition as an intentionally Christian university that offers innovative, academic and professional programs.

Recent recognition includes:

  • Top tier Regional University in the South - US News & World Report
  • #27 Best Value School among Regional Universities in the South - US News & World Report
  • One of America's 100 Best College Buys as determined by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc.
  • The Princeton Review named AU one of the best Southeastern colleges 
  • A Best Christian College - Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc.