Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions

Academics

Campus Life

Athletics

Financial Aid and Expenses

General Questions


Admissions

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: December 1st for best scholarship consideration, but we recommend applying no later than July 1st to begin in the Fall Semester

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 three weeks of the Admissions Office receiving their completed application and supplemental materials.

What is the average fall enrollment?

3,100-3,200 total students (Traditional, Adult Studies, Graduate, and Dual-Enrolled High School)

Does Anderson require a minimum SAT/ACT for admission?

The Admission Committee gives full consideration to all students. If you are concerned about your test scores or GPA, please contact the Admission Office to talk through your situation specifically.

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. Higher priority in residence hall selection can be given as well as notification of earlier scholarship deadlines.

What are the transfer admission requirements?

Transfer students need 24 hours or more in college work and a college GPA of 2.0 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 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. Students must be able to attend classes in person to take dual enrollment courses.

Will Anderson honor both the SAT and ACT?

Yes. Anderson considers whichever test was best for you. We recommend attempting each test as students have different strengths and weaknesses, which each test highlights differently.

Academics

Are internships, cooperatives and study abroad available?

Yes; see your major's section of the Anderson website for more information.

Will Anderson honor AP, IB, CLEP, or CR/NCR and what are minimum scores to receive credit?

CLEP, IB, and/or AP credit may be applied toward a degree at Anderson University. Please refer to the online Academic Catalog to see exactly how these courses will transfer in to Anderson.

Will "D" grades transfer in from other post-secondary institutions?

No

What are Anderson's largest academic areas?

Kinesiology, Education, Business, and Visual Arts

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)

Campus Life

May freshmen have cars on campus?

Yes. Parking permits are $25 each year

Do national fraternities and sororities exist at Anderson?

No, however we offer many clubs and organizations as ways to get involved on campus.

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 during normal business hours, and on call 24/7

Is there a job placement service or career day?

The Career Planning and Professional Development Office 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.

Athletics

What athletic scholarships are available?

There are athletic scholarships available with all intercollegiate sports. Contact the coach of your sport for more information via our Athletic website.

In what athletic associations, divisions, and conference does Anderson participate?

Anderson competes in the NCAA Division II and is a member of the South Atlantic Conference.

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, 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, ultimate Frisbee, and tennis

What general athletic facilities exist for overall student use?

White Gym and the training room are open for overall student use. The university also offers free exercise classes like Yoga and Zumba and a weight room in the G. Ross Anderson Jr. Student Center.

Financial Aid and Expenses

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?

An overnight event every semester, multiple all-day events, daily tours by appointment. See our Campus Visit section for more information.

What is the size of the Anderson community?

Anderson has 26.985 residents, and Anderson County has 190,641 residents

What attractions are a reasonable distance from the college?

Lake Hartwell, Blue Ridge Mountains, Historic Downtown Anderson, Greenville Drive baseball, Atlanta, Charlotte

What is the minority enrollment?  International enrollment?

Minority enrollment – 14% (8% Black, 2 % Hispanic, 1% Asian, 3% Other), International enrollment – 2%

What is the ratio of enrolled females to males?

60% Female : 40% Male (3 : 2)

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
Lee McDerment '01: Worship Leader, NewSpring Church