AU moves in 650 new students

Wed, 2012-07-25 10:09 -- univcomm

In the midst of rain, faculty, staff and returning students were on hand to unload cars and vans today as new students and families arrived on campus. Anderson University will welcome a total institutional enrollment of approximately 2,600 full time students when classes open on September 2. This number represents the highest institutional enrollment in the university’s history. Within this year’s enrollment are 650 new undergraduate students and a total undergraduate population of 1,950 students—an increase of approximately 60 students over last year. The AU undergraduate student population comprises persons from more than 40 international countries and 47 states.

“I believe that the success of our recruitment activities are reflective of the institution’s strong image, its quality academic program, a value-based community and a high level of service we provide to students and their families,” said Dr. Michael Collette, vice-president for Enrollment Management and Information Systems.”

Factors cited for current enrollment levels include successful recruitment of students at the sophomore and junior high school levels; the academic reputation of AU within its primary markets; reshaping of aid packages to better meet the financial needs of families; and an experienced and highly motivated admissions team to name a few.

Approximately 87 percent of new undergraduate students at Anderson University come from Indiana and contiguous states and represent nearly 60 religious denominations. The average high school grade point average of new undergraduate AU students is 3.4 with 29 percent falling in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. The top five individual majors among new undergraduate AU students are Elementary Education, Christian Ministries, Nursing, Psychology and Criminal Justice. The top five most popular departments among new students are Education, Music, Business, Religious Studies, Kinesiology, and Nursing.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education and theology.