Anderson University is projecting a ninth consecutive record institutional enrollment of approximately 2,800 students for the fall semester of the 2005-06 academic year. The entering freshmen class (approximately 670 students) at Anderson University is near record size and may increase prior to the start of classes on August 29. This enrollment news comes on the heels of the university being named as a top tier institution within the Midwest offering the full range of both undergraduate and master’s level degree programs by U.S. News and World Report. The university has set institutional enrollment records every year since 1996.
“Managed growth continues to be our strategy as we strengthen quality and widen outreach,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “We have added faculty, improved and expanded facilities and paid attention to the culture and values of our mission that have long defined the Anderson University experience. We want to make a distinct difference for our community and in the region.”
Academically, the freshman class is very strong with nearly 30 percent of students coming from the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class with a class-wide average high school grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.45. Anderson University's strategic plan calls for future incoming classes to have an average SAT score of 1100 or greater by 2008. The top five (5) stated academic majors of interest include: Education, Nursing, Business, Music and Biblical Studies. The university also projects enrollment increases within its graduate school and in the Anderson University School of Theology.
“The university has developed a reputation for academic rigor, a learning-living environment which is founded in academic and Christian discovery, and an institutional image commensurate to the strength of academic programs for which it has received national and regional distinction,” said Dr. Michael Collette, vice president for Enrollment Management and Information Systems. “Our commitment to being a teaching-learning institution of the highest order, while engaging students to pursue truth from a Christian faith perspective provides the type of college experience in demand by families today.”
Approximately 60 percent of the incoming freshman class originates from Indiana with total institutional representation from 46 states and 31 countries. It appears the freshman class will contain international students from Kenya, India, Laos, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Trinidad-Tobago, Colombia, Romania, Russia, Nepal, Swaziland, Cameroon, and Ghana. The institution’s undergraduate college will likely grow by four percent with enrollment topping 2,000 full-time students.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 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, nursing and theology.