Anderson University welcomes new students on campus during New Student Orientation beginning Thurs., Aug. 30. This year’s campus theme, "Beyond Me," will focus on the verse, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21).
New Student Orientation is comprised of many activities and programs designed to welcome students to campus, inform them of opportunities and campus policies and create environments for students to begin building relationships with one another. These informational programs include sessions that inform students about university culture, community expectations, and campus activities. There are multiple worship services during orientation as well as an annual community service project in Anderson.
This will be the fifth consecutive year new students will participate in a service project ministering to the City of Anderson as well as other organizations in the community. At least 400 new students and university volunteers will participate in this effort.
“From the weekend they get here our hope is that our students recognize that the university is a part of a broader Anderson community. For the university to achieve its mission of 'educating students for a life of faith and service to the church and society', students must get to know our city and learn to serve with purpose,” said Abby Knowles, assistant dean of students and director of the first year experience program.
Recognizing the difference in needs between new freshmen and transfer students, AU has a separate orientation program for transfer students. Transfer student orientation is focused on assisting these students in the transfer of academic records and helping to acclimate to life at Anderson University.
For a detailed schedule of orientation events, check out New Student Orientation.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.