About AU

About AU

The Valley at Anderson University

Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution in Anderson, Indiana, founded in 1917 by the Church of God. Our mission is to educate students for lives of faith and service in the church and society.

Anderson University has made significant advances in its 100 years, progressing from a Bible training school to a full-fledged liberal arts college and finally to a university offering more than 50 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate programs in business, music education, and theology.

Today about 1,800 students call Anderson University home; more than 1,500 of these are undergraduate. AU provides more than 130 ways for students to get involved on campus, including 14 NCAA Division III sports, a nationally-recognized intramural program, and numerous interest clubs.

Spiritual life is an important part of Anderson University. Whether through dynamic speakers at twice-weekly chapel, weekly floor focus groups, or mentorship with faculty and staff members, AU is not only a safe place for students to grow in their faith journey; it is a place for students to know and to be known.

Servant leadership is exemplified through student-led campus ministries and service projects that contribute to not just the campus community, but to the city of Anderson and the greater Madison County area. AU’s unique Tri-S program (founded in 1964, to stand for Study, Serve, Share) provides students affordable service-learning and cross-cultural opportunities, with trips spanning six continents, 102 countries, and 27 states.

The campus is conveniently located in Central Indiana, less than an hour from amenities and internship opportunities in downtown Indianapolis. Through the support of the Center for Career and Calling, students are able gain important skills and secure internships that are valuable to future employers.

Approximately 98 percent of AU students receive financial aid in a variety of forms, including scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time work-study employment.

Anderson University is recognized among America's top colleges by Colleges of Distinction, US News & World Report, and The Princeton Review.