|Anderson College |
Anderson Bible Training School
|Motto||Academic and Christian Discovery|
|Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)|
|Campus||Suburban, 100 acres (40 ha)|
|Colors||Orange and black|
|NCAA Division III — HCAC|
|Mascot||Rodney the Raven|
Anderson University is a private Christian university in Anderson, Indiana. It is affiliated with the Church of God. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors as well as graduate programs in business, music, and theology.
|Anderson Bible Training School||Established||1917|
Anderson University was established in 1917 as the Anderson Bible Training School by the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) movement. The school was a major step in the life of a fellowship of Christians that originated in 1881. The young school moved rapidly to develop a wider general education program, changed its name to Anderson College and Theological Seminary, then Anderson College, and finally, Anderson University.
|John A. Morrison||1923–1958|
|Robert H. Reardon||1958–1983|
|Robert A. Nicholson||1983–1990|
|James L. Edwards||1990–2015|
Anderson University has grown to include an undergraduate liberal arts program, organized into six schools and graduate programs in theology, music, and business.
The university now offers more than 60 majors.
Anderson University is a private institution, receiving funds from tuition, fees, research grants (including funds from the Lilly Endowment and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management), private scholarship funds, and alumni contributions. The university's endowment was $20.8 million as of FY06.
The 100-acre (40 ha) campus is located in Anderson, Indiana atapproximately 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Featured facilities on the campus include the Reardon Auditorium and the Kardatzke Wellness Center. Athletic facilities on the campus include Macholtz Stadium and the O. C. Lewis Gymnasium.
The Indianapolis Colts of the NFL held their training camp at Anderson University from 1984 to 1998. After an 11-year stint at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the Colts elected to return to Anderson, Indiana to renew their familiar partnership with the local university from 2010 to 2016.
Anderson University student activities are coordinated by the Student Life staff, the Campus Activities Board, and the Student Government Association.
Required chapel/convocation attendance for students is an Anderson University tradition, maintained throughout the entire history of the university. Students are currently required to attend 18 chapels per semester to fulfill the undergraduate requirement.
Persons from the campus community gather regularly for chapel/convocation services. Speakers include campus personalities and guests. Students regularly participate in music and worship leadership with all events coordinated by the school's campus pastor.
Anderson University has several honor societies. They are as the following:
Anderson University has over 100 opportunities in fine arts, athletics, academics, and special interests/hobbies.
The university allows student run social clubs that are similar to other campus's fraternities and sororities. These clubs have an important role on campus as they put on annual events and service projects. Each club gives back to the community of Anderson in some way and strives to set examples for other students on campus. Current social clubs include but are not limited to:
Campus Ministries seeks to foster intentional Christian discipleship and spiritual growth in order to help students experience Christ as the living center of their life. This life of faithfulness involves communion with Christ, community with each other and ministry to the world.
Main article: Anderson Ravens
The Anderson Ravens compete in athletics in the NCAA Division III and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Men's sports offered at Anderson University include football, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, tennis, golf, soccer, cross country, swimming, and track & field. Women's sports offered at Anderson University include basketball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, soccer, golf, cross country, swimming, and track & field. Anderson University also offers Men's Volleyball, Rugby, and Men's Lacrosse as club sports. Formerly the Tigers, AU's nickname was changed to the Ravens in 1937. The current mascot is Rodney the Raven.
The Anderson University Athletic Hall of Fame was started in 1997 with 10 inductees that year. Ten additional honorees were added in 1998. Members have been inducted each year. The names are nominees are submitted and given consideration by the Hall of Fame committee. The committee has 11 representatives and is headed by university's Athletic Director. The inductees are announced each Spring and formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at a banquet during the university's homecoming activities each Fall.
Two Anderson coaches have been inducted to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame; tennis coach Bob Blume in 1978, and baseball coach Carl Erskine in 1989.
Students and professors of the athletic training program work with Anderson University athletes.
BestColleges.com voted Anderson University as one of the country's top 25 colleges for intramurals sports.