Anderson University
Anderson University Logo.png
Former names
Anderson College
Anderson Bible Training School
MottoAcademic and Christian Discovery
TypePrivate university
Established1917[1]
Religious affiliation
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)[1]
Academic affiliations
Space-grant
Endowment$27.9 million[2]
PresidentJohn Pistole
ProvostJoel Shrock
Academic staff
106[3]
Students1,567[3]
Undergraduates1,311[3]
Other students
256[3]
Location,
U.S.

40°6′43″N 85°39′58″W / 40.11194°N 85.66611°W / 40.11194; -85.66611Coordinates: 40°6′43″N 85°39′58″W / 40.11194°N 85.66611°W / 40.11194; -85.66611
CampusSuburban, 100 acres (40 ha)[4]
Colors    Orange and black
NicknameRavens
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IIIHCAC
MascotRodney the Raven
Websiteanderson.edu
Anderson Ravens logo.svg

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.[1]

History

History at a glance
Anderson Bible Training School Established 1917
Anderson College Renamed 1925
Anderson University Renamed 1988

Anderson University was established in 1917 as the Anderson Bible Training School by the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) movement.[1] The school was a major step in the life of a fellowship of Christians that originated in 1881.[5] 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.[6]

President

Presidents
President Term
John A. Morrison 1923–1958
Robert H. Reardon 1958–1983
Robert A. Nicholson 1983–1990
James L. Edwards 1990–2015
John Pistole 2015–Present

Organization

Anderson University has grown to include an undergraduate liberal arts program, organized into six schools[7] and graduate programs in theology, music, and business.

Schools

Academics

The university now offers more than 60 majors.

Graduate programs

[12]School of Theology

[8] Falls School of Business

[14] Education

  • Funding

    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.[15][16] The university's endowment was $20.8 million as of FY06.[2]

    Campus

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    The 100-acre (40 ha) campus is located in Anderson, Indiana at 40°06′43″N 85°39′58″W / 40.1119864°N 85.6660871°W / 40.1119864; -85.6660871 approximately 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Indianapolis, Indiana.[4][17][18]

    Anderson University Campus.jpg

    Featured facilities on the campus include the Reardon Auditorium and the Kardatzke Wellness Center.[18] Athletic facilities on the campus include Macholtz Stadium and the O. C. Lewis Gymnasium.[citation needed]

    Academic buildings

    Photo of Decker Hall exterior
    Photo of Decker Hall exterior

    Athletic facilities

    Service buildings

    Indianapolis Colts Training Camp

    The Indianapolis Colts of the NFL held their training camp at Anderson University[20] 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.[21]

    Student activities

    Anderson University student activities are coordinated by the Student Life staff, the Campus Activities Board, and the Student Government Association.[22]

    Chapel services

    Required chapel/convocation attendance for students is an Anderson University tradition, maintained throughout the entire history of the university.[23] Students are currently required to attend 18 chapels per semester to fulfill the undergraduate requirement.[24]

    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.

    Honor societies

    Anderson University has several honor societies. They are as the following:[25]

    Clubs and organizations

    Anderson University has over 100 opportunities in fine arts, athletics, academics, and special interests/hobbies.[26][27][28]

    Social clubs

    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

    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.[29]

    Athletics

    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.[30] The current mascot is Rodney the Raven.

    Hall of Fame

    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.[31] 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.[32]

    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.[33]

    Sports medicine

    Students and professors of the athletic training program work with Anderson University athletes.

    Intramurals

    BestColleges.com voted Anderson University as one of the country's top 25 colleges for intramurals sports.

    See also

    References

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    2. ^ a b "2008 NACUBO Endowment Study" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
    3. ^ a b c d "AU Quick Facts". Anderson University (Indiana). Archived from the original on 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
    4. ^ a b "Reardon Auditorium Conference & Performance Events". Anderson University (Indiana). Archived from the original on 21 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
    5. ^ "Church of God History". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
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    12. ^ a b "School of Theology & Christian Ministry - Anderson University".
    13. ^ "Anderson University School of Science and Engineering".
    14. ^ anderson.edu"/music
    15. ^ "Lilly Endowment gives $375,000 to Anderson University". Church of God Ministries News. Church of God Ministries. 2008-10-02. Retrieved 2008-10-09.[permanent dead link]
    16. ^ "Anderson University receives IDEM grant to implement campus program". Church of God Ministries News. Church of God Ministries. 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2008-10-09.[permanent dead link]
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    20. ^ "Colts Training Camp | Anderson University, a Christian College in Indiana". Archived from the original on 2015-05-26. Retrieved 2015-05-26.
    21. ^ "Colts open to finding a new camp site". IndyStar.com. Gannett Co. Inc. 2008-01-19. Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2008-10-09.
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    24. ^ "Anderson University Chapel" (PDF). Anderson University. p. 34. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2008-10-09.
    25. ^ Anderson University Undergraduate Catalog 2004-2006. p. 34.
    26. ^ "Academic/Departmental Interest Clubs | Anderson University, a Christian College in Indiana". Archived from the original on 2015-05-17. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
    27. ^ "SGA-Sponsored Interest Clubs | Anderson University, a Christian College in Indiana". Archived from the original on 2015-03-19. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
    28. ^ "Fine Arts | Anderson University, a Christian College in Indiana". Archived from the original on 2015-03-19. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
    29. ^ "Ministries". Archived from the original on February 13, 2013. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
    30. ^ "History of the Raven" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
    31. ^ "Anderson University Athletics - Hall of Fame". athletics.anderson.edu.
    32. ^ "History of the Hall of Fame". Anderson University. Archived from the original on 25 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
    33. ^ "naiahonors.com". Retrieved September 6, 2020.


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