Real Life.


About Anderson University

Come as you are. Discover who you’re meant to be.

Since 1917, Anderson University has been a place of self-discovery, spiritual growth, and academic formation for students of every background. A regionally accredited university with over 60 undergraduate majors offered, Anderson University has been consistently ranked among America’s top colleges for being a place where students discover who they’re created to be. Visit us or apply now and experience Real Life. Together!

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Our History

Anderson University’s roots go back to the Church of God reformation movement, where believers were joined by their mutual commitment to Christ. In 1917, the Anderson Bible Training School (now Anderson University) was established in Anderson, Indiana with 65 students in attendance being trained for ministry.

Over the next 100 years, AU grew to become a private, liberal arts institution offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate programs in business, music education, and theology. Today, AU provides more than 130 ways for students to get involved on campus, including 20 NCAA Division III sports, a nationally-recognized intramural program, and numerous interest clubs.

Right now, more than 1,800 students are on their journey at Anderson University discovering Real Life: Together. Our spiritual heritage of acceptance and meaningful community continue with twice-weekly chapel services, weekly floor focus groups, and mentorships with faculty and staff members.

Old AU seal outside with students gathered around it.
Eternal flame outside of Decker Hall.

Your AU Story Begins Now

While at AU, I have been challenged by my mentors, advisors, peers, and counselor to continue to seek the Lord on a new level. It’s the people that make this learning environment of both education and faith possible. My peers, friends, professors, and mentors have seen me through good times and tough times and continue to love me as me — and that is because of Anderson University.

— Michaela Schuld, Class of 2019


Students that receive financial aid, like scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study employment.

Students study, serve, and share in 102 countries and 27 states through our Tri-S Program.

Students in both undergraduate and graduate studies who are experiencing Real Life. Together.