Real Life. Experienced.

Real learning comes from living life, not just studying it.

Life at AU

Discover. Grow. Share… Repeat.

Real life can’t be learned under a microscope. That’s why student life at AU is integral to the education journey. Every friendship, mentorship, and experience is part of the journey of discovering who you’re meant to be. Learning takes place best in the context of meaningful community, fun adventures, and challenging moments where you find out what you’re made of. To find out what Real Life: Experienced is like for yourself, schedule a campus visit or apply now!

Campus Life

Intramurals, live bands, and numerous social organizations are just the beginning of student life at AU! From Mocha’s, the campus coffee shop, to student-organized events like “AU Ninja Warrior,” the AU experience goes well beyond the classroom with plenty of fun and lifelong friendships to be made.

Spiritual Life

No matter where you are in your faith journey, there’s a place for you at AU to grow spiritually. Whether through dynamic chapel speakers, weekly floor focus groups, service with Campus Ministries, or mentorship with faculty and staff members, you can experience Real Life: Transformed at AU.

“When I first started looking for colleges, I found that AU’s community was different than any of the colleges that I visited. AU is really centered on service and this is reflected in the students, teachers, and in all of its programs. It’s influenced me as a person, as a nursing major, and in my spiritual walk with Christ.”

Mitchell King


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Average size of a mentor group in the Student Success program.

Students currently studying in AU’s undergraduate and graduate programs.

Students, faculty, and staff have participated in AU’s global Study, Serve, Share program (Tri-S).

Arts, sports, social activities, student organizations, campus ministries — these are just a few of the many adventures waiting for you at Anderson University. Here, being a student means living Real Life: Experienced.


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Stacey Carpenter

Stacey Carpenter

Housing Coordinator & Administrative Assistant

Stacey Carpenter
Stacey Carpenter

Hello, I am Stacey Carpenter. I am the housing coordinator along with administrative assistant to Maggie Platt, Assistant Dean of Students and Andrew Lehr, Director of Student Success. The best part of being at AU, is getting to know the wonderful people God has place around me. I have enjoyed the times I have spent in Chapel, singing and hearing the speakers as well.

My previous experience has been working in customer service for over 20 years at Comcast and Prairie Farms. I love working with people and trying my best to make them happy.

I have been married for 22 year to the best husband, Greg, and we have one daughter, Meghan. Along with keeping up with my family, we have Robyn our lab and my grand pup Cora. My hobbies include making cookies and decorating cakes. Also, I enjoy crafting during the Christmas season. I can't wait to see what new experiences AU brings to me in the years to come.

Brian Daugherty M.A., L.M.H.C.A., N.C.C.

Full-Time Counselor

Brian Daugherty M.A., L.M.H.C.A., N.C.C.
Christal Helvering

Christal Helvering, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Director of Counseling Services

Christal Helvering
Christal Helvering, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Christal Helvering is the Director of Counseling Services at Anderson University.  As the director, she provides direct clinical services to students, supervises the Counseling Services staff, serves as a resource for students, faculty, and staff; and participates in student leadership training.

Christal earned her B.A. in Social Work from Anderson University in 1988 and her M.S W. from Indiana University-Purdue University: Indianapolis in 1992. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. (L.C.S.W.)

Christal began her career working as the Community Case Manager at the Center for Mental Health in Anderson.  Following the completion of her Master's degree, she worked in private practice at Associates in Mental Health, Inc. for 15 years located in Muncie, IN.

Christal lives in Anderson, Ind.

Christal has served at Anderson University since 2008.

Morrison House
(765) 641- 4205

Director of Counseling Services
M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
B.S., Anderson University
M.S.W./L.C.S.W., Indiana University