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Get ready for Orientation at Anderson University! We look forward to having you with us and know our campus will never be the same because of the impact you are going to leave! Let us help your transition to the AU campus and community go smoothly.

Orientation Schedule

Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 

12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Move into Residence Halls (optional – meals not provided)

Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

8 a.m. Move into Residence Halls 

9:30 a.m. Check-in & Continental Breakfast, Kane Dining Room, Olt Student Center 

10 a.m. Welcome, Andrew Lehr, Director of Student Success

10:05 a.m. Devotional, Becca Palmer, Director of Spiritual Formation

10:15 a.m. Department of Student Life Overview, Chris Luekenga, Asst Provost & Dean of Students

10:30 a.m. SOAR Video – Department Introductions 

10:45 a.m. Break 

11:00 a.m. Academics Overview, Dr. Marie Morris, Provost 

11:30 a.m. New Student Q&A

12 p.m. Lunch with AU staff & students, Marketplace

1:30 p.m. Academic Planning and Course Registration, Crysti Luna, Director of Educational Support Services

2:30 p.m. Campus Tour – Family Members

2:45 p.m. Visit Student Financial Services (optional) 

2:45 p.m. Free Time 

5:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner 

*Family members are welcome at all sessions during the day on Monday

*All morning sessions on Monday are in Kane Dining Room, Olt Student Center

*Placement tests should be taken in advance. 

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020

9:30 a.m. Pancakes with the President 

1 p.m. Optional Campus Tours with Peer Mentors

5 p.m. Bowling with Student Leaders

*Transfer students may be waived from taking tests depending on what courses they have already taken, but all students should plan on being involved in this session.

Mail and Banking

Your address at Anderson University will be:

1100 E. Fifth St.
Anderson, IN 46012

Your mailbox number and combination are available on AccessAU. After logging in, go to the “Records” tab and select “Campus Mailbox” from the left-hand menu. Mailboxes are located in the bottom of Decker Hall.

The cashier window in the mail center will cash checks made payable to students, or from personal accounts up to $100 per day. Student ID cards must be shown for this service. The cashier will also accept and post payments to student accounts for tuition, fees, fines, or rent. Credit/debit cards are only accepted for purchases of mailing supplies and postage. The cashier will also accept deposits, make change, sell postage stamps and money orders, and give refunds for vending machines.

We invite you to search for local banks near campus.

Parking and Regulations

All students who park a vehicle on campus or on public streets within campus jurisdiction are required to register the vehicle with Police/Security Services and comply with the AU parking policy. The campus map provides a map of parking lots and parking regulations.

Students may pre-register their vehicles by filling out and returning the parking permit application online. Your parking permit can also be purchased at Police/Security in the basement of Hardacre Hall  8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Permits will not be sold during the weekend. Please plan to purchase your permit prior to August 27.

Registering your bicycle is also required. Bicycle registration forms are available in the office of Police/Security Services in Hardacre Hall.

Human Resources

Anderson University offers part-time jobs to enrolled students. These jobs are often related to students’ academic or professional interests. Working allows a student to earn money for college expenses, establish a work record, develop useful professional skills, and provide an opportunity for interaction with faculty, staff, and fellow students. Learn how to search and apply for student employment.

Parent Orientation

Orientation Parent Schedule – Fall 2019
Thursday, Aug. 22

2–2:15 p.m. Reception (Reardon Auditorium Lobby)
2:15–2:30 p.m. Worship, Devotional, Chapel Information
2:30–2:45 p.m. Meet the Department of Student Life
2:45–3:30 p.m. Faculty and Staff Panel
4–4:45 p.m. First in the Family celebration (for families of First-Generation College Students)
4:30–6:45 p.m. Picnic in the Valley (free for families)
7–7:45 p.m. President’s Convocation and goodbyes (Reardon Auditorium)

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While a student at Anderson University you are going to utilize several different websites for academic purposes as well as personal communication.  Take some time right now to begin to familiarize yourself with each of the links below.

  • ITS
    Visit the ITS helpdesk for assistance in setting up or maintaining your devices or software.
  • AccessAU
    Access your student account records, log on to your academic information, and schedule for classes.
  • RavenMail
    Communicate with those on campus and off campus through your personal email account on RavenMail.
New Student Resources

The Department of Student Life is here to help you navigate the waters of Anderson University. This is a wonderful and healthy place for you to allow your real life to be fully transformed. You will be invited to discover your passions, develop your skills, and understand yourself and God’s calling more fully. You will also be encouraged — and at times challenged — in the faith-forming and refining journey these college years so often represent.

One point of distinction between AU and other universities, and possibly the reason you chose to come here, is the community that we have to offer. This community does not thrive by chance but rather by choice. This community exists because current students have made a choice to put others and the community before themselves. Some of these choices include choosing not to drink as a student here at AU, choosing to live with integrity and always telling the truth, going to chapel and seeking out spiritual growth opportunities, saving sex for the bounds of marriage, refraining from recreational drug use (even drugs that are legal in the state from which you come), and others. For more information on the core values that make up the community here at AU, please refer to the Student Handbook. These resources can also be found on the official student app for Android or iPhone!

Each year we select a campus theme to guide the programs within the Department of Student Life. This year’s theme is “Hello, Hope.” Hello, Hope implies a conversation and a relationship. Jesus is indeed our hope and in saying hello to hope, we are essentially saying hello to Jesus. The sermon series will highlight conversations that Jesus had with individuals (or groups) throughout the gospels. Our community will be asked to consider what it looks like to enter into these conversations ourselves. The resurrection of Jesus, along with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, we are invited to ask the questions people ask in scripture, respond to the questions Jesus asks, find hope in the forgiveness, truth, healing, love, and relationship that Jesus offers, and be transformed into the likeness of Jesus!

As you embark on your journey with us, we invite you to post about your experiences with #MyAUStory so that we can celebrate what God is doing in and through us as a community! 


Upcoming Dates to Remember
Aug. 2, 2019: SOAR
Aug. 22, 2019: Move-In Day, Orientation Begins
Aug. 26, 2019: Classes begin

View Additional Dates to Remember

Getting to the Bottom Line of Financial Aid: Soon, you will receive your first bill from the Business Office. Please visit anderson.edu/financial-aid to choose from your options for payment, or contact us at (888) 765-3046, (765) 641-4100, or studentaccounts@anderson.edu.

We hope your summer is moving along smoothly. We’re excited for you to move in, so today, we want to share some important information and reminders about living on campus and ways to connect with the AU community!

Registering for classes:
 If you haven’t registered yet, we invite you to attend the next SOAR on Aug. 2. The final day to register for fall semester classes is Aug. 22, 2019. If you have questions, contact Crysti Luna at (765) 641-4597 or emailcgluna@anderson.edu

Living on Campus: Students attending AU are required to live in on-campus housing. If you paid the $100 enrollment deposit and completed your online housing application, then your residence hall and roommate assignments will be sent to you later this summer. If you have questions about housing, call (765) 641-4190 or emailhousing@anderson.edu

What Should I Bring? Residence hall rooms are furnished with twin beds, desks, dressers, chairs, and wardrobes. You should bring blankets, towels, bed linens, and pillows. More information about what and what not to bring can be found online.

First in the Family? Are you the first in your family to go to college? We want to celebrate you! Look for communication from us this summer regarding a special celebration on move-in day for incoming students and families who are first-generation college students! We are excited to welcome you to our community!

First-Year Experience (FYE): We want your first year to be a smooth transition into AU and the many transitions that come with starting your college career! We’ve intentionally designed the First-Year Experience to help you reflect on where you’ve been, connect to others on campus, and grow in meaningful ways. The FYE, consists of orientation and welcome week, our First-Year Seminar course, and specific programming and events designed just for first-year students! All freshmen (except for honors students) will be enrolled in the LART 1050 First-Year Experience Seminar, with a mentor group of 16-18 other first-year students. Your professor for this course is your faculty mentor, who will be dedicated to excellent teaching as well as engaging first-year students in their personal lives. Peer mentors assist in class as student leaders who help first-year students make the connections necessary for a great first year.

Student Employment (HR): Student jobs provide learning experiences as part of the preparation for future careers. Students enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours may apply for student jobs. Students may work under the Federal Work Study (FWS) program or under AU employment. For more information, visit the webpage. You can also visit the Office of Work Life Engagement (HR) on the first floor of Decker Hall, or call (765) 641-4132. 

Information Technology Services (ITS): This provides centralized services to the university community, including wireless network throughout campus, ethernet ports in the residence halls, Canvas (online Learning Management System), printing, and lab computers. View computer system requirements and other details at the ITS Help Desk Service Catalog and Knowledge Base. You can contact ITS at its@anderson.edu or call (765) 641-4300. 

ALSO NOTE: Students receive 300 pages of free printing each semester!

Spiritual Life: AU is a unique learning community that celebrates the vibrancy of life in Christ. We believe that the experiences and beliefs that each student brings to campus are real and authentic. Chapel/Convocation services occur Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. in Reardon Auditorium. This is an opportunity for the campus to worship together while hearing inspiring and challenging messages. You will use the official AU student app for Android or iPhone to scan a QR code for Chapel credit. Spiritual life activities include floor life groups led by your discipleship coordinator, spiritual retreats, campus ministries, and more.

The Cultural Resource Center (CRC), located in Decker 235, provides an internationally minded community/hang-out space for the entire campus to be a part of. This is a safe space for all international, multicultural, and any other students interested in learning about other cultures uniquely different from their own. The CRC also facilitates events through student-led cultural clubs across campus and within the city of Anderson. Come find your home away from home! For more info, visit the webpage or contact crc@anderson.edu or call (765) 641-4193. 

AU Campus Store: Located in the Olt Student Center, the hours during the academic year are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, Noon – 4 p.m. AU’s Campus Store uses Textbook Butler for students to get textbooks delivered to their residence hall. All incoming freshmen are automatically enrolled in this service with an option to opt-out. For more information, visit their webpage, or call (765) 641-4149. 

The Kissinger Academic Center for Excellence (KACE) is an academic support center that assists students to maximize their potential. It offers both group and individualized programs to help in writing, learning strategies, and more! Small group and individualized tutoring, as well as online writing assistance is available. Services are FREE to all students currently enrolled at AU. KACE also houses Disability Services for Students (DSS). Visit the webpage for more.

Food Services: Visit the Food Services website at dineoncampus.com/anderson for information about the required meal plans offered to residential students, as well as locations, and hours of operation. For more info, contact (765) 641-4555 or email aufoodservices@anderson.edu.

Insurance: All students are encouraged to carry health and renters insurance. International students are required to carry approved health insurance. Contact your current health care provider to determine coverage age and/or location.

Parking: Students with a vehicle parked on campus must obtain a parking permit from University Police. Permits may be obtained online. For more information, contact University Police at (765) 641-3333.

Meet the Student Life Staff


 Don’t forget to reserve your housing! Remember, you must first pay your enrollment deposit and complete a housing application online.

Mandatory Health Documentation: An updated record of your Immunizations should be submitted as part of the Housing application. You will not be allowed to move into your residence hall until your record is submitted.