What can I expect as a new student?


Move-in Day is just around the corner! As a first-year student, you’ll take part in our First-Year Experience program, designed to help new students acclimate to college life on AU’s campus and become connected, active, and settled in the community. We fight against the assumption that just because you’re physically on campus means you’re fully invested and connected.

The best part is you won’t navigate your first year experience alone! The focal point of our First Year Experience are Connect Groups. Connect Groups are a group of 15-18 students who will go on the first-year journey with you. These Connect Groups are led by some pretty awesome people: 

  • Connect Group Leaders: Faculty and staff who have a deep desire for you to succeed. They provide the “adult in the room” wisdom and advice for your Connect Group. CGLs will teach your first year seminar course and are also your default academic advisor until you officially declare your major on campus.
  • Peer Mentors: Sophomore-senior student leaders whose main mission is to be your biggest fan as you transition to college life. They plan Connect Group hangouts, set up individualized check-ins throughout the semester, and make it their mission to truly know you.

We believe that helping new students create connections with other students, faculty mentors, and our many institutional resources during the first year gives students a strong foundation moving into their sophomore year. We want this for all students, and that includes you! 👩🏻‍💼👮🏼‍♂️👩🏽‍⚕️

Additionally, AU offers a variety of extracurricular organizations. The Campus Activities Board (CAB) strives to create fun and inventive experiences for students, and AU is also proud to have a thriving and robust Intramurals program. Be sure to check them out when you get to campus! 🏀🎾⚽️

Check the New Students page for last-minute checklist items to complete this summer. 

We can’t wait to welcome you to your new home!

The Center for Student Life

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.