Anderson University (South Carolina)
|Motto||Humanitatem per crucem alere (Latin)|
|Motto in English||To nourish humanity through the cross|
|Religious affiliation||South Carolina Baptist Convention|
|President||Dr. Evans P. Whitaker|
|Location||Anderson, South Carolina, United States
|Campus||270 acres (109 ha), 36 buildings|
|Colors||Black and gold|
|Mascot||Trojan (Troy the Trojan)|
Anderson University is a selective private comprehensive university located in Anderson, in the U.S. state of South Carolina, offering bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in approximately 60 areas of study. Anderson is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention and accredited as a Level V institution by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All of the University's professional degree programs eligible for additional specialized accreditation are so accredited at the national level: the College of Education programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM); the College of Business is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP); and the art, graphic design, and interior design programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The School of Nursing programs, initiated in fall 2012, are approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing and is in pursuit of specialized accreditation within the normal time frame following initiation.
Anderson is also recognized as one of eleven South Carolina Teaching Fellows institutions sanctioned to educate the state's future public school teachers. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier of Southern Comprehensive Universities by U.S. News and World Report. It is also recognized as one of America's 100 Best College Buys by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc., one of America's Best Christian Colleges, and is consistently recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the top universities in the Southeast. Since 2009, Anderson has been recognized by U. S. News and World Report as one of a small number of "Up and Coming" institutions in the country for its recent advancements and innovation. In 2010 and 2011, Anderson was named the top "Up and Coming" regional college in the South.
Over the last ten years, enrollment has grown significantly (81 percent), from approximately 1,608 students in 2002 to 2,908 students in the fall of 2012.
Anderson University recently completed a new 102-bed residence hall, and re-purposed a historic campus building into a 26,000 square foot state-of-the-art nursing education center. Anderson is also raising resources to construct a new 80,000 square foot, $16 million student center in the heart of the campus.
Anderson participates in the NCAA Division II and is a member of the South Atlantic Conference. In its former athletic conference, Conference Carolinas, Anderson won the coveted Messick Award for sportsmanship several times and, over the course of four consecutive years, the Joby Hawn All-Sports Cup. The University's newly acquired 77-acre (31 ha) athletic campus stands adjacent to the academic campus and will be the site of significant growth in athletic facilities over the next decade. Of note is the men's basketball team's participation in the Elite Eight regional playoffs in the spring of 2011 and the University's numerous conference championships in several other sports.
Anderson has been named by Presidents Bush and Obama numerous times to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. In a typical year, Anderson students are required to contribute approximately 15,000 hours of service to numerous community human service organizations.
- 1 Johnson Female Seminary/University heritage
- 2 Student body
- 3 Global education
- 4 Center for Cancer Research
- 5 The South Carolina School of the Arts
- 6 Palmetto Boys State
- 7 Academic programs
- 8 Athletics
- 9 Campus locations and educational delivery systems
- 10 Notable alumni
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Johnson Female Seminary/University heritage
Anderson University traces its heritage and initial founding to 1848 in the form of Johnson Female Seminary (later renamed Johnson University) which was located in the City of Anderson. The short-lived seminary was founded by the Rev. W. B. Johnson, an early Baptist statesman and the first president of the Southern Baptist Convention. The seminary closed its doors due to the combined impact of Rev. Johnson's untimely death and the onset of the Civil War, but not without leaving a lasting impression on the local young people of that day. Shortly after the turn of the century, those who fondly remembered the impact that the Johnson Female Seminary had on the region developed a compelling vision of resurrecting the institution in the form of Anderson College which later became Anderson University. In less than a year, a band of visionaries had raised $100,000 and secured 32 acres (13 ha) for the new campus and, thus, Anderson University was born. Rev. Johnson's home still stands in Anderson, South Carolina, and his portrait hangs in perpetuity in the Merritt Parlor on the Anderson University campus.
The Anderson University year-round student population stands at approximately 3,000 students, with a student to faculty ratio of 17:1. The traditional student body is made up of young women and men from a variety of states and regions from across the United States. In addition, a significant portion of the students are from non-US countries, including Kazakhstan, Iraq, Mongolia, Russia, Lithuania, Spain, Sweden, France, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Barbados, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, India, Japan, and Bermuda. The University also serves adult students through its ACCEL evening program and graduate courses of study.
Anderson emphasizes global education and promotes and facilitates students wishing to participate in study abroad in numerous locations around the world. Semester and year-long programs require advanced academic work plus various assignments that allow the student's professor to assess student learning and assign grades while studying abroad.
In addition, the university features two signature programs. The first signature program is called "Anderson Abroad" for juniors who meet academic requirements. Anderson Abroad is a short-term educational experience led by a full-time Anderson faculty member in various countries, the cost of which is partially subsidized by the university. The other signature program is a semester long experience in Sydney, Australia. Anderson University is host in Sydney to its own students as well as students from approximately 44 other universities within Anderson's global education consortium. A full-time Anderson faculty member is the on-site head of the program in Sydney. Both Anderson Abroad and the Australia program provide academic credit.
Anderson's global education consortium of approximately 44 universities provides Anderson students the opportunity to experience a faculty-supervised semester abroad in numerous countries around the world.
Center for Cancer Research
The Center for Undergraduate Cancer Research was established in 2009 to facilitate undergraduate research in search for a cure for cancers. Working under the direction of full-time faculty, students conduct studies and publish results. The Center is located on the nearby campus of AnMed Health Medical Center.
The South Carolina School of the Arts
In 2013, the College of Visual and Performing Arts was rebranded The South Carolina School of the Arts, in recognition of its national awards and its vision to place focused attention on the preparation of graduates for artistic performance and production roles. The School emphasizes a hybrid liberal arts-conservatory instructional approach. Degree programs and emphases within the School include music, dance, musical theatre, theatre, graphic design, ceramics, worship leadership, and painting and drawing. The School is housed primarily within the Rainey Fine Arts Center which features a 1,000-seat performance hall, a 225-seat recital hall, a 125-seat black box theatre, numerous music and art studios, and an art gallery. The School also has an additional art gallery within Thrift Library, and additional graphic design facilities off-campus on the court square in downtown Anderson. The University is constructing an additional 400-seat theatre within its new Student Center that will the School will use as a performance hall in the center of the campus.
Palmetto Boys State
Anderson University became the host of Palmetto Boys State in June 2011. The American Legion's Boys State program is a unique way for young men to learn about the American system of government and politics by participating in a mock governmental system. More than 800 rising seniors are honored to be selected each year by their high school teachers and counselors to be delegates or "citizens" at Boys State. Many of South Carolina's state political, business, and community leaders have attended Boys State. The program was previously held at the University of South Carolina, The Citadel, and Wofford College.
Anderson offers the following undergraduate degrees in the traditional daytime program:
Adult and evening programs
Anderson offers the following undergraduate degrees in its ACCEL program:
Anderson offers the following graduate programs:
Anderson University teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II. The Trojans are a member of the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). Anderson formerly competed in Conference Carolinas until the 2009-10 season.
Campus locations and educational delivery systems
Anderson University is situated on a 68-acre (28 ha) main campus with an additional 202 acres (82 ha) within the city limits of Anderson, South Carolina. The university recently received a gift of 125 acres (51 ha), boosting its acreage to its present 270, including 40 acres (16 ha) of wetlands that are used as an outdoor lab for the science programs, and also recently acquired the former Anderson County Fairgrounds consisting of 77 acres (31 ha). This property will be developed into an athletic campus over the next few years.
Most of the buildings on the main campus are red brick, built throughout the 20th century in the Georgian architectural style. The Merritt Administration Building, Denmark Hall, and Pratt Hall were the original buildings on the Anderson University campus, being built at the time of the university's founding in 1911. One of the main educational facilities at the heart of campus, the H.H. Watkins Teaching Center, was dedicated in 1967. Other marked points of interest include the old Anderson College Infirmary, the Sullivan Music Building, and the Abney Athletic Center.   
The front lawn is called "Alumni Lawn" (sometimes referred to as the "Sacred Six" acres) of Anderson University and is heavily wooded with large oak trees, as is the interior of the main campus which is landscaped in a series of rising terraces. The front lawn and many early buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Anderson College Historic District.
Anderson University created a special partnership in 2012 which operates within the former Duke Energy Service Center which is approximately one mile from the main campus and which was a partial gift to the university from the former Duke Energy Carolinas (now Duke Energy Progress). The facility is the home of the university's graduate program in criminal justice otherwise known as the Command College of South Carolina. The facility also houses undergraduate criminal justice programs.
In 2013, the university acquired the first floor of the historic Chiquola building in downtown Anderson, less than a mile from the main campus. The 11,000 square foot facility will be transformed into a multi-purpose space for the university's graphic design degree program, student activities, and a center for the study and practice of entrepreneurship. The facility features three storefront retail spaces in which student-initiated and run businesses will operate.
Anderson University is known to have a significant squirrel population on its main campus. They are drawn to the lush campus and huge 100-year old oak trees that adorn the landscape. The squirrels are so accustomed to being around people that they are approachable within a very short distance.
In 2012, the University was invited to be the first educational institution in approximately 20 years to join the seven-member University Center of Greenville (UCG), extending selected adult and graduate degree programs to the Upstate's largest city and the center of the largest metropolitan area in South Carolina. UCG is a consortium of higher education institutions dedicated to increasing access to educational opportunities for Upstate citizens. UCG occupies an expansive state-of-the-art facility in a bustling business district. Other members of UCG are Clemson University, Furman University, Greenville Technical College, South Carolina State University, University of South Carolina, and University of South Carolina Upstate.
Anderson University Online
The University offers numerous courses and several entire degree programs online. These offerings are particularly popular with adult and graduate students. Traditional students study primarily on campus, but may blend an online course into their schedules to gain additional schedule flexibility.
- Rob Stanifer - Former Major League Baseball player for the Florida Marlins, Boston Red Sox, and the Hiroshima Toyo Carp
- Thomas C. Alexander: Member of the South Carolina Senate, Chairman of the Senate General Committee
- G. Ross Anderson, D.Hum.: US District Judge
- James Lee Barrett '50: Tony Award-winning writer (Shenandoah and others)
- Mary Anne Bunton: Vice President for Human Resources of the Liberty Corporation (retired)
- S. Truett Cathy, D. Hum.: Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Chick-fil-A
- Dan T. Cathy, D. Hum.: President and Chief Operating Officer, Chick-fil-A
- Daniel T. Cooper: Former Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee
- Jeff Deal, M.D.: Developer of TRU-D (Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfector) for the Lumalier Corporation, and Director of Health Research for Water Missions International
- Hoke Howell: Broadway, television, and film actor with roles in numerous productions including Splendor in the Grass, Grand Theft Auto, Colombo, and The Andy Griffith Show
- Louise Kellett ’43: Founder and President of Kellett Enterprises (textiles)
- Sue Monk Kidd: New York Times Bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees, The Mermaid Chair, and The Invention of Wings. Studied writing at Anderson University.
- Donald McLeese ’64: CEO, Greater Columbia, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
- Johnny Mann, D. Hum.: Two-time Grammy Award Winner; recording artist, composer, conductor of The Johnny Mann Singers
- Kim Miller: Executive Vice President of Eastern Industrial Supplies
- Kip Miller: President and CEO of Eastern Industrial Supplies
- Adam Minarovich: Film director and actor (The Walking Dead)
- Denny Woodall Neilson: Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
- Richard Shirley ’75: Anderson County Clerk of Court, Former Mayor of Anderson, South Carolina
- Kerry Howard: Interior Designer, appeared on Bravo's Top Design and HGTV's Design Wars
- Kathryn White: Studied and lived with grizzly bears in Alaska, and wrote an award-winning novel, My Life with Bears: A Story of Love, Loss & Legumes