Anderson University (Indiana)

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Anderson University
Anderson University Logo.png
Former names
Anderson College
Anderson Bible Training School
MottoAcademic and Christian Discovery
TypePrivate, Christian
AffiliationChurch of God (Anderson, Indiana)[1]
Endowment$27.9 million[2]
PresidentJohn Pistole
ProvostMarie S. Morris
Academic staff
Other students
Location, ,
United States

40°6′43″N 85°39′58″W / 40.11194°N 85.66611°W / 40.11194; -85.66611Coordinates: 40°6′43″N 85°39′58″W / 40.11194°N 85.66611°W / 40.11194; -85.66611
Campussuburban: 100 acres (0.40 km2; 0.16 sq mi)[4]
ColorsOrange and Black
AthleticsNCAA Division IIIHCAC
MascotRodney the Raven
Anderson Ravens logo.svg

Anderson University is a private Christian liberal arts university in Anderson, Indiana. It is affiliated with the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). Anderson University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the Independent Colleges of Indiana society. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate programs in business, music, and theology.[1]


History at a glance
Anderson Bible Training School Established 1917
Anderson College Renamed 1925
Anderson University Renamed 1988

Anderson University was established in 1917 as the Anderson Bible Training School by the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) movement.[1] The school was a major step in the life of a fellowship of Christians that originated in 1881.[5] The young school moved rapidly to develop a wider general education program, changed its name to Anderson College and Theological Seminary, then Anderson College, and finally, Anderson University.[6]


Anderson University has grown to include an undergraduate liberal arts program, organized into seven schools[7] and graduate programs in theology, music, and business.


  • Falls School of Business[8]
  • School of Education[9]
  • School of Humanities and Behavioral Science[10]
  • School of Music, Theatre, and Dance[11]
  • School of Nursing and Kinesiology[12]
  • School of Theology and Christian Ministry[13]
  • School of Science & Engineering[14]


The university now offers more than 60 majors.

Graduate programs[edit]


Anderson University is a private institution, receiving funds from tuition, fees, research grants (including funds from the Lilly Endowment and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management), private scholarship funds, and alumni contributions.[17][18] The university's endowment was $20.8 million as of FY06.[2]


President Term
John A. Morrison 1923–1958
Robert H. Reardon 1958–1983
Robert A. Nicholson 1983–1990
James L. Edwards 1990–2015
John Pistole 2015–Present

The current president is John Pistole who assumed leadership on March 2, 2015. Previously, Pistole was the former Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration from 2010 until 2014. Prior to working at TSA, Pistole was the Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2004 til 2010. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Anderson in 1978.[19]


The 100-acre (40 ha) campus is located in Anderson, Indiana at 40°06′43″N 85°39′58″W / 40.1119864°N 85.6660871°W / 40.1119864; -85.6660871 approximately 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Indianapolis, Indiana.[4][20][21]

Featured facilities on the campus include the Reardon Auditorium and the Kardatzke Wellness Center.[21] Athletic facilities on the campus include Macholtz Stadium and the O. C. Lewis Gymnasium.[citation needed]

Academic buildings[edit]

Photo of Decker Hall exterior
  • Byrum Hall
  • Decker Hall
  • Hartung Hall
  • Krannert Fine Arts Building
  • Hardacre Hall
  • Reardon Auditorium
  • Nicholson Library - Campus library
  • Kardatzke Wellness Center
  • Kissinger Academic Center for Excellence
  • York Performance Hall[22]

The Krannert Fine Arts Building includes a fully equipped digital studio for students to learn the basics in recording concepts.[23] The AU studio accommodates recital recordings, clients, and three classes.[citation needed]

Service buildings[edit]

  • Health Services
  • Hardacre Hall (Physical Plant and Police/Security)
  • Morrison House (Counseling Services and Campus Ministries)
  • Smith House (Communication & Marketing)

Indianapolis Colts Training Camp[edit]

The Indianapolis Colts of the NFL held their training camp at Anderson University[24] from 1984 to 1998. After an 11-year stint at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the Colts elected to return to Anderson, Indiana to renew their familiar partnership with the local university from 2010-2016.[25]

Student activities[edit]

Anderson University student activities are coordinated by the Student Life staff, the Campus Activities Board, and the Student Government Association.[26]

Chapel services[edit]

Required chapel/convocation attendance for students is an Anderson University tradition, maintained throughout the entire history of the university.[27] Students are currently required to attend 18 chapels per semester to fulfill the undergraduate requirement.[28]

Persons from the campus community gather regularly for chapel/convocation services. Speakers include campus personalities and guests. Students regularly participate in music and worship leadership with all events coordinated by the school's campus pastor.

Honor societies[edit]

Anderson University has several honor societies. They are as the following:[29]

Clubs and Organizations[30][31][32][edit]

Anderson University has over 100 opportunities in fine arts, athletics, academics, and special interests/hobbies. Here are a few options.

  • AU Chorale
  • AU Community Garden
  • AU Dance Team
  • AU Relay for Life
  • Beyond Haiti
  • Bound
  • College Mentor for Kids
  • College Republicans
  • Concert Band
  • Enactus
  • Engineering Club
  • FCA
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Lacrosse
  • Men's Volleyball
  • Model UN
  • New Image Gospel Choir
  • Operation Foundation
  • Rugby
  • Student United Way
  • Swim Club
  • Swing Club
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Valley Voices
  • Wind Ensemble

Social clubs[edit]

The university allows student run social clubs that are similar to other campus's fraternities and sororities. These clubs have an important role on campus as they put on annual events and service projects. Each club gives back to the community of Anderson in some way and strives to set examples for other students on campus. Current social clubs include but are not limited to:

  • Alacritas (Women)
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi or "L'amifidel" (Women)
  • Alpha Epsilon Omega or "Novus Dux" (Men)
  • Avanti Boosters (Men)
  • Delta Kappa Alpha or "Dativus" (Men)
  • Kappa Sigma Tau or "Adelphi" (Men)
  • Delta Gamma Kappa or "Leona" (Women)
  • Phi Lambda Sigma or "Camarada" (Women)

Campus ministries[edit]

Campus Ministries seeks to foster intentional Christian discipleship and spiritual growth in order to help students experience Christ as the living center of their life. This life of faithfulness involves communion with Christ, community with each other and ministry to the world.[33]

  • Big Buddies/Little Buddies
  • The Christian Center
  • Differently-Abled
  • Generation to Generation
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Prayer Ministry
  • Student Peace Initiative [SPI]
  • Study Buddies
  • VisionRevision


The Anderson Ravens compete in athletics in the NCAA Division III and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Men's sports offered at Anderson University include football, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, tennis, golf, soccer, cross country, swimming, and track & field. Women's sports offered at Anderson University include basketball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, soccer, golf, cross country, swimming, and track & field. Anderson University also offers Men's Volleyball, Rugby, and Men's Lacrosse as club sports. Formerly the Tigers, AU's nickname was changed to the Ravens in 1937.[34] The current mascot is Rodney the Raven.

Hall of fame[edit]

The Anderson University Athletic Hall of Fame was started in 1997 with 10 inductees that year. Ten additional honorees were added in 1998. Members have been inducted each year.[35] The names are nominees are submitted and given consideration by the Hall of Fame committee. The committee has 11 representatives and is headed by university's Athletic Director. The inductees are announced each Spring and formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at a banquet during the university's homecoming activities each Fall.[36]

Sports medicine[edit]

Students and professors of the athletic training program work with Anderson University athletes.

Intramurals[edit] voted Anderson University as one of the country's top 25 colleges for intramurals sports.

  • Fall Season
    • Flag Football
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Spikeball
    • Wiffleball
    • Volleyball
    • Team Handball
    • KanJam
    • Floor Hockey
  • Spring Season
    • Basketball
    • Indoor Soccer
    • Pool Volleyball
    • Corn Hole
    • Softball
    • Outdoor Soccer
    • Badminton

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "2008 NACUBO Endowment Study" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
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  4. ^ a b "Reardon Auditorium Conference & Performance Events". Anderson University (Indiana). Archived from the original on 21 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
  5. ^ "Church of God History". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
  6. ^ "Anderson History". Archived from the original on 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
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  18. ^ "Anderson University receives IDEM grant to implement campus program". Church of God Ministries News. Church of God Ministries. 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2008-10-09.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Office of the President". Anderson University. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  20. ^ "Geographic Names Information System Feature Detail Report". U.S. Department of the Interior (U.S. Geological Survey).
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  25. ^ "Colts open to finding a new camp site". Gannett Co. Inc. 2008-01-19. Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2008-10-09.
  26. ^ "Student Life - Anderson University, a Christian College in Indiana".
  27. ^ "Anderson University Chapel". Anderson University. p. 3. Archived from the original on 16 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
  28. ^ "Anderson University Chapel" (PDF). Anderson University. p. 34. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2008-10-09.
  29. ^ Anderson University Undergraduate Catalog 2004-2006. p. 34.
  30. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-17. Retrieved 2015-05-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  33. ^ "Ministries". Archived from the original on February 13, 2013. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  34. ^ "History of the Raven" (PDF). Archived from the original (pdf) on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
  35. ^ "Anderson University Athletics - Hall of Fame".
  36. ^ "History of the Hall of Fame". Anderson University. Archived from the original on 25 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-08.

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