Anderson University Welcomes Historic Class as Nearly 1,000 First-Year Students Join Largest Private University in South Carolina

Anderson University welcomed roughly 1,000 first-year students to its Class of 2027 as the academic year began on Wednesday, August 23, 2023.

Anderson University is still the largest private university in South Carolina, with more than 4,200 students enrolled for the 2023-2024 academic year as classes begin today.

Nearly 1,000 first-year students arrived on campus last week, which represents a 6.4 percent increase from last year. Students in the Anderson University Class of 2027 represent 31 states and 12 countries.

“We are extraordinarily blessed that so many young men and women are choosing Anderson University to continue their education,” said Evans P. Whitaker, Ph.D., President of Anderson University. “Despite the conventional wisdom suggesting more and more students are re-thinking higher education as a viable path, that’s not what we’re seeing at AU. On the contrary, we’ve never experienced more interest in the comprehensive Christian education and vibrant experience we provide. Today, I celebrate with our entire campus community that Anderson University is as strong today as it has ever been throughout our 112-year history as a premier, academically selective private university.”

Hundreds of students helped with new-student move-in at Anderson University on Friday, August 18, 2023.

All told, more than 4,200 students are enrolled at Anderson University for the 2023-2024 academic year, which continues a 20-year trend of continued growth.

The first day of classes comes amid AU’s annual Welcome Week celebration, which began with the University’s traditional Archway Walk on Friday, August 18 and included the annual Trojan Tradition on Monday, August 21 and an on-campus Block Party on Tuesday, August 22. Welcome Week events continue nightly and conclude with the Big Welcome Event, a campus-wide gathering and fireworks display on Saturday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Spero Financial Field.

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