ANDERSON, SC – One of the largest incoming group of new students – more than 750 – are joining the Anderson University family as the 2018-2019 year officially gets underway with Welcome Week activities on Saturday, Aug. 18.
A total of 664 first-time college students, along with 96 transfers, start classes on Aug. 22 following a series of events that include AU’s traditional Archway Walk, Trojan Tradition, an outdoor movie, themed parties and intramural tournaments, among others.
“Welcome Week is our annual opportunity to reunite with returning students while opening our arms to new members of the Anderson University family,” said President Evans P. Whitaker. “Our mission of providing an innovative, entrepreneurial and premier Christian education begins with our students. We’re so excited to welcome those who are returning to campus, and especially members of the class of 2022, to their journey at AU.”
The 2018-2019 school year dawns with a series of campus upgrades, new academic programs and the largest – and most academically successful – number of Honors Program students.
Campus upgrades include:
• A new walkway and greenspace connecting AU’s two newest facilities, the $26 million, 86,000-square foot G. Ross Anderson Jr. Student Center, and the 53,000-square foot Thrift Building;
• Renovated and dedicated dance studio space in the historic Merritt Theatre;
• Resurfaced lots and new parking spaces at AU’s Athletic Campus; and
• Renovated dormitory facilities, among others.
Also, new academic programs either are launched or accepting applications, including the College of Business’ Master of Organizational Leadership; the College of Christian Studies and its Clamp Divinity School’s Doctor of Ministry track in 21st Century Ministry; the College of Health Professions’ new FLEX Degree in Human Services; and the College of Education’s master’s program in Instructional Design and Learning Technology.
Those programs are a part of continued academic growth and innovation that include the new AU PRO (Professional Readiness Opportunities) career-planning program; the launch of an Office of Technology, Online Learning and Innovation; and an AU Honors Program that will welcome its largest and most academically successful group of students.
“As we welcome our students for the start of another year at Anderson, we remain committed to continued growth and academic excellence as we equip the next generation to fulfill their life’s purpose,” Dr. Whitaker said. “All of us at AU are working hard to make this the best year in our more-than 100-year history.”
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