Location
Anderson, SC
Undergrads
2,151
Tuition
$21,730
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 592 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of different restaurants in Anderson. You can pretty much find whatever you're looking for.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health clinic at AU is great. The women who work there will care for you as if you're their own children, and go above and beyond in making sure you receive what you need.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors really care about you and your success. They will always take the time to hang out with you in their office and make sure you know the material, or help you find new opportunities. We have a free tutoring center and tons of people on staff who are more than willing to help you with anything you need, whether that's finishing up an essay, learning to study more effectively, or just encourage you.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: In the Christian studies majors, our professors are extremely invested in our lives because they want us to be trained at the highest possible level of excellence before we start our careers. Most of the professors in the program are or were pastors, so they have a lot of hands-on experience and practical wisdom along with their knowledge of the material they teach. These professors love to mentor us, pray with us, and spend extra time with us to teach us things above and beyond what the courses require, and they have lots of opportunities set in place to help us get out into the ministry work so we can gain valuable experience. I am extremely impressed with the Christian studies programs at AU.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: AU is constantly growing and keeping up with the times. Every new student gets an iPad for personal use and classroom use, and they're about to build a huge multi-million dollar student center that will include several restaurants, study spaces, and recreational areas for students to relax and have fun.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The library is awesome, and student activities is always coming up with new ways to keep us busy.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There's a lot of school spirit at AU, but it's not as if the athletic program is the hub of school life. Our music and theater programs, for example, are just as big of a deal here.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It can sometimes be a bit of a hassle to get people on the phone in the financial aid office, but the people there really care and want to help as much as possible. They worked with me to make sure I got as much aid as I was eligible for.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The rules aren't that bad. If you're of age, you can drink off-campus as long as you don't come back drunk or bring alcohol back on campus with you. There's no curfew, so you can be out on the lawn or at Waffle House or wherever until 5 AM if you please, and the rule about visitation hours isn't that bad... it means your suitemates know when they can walk around half-undressed without someone of the opposite sex walking in, and there are plenty of places around and off campus to hand out with people of the other gender without having them in your room. Yes, you have to keep the lights on and the door propped open, but it's not like the RA's stalk the hall peering in at you all the time. At AU, the honor code is very strong. As long as we don't break a bunch of rules, we're mostly left to do as we please and trusted to act like adults.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living in the dorms is pretty cool. Most of them don't have kitchens, but microwaves and mini-fridges are allowed. The Boulevard dorms are the newest and have kitchens in the lobbies, but they have painted-cinderblock walls in the rooms, which make them a little less homey, and they're further from classes. If you're trying to choose between Denmark and Pratt, definitely try to get into Denmark. They're redoing the bathrooms in Pratt this summer, I believe, but Denmark is just better quality. Both Pratt and Denmark are connected to Merritt, the building where the dining hall is, so living in either of them means easy access to meals. Both of them are quite close to the rest of things on campus, too (classes, library, etc.) You have to walk up a big hill to get from the Village to all of those things, but the Village has private rooms if you're willing to pay a little more. Kingsley is a bit of a walk to everything, but no more than the Village is. Stringer is way at the end of campus, further even than Boulevard. It's quite a bit of a walk from there to main campus, so I wouldn't recommend living there unless you have a car or like to walk a lot.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People typically dress casually, a bit on the preppy side, but we also have lots of athletes and others who dress differently. Regardless of your personality and style, you'll find people to get along with at this school.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Everyone acts like a big family at AU. A lot of people say that about their school, but at Anderson you are literally treated like family by most of the surrounding people. The staff and faculty will get to know you and are happy to take care of you in any way they can.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Anderson is very accepting of people who are different than the average student. We have plenty of students of different races and a small LGBT population, and I've never seen these people treated any differently.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off-campus and don't know very much about it except what I've heard.

4 College Senior

Weather: Fall and Spring are beautiful on the campus. Anderson is located where the weather is never too extreme. Some days in summer can be brutal for just a few days.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Bar/club scenes are discouraged, which is expected if you attend a religious affiliated school. Small parties at someone's house are better and less chances to get in trouble.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Comparable to other schools. Some new, some old. Not much social activities, but the campus is beautiful and nice to be out there on pretty days.

3 College Senior

Parking: Cost is reasonable. If there's no special event going on, we can usually find somewhere to park. Walking a little ways never hurt anyone. You need a car because businesses are not close enough to school to walt to.

2 College Senior

Greek Life: Very little about Greek life is noticed. I couldn't tell you that much about it. Very little support from faculty again.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Anderson is growing. The downtown area needs to grow and cater to students. Usually AU students have to go to Greenville or Clemson to be entertained for their age group. The lower side of Anderson is full of druggies and whores.

3 College Senior

Athletics: The students and atheletes work hard, but it seems the sports for AU are not marketed enough in the area. The students work hard and practice and I am proud of them. But they need more support. They are very good athletes.

2 College Senior

Majors: I'm an adult and expect to be treated like one. I'm in the adult program (ACCEL) and I have had to remind some professors that I am as old as they, and I expect some mutual respect. I would not do over. AU is expensive and the rep is not all that great. 8 weeks is too short to learn what they try to teach. Many faculty members are arrogant and rude. With their rep, someone from Clemson, USC, Furman, etc. would probably be picked before you.

2 College Senior

Majors: Classes are difficult to schedule because some are offered at night and some are not, or only in the winter classes for example. One may be offered online, and the other one is seated. Not much help from advisors either.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have what we need for a small university

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have NEVER encountered it!

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