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Anderson University is an institution preoccupied with theQuite Bright
Anderson University is an institution preoccupied with the "Christian experience" of its students at the expense of academics. A few departments are solid due to the efforts of incredible faculty, but this is impossible to discern in advance of attending. Now that I have been to graduate school and compared my educational experience to my peers at many other kinds of institutions, both public and private, it is clear that AU does not meet the rigorous standards upheld at most schools. The campus offers little to no opportunities for students to meet visiting academic lecturers. Many of AU's faculty are not professionally active in their fields. (No, this is not interchangeable for friendliness and approachability. Faculty research is essential for innovative and relevant courses.)

Consider what you want out of a college. AU markets its campus primarily as a Christian atmosphere, a place to safely learn, where you should be comfortable. Maybe this is the right place for you.I think we should be uncomfortable sometimes in college. I would have learned a lot more (and had more fun) if I was in an more diverse environment. Diversity encourages more freedom of thought, and it actually does show up in the university curriculum at other institutions.

4th Year Female -- Class 1998
Friendliness: A, Useful Schoolwork: F
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I was so sad to leave in order to pursue a major not ofBrightUndecided
I was so sad to leave in order to pursue a major not offered here. Loved the students, was friends with the faculty, and plenty of good, clean fun around, especially if you're not afraid to be a little silly. Can be a little dull some weekends, but not bad for such a small school. Course work stimulating, and profs are more than willing to set aside time to help you out. Partying can be found if you're looking for it, but most people don't bother.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2011
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: B-
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Anderson was a nice place to go.Business - Management and Administration
Anderson was a nice place to go. A bit over priced as are all private universities IMO, but I enjoyed my time there. I am not a social king and didn't even have a car my first two years, but was relatively comfortable in the dorms of Anderson. I did not spend my time studying all the time either as I only came away with a 3.2. But I consider myself conservative and this school fit that OK. It was small enough to really know people, both students and professors, but big enough to have lots of activities to do. If it wasn't so expensive now (and I make good money) I'd consider sending my own kids their. I would have to be making well over $125,000 to send my kids here and have a relative financial burden to what my parents had sending me 15 years ago. Education (especially private) just keeps going up in double digit rates when salaries don't.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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