Andrews University was originally a very small school (just 12 students), located in Battle Creek, Michigan. Today, it is the best-known Adventist educational institution in the world. Since its humble beginnings in 1874, Andrews has placed scholarship, research, and practical Christianity at the top of its priorities for students who attend a Christian university.
Students have no trouble satisfying their taste for diversion at Andrews. On-campus activities are frequent and intercollegiate/intramural sports are popular attractions. Off-campus activities are in no short supply: Pottery at the Box Factory in St. Joseph, dining at the Chocolate Café alongside the lake, or an afternoon at the Chicago Art Institute followed by dinner at one of the city’s famous jazz lounges, for instance. Students can enjoy a symphony and an international restaurant, an art café, or a photo exhibit and indie film, all within a half-hour of campus. There is plenty of local life to be discovered at Andrews.
Entertaining as local attractions may be, Andrews is serious about students’ education. Students have the option of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and study abroad programs. For those who wish to study abroad, Andrews has several affiliate schools or service posts located around the globe that will work to make a the experience fulfilling and worthwhile.
In September of 2003, Andrews University established its Distance Learning & Instructional Technology (DLiT) to meet growing need. Its mission is to serve students by providing information and support for online and other non-traditional courses, and assist faculty in the development and implementation of learning and teaching through technology-enhanced delivery methods.
In partnership with Griggs University, Andrews offers correspondence courses for undergraduates. This combined Griggs/Andrews Distance Education Program requires a minimum of 124 semester hours to receive a degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. Degrees are offered in the following: A.A. in Personal Ministries, B.A. in Humanities, B.S. in Cross-Cultural Studies, B.S. in Human Organization and Behavior, and B.A. in Religion.
At DLiT, graduate programs are also available: M.A. Educational Administration K-12, M.A. Educational Administration Higher Education, and M.S. Nursing Education. Other courses such as professional development and related subjects are also available. Andrews offers other courses and even degrees which are not currently available through distance learning. Though, more courses and degree programs are being offered every year.
Students who are considering attending Andrews are encouraged to tour the campus. Campus tours are offered and arranged by contacting Guest Services. The campus is located in rural southwestern Michigan. There are bus and train routes which stop nearby campus. A range of accommodations for guests, including lodging and full-service cafeteria, is available.
Andrews University, a distinctive Seventh-day Adventist Christian institution, transforms its students by educating them to seek knowledge and affirm faith in order to change the world. Distance learning students are able to choose from undergraduate programs through the College of Arts and Sciences as well as graduate work through the school of education. Whether live on campus, distance learning, or studying abroad, the faith-based education and culture at Andrews fosters understanding, appreciation for diversity, courage, and a sense of purpose.