Colleges Create Careers and Culture in Anderson

By Pamela Coyle on April 26, 2011 at 9:36 am EST
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The drive to universities in Indianapolis might take less than an hour, but why bother? Anderson’s higher education offerings are many and diverse, as are the options for public, private and parochial schools serving younger learners.

Anderson University enrolls more than 2,700 students, with 70 percent of undergraduates living on campus. Along with bachelor’s degrees in traditional fields, Anderson has a graduate school of theology and offers master’s degrees in business administration, music education and nursing. The school gives students an up-close look at entrepreneurship through its affiliation with the Flagship Enterprise Center, an incubator and industrial park, and partners with Purdue University, too.

In 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University, an accredited private Christian liberal arts college, among the Midwest’s best colleges and universities for the fourth year in a row.

The university is three-fourths of the way to a campaign goal of $110 million, $51 million of which is dedicated to capital projects.

Purdue University also has expanded its presence, dedicating a $7 million building in 2007 as part of its College of Technology in Anderson. The facility will house programs from both Purdue and Anderson universities.

Indiana Business College, a proprietary institution with certificate and two-year degree programs, has an Anderson campus, as does Ivy Tech Community College.

Christian education has a solid base, with at least six schools. The Diocese of Lafayette maintains Saint Ambrose and Saint Mary schools.

Anderson Preparatory Academy, a military-style charter school that focuses on liberal art and sciences, is open to all Indiana middle school students.

The Anderson Community Schools Corporation has built three new elementary schools since 2004, bringing the public school district to a total of 10 elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools. About 9,700 students were enrolled in 2007-08.

Anderson and Highland high schools also got major face lifts, but a few important traditions remain. The Marching Highlanders, for example, take parades, games and events wearing full Scottish regalia, with a bagpipe corps.

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