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Anderson University

Anderson University is also featured in our ranking 50 Best Value Colleges for a Criminal Justice Degree.

Law and Order at Anderson

Anderson University provides students with many subfields of criminal justice in which they can pursue degrees. Some of these course studies are traditional, with all classes taking place on campus, some are online only, and some are hybrids of both. The bachelor's degree that focuses on Homeland Security and emergency preparedness is offered 100-percent online whereas the bachelor's degree focused on law enforcement is a hybrid. The Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, which is offered at the Command College branch of Anderson University, is, likewise, a hybrid degree. The general criminal justice bachelor's degree is offered on campus.

About Anderson University

Prior to its 1911 charter as a college for women, the institution that would eventually become Anderson University opened its doors in 1848 as a seminary. The seminary closed during the Civil War after its founder's early and untimely death. Between 1862 and 1911, there was nothing. Those who remembered the seminary and Johnson University with fondness were behind the resurrection of the college, which they named Anderson College. It remained Anderson College until 2006 when it became known as Anderson University.

Today, the university offers more than 60 degree programs in both undergraduate and graduate studies. Innovation has always been the driving force of the university in all of its incarnations, and U.S. News & World Report, in addition to ranking Anderson University highly in all categories, named it as the No. 7 most innovative school it ranked. The magazine also rated Anderson University highly for providing exceptional educational value to its students.

Anderson University Accreditation Details

The university earned its regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which has as one of its criteria "continuous improvement." Anderson University has maintained such improvement and has kept this prestigious accreditation. Other accreditations that the university has earned include:

•Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

•National Association of Schools of Art and Design

•National Association of Schools of Music

•National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

•South Carolina State Board of Education

•South Carolina Board of Nursing

•Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

The school also maintains affiliations with the following entities:

•Association of American Colleges and Universities

•International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities

•Council for the Advancement and Support of Education

•The Council of Independent Colleges

•National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

•South Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities

•South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities

•South Carolina College Personnel Association

•North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals

•National Association of College Admission Counseling

•Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Anderson University Application Requirements

Undergraduate admissions, whether in criminal justice or not, include an essay, letters of reference from teachers, pastors, or work supervisors, a high-school resume highlighting extracurricular activities, transcripts, and either SAT or ACT scores. All of the scores and transcripts must be forwarded by the appropriate institutions and may not be sent by the applicants.

The requirements for admission into the Master of Criminal Justice program are extensive. They include:

•A bachelor's degree from an accredited university

•A 2.75 GPA in all undergraduate work

•Official transcripts from every institution attended

•A current performance review and written nomination from the applicant's supervisor

•A current resume

•Working in the field of criminal justice with preference given to applicants who hold supervisory positions

•Five years' experience in the field of criminal justice

International students must be able to prove English proficiency by taking one of the approved examinations in English. They must also have all immigration paperwork settled before enrolling in classes. All foreign transcripts must be translated into English if they are not printed in English already.

Students of any study level who have questions should contact the Admissions Office at Anderson University.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Graduate tuition at Anderson University is charged by the credit hour. Criminal justice students, for example, pay $450 per credit hour per semester. Online studies cost $350 extra for the delivery of course materials. Graduate students who take more than six credit hours at once must pay a technology fee of $200.

Undergraduate students pay $25,140 annually for tuition. Depending on the residence hall in which the student wishes to live, the cost for room and board ranges from slightly less than $5,000 to almost $7,000. Meal plans are all roughly $2,000. There are also other assorted fees that come to about $1,500. Books are additional. Students with more questions about their costs should contact the bursar.

Many students study at Anderson University after receiving financial aid. Students who want or need financial aid must begin by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The University carefully evaluates each student's FAFSA for eligibility and renders a decision prior to the enrollment date. In most cases, students must submit any applicable tax forms, including those of their parents, to complete the FAFSA process.

There are many types of financial aid, including loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study. Not all students will qualify for all forms of aid, so it would be a good idea to begin the FAFSA process early so that students know where they stand. Students may also apply for grants and scholarships outside of the realm of Anderson University. Each of these awards will have its own set of rules, guidelines, and criteria by which students are evaluated. Some of them award fixed amounts while others award flexible amounts. Almost all of them also have tough criteria for keeping the award. Some grants have academic achievement requirements, and should a student fail to meet those requirements, the grant will morph into an unsubsidized Stafford loan. It is incumbent on students to know everything there is to know about each award they receive so that they avoid any unpleasant surprises.

By focusing on the liberal arts portion of each degree, the university ensures its graduates are well-rounded individuals with critical thinking skills and 21st-century curiosity. Anderson University prides itself on its innovative approach and maximizing the value it provides to its students.