Buller Hall, Andrews University [Photo credit: Daniel Bedell]
In the 2024 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, Andrews was the only Adventist university listed among 439 national universities in the ranking of nearly 1,500 colleges and universities. This national university status reflects Andrews’ full range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees and a strong emphasis on research.
In this year’s U.S. News rankings, Andrews University was again ranked the #1 most ethnically diverse national university, tying with the University of San Francisco. Andrews was also tied for #7 among national universities for most international students, with more than 100 countries represented in the current student body.
“From its first days as Battle Creek College in 1874, to today’s remarkable, ethnically diverse and international campus, Andrews University has been committed to learning about and changing the world, and to do that in the context of God’s kingdom,” says John Wesley Taylor V, university president. “These excellent rankings continue to reflect Andrews University’s unparalleled strength in meeting and excelling in this commitment, not just within the system of Adventist education but also in the context of U.S. higher education overall.”
Andrews University also did well in Niche.com’s 2024 Best Colleges in America rankings, including a placement in the top 15 Christian universities nationwide, and the Wall Street Journal/College Pulse’s 2024 America’s Best Colleges list.
Andrews University’s fall semester census of those enrolled on or through the main campus showed 2,972 students, a 2% increase in enrollment—1,427 undergraduate students and 1,545 graduate students. The freshman class of 272 FTIACs (First Time in Any College) was up 20% while the number of new undergraduate transfer students remained steady. New graduate student enrollment is up 8% over last year.
An additional 204 students are also registered and studying at international campus partners and programs this fall semester, which makes for an overall worldwide Andrews University 2023 fall semester enrollment of 3,176.
Additionally, Andrews University continues to enroll students throughout the year, including those who study through national and international student cohorts in graduate programs. An annual unduplicated headcount, which is released later in the year, best shows overall enrollment at Andrews during a 12-month period.
“Our fall semester enrollment statistics reflect the importance of a strong focus each year in encouraging our undergraduate and graduate students to continue their studies once they’ve begun, and also the growth in our student populations shows the overall work of our enrollment team and the entire campus community,“ says Christon Arthur, university provost.
For more information on rankings and enrollment, visit andrews.edu/agenda/64197.
Anthony Bosman is associate professor of mathematics and Stephen Payne is special assistant to the president of Andrews University.