Anderson University ranked among top 50 regional colleges, universities in Midwest

New Delhi, September 19, 2018: ANDERSON – Taking a break from studying in the marketplace at lunchtime in the basement of Decker Hall, juniors Lauren Imlay and Trevon McCall reflected on how they ended up at Anderson University.

Imlay, 20, a nursing major from Columbus, said she was looking for a college with small classroom sizes according to reports published in

McCall, 21, a general studies major from Atlanta, Georgia, said, “It’s just such a small school, but at the same time, that small atmosphere lets you succeed in school.”

Both did their own research as they looked for a place to continue their educations after high school. But had they consulted U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2019 guidebook, they would have found AU among its highly rated colleges and universities of the Midwest.

For a 15th consecutive year, Anderson University has ranked among the guidebook’s top 50 regional colleges and universities in the Midwest. AU ranked 16th among Indiana institutions and 47th in the Midwest.

AU was recognized for its strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and as one of the most innovative schools in the Midwest.

U.S. News & World Report’s rankings are based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Established in 1917 as Anderson College, Anderson University is the first of four universities intended to advance the mission of Church of God Ministries.

“We’re building on that great 100-year history, the traditions we have, and using it as a foundation for the next 100 years of service,” said AU President John Pistole.

Pistole said the designation from U.S. News & World Report demonstrates that AU is living up to its goal to be distinctive, compelling and relevant.

He said the heritage and connection to the Church of God-Anderson remains important, but being one of the better post-secondary institutions in the Midwest will attract more students.

“As times have changed, people are staying closer to home for college,” he said.

The university also is developing a reputation for its relatively new national security and cybersecurity majors and the partnerships with nearby businesses like Interactive Intelligence that allows for meaningful internships and job opportunities, Pistole said.

Jim Lyon, general director of Anderson-based Church of God Ministries, said he’s proud of the way Anderson University continues to advance the mission of denomination.

“It is faithful to the mission for which it was founded, which is to minister to the world,” he said. “It still is developing with a measure of excellence and sets the example for the other schools we have.”

Anderson University’s strength, Lyon said, is that it not only prepares students but also for ministry and service in all its forms.

“It’s educating students so they can change the world,” he said. “Anderson University is really honing its services and offerings, and part of that is its idealism.”

As a father of four AU graduates, Lyon said he has seen firsthand the lasting quality of the education they received.

“In every place, they have landed successfully in no small way because of their AU experience,” he said. “The dynamic expansion of Anderson University’s degree programs is a direct measure of how it engages the world as it is rather than as it used to be.”

In an age when private college education is very competitive in terms of attracting students, Lyon said, Anderson University is able to provide a quality education without the resources often given to public institutions.

What also sets the university apart, Lyon said, is that it adheres to an ideal of not only individual holiness but also social holiness.

“We’ve been at the front lines of rights of women and ethnic minorities,” he said.

 Anderson University has sold its radio station, WQME 98.7 The Song, to Educational Media Foundation, a nonprofit religious organization, for $725,000.

The agreement was made on Aug. 27. The sale includes the license and some equipment at the tower but not the building, which is a part of the AU campus according to reports published in

University officials announced in January that they planned to sell the 4,500-watt station. The station had been owned by the university for about 28 years.

University officials initially said they would accept $800,000 or best offer.

The media foundation owns and operates 245 stations specializing in contemporary Christian music. Its headquarters are in Rocklin, California.

Programming at the station changed in May, and the four employees were released from their positions at that time, said Joe Miller, director of signal development for EMF.

“We don’t need to have a studio on the campus like they had in the past,” he said.

EMF already owns a license to broadcast its satellite programming to the west side of Indianapolis from Greencastle, he said. The Anderson license will serve the east-central part of the state under its Air1 brand.

“This will complement our existing station pretty well,” he said. “We’re excited to have Air1 covering more of Indiana than it did before.”

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