Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find counseling support?
We offer free personal (see below) and professional support to both undergraduate and graduate students and their spouses. The Counseling & Testing Center is located in Bell Hall and is staffed by licensed psychologists, counselors and graduate interns. It is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). The Center also provides personality, intelligence, career and academic testing. Click on the link for more information: www.andrews.edu/services/ctcenter/services.
For either one-on-one or group counseling students can meet within our secure setting to gather helpful personal insights and develop the tools they need to resolve problems. Our counselors are trained to assist you with issues related to loneliness, depression, anxiety, feelings of inadequacy, interpersonal relations, marital or family conflicts and anger management.
What is the Student Success Center and where can I find it?
Our Student Success Center is an office committed to every student’s success at Andrews. The Center offers our students a variety of services to ensure they have the tools for a successful college experience. There are many helpful links with information about how to succeed in difficult subject areas. Students can access these tools at www.andrews.edu/services/sscenter. The Student Success Center is located on the second floor of Nethery Hall, Suite 135.
Does Andrews offer disability accommodations?
The Student Success Center also organizes assistance for students who require disability accommodation. To find out more information on services that are offered please click on the link below: www.andrews.edu/services/sscenter/disability.
Where can I find tutoring help on campus?
If you are struggling with a class or just need a little extra help, the Student Success Center offers free tutoring for students who are taking at least 12–16 credits. Simply go to the Student Success Center (second floor of Nethery Hall, Suite 135) and sign up for a tutor. You will be matched with a tutor who will meet with you one-on-one. For more details please follow this link: www.andrews.edu/services/sscenter/tutoring-and-tools.
What if I have prior work experience before I come to Andrews?
For students 24 years of age or older who are entering or returning to the classroom from the workforce, we offer credit based on your experiences. For more information on the requirements needed in order to obtain these credits please follow the link below:
Where can I find employment on campus or in the area?
The University relies on good students workers to keep it functioning well. The best way to acquire employment on campus is to bring a current resume to the department(s) you are interested in. You can also look on the Human Resources website for job postings and to learn how the hiring process works. Click on this link for more information: www.andrews.edu/hr/emp_jobs.html. There are also a number of student-friendly positions available in the immediate area off-campus (Berrien Springs) and in the greater regional area (South Bend, Ind., St. Joseph, Benton Harbor and Niles, Mich.).
What is the Career Center?
The Career Center is a one-stop shop for those looking to find the right career fit. Job postings are updated regularly and career fairs are announced. Find the right connection for you at www.andrews.edu/services/career_services.
Can Dining Services accommodate my eating style?
Yes. We offer a vegetarian cuisine in a buffet style to regularly meet your eating needs. We also offer vegan options. If you have additional dietary needs, our dining services staff is more than willing to help you. Our meal plans allow students to secure enough food for the semester based on their personal needs. Even if a student does not live on campus, he or she is still eligible to open a cafe account through Registration Central or at the Office of Dining Services with cash, check or credit card payment. For a detailed look at our on-campus meal plans, go to www.andrews.edu/life/living/dining/meal_plans.
Community students can visit:
Can I have a vehicle on campus?
Yes, all students are allowed to have a vehicle on campus. To register your vehicle, go to http://www.andrews.edu/services/safety/parking/registration.html
The current fee for vehicle registration is $10.
What is the best way to access campus news?
Students can find up-to-date campus information and events on the Andrews Agenda. Just click the link below to see what is happening on campus this week:
Students will also benefit from The Student Movement—a weekly, student-run newspaper that circulates during the school year.
What spiritual events activities are available?
Whether you’re interested in going out into the community to help others or you feel more comfortable ministering from your dorm room, there is something for everyone at Andrews. Weekly trips to the Harbor of Hope church plant in Benton Harbor allow students to make a difference in the life of a child or young adult in the heart of this depressed community. Monthly trips to do street ministry in Chicago through My Town Ministry bring the opportunity for hands-on work for God in a major city.
Maybe your calling is to serve your fellow students in small groups or help with chapels, or go on one of the many mission trips offered through the Office of Campus Ministries. Each fall Andrews hosts a ministry fair where new and current students have the opportunity to learn about and sign up for different ministries across campus. You can find a list of campus and community ministries below:
What is happening at the Howard Performing Arts Center this season?
The Howard Performing Arts Center (HPAC) is the premier performing arts center in the local area and hosts a variety of world-renowned Christian and classical music performers. Students receive a discounts on most events. This season includes performances by David Phelps, Petar Jankovic Ensemble, Telegraph Quartet, Jars of Clay, Filharmonic, and more. For a complete schedule of upcoming events visit: http://howard.andrews.edu.
What extracurricular activities are available for students?
Andrews offers many clubs for a variety of academic and personal interests and hobbies. There are over 100 clubs registered through the Student Life office for both undergraduate and graduate students. Each club has a faculty advisor and student leader. Click on the link below for more information, including a list of clubs and officers. You can contact the leaders yourself through email or meet the club leadership by dropping by in person during the annual clubs & organizations fair held during fall semester.
Where do students live?
Undergraduate women up to the age of 22 live in Lamson Hall. Damazo Hall is for women ages 22 and up, including undergraduate and graduate. Meier Hall is for men up to the age of 22, and Burman Hall is for ages 22 and up. Students who are 22 or older may also live in the university apartments on campus or rent from other area housing off-campus. Students who are under 22 must live in the residence halls designated for them, unless they are living with immediate family in the area.
Are students able to go home on weekends?
Students who live on campus can arrange to go home on weekends by submitting an overnight leave request to the deans in their residence halls. These home visits are not limited.
Tell me what the cafeteria is like? What are the hours? Are there a variety of eating choices with hours that appeal to students?
Andrews University Dining Services has a modern atmosphere with lots of food options. There is a salad bar, sandwich area, pizza area, cereal, soup and dessert stations, as well as a rotating hot food line, omelet bar, and stir-fry station. Andrews’ diversity is reflected in the various cultural selections provided on the rotating hot food line. Pricing is a fixed all-you-care-to-eat buffet. The newly renovated and updated Gazebo offers???
What are the computer facilities like on campus? Is there an adequate number?
There are a total of eight computer labs located on campus available for our students. They are fully functioning and up-to-date.
Does the campus have wireless access? Are the dorm rooms wired?
All academic buildings and the Campus Center have wireless Internet, as well as all residence halls. Lamson, Meier and Burman residence halls have Ethernet connections in each room. Damazo Hall is solely wireless.
What is the library like? What are the hours? Are there any quiet study areas?
There are six libraries on campus. The main one is the James White Library. It has three floors and is open six days a week: Monday—Thursday 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday 1–10:30 p.m. Its hours are limited during breaks and the library closes on major holidays. There are plenty of quiet study areas.
How far is the airport/train station from the campus? What are the arrangements for getting to and from these?
The closest airport is in South Bend, Ind., about 30 minutes away. The closest train stations are located in Niles, Mich. and South Bend, Ind. If needed, the Office of Transportation is available to transport students for a reasonable fee.
How do I get in touch with other people on the Andrews University campus?
Connecting with people at Andrews is as easy as knowing who you would like to reach. Consult our campus directory at http://www.andrews.edu/directory. Simply type in the name of the individual or department you want to contact, and take it from there. Simple is better.
What are the admissions requirements to Andrews University?
Visit our admissions page at http://www.andrews.edu/undergrad.
How and when are my transcripts evaluated from previous school(s)?
Once you are accepted and an ID number is assigned, the file is sent to the Office of Academic Records where it is articulated (the department reviews the courses and decides which credits will transfer).
How will I know I have been accepted to Andrews?
The quickest way is to keep checking your Andrews preVue page. All decisions made by the office of Undergraduate (or Graduate) Admissions are quickly uploaded for your convenience. However, if you don’t want to check the Internet, you will also receive a decision email and/or packet informing you of your acceptance status.
If I don’t meet the admission requirements what are my options?
That depends. Are you a first-time freshman? Let’s say you are. If you don’t meet our admissions requirements as a prospective first-time freshman, we suggest you either study and retake the ACT or SAT in an attempt to improve your scores or spend a year at a community college, taking general education courses, in order to raise your GPA.
If you’re not a first-time freshman, we suggest you either stay at the college/university you currently attend and continue to raise your GPA, or begin attending courses at a community college in order to raise your GPA.
What if I only want to take a course or two without applying for admission as a full-time student?
You’re in luck! We happily offer permission to take classes. By filling out the appropriate form, which can be obtained online or from the Enrollment Management office, you are able to take up to three courses in any given semester. However, the courses still cost the full listed amount and tuition must be paid at the time of enrollment.
What is the difference between official and unofficial transcripts and when is each acceptable?
An official transcript is one that is sent directly from the school in a sealed envelope, addressed to Andrews University, bearing the signature and/or seal of the registrar. An official transcript also must include a complete and final list of classes and grades received. Anything less than this is considered unofficial.
This means transcripts that are faxed or hand delivered, issued to the student, or show in-progress classes are unofficial. Unofficial transcripts can be used for acceptance, but the student cannot register for courses until Andrews receives the final official transcripts.
How do I arrange for a visit to campus as a prospective student?
For those wishing to visit the campus of Andrews University we ask that you go to our visit calendar to select the date you would like to visit. The calendar can be found at this link: http://www.andrews.edu/visit.
Once you have selected the date you wish to visit, you will be asked to fill in your contact information along with your academic interests. As soon as we receive your request we will begin working on the details of your visit.
The Office of Student Visits is open Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.–12 p.m. We highly recommend arriving the night before your visit if you are traveling from more than two hours away. We also recommend coming during Monday–Thursday if you would like to see more than one academic department and to ensure you have time to get all your questions answered.
Do undergraduates get the chance to work with seasoned professors?
Andrews University students are taught directly by seasoned professors themselves versus graduate assistants who typically teach many classes at other universities.
How accessible are the faculty? How well do they get to know their students?
Our faculty members are accessible and approachable. Many of them include their phone numbers and email in their syllabi so students can get in touch of them. Some of them even hold departmental vespers where everyone can get together. A number of our faculty live nearby in Berrien Springs, Mich.
What are the strongest and most popular majors?
Biology, physical therapy, teaching, architecture, engineering (mechanical and electrical), computer science, aviation, agriculture, horticulture.
Are performing arts opportunities available to non-majors?
Yes. No matter what your major is, you can join our various choirs or symphonies, and/or participate in drama clubs.
Does Andrews University offer the opportunity to study abroad?
Our students can study in places like Austria, France, Spain, Hong Kong, Israel, Greece, Italy or Brazil through ACA (Adventist Colleges Abroad). Visit http://www.andrews.edu/cas/inls/programs/aca.html for an explanation of the program.
Who can students go to if they are unsure about what major they should take?
The Student Success Center provides resources to help you figure out what careers would be a good match for you. The Counseling & Testing Center also offers career tests to help you discover what your skill set is and what lines up with your interests.
Do students get to take the courses they want? How accommodating are the administration and professors?
Your academic advisor is there to help you select the classes you need for your degree. If there’s ever a class that you want to take just for fun you are also able to do that as well. Our professors and administrators are partners in your success. Andrews, also, has interactive online courses to help make it easier for you.
Are there online course options?
Yes, Andrews offers online courses through the School of Distance Education. Find out more.
Is there a core curriculum? How restrictive or broad is it?
Each academic department has established a core curriculum. However, if there are other classes you feel would be beneficial to your academic career you are usually able to fit those in as well. Undergraduate students adhere to the General Education curriculum as a foundation for their major-specific curriculum. The General Education curriculum must be met in order to graduate and major requirements must be met in order to complete specific programs.
Andrews University is tucked away—but not far away from everything. A Walmart Supercenter as well as Target, JC Penney, Dollar Tree and T.J. Maxx are just a few of the national shopping chains located in nearby Benton Harbor, Mich. There are plenty of places for shopping in Niles and St. Joseph, Mich. and Mishawaka, Ind.—all within 25 miles of campus.
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