Andrews University was established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to prepare church leaders, laity, and other responsible citizens to fulfill the Gospel Commission, and is committed to providing high-quality Christian education in the context of the Adventist faith. It welcomes students from all nations and other faiths who meet the qualifications established by the institution and who subscribe to the ideals of the University.
Andrews University offers a variety of programs leading to vocational certificates and associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. These programs are initiated and maintained, particularly at the graduate level, according to the needs of the church. Along with emphasizing excellence in teaching, the University encourages research in order to enrich the learning process and to benefit the Church and society at large.
Because of its commitment to service, the University and its personnel are involved in local, national, and international programs insofar as expertise and resources allow. The first priority in the allocation of institutional resources, however, is meeting the needs of on campus students and programs.
While the scope of the institution has changed since it's founding, the distinguishing marks of identity envisioned by the founders still guide the University. Paramount among these are: