Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI, USA

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Andrews University
3.88 Average Rating

Zachary from Fall City, WA

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Very good University; Andrews is referred to as the pinnacle of Adventist education and has very high standards.
Andrews is not only a great school for those who are Adventists but
for all. Programs are excellent and classes are well taught.
Tips for prospective students
Andrews is not an easy University.
Study hard and focus and keep an open mind.
Academic Rigor
Academics is very important and key here at Andrews University.
All departments have staff and professors who are willing to assist you
in any way to make your academic learning a success.
Dorm Life
Brotherhood of men or sisterhood of women,
dorm life is fun, interactive and provides a chance
socialize and grow.
Food and Dining
Food and dining is consisted of a buffet style.
Beneath the cafeteria is the Gazebo where they
offer snacks and other refreshments the cafeteria
does not provide.
What to do for fun
Movies, going out to eat.
Going to South Bend is a great way
to get away from the campus.
Chicago is a 2 hour drive that is a great city.
Bang for the buck
Great place for education and to get your degree
and to have Chicago in driving distance this place
is ideal for those who wish to receive a good academic
program and enjoy the city.
Clubs and Activities
Not many clubs in Berrien Springs but South Bend will provide
that, or Chicago.
Activities are everywhere, so long as you look for it!
Campus Safety
Campus safety is very strict and does their utmost
best to provide student safety.
Cameras and patrols are consistent and
curfew is adhered to.
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Karacan from Berrien Springs, MI

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Andrews University is a school that is diverse in culture, race, and ethnic backgrounds. At this school students are taught that school is important and that God is the center of everything. Students at Andrews University learn the meaning of life and what in their educational and spiritual lives.
Tips for prospective students
-The school is diverse you will meet people from various backgrounds
-This school is not for someone who would be miserable in rural areas
-If you love God and want to learn more about him this is a great school for you
-The worship experience here is unreal
-Academically the school is above average and you will learn a lot and be challenged.
Academic Rigor
This school challenging but there are great teachers and help to get students through. The masters programs are comparable to some of the best in the world. I love the department that I am in and I always feel challenged academically.
Dorm Life
I hate curfew but the Deans truly care about the well- being of their residents. There are always people in the dorms like the resident advisors and the Deans to help students get through any hardship they encounter.
Food and Dining
Food is good, great for vegans and vegetarians. No meat here! But the variety of food for a vegetarian or vegan is great!
What to do for fun
Worship God, concerts, bowling and activities in he towns around.
Bang for the buck
Andrews University is unique because it is a Christian school that prepares the way for those who want life to be full of meaning, fun, adventure, and true purpose. There are many trips to different parts of the world, the people on campus are from all around, and students learn how to be the best person that they can be.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Adventism is an unusual tradition to the world because no one knows about Seventh- Day Adventists. We go to church Saturdays and worship form friday night sunset to Saturday sunset. This is strange to people who are not Adventist.
Great for these types of students
Students who love God and love diversity this a great school for them. Students who want to be challenged and travel around the world. Students who want to be challenged academically but also enjoy the life that God has given them.
Clubs and Activities
-International Club
-Haitian Club
Black Student Club
-African Club
-Singing Club
-Aviation Club-
-Asian Club
-Latin Club
-Andrews University Club
-Pre Vet, Dent, Doctor Club

Any club you need and want is here
Greek Life
No greek life
Campus Safety
Campus Safety treats each student like a precious child, they watch this camous with pride and love
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Karla from Saint Joseph, MI

accepted here and planning to attend soon
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Andrews University is incredibly supportive to its campus family. The faculty and staff do everything they can to encourage their students. The campus atmosphere is unparalleled.
Tips for prospective students
Research what you want to do. Be intentional about your efforts and try to be the best you you can be.
Academic Rigor
The campus strives for the highest in learning. To teach students not just to past the class but how to succeed outside of school.
Dorm Life
They have great dorms with equipped with everything you need. They have fitness gyms in every dorm and the staff is helpful in making you feel at home.
Food and Dining
No campus compares to Andrews University in food and dining. They have unending options and plenty of health options
What to do for fun
They have plenty of clubs and activities. Because of the international mix of students campus life is especially fun. Whether hanging out with people or embarking on the international trips the university takes within there clubs fun is certain.
Bang for the buck
The campus is unparalleled you get everything you need to be successful outside of college. You will also make friends for life and experiences to last a life time.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
It is a religious campus so there are plenty of spiritual traditions implemented.
Campus Safety
Campus safety provides the most safety they can. Campus is safe and a great environment for everyone who attends.
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A student from IN

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Andrews University is very diverse. People are always willing to help. Academically and spiritually focused.
Tips for prospective students
Prepare for winter, bring lots of boots and coats.
Academic Rigor
It's very academically driven. Your grades really do count and the environment is very academic. You have to study if you want to be successful.
Dorm Life
It's very safe in the dorm. There is curfew rules, and time depends on your academic standing and year. Unless you are older you have no curfew. There is always things to do on the weekends, open houses, etc.
Food and Dining
All you can eat cafe, and gazebo which is kind of like a on the go store/place to get quick food, many opportunities for free food you just have to know where to go
What to do for fun
St. Joe, the beach, Chicago, south bend, going out to eat, bowling, skating, laser tagging, shopping, movies, the Chocolate Cafe is a must, AUSA events, saturday night activities, small groups, go out with friends, sand dunes, snowboarding/skiing, tubing, hiking, fishing, rec center, gym, sports events, banquets.. there is always things to do you just have to be willing to go find it
Bang for the buck
It is very expensive, but its quality education, in a very nice sophisticated, safe environment. I just don't like how sometimes it seems like they are just trying to get money from you like with the chapel credits or dorming, but only of some occasions.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Using cafe treys to slide down the tubing hill, or going corn running
Great for these types of students
There are a lot of different cultures represented here. So anyone from around the world can find something here.
Clubs and Activities
Sports, academics, and many cultural clubs. There is always something going on, you just have to find it
Greek Life
?.. i don't know what this means..
Campus Safety
We have our own campus safety, everything has been well kept, and I feel safe even at night while on campus
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Sarah from Berrien Center, MI

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
andrews university is a faith-based university that focuses on community and diversity. andrews is a great place to explore a career in the arts and sciences and professors are well-trained from highly respected institutions. andrews is located in a beautiful corner of southwest michigan.
Tips for prospective students
be prepared to be challenged intellectually. the goal of professors at andrews university is to make you think, and think hard! also, bring snow gear.
Academic Rigor
teachers at andrews university have a variety of teaching style and are firm believers in interdisciplinary work. a science class may take you to a museum, an english class may take you to the shakespeare theater in chicago, and a religion class may take you to the mountains of peru.
Dorm Life
bring an extra blanket! while the heat is on during the winter, the fluctuating temperatures of michigan may leave you wanting an extra layer! dorm activities bring residents together around movies, cookies, and games.
Food and Dining
bon appetite is caterer for andrews university. they focus on providing healthy food that is bought from local vendors.
What to do for fun
for fun, you can jump from towering concrete pileons into the st. joseph river at the nearby wolf's prairie park. on sunny days, lake michigan is a perfect place to be. just twenty minutes away, the shore of lake michigan offers a lovely beach complete with lighthouses and lakeside boutiques.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
in the wintertime, it has been the tradition to take cafeteria trays and go sledding down the long and steep hill called pathfinder hill.
Clubs and Activities
there are so many activities on campus it is hard to keep up with everything that is going on! there are more than ten options for vespers, as well as ethnic clubs, departmental clubs, and clubs dedicated to causes.
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Danae from Berrien Springs, MI

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Going into my sixth semester here at Andrews University, I have found that my knowledge has increased exponentially and not simply in the classroom setting. The classes are engaging, challenging, and interactive and the teachers are always willing to work time into their schedule to meet with you if you need help or just to talk. With all of the different programs, chapels, clubs, and worships, you are bound to be challenged by a new opinion and learn new facts about the world around you.
Am enjoying being here
Even though the main goal is classes and studying, we all enjoy our extracurricular activities. The campus itself contains a swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer field, running track, rock wall, raquetball courts, and health clubs for the physically active bunch, and a state of the art music hall featuring artists from all over the world, several art galleries, and a ceramics room for the artsy types. If you need to take a break from campus, you can enjoy the biking/hiking trails in the woods, find the Lake Michigan shoreline twelve miles away, go ice skating in St. Joe, or to the mall in Mishawaka. The city of Chicago is only a two hour drive, Detroit three hours, South Bend thirty minutes, and Grand Rapids an hour and a half, perfect for the long weekends which are scheduled once a month.
Bang for the buck
In comparison to other schools, Andrews University offers an amazing amount of opportunities and their rates are similar to other private universities. They offer fairly substantial financial help through the school’s scholarships although you have to watch out for the extra fees such as labs, textbooks, graduation costs, cafeteria meal plan, club fees, and outings; although these can be found at any school you attend.
Tips for prospective students
Get involved. Andrews University offers hundreds of opportunities to show off your talents in sports teams, song leadership, organizations, art, music, intramurals, acting, public speaking, the school newspaper, yearbook, photography, and many others. The dorm rooms are relatively small but with an eye for design, you will soon call it your home. The meal plan is expensive, the food overpriced, and we all complain about it, but you always have the option of picking healthy foods or junk food and only the vending machines are accessible for midnight snacks. One positive, if you really hate the food, there is a kitchen on every floor of Lamson Hall (the women's dorm). Last but not least, bring a bunch of quarters for laundry or make a friend who lives in the community who will let you do laundry at their place, mom is not around anymore.
Great for these types of students
Andrews University is determined to be a diverse community with students from all over the world. Even if you are from down the street, it is a great chance to make lasting friendships and network with future business owners and coworkers from across the globe. Those who are most likely to thrive at Andrews are the ones who get out of their rooms and make friends and get involved. No matter who you are, you will find your niche here at Andrews University.
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Danika from Hamburg, PA

a current student here
13 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The opportunity to learn is definitely obvious at Andrews University. The options are numerous. Classes are challenging and, for the most part, engaging.
Am enjoying being here
Berrien Springs is a small town, and so if you do not have a car, keeping things interesting can be hard. Benton Harbor is only fifteen minuets north, and Mischawaka is about half an hour to forty five minuets south, and has a very large mall and many nice places to eat. The shore of Lake Michigan isn't far and is a nice place to relax. However, there are many inter mural sports, many ministry groups, and many clubs that have different activities. While the activities that the Student Association puts on aren't many, they are normally very well done.
Bang for the buck
Compared to many colleges, this is a very prestigious school, especially among Adventist universities. There are many class options and advisors are very helpful. As a current student, I don't feel like my money is being wasted. iVue online is a very helpful resource for registering.
Tips for prospective students
Ladies, dorm rooms are small! If you can find a option to live off campus, I would recommend it. Make sure to get all your classes registered as soon as you can so you can get into the ones you'd like. And make good use of the resources that are offered! Use your advisors as much as you can!
Great for these types of students
Those looking for a very diverse community. Those wanting a spiritual campus to grow on. Those wanting a good arts and education program.
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Alana from Maplewood, MN

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Andrews University provides a wide range of classes. They have fairly small classes, which means that the teacher can give each student the proper attention. There are a lot of hands on learning opportunities, and many opportunities to study abroad. Not only do they provide a quality education for you to grow in knowledge, but they also provide a great spiritual environment for you to grow closer to God.
Am enjoying being here
Andrews University is located in Berrien Springs, MI, which is a very small town. There is no form of public transportation here, so it is helpful to have a car. Although, there are always exciting events going on around campus, such as: sports events, open gym/volleyball night, Splash for Cash, The Labor Day Blast, and other fun school events. I enjoy being here because you get to make great friendships that will last a lifetime.
Bang for the buck
Yes, Andrews University is quite expensive, but the education is worth it. There are many opportunities for students to start networking in their prospective careers with people who can truly help them. And when you come here it is like you are becoming a part of a big family. There are many teachers and advisers who will really take an interest in your life and try to help you to become all that you can be.
Tips for prospective students
It is a good idea to get involved in something on campus; it can be a club, sports team, or an outreach ministry. It is good to get involved because it gives you something constructive to do when you're not studying, and it is a good way to make friends. I also recommend that new students apply for jobs on campus, especially jobs within their major. That way they are gaining some experience and networking at the same time. If you are shy, really push yourself to branch out and meet new people. If you are a really dedicated student, that's great, but make sure that you make some time for friends. No matter what your personality may be like, just be sure to keep some balance in your life. You don't want to cause yourself too much stress from taking on too much, but you don't want to fall behind in your studies either. So just try to schedule your time well, and make the best of your college years.
Great for these types of students
Andrews is great for those who are looking for a very diverse college. It is a good school for those who have a major within communication. And it is also a good school for those that want to strengthen their relationship with God.
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A. from Berrien Springs, MI

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
An amazing place to meet international students, have professors that truly love their profession and God, and a place where a student can really build up their relationship with God.
Tips for prospective students
Don't seclude yourself with studying. Take some time out to participate in extracurricular activities. Go to vespers on Friday or Saturday nights. Find a church class that meets when you want it to. Join a GROW group. Find a club that interests you (there's a ton!).
Academic Rigor
It all depends on your major, your strengths, and how well you match with your professor. Language classes push you to learn information quickly, but leave you with a firm knowledge foundation. Science classes adequately prepare you for your upper level classes. Some of the math classes are quite rigorous, but end with a strong foundation. Major classes can be both hard and interesting at the same time. With a true interest in the subject matter, even the worst sounding class (A&P) can turn out to be quite fun.
Dorm Life
In the women's dorm at least, there are lots of activities that bring the different members together. Rooms can either have community bathrooms or have one shared between two rooms. The deans are amazing, and are always willing to just sit down and chat, problems or not.
Food and Dining
The main cafeteria leaves a little to be desired, but there is always pizza, rice and stir-fry, and salad to fall back on when the food is less than desirable. They serve a full vegetarian menu, with no meat, and there are vegan options as well. In the shop, you can buy certain items (pre-made sandwiches, drinks, ice cream, etc.) or order a freshly made sandwich, item hot off the grill, or smoothie. There are plenty of options for everyone, though it should be noted that paying attention to the cafe account is important, especially if most of the eating is not done in the main cafeteria.
What to do for fun
Take extracurricular classes.
Join GROW groups.
Join a club.
Within a three hour drive of Chicago.
Lots of state parks nearby.
The campus is situated in the country, so don't expect there to be a shopping mall right next door, but within thirty minutes you can get to a larger city.
Great for these types of students
Great for students that want a religious university, want to have more interaction with a multicultural area, or that loves the out of doors.
Clubs and Activities
There are clubs for almost everything. From ethnic clubs (Korean, African, Haitian, etc.), to interest clubs (student missions), to academic clubs (Spanish, math and science, etc.), to outreach clubs (ASL praise, mass choir, Jewish cultural, etc.). There are options for everyone to find a club that interests them.
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