Washington Adventist University Admissions

Costs, Financial Aid, Acceptance Rate, Graduation Rates & More

Washington Adventist University
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Washington Adventist University Description:

Washington Adventist University, WAU, is a private university affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The university occupies a 19-acre campus in Takoma Park, Maryland, about seven miles from downtown Washington, D.C. (see other D.C. colleges). The university's diverse student body comes from 40 states and 47 countries. Washington Adventist takes its Christian identity seriously, and students will find an active spiritual life on campus with regular convocations, student-led vespers, and prayer groups.

WAU is made up of three schools: the School of Arts & Social Sciences; School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness; and School of Graduate & Professional Studies. Professional Studies programs cater to working adults, and roughly a third of WAU students are 25 or over. WAU students can choose from 47 bachelor's degree programs, 9 masters degrees, and a wide range of academic minors. Nursing is by far the most popular program at WAU. Academics are supported by a 7 to 1 student / faculty ratio and small classes. Academically talented students should check out the WAU Honors Program for access to special classes, research experiences and cultural opportunities. Student stay active outside of the classroom through involvement in a range of student clubs and organizations as well as intramural and intercollegiate athletics. The Washington Adventist University Shock compete in  the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

Admissions Data (2016):

    Enrollment (2016):

    • Total Enrollment: 1,090 (911 undergraduates)
    • Gender Breakdown: 41% Male / 59% Female
    • 77% Full-time

    Costs (2016 - 17):

    • Tuition and Fees: $23,400
    • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
    • Room and Board: $8,930
    • Other Expenses: $1,100
    • Total Cost: $34,630

    Washington Adventist University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

    • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 50%
    • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
      • Grants: 49%
      • Loans: 33%
    • Average Amount of Aid
      • Grants: $11,541
      • Loans: $6,251

    Academic Programs:

    • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Genreal Studies, Health Care Administration, Nursing, Psychology

    Graduation and Retention Rates:

    • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 75%
    • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 17%
    • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 38%

    Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

    • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer
    • Women's Sports: Volleyball, Cross Country, Soccer, Basketball, Track and Field

    Data Source:

    National Center for Educational Statistics

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    Washington Adventist University Mission Statement:

    see the complete mission statement at https://www.wau.edu/mission-statement/

    "A WAU education is faith based and student focused. The University offers more than 32 majors and academic programs leading to associate, bachelor and graduate degrees. You will experience small, lively classes taught by faculty who are committed to your success. Special options include the honors program, pre-professional programs, bridge program, capital summer session, study abroad, internships for credit and a special first year experience program to assist incoming freshmen in the transition to college life."