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Washington Adventist University

Washington Adventist University is a private university, offering a dynamic blend of professional and liberal arts undergraduate and graduate programs. Learn more about our rich history and esteemed background here.



Washington Adventist University is a private university with a liberal arts tradition, offering a dynamic blend of professional and liberal arts undergraduate and graduate programs. Founded in scenic Takoma Park in 1904, it is owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and offers a Christian education to students of differing faiths from around the world. 


The university operates under the auspices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Board of Trustees guides the overall mission and direction of the university, overseeing management and setting major policies. The administration is responsible for leading the university community and managing day-to-day operations. Faculty, students, and staff participate in governance through committees charged with protecting the integrity and enhancing the value of a Washington Adventist University  education.

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Student services

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 their transition to college life.

Housing services

In its four levels, Morrison Hall has a student lounge, kitchen, chapel, laundry room, and storage room. Find out more about life at Morrison Hall here!

Medical services

The university is concerned for the health and well-being of each student.  A physician and/or nurse practitioner are available nearby for consultation by appointment. Fees for their services may be placed on the student’s account. The emergency facilities of Washington Adventist Hospital, adjacent to the campus, are available to students.

Student Life

Campus life

WAU occupies 19 acres in Takoma Park, Maryland, near the nation’s capital. Its world-class metropolitan setting affords unrivaled opportunity for learning, work, recreation, service and worship.

Student clubs

  • ACM (Computer Club), 
  • Active Minds, 
  • Acro-Airs Gymnastics, 
  • African Student Union, 
  • Alpha Chi, Junior/Senior Honor Society,
  • Alpha Kappa Mu, Computer Science Honor Society, 
  • Brass Ensemble, Department of Music, 
  • Campus Ministries,
  • Caribbean Student Union, 


WAU is accredited by:

  • The Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • The Commission on Higher Education

Takoma Park, Maryland, United States

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