Washington Adventist University



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!

Library services

  • 7,800+ U.S. news sources from all 50 states
  • 4,900+ international news sources from over 200 different countries
  • 230 full-color, current-day PDF newspaper editions with full-color images, including:

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.

Sports facilities

Since 1955, the WAU Gym is home to some of WAU’s finest—the Men’s Basketball team, Women’s Basketball and Volleyball team, and Acro-Airs. Our student-athletes exemplify the meaning of Shock Pride and providing them with a space to excel and grow in their talents only enhances the strength of that pride. “The student-athletes here at WAU are very talented where they excel not only in just their respective playing fields but other fields as well,” said Jered Lyons, Interim Athletics Director. “We like to say it’s a worker’s university where you have to have that pride, want to excel, and work hard.” 

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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