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Atlantic Union College

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About Atlantic Union College

Message from the President

The spring 2016 semester began with an increase in enrollment. This outcome is exceptional given a number of factors. However, most notable is that our first semester as a “re-start/start-up” institution of higher education was this fall 2015 semester.

We consider this growth in the number of students selecting Atlantic Union College, as an affirmation of support for the Board of Trustees’ decision to continue the legacy of AUC’s more than 132 years of providing higher education to the Seventh-day Adventist constituency in the Atlantic Union and members of the neighboring communities.

The College remains a small rural Christian College in the Seventh-day Adventist tradition, with a mission to educate diverse individuals who will graduate and excel in their service-centered professions and actively participate in Community Engagement.

Atlantic Union College emerged offering academic degree programs after nearly five years of the suspension of academic programs. With state approval from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to offer four-year degrees, students are enrolling in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs.

The Bachelor of Arts in Theology/Religion has a dual function: it fulfills pre-seminary requirements and is a preparation for the Pastoral Ministry and allied professions, such as, Hospital Chaplaincy and Public Evangelism. The Bachelor of Science/Biology degree program provides a course of study for students to further their education in the Healthcare professions, such as: Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Dental Hygienist, Nutrition and Dietetics.

Certificate Programs are also offered at AUC. The increase in our enrollment comes from the Certificate Programs. The list of Certificate Programs includes Bookkeeping, NETS, Office Management, Medical Billing and Coding, Information Technology, and Enrolled Agent. The Certificate Programs are short term and lead to industry certification and employment in the areas of study.

Outstanding features at Atlantic Union College are in two areas: (1) the culture of graciousness, dignity, respect, and Christian love; (2) Affordability. Students are encouraged to work on-campus or off-campus. The cost of attending AUC is less than $10,000 per semester (tuition, fees, room and board).

*This information was sourced from the college's official website. 

Campus information

Atlantic Union College is located on a 135-acre campus spread over the quiet tree-lined streets and rolling New England countryside of the rural township of Lancaster in Central Massachusetts, 49 miles west of Boston and 190 miles northeast of New York City.  The College is fortunate in its setting, which is richly endowed with natural beauty and cultural heritage.

If you will be arriving by public transportation, you may choose
  • air service to Worcester or Boston, MA, Providence, RI, or Manchester, NH. 
  • train service via AMTRAK is available to Worcester or Boston, MA. 
  • bus service is available to Worcester, MA. 


Preston Hall (Women)
The first section of Preston Hall was begun in 1939 but not completed until 1943 because there was a materials shortage due to the World War II. Two wing additions were added in 1963 and 1967. The building can house 240 women.

The building was named after Rachel Oakes Preston who was a Seventh-day Baptist in Washington, New Hampshire. She resided with Elder Frederick Wheeler, pastor of a small congregation that had become Millerites. Wheeler's urging that all the Ten Commandments be obeyed led her to discuss the Sabbath with him. He and part of his congregation accepted her idea and the first Seventh-day Adventist church was formed.

Lenheim Hall (Men)
The Lenheim Hall dormitory was completed in 1956. The architectural design was influenced by President L. M. Stump, who had come from California , so this building is architecturally not in sync with the other campus buildings. Very unusual building techniques were used -- entire floors were cast in concrete as one unit and then jacked up to their proper height and fastened to their vertical pillars. One floor unexpectedly collapsed and caused an expensive and timely setback.

It was named in honor of Louis E. Lenheim, who was at the time the president of Atlantic Union Conference. Lenheim Hall can house 180 men. AUC's swimming pool is in the basement.


Courses available 9

Accounting & Finance 2 Business, Management 1 Computer Science, IT 2 English Language 1 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 2


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