Asbury’s unique learning environment sets students up for success

Published 11:03 am Thursday, January 10, 2019

From staff reports

It’s no secret Asbury University’s campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities, but it also offers an unparalleled learning environment that provides students with the best value education.

Asbury’s main campus spans 65 acres and contains more than 30 buildings. Not only is the campus comprised of a cutting-edge blend of historic Greek revival and modern architecture, but the walkable, close-knit nature of campus creates a vibrant community atmosphere that lays the groundwork for lifelong connections, deep spiritual growth and collaborative academics.  

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Asbury also offers top-quality classroom environments throughout all of its disciplines which foster a distinctive academic experience.

Built in 2010, the Andrew S. Miller Center for Communication Arts houses communication, journalism, media communication and theatre majors. The facility features a television studio, recording studios, a news bureau and radio station, editing suites, labs, training areas, a TV production trailer and a black box theatre. Combining Asbury’s advanced facilities with the department’s esteemed faculty, students are fully equipped to succeed in the media industry upon graduation.

Through Ignited: The Campaign for Asbury University, Asbury has recently celebrated the completion of three additional facilities including the Bowdoin Athletic Practice Facility, Jameson Recital Hall and guesthouse Windsor Manor. These buildings further enrich the athletic and music departments, while the manor provides space for the university to host guests from around the world. Fundraising is ongoing for the University’s Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) — a cutting-edge facility that will house programs in business, math, science and allied health in addition to offering upgraded labs, classrooms, offices and collaborative learning spaces.

Hands-on work experience is a core tenet of Asbury’s curriculum. Asbury’s Equine Center is a great example of experiential learning — each semester, students train horses for service in police units and other service organizations, taking advantage of Asbury’s expansive, custom facilities. Asbury’s Equine Center spans 341 acres and features pasture fields, trailers, three round pens, three horse barns, an indoor riding arena and two outdoor riding areas. Additionally, students can stall their own horses during the year in the boarder barn.

Kinlaw Library offers a selection of study environments to suit each individual learning style. Ten group and six individual study rooms provide space to work on group projects and for those who need a quieter atmosphere. Additionally, a quiet zone is located on the third floor of the library complete with tables and couches. The library provides a place for all students to succeed in their studies with a total of 18 study carrels, 40 study tables and 30 individual comfortable chairs located throughout the library.

The recently-renovated Luce Center provides space for athletes and the Asbury family to practice athletic disciplines, develop a fitness routine or simply cheer on the Eagles on game day. Additionally, Asbury’s baseball and softball facilities, the Kirkland Complex, received recent renovations including new seating, fencing and more.  

Incredible facilities are not the only thing an Asbury education offers. Asbury’s modest class sizes and Christian liberal arts foundation set the stage for deep learning. An intimate academic environment, Asbury’s student/faculty ratio is superbly low at 12:1. Through smaller class sizes, students can receive one-on-one learning assistance and are able to participate in collaborative study environments — just one reason Asbury continues to earn top marks in the U.S. News & World Report Best College Rankings.

Seventy percent of Asbury classes have fewer than 20 students. These close-knit classes create a special environment that not only allows students to thrive but to also feel seen, heard and cared for by the university’s faculty.

As a liberal arts institution, Asbury gives students the tools to garner valuable life skills and academic knowledge through core classes in a variety of subjects. A well-rounded, whole-person education is of paramount importance in the job market today. Asbury students leave campus with the soft skills, knowledge and expertise needed to stand out in the workforce.

Asbury’s historic Hughes Auditorium is a learning facility in its own distinctive way. Three times each week, students gather in Hughes for Chapel — an opportunity to worship together and hear from a variety of speakers from around the globe. Chapels provide students with the time and space to grapple with their faith and truly discover their own individual identities as children of God. Several times a year, students encounter God in new and fresh ways while paying homage to Wesleyan traditions through events such as Holiness Emphasis Week, Fall Revival and more.

At Asbury, students “learning environment” is all around them — outstanding facilities, rigorous academics and a vibrant community of faith. 

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