About The University

About 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. Its vision is to produce graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to their communities.


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.


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.

Office Of The President

Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., R.T. 
President, Washington Adventist University

Dr. Weymouth Spence is the nineteenth president of Washington Adventist University, located near the nation’s capital in Takoma Park, Maryland.


The WAU Difference

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.

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Our world class music performance groups regularly perform at Carnegie Hall and numerous other venues nationally and internationally. The University offers acclaimed academic programs in the health sciences and liberal arts.

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The WAU Honors College provides academically gifted and talented students the opportunity to engage and explore subject material in greater depth, with more choices, inspiring them to excel as independent learners within a collaborative learning community. WAU also has active chapters of numerous honor societies which help promote and recognize excellence in scholastic achievement, leadership, and character development.

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At WAU we encourage you to apply what you learn in the classroom in the real world, and one of the best ways to do that is through an internship with one of the more than 400 organizations of all types that WAU has established internship relationships with over the past ten years.

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Our faculty have outstanding academic credentials, know their fields inside and out, have years of experience in the classroom. They love to teach and it shows. But just as important, at WAU you’ll find faculty who care—about you as a student and about you as a human being, about where you are now and about where you’re going in life. And they do everything they can to help you get there.