Our Mission

Our Mission

Washington Adventist University is a learning community committed to the Seventh‐day Adventist Christian vision of excellence and service. This cosmopolitan institution challenges students to seize the opportunities for learning in the nation’s capital in order to become moral leaders in communities throughout the world…

Our Vision

To produce graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to their communities.

Core Values

At Washington Adventist University learner success comes first. Excellence in teaching learning and service comprise the core of our mission. We dedicate ourselves as a learning community to the continued pursuit of excellence and recognition of the dignity and worth of our individual members. With these as fundamental principles, the following values guide our actions:

Integration of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ

We will model the life and teachings of Jesus Christ into all aspects of the learning community.

Commitment to Quality

We take personal responsibility for continuous improvement and commitment to lifelong learning as we celebrate creativity, innovation,service and the success of learners.


We insist on an environment of respect. Our actions reflect the respect we hold for our students, our colleagues, our community, and ourselves. We trust each member of the community as individuals deserving of kindness, dignity, and fairness. All are gifted, all are valued.


We honor the trust placed in us by our students, the community, and our colleagues. With trust, we act openly and ethically, motivated by cooperation and a collaborative team spirit.

Considerate Open Communication

We take responsibility to share information, encourage the exchange of ideas, listen without judgment, and speak with honesty and candor.

Accountability and Integrity

We hold ourselves and others accountable for our professional and personal actions, acting responsibly and conducting our business with integrity.


School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.


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