President Spence's Welcome

Welcome to Washington Adventist University! WAU is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued. I encourage you to read the WAUPlan and review our strategy for sustaining this culture in our roadmap to academic excellence.

Our vision as an Adventist university is to produce graduates who bring moral leadership and competence to their communities. WAU graduates get great jobs and enter top graduate programs.

Our campus has an internationally and culturally diverse population with over 40 countries and nearly every state represented by students, faculty, staff, and administration. We are next to the country's richest mix of faith, history, and culture, and just moments away from great outdoor pursuits such as hiking, wind surfing, whitewater rafting, and skiing.

Our student/teacher ratio of 13 students for each faculty member means that our students receive the individual attention they deserve, and assures that everyone will be a name, not a number. Our students develop personal relationships with faculty and staff members who enjoy leading and aiding in intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth.

I welcome you to come for a visit, and I challenge you to stay for an experience you can't get at any other university. As our graduates leave WAU, they embark through the “Gateway to Service” as stated in our motto. You too can be a part of this great journey. We look forward to helping you reach your full potential as the Christ-centered individual God intended for you to become! We look forward to hearing any suggestions you may have and invite you to take part in the Continuous Quality Improvement Program.


Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., R.T.