The University Bookstore is located in the main lobby of Wilkinson Hall. The Bookstore sells textbooks, WAU clothing, gifts and souvenirs, snacks and beverages, stamps, over-the-counter medication, and office and school supplies. The Bookstore offers photocopying and faxing services as well.

WAU History

Washington Adventist University was established in 1904 as a coeducational institution known as the Washington Training College. Its purpose was to train young men and women in the liberal arts. In 1907, when the name was changed to Washington Foreign Mission Seminary, the more limited objective of special training for missionaries replaced the original concept of a liberal arts college. In 1914 the college resumed the status of a liberal arts college and took the name Washington Missionary College. At the first commencement, held May 22, 1915, five students received the bachelor of arts degree. Continued growth and development led to further changes. In 1933 the lower division was organized as Columbia Junior College and received accreditation. It ceased to exist as a separate college in 1942 when Washington Missionary College was given accreditation as a four-year, degree-granting institution by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.  In March of 1961 the college constituency voted to change the name of the college to Columbia Union College. In 2009, Columbia Union College attained university status, and the college constituency voted to change the name of the college to Washington Adventist University.


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, and service.


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 overnance through committees charged with protecting the integrity and enhancing the value of a Washington Adventist University  education.

About WAU

WAU is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued. 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 the best graduate programs after university.

State of the University

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.