Who we are
ACT, the tertiary division of Anatolia College, is accredited in the United States by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. In addition to ACT having full NEASC accreditation, the undergraduate programs delivered at ACT are also validated by Open University, UK. ACT has also been granted a license by the Greek government to operate as a private post-secondary educational institution (“College”).
ACT's comprehensive curriculum offers Bachelor degrees in Business with 4 concentrations, Computer Science, Business Computing, International Relations, English with 2 concentrations, and an upcoming BS in Psychology, a Master of Science (MS) in Hospitality and Tourism Management, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) with 4 concentrations.
The combined degree programs that ACT runs in collaboration with renowned US & EU educational institutions also offer our students the opportunity to pursue degrees in various additional disciplines that include Sports Administration, Hospitality & Tourism, Political Science, Engineering, etc.
ACT also provides an extensive need and merit-based financial aid program.
Founded in 1886 by American Protestant missionaries in Asia Minor, Anatolia relocated to Thessaloniki in 1924.
In inspiration, mission, governance, and programs, ACT resembles the traditional New England colleges upon which it has been modeled.
Founded by American Protestant missionaries, Anatolia was originally located in Asia Minor and evolved from a seminary in Constantinople, which began in 1840. The school was closed during the Greek-Turkish War of 1919-1922 and ceased to have a viable mission in Asia Minor when Turkey's minority communities were uprooted under the peace treaties concluding that war.
In 1924, Anatolia relocated to Thessaloniki, where the greatest part of the refugee influx from Asia Minor had settled. In the mid-1930s, the school moved to its present location on a fortyfive acre campus a few miles from the center of the city.
Our Mission, Vision, and Core Values
ACT provides to a diverse student body, a high quality, tertiary level multidisciplinary, student-centered educational experience in an innovative learning environment. Drawing on the principles of the American liberal Arts educational philosophy we foster depth and breadth of knowledge, grounded on theory, scholarly research, and intellectual freedom. Our faculty members are passionate about teaching, value close relationships with our students and strive to instill in them the desire to pursuit academic and professional excellence and personal enrichment.
Paramount to our mission is our institution’s contribution to society by cultivating students’ democratic and civic awareness, enhancing a sense of individual and social responsibility, and creating a spirit of esteem for others, social institutions, and the environment.
We aspire to be the institution of choice for students seeking the highest levels of personal, intellectual, and professional attainment. We want to be known as the institution that contributes to society and produces well-rounded, principled, and open-minded citizens of the world.
Our Core Values
We are committed to:
• Academic & Professional Excellence
… offering a transformational learning environment via a rigorous and relevant curriculum where service and experiential learning are essential to acquiring breadth and depth of domain knowledge.
• Critical Thinking
… in addition to domain mastery, inculcating critical inquiry and reflection for generating and evaluating knowledge.
• Personal Enrichment
… a dedication to personal development of the whole person by caring for the mind, body, and spirit of the person
• Respect & Responsibility
… cultivating democratic and civic awareness while enhancing a sense of individual and social responsibility, and creating a spirit of esteem for others, social institutions, and the environment
• Appreciation of Diversity
… increasing student’s understanding of the world and embracing the variety of backgrounds and life experiences within our community. Encouraging diversity, open-mindedness, academic freedom, and equal opportunity.
- Challenging, high quality study programs
Advanced studies with the style and substance of a true American University.
- World-class facilities
A 45-acre campus encompassing the 4,500m2 Bissell Library, one of the most sophisticated private facilities of its kind in Southeast Europe, and the Stavros S. Niarchos Technology Center, which gives students access to the latest tools in information technology.
- A diverse, multicultural environment
Where students are encouraged to grow, develop and enhance their interpersonal skills.
Our student body
- Learning in ACTion
An active approach to academic learning that engages students & faculty and immerses them in a rich hands-on community experience that offers real-world problem-solving skills.
- Experienced and highly qualified faculty
Our faculty is international, with professors with degrees from leading universities in the U.S., U.K. and Greece, and substantial work experience in their respective fields.
- Small classroom sizes
An average class consists of 16 students. This means that coursework can be tailored to class needs and each student’s contribution is acknowledged, particularly in discussion settings, with plenty of opportunities for personalized attention.
- Mentoring services
All students have an assigned advisor to counsel them on their academic needs and guide them throughout their studies.
- Career services
ACT caters to students even after they graduate, offering assistance to help them pursue their careers.