Arul Anandar College (Autonomous), a Minority Catholic Co-Educational Institution, affiliated to the Madurai Kamaraj University, is one among the four colleges, run by the Madurai Province of the Society of Jesus.
The other Jesuit colleges in Madurai Province, Tamil Nadu are:
St Joseph’s College (Autonomous) - 1844
St Xavier’s College (Autonomous) - 1923
St Xavier’s College of Education (Autonomous) - 1950
Jesuits run 'B' Schools
St. Joseph's Institute of Management, Trichy-2007
Xavier Institute of Business Administration, Palayamkottai-2012
These higher educational institutions under the chairmanship of the Provincial of the Jesuit Madurai Province follow a common policy for admissions, appointments and administration.
As a minority institution Arul Anandar College caters primarily to the formation of Christian students. However, it keeps its portals open to all students without discrimination of caste creed, race, gender and class.