Acharya Nagarjuna University, named after the great Buddhist philosopher Acharya Nagarjuna, was established in 1976 and is located between Vijayawada and Guntur on Kolkata - Chennai National Highway (NH 5). The university was inaugurated on 11th September, 1976 by the former President of India, Sri Fakruddin Ali Ahmed and celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 2001. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) awarded 'A'-grade to Acharya Nagarjuna University
The University was originally started as a Post Graduate Centre of Andhra University in 1967 and later grown into a full-fledged Centre of higher learning in 1976, as the Nagarjuna University, fulfilling the aspirations of the people of the area. Since then it has achieved tremendous progress through quantitative expansion and qualitative improvements on various academic fronts. This was made possible by the relentless efforts of successive Vice-Chancellors starting from Professor V. Balaiah to the present dynamic Vice-Chancellor Professor A. Rajendra Prasad and a large pool of dedicated faculty, an efficient team of supporting staff and high quality student input. It has a spacious campus, spread over 293 acres.
The University caters to the educational needs of Guntur and Prakasam districts with a network of over 356 affiliated colleges. The University and its affiliated colleges offer a vide variety of courses including Engineering, Education, Law, Pharmacy, Science, Commerce, Management and Arts. The University College offers 36 courses leading to M.A., M.Sc., M.Com., M.H.R.M., LL.M., M.B.A., M.C.A., M.Tech. and P.G.D.C.A. and also provides facilities for research leading to M.Phil., and Ph.D. The University runs 24 academic departments and 7 advanced research centres. It has one PG center at Ongole.
Basic facilities such as central library, internet facility, well equipped laboratories, instrumentation centre, hostels, guest house, bank, post office, telecom centre, health centre, staff quarters, transport facilities for the staff, canteen, play ground, gymnasium with latest equipment, indoor stadium, student centre, and recreation facilities are available.