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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
Southern Adventist is a private, Christian university located in Collegedale, Tennessee in the Chattanooga Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,139 undergraduate students. The Southern Adventist acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Nursing, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and Elementary Education. Graduating 52% of students, Southern Adventist alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,100.
4881 Taylor Cir
Collegedale, TN 37315
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference

Southern Adventist University Rankings

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Southern Adventist Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
920-1180
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$23,377/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,325/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.45 responses
72%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.54 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.54 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
2
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
2
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    21%
  • On Campus
    77%
  • Online
    2%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,139Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
392
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
35%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 29 responses
  • Friendly
    41%
  • Compassionate
    21%
  • Unique
    21%
  • Religious
    14%
  • Cliquish
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
90%
Poll
90%
of students say they don't have Greek life.49 responses
Poll
59%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.68 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 33 responses
  • Adventist
    67%
  • Diverse
    12%
  • Close-knit and supportive
    9%
  • Diverse and united
    9%
  • Fast-paced
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
52%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.28 responses
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I would recommend Southern to anyone who is planning to attend college. This is the best place you could ever imagine to be. I got enrolled for online class this semester meaning that I did not get on campus but the people are so caring that I can't wait to study on campus. I contact the staff members daily via email and zoom but I feel like I've known them for years. I am international student from Ethiopia and English is not my first language but they tend to understand me a lot. They are very welcoming regardless of your personality. I got on virtual tour and the campus is so beautiful. The professors and advisors are caring and loving too. The school is well organized. If you are facing any difficulty there are people praying for you so you won't feel the burden alone. Above all your spiritual life will grow. So I love everything about Southern Adventist University!
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Southern Adventist University is a great school! If you're looking for a university that is diverse with friendly Christian students, Southern is the place to be! With the university being on the smaller-side, you'll be sure to not have more one on one help from your professors, but you'll be sure to make life-long friends in the process.
Most students come to Southern Adventist University earnestly seeking, or at least expecting, to grow their relationship with God. I was that way. Southern does offer many ways to worship, however, they have a requirement for students to show up to a certain amount of secular worship services. This is one issue I personally have with Southern. Southern has an underlying agenda in these "cultural services" where they force you to listen to a one-sided political discussion. I believe that each student should be left to make their own decisions on where they stand, especially freshmen, who are still developing mentally. In my opinion, Southern should focus more on assisting students on their journey of spiritual, mental, and physical growth rather than trying to direct them.