Southern Adventist is an above-average private, Christian university located in Collegedale, Tennessee in the Chattanooga Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,113 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Southern Adventist acceptance rate is 38%. Popular majors include Nursing, Biology, and Business Administration and Management. Graduating 61% of students, Southern Adventist alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,200.
Southern Adventist University Rankings
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Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.45 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.51 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.51 responses
Most Popular Majors
Business Administration and Management24 Graduates
Theological and Ministerial Studies19 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science17 Graduates
Elementary Education16 Graduates
Cinematography and Video Production15 Graduates
Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Medicine11 Graduates
Social Work and Youth Services11 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.46 responses
- of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.65 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.28 responses
Southern Adventist University Reviews
I am truly enjoying my experience at Southern. The staff genuinely cares for your success. The atmosphere is like no other campus I have been on. They have a strong religious base but it is not at all “preachy”. As a non-Adventist arrending an Adventis school, I was unsure of what to expect. But what I have found is an enclusive atmosphere where your opinions are welcomed and culture is embraced. This is my second time attempting college. It was a huge decision to make and it was a very freitening experience initially. However, I must say that the love and support that is shown by my professors and classmates has been so overwhelming that my anxieties dissipated very quickly.
It's a relatively small campus with about 3,000 students, which means you get to know a lot more peopke on a more personal level. The staff are amazing; they'll invite you over to eat and talk and are always available if you have quesions. The campus itself is sort of tucked away in its own little community and has a nice feel to it. If you like the outdoors it's even better because of the 35+ miles of biking and hiking trails. There are several restaurants on campus that are worked by the students and have a wide variety of food choices. Finally, the spiritual side of Southern is beautiful. Everyone is so welcoming and always has your back. It's a big, beautiful family.
Southern Adventist University is a fantastic college. If you are looking for a christian-family-like atmosphere, I highly recommend it. However, for many, the college may feel restricting. No shorts to class, No jewelry, and Mandatory Worship credits are just a few examples. If you are also looking for a killer party scene, don't come here. Most of us come from religious backgrounds in our education, like private schooling or home schooling. That being said, I have never met so many nice and caring staff and students at SAU. Though this college may not be for everyone, it suites my needs, and I am very happy here.