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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    D+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B+
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 2,173 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Southern Adventist acceptance rate is 38%. Popular majors include Nursing, Biology, and Business. Graduating 52% of students, Southern Adventist alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,200.
About Southern Adventist University...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
PO Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315

Southern Adventist University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
38%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
920-1180
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$21,511/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,607/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,070/ year
  • $49-75k
    $20,010/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,558/ year
  • $110k+
    $25,252/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.45 responses
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.52 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.52 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,173Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    39%
  • Compassionate
    21%
  • Unique
    18%
  • Religious
    14%
  • Cliquish
    4%
  • Diverse
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
89%
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.47 responses
Poll
59%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.66 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Adventist
    68%
  • Diverse
    13%
  • Close-knit and supportive
    10%
  • Diverse and united
    6%
  • Fast-paced
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
52%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.28 responses
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My experience at Southern Adventist University has been quite positive. The campus (complete with lots of green space) is beautiful, the food is tasty and there are several options, and the classes are informative. Also, Southern does a great job of coordinating fun events for students to attend, from concerts to 5k’s, and they often bring in great speakers. I can appreciate the emphasis on service here, and all the Student Life Groups and mission opportunities appeal to me. I have been assigned an advisor for my major and an advisor for first-year experience, so I am aware of school requirements and fully equipped to meet them. Although I had very fast transition, all the heads of the different departments worked with me to make sure I could meet all the upcoming deadlines. If the student workers had been better trained on customer service and their job description, it would have been much easier to get the information I needed.
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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.
I would say this is a great school. For the most part, the majors they offer are well rounded. Though they can improve in certain areas. I noticed that they invest more in certain majors and buildings for those majors than others. For example, nursing and religion. I think they can improve others as well. I also think that they can serve better food. They serve such unhealthy food which is ironic for being adventist and for preaching about the health message and all.