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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 2,113 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.
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

Cost

Net Price
$21,540/ 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
    $16,511/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,551/ year
  • $49-75k
    $20,317/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,681/ year
  • $110k+
    $25,464/ 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
75%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.51 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.51 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,113Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    37%
  • Compassionate
    22%
  • Unique
    19%
  • Religious
    15%
  • Cliquish
    4%
  • Diverse
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
90%
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.46 responses
Poll
58%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.65 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Adventist
    67%
  • Diverse
    13%
  • Close-knit and supportive
    10%
  • Diverse and united
    7%
  • Fast-paced
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
61%
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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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.
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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.