C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    D-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    C-
  12. Safety
    B+
Southern Arkansas University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great American Conference
Address
100 E. University
Magnolia, AR 71753
Website

Southern Arkansas 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
67%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
810-1080
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
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Cost

Net Price
$11,369/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,133/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,632/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,265/ year
  • $76-110k
    $14,768/ year
  • $110k+
    $15,003/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.44 responses
74%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.39 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.40 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,691Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
55%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 25 responses
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  • Friendly and open
    60%
  • Average
    20%
  • Nice
    20%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.39 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.51 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Small-town
    69%
  • Middle of Nowhere
    12%
  • Blah
    8%
  • User friendly
    8%
  • Family
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
34%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
73%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.26 responses
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Overall, I absolutely love Southern Arkansas University! Granted, Magnolia, AR is a small and is not a typical college town, but it just adds to the charm! Literally everybody I have encountered is so polite and welcoming. The classes are not too challenging if you study and prepare, but if you are struggling, the professors are willing to work with you. The professors know how to get along and goof off with the students, but they also make you work. There are opportunities to get involved on campus to compensate for the rural town too! The Mulerider Activity Center is open to all students and is a great way to spend free time! I am beyond blessed to have the opportunity to be a Mulerider!
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Southern Arkansas University is a fast-growing public University in Arkansas, but she is far from perfect. The student-faculty ratio is good, our professors are great! but there's no transportation system around, one needs a personal car to live well here. Campus food is nice but can be crappy sometimes, oh, athletics ! I like all sports activities going on here!
I have mainly dealt with the College of Business. The professors there are absolutely fantastic! They are committed to helping their students learn and are very helpful. They work with you and even try their hardest to get you internships and jobs when you get close to graduating! The town is small and gets a little boring. SAU's College of Business gives you a great business education and is even nationally accredited!