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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
Southern Arkansas is a public university located in Magnolia, Arkansas. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,019 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Southern Arkansas acceptance rate is 69%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business, and Nursing. Graduating 44% of students, Southern Arkansas alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,200.
100 E. University
Magnolia, AR 71753
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About Southern Arkansas...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great American Conference

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.

SAU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
69%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
970-1170
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$13,514/ 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
$8,958/ 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
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.44 responses
77%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.44 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.45 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    35%
  • On Campus
    58%
  • Online
    7%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,019Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
524
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
55%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 30 responses
  • Friendly and open
    60%
  • Average
    20%
  • Nice
    17%
  • Outgoing
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.44 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.56 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 31 responses
  • Small-town
    65%
  • Home away from home
    10%
  • Middle of Nowhere
    10%
  • Blah
    6%
  • User friendly
    6%
  • Family
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
49%
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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Southern Arkansas University offers many online options. I took a few online classes while I also attended on campus. These classes are very flexible and engaging to take. They also offer one of the best Academic and Value based MBA degrees. Don't forget online learning is very much self-motivation based learning. If you can practice good time management, as well as good self-study, you will succeed. The professors are always quick to email you back as well. I would recommend SAU to anyone!
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Southern Arkansas University is amazing! The professors I have are very nice and are willing to help you if you have questions. I've also been able to engage with them enough that they know me by my first name. I went to Guatemala for study abroad and my Spanish teacher helped me get reimbursement money since I applied for the scholarship too late. Now, about the college itself, everyone I've met are nice and it's sooo easy to make friends. The only complaint I have about the college is the financial office or just some of the offices in general. The people are nice but if you do not constantly email them, it will take them forever to get back to you.
SAU was not my first choice of colleges; however, I decided to come because they offered me more scholarships, and I was closer to home which was important for me. Though SAU was not my first choice, I do not regret enrolling here at all. I started off a nursing major, but ended up changing due to the work limitations in the program. I am now a senior business major, and I have "enjoyed" my experiences with the college of business. What I mean by enjoyed is that the teachers have worked with me throughout all the changes I have had--I became pregnant at the beginning of my sophomore year, and had my daughter during finals week. My teachers allowed me to take the exams early/late and even allowed me to bring my daughter. Mrs. Jody Nations is an amazing teacher for all of her students, but she especially special for me. Not only can she teach in many ways to help every student learn, she has also personally taken care of my daughter so that I could focus on assignments.