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B-
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
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B
Southern Arkansas is a public university located in Magnolia, Arkansas. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,924 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 36% of students, Southern Arkansas alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,200.
About Southern Arkansas University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great American Conference
Address
100 E. University
Magnolia, AR 71753
Website
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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
69%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
950-1140
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$12,333/ 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
$8,676/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
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.43 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.44 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,924Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
551
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
58%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 29 responses
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  • Friendly and open
    59%
  • Average
    21%
  • Nice
    17%
  • Outgoing
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.43 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.55 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 30 responses
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  • Small-town
    67%
  • Middle of Nowhere
    10%
  • Blah
    7%
  • Home away from home
    7%
  • User friendly
    7%
  • Family
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
36%
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 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.
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SAU truly feels like home! I have really enjoyed my time at SAU and can't wait to return when I'm on breaks. The atmosphere is homey and everyone is really nice. The staff works hard to make sure every student gets any help they need and will go above and beyond to help a student succeed. One of my favorite things about the school is the campus and all the beautiful scenery. It's not an enormous campus, so it is fairly easy to walk to classes and get there on time. Southern Arkansas University is the best school for anyone and everyone!
My time at SAU has been amazing so far! I look forward to what else this place has in store for me. The school's motto is accurate; it really does "Feel like Home." The people are friendly, and the campus is beautiful and safe. The professors are helpful, and the classes have been challenging, yet passable. Despite SAU being in a small town, I feel like there is plenty to do. The only thing I would change would be further renovations on the older dorms.