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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
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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
830-1080
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$11,428/ 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
    $10,210/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,991/ year
  • $49-75k
    $12,510/ year
  • $76-110k
    $14,165/ year
  • $110k+
    $15,697/ year
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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
75%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.40 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.41 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,834Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
61%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 26 responses
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  • Friendly and open
    62%
  • Average
    19%
  • Nice
    19%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
48%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.40 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.52 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Small-town
    70%
  • Middle of Nowhere
    11%
  • Blah
    7%
  • User friendly
    7%
  • Family
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
35%
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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Small, intimate college. Greatly enjoyed my time here! My degree made it difficult to be as involved as I would've liked to have been at times, but I made plenty of lasting friendships in class as well. I still keep in contact with teachers on a regular basis as they are still interested in the well-being of students after graduation.
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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!
Southern Arkansas University is a school unlike any other in my opinion. My first step on campus felt like home. They became a family to me. Being so far from home, Southern Arkansas became a place for me to make my own future and my own life. As a competitor on the Mule-rider Rodeo Team, I am constantly juggling practicing, traveling, studying, as well as keeping up on a social life. SAU is a school that enables all of those aspects and they help me to exceed in every step of the way from beginning to end. One thing I would like to see change is some of the required classes for my major. As an animal science major, I do not like taking so many plant classes and labs where I could be taking an animal lecture or lab instead.