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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
    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

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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.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,389/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,692/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,355/ year
  • $76-110k
    $15,653/ year
  • $110k+
    $15,774/ year
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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
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
2,924Undergrads
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 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
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  • Small-town
    70%
  • Middle of Nowhere
    11%
  • Blah
    7%
  • User friendly
    7%
  • Family
    4%

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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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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I really enjoy the activities that they have here on campus for all students. The classes are small enough so that you are able to focus and concentrate on the lectures that the teachers are given. The dorms could use a make over and the food in the cafeteria could be a little better. I like the fact that most classes are not far from the dorms. The security on campus is good, I was really impressed with the fact that all visitors must present and leave their ID with the front desk while they are visiting. This make s me feel safer knowing that if something happens then the dorms can account for who is in the building.
Southern Arkansas University is a great and family type college. By that I mean its really small college but it makes you feel at home because its a friendly environment. The many different activities that are all over campus always gives you something to do. One thing I would add to or change is adding more food options. There is very little options to eat at on campus, so adding more would be very beneficial. The second thing I would add to it is more majors. More majors would lead to more people attending college here, and that would give the school more money.