Southern Adventist University

2014 Quick Stats
PO Box 370

Collegedale, TN 37315

Phone: (423) 236-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#30 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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Southern Adventist University is a private institution that was founded in 1892. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,895, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,000 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Southern Adventist University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 30. Its tuition and fees are $19,790 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Located on a beautiful campus in southeastern Tennessee, Southern Adventist University is a nationally accredited institution of higher education that promotes Christian values and an ethical lifestyle. With 60 baccalaureate degrees, 18 associate degrees and 8 masters degrees, Southern offers a broad range of studies to approximately 2,500 students from more than 60 countries around the world. By encouraging student involvement and interaction in academics, Southern promotes a living-learning environment where all are encouraged to pursue truth, wellness and a life of service.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1892
Religious affiliation Seventh-day Adventist
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $23,299,386


When applying to Southern Adventist University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Southern Adventist University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 45.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 45.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Southern Adventist University is 14:1, and the school has 56.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 21%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

Southern Adventist University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,895, with a gender distribution of 45 percent male students and 55 percent female students. At this school, 42.6 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 57.4 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 3,318
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Southern Adventist University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Southern Adventist University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Southern Adventist University, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Southern Adventist University.

Students who have cars on campus 65%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Southern Adventist University, 46 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,294.

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Tuition and fees $19,790 (2013-14)
Room and board $5,900 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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