Southern Arkansas University

2014 Quick Stats
Box 9392

Magnolia, AR 71754-9392

Phone: (870) 235-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Aug. 27
application deadline

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Regional Universities (South)

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Southern Arkansas University is a public institution that was founded in 1909. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,918, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,418 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Southern Arkansas University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,466 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $10,616 (2013-14).

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

The mission of Southern Arkansas University is to educate students for productive and fulfilling lives in a global environment by providing opportunities for intellectual growth, individual enrichment, skill development, and meaningful career preparation. The University believes in the worth of the individual and accepts its responsibility for developing in its students those values and competencies essential for effective citizenship in an ever-changing, free, and democratic society. Further, the University encourages and support excellence in teach, scholarly, and creative endeavors, and service. As such SAU: prepares students for productive and meaningful lives, leads economic development, and inspires community engagement. University Goals: Our graduates possess the knowledge and skills to be successful; Our graduates understand their own and other societies and cultures; Our graduates are prepared to be contributing members of their communities; Our graduates communicate effectively; Our graduates understand the process of making informed and ethical decisions; Our graduates utilize appropriate quantitative skills in making decisions; Our graduates use technology effectively. Southern Arkansas University is a quality, comprehensive, regional University with a beautiful campus located in Magnolia, Arkansas. SAU offers degrees through five colleges: Business, Education, Liberal and Performing Arts, Science and Technology, and Graduate Studies. We are proud of our academic excellence. Faculty and staff members are committed to helping students succeed in their chosen fields. Over 100 student organizations are active in eight major areas: departmental and professional, recognition and honor societies, religious, special interest groups, student government, hall councils and social fraternities and sororities. We invite you to visit our campus and experience for yourself the unique tradition of being a Mulerider at Southern Arkansas University-a tradition of success.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1909
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $2,969,275


When applying to Southern Arkansas University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 27. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 27. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 64.6 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 64.6%
Application deadline August 27
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 27

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Southern Arkansas University is 16:1, and the school has 47.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Southern Arkansas University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Psychology; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 61.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 15%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22%
Education 15%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 9%
Psychology 7%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6%

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Student Life

Southern Arkansas University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,918, with a gender distribution of 42.1 percent male students and 57.9 percent female students. At this school, 46 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 53 percent of students live off campus. Southern Arkansas University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,383
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 NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Southern Arkansas University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Southern Arkansas 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 Arkansas University, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Southern Arkansas University.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Southern Arkansas University, 76.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,426.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,466 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $10,616 (2013-14)
Room and board $5,740 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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