About Southern Adventist University

Founded in 1892, Southern Adventist University. is a Private college. Located in Tennessee, which is a city setting in Tennessee, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 2,544 full time undergraduate students, and 415 full time graduate students.

The Southern Adventist University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 140 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Southern Adventist University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate100%
Application Deadline
Application Fee25
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at SAU are considered , with ,33% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Southern Adventist University.

4%
“We”re apathetic”
54%
“We know about current events and vote”
42%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
13%
“Sometimes, but not often”
50%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
38%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
29%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
71%
“I feel extremely safe”
58%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
33%
“We bought the gear”
8%
“We live for the big game”
4%
“It”s not really our thing”
8%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
46%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
42%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
4%
“Available in class”
54%
“They keep regular office hours”
38%
“They”re always available”
71%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
13%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
13%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
4%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
58%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
33%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
8%
“We only party on weekends”
0%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
54%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
42%
“There might be people who do”
4%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
4%
“We”re apathetic”
54%
“We know about current events and vote”
42%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
13%
“Sometimes, but not often”
50%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
38%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
29%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
71%
“I feel extremely safe”
58%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
33%
“We bought the gear”
8%
“We live for the big game”
4%
“It”s not really our thing”
8%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
46%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
42%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
4%
“Available in class”
54%
“They keep regular office hours”
38%
“They”re always available”
71%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
13%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
13%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
4%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
58%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
33%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
8%
“We only party on weekends”
0%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
54%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
42%
“There might be people who do”
4%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Southern Adventist University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    60 Students rated on-campus housing 4.1 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    35 Students rated off-campus housing 3.9 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    60 Students rated campus food 3.7 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    60 Students rated campus facilities 4.5 stars. 63 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    60 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    60 Students rated school activities 4.4 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    60 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    60 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Southern Adventist University?

29 Students rated Southern Adventist University

Nelson

Southern is a great campus to be at. There are lots of opportunities to get together with other students and to have a social life on the weekends. On the weekdays there is a lot of studies going on all across campus. There are many different areas on campus where you can study at. That could mean being traditionally in the Library or even in the nontraditional areas, like the kitchen dorm room lobby. We also have a student center that’s great for group studying and the promenade is a great place to be when the weather outside is delightful! On the weekends there is lots of different opportunities for those who choose to sleep in or for those who like to visit the outdoors. Not too far from the country life, with many mountains where hiking or cliff jumping can be done. City life is about 20 minutes away. Where you will find all kinds of things to do in downtown are or for some shopping. With all the good there is to talk about you must always stay focused on you studies and manage your time wisely. Time fly’s here, and before you know it may be one in the morning with you studying. It also may be cheaper to make your own food in the kitchens, but the café also sells food but at a steeper price. All food is weighted, but when you have no choice you have to do what you have to do. Look into this college and see if it’s a fit for you. This college is indeed spiritually and mentally powered.

Luke

Southern has the most friendly campus I could imagine, along with incredible academic opportunities. It is one of the only schools to offer character animation as a major that isn't flooding with students. This allows the staff to maintain personal connections with each of their students. It excels in many other focuses as well including the medical field. Southern does an amazing job of providing the best opportunities possible in a loving way and truly reaches out to all who need help. I am proud to be at this school and would not have chose any other school to attend.

Jannine Ivy

This school has made it really easy for me to love it. There's plenty of help available for struggling students, or students that need any sort of assistance. The staff are friendly and genuine about helping their kids, the campus is under constant surveillance, and they accommodate to the passions of their students from arts to physical activities. I love the school, and it has shown me that it loves me back!

Mary

Southern is an Adventist school, which means it's religious based and private. There is variety of students which creates a "just right" balance. I love the area it is located in. I really enjoy the weather and watching the seasons change on campus. SAU is not a huge university, taking in consideration the many students who live off campus, but it's a great size with not too many people. Meeting new people and going on events is a perk at SAU. Now, this school is not for everyone, there could be better options or options chosen for lacking activities. Overall, I like my school just as much anyone else would like their own.

Southern Adventist University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Southern Adventist University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Southern Adventist University is 100%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Past me, you’re very intelligent; use it to your advantage. Stay in the state you grew up in and go to a college of your choice there, it will be financially beneficial for you and your family. Make the most of your senior year academically, don’t settle for one score, and push yourself to the best you know you can achieve. In a couple years, you will lose your aunt closest to you, don’t let that deter from school. Keep pushing yourself and focus on your goals until you graduate. Remember, you can do anything, don’t be persuaded by the misguidance of others. You’re a fast learner and you can do anything you put your mind towards. If you say you’re going to do something, do it. The people who do best in this world are those who follow through, who figure out how to get things done. As Vince Lombardi said, “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    What I think is the worst thing about Southern Adventist University is the price of food in the cafeteria. When I can eat at Olive Garden or at the cafeteria for the same price, there is a problem. However, there are other more reasonably priced places to eat on campus. This is the worst thing about Southern because almost everything else is awesome!

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  4. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating bout the campus is the curfew, its for our well being but it can get reallly annoying at times.

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  5. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Balance and spiritual.

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  6. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known what I was going to major in... I would have been much better prepared.

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  7. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Rich people, or sons and daughters of people who work for th Seventh Day Adventist Church.

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  8. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Quality Christian Education.

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  9. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about SAU is that it is very friendly and welcoming to you as a Freshman. There are many financial awards offered for your first year. SAU has a strong spiritual atmosphere and a respect for moral uprightness. Most students are very interested in Christ and bringing others to know him. There are many on campus activities constantly available for students. Because the school only has 3,000 students, it is more like a family of college students. There is a wide variety of majors and professions to choose from at Southern. Professors are eager to help.

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  10. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The overall environment is friendly and warm; the academics are excellent; the price was lowest for the quality.

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Everyone is welcome and accepted at this school.

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  12. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are very helpful in keeping my learning environment prosperous and less stressful

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    My educational opportunities such as the guest speakers and the focus on our beliefs. I have learned so much about what I believe, its AMAZING! Education wise I am learning way more here then when I was at community. My classes here prepare me for things that happen throughtout the day without even knowing it. Each day I use some type of information I have learned from my class or Professor. Another is that my Professors care about me. There is a relationship in the classroom and outside. I am able to talk to them about anything!!

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Student Body

Students

58%

female

42%

male

2,544

Total Undergrad Enrollment

415

Total Grad Students

72%

Out-Of-State

23%

In-State

5%

International

Organizations

38

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

50%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
10%
% Black or African-American
11%
% Hispanic/Latino
22%
% White or Caucasian
47%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

99% of students attending Southern Adventist University receive some sort of financial aid. 33% were awarded federal grants. While 54% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$21,150

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,100

Books and Supplies

$6,450

Room and Board

28,700

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$16,511
$30 - $48K
$16,551
$48 - $75K
$20,317
$75 - $110K
$23,681
$110K & UP
$25,464

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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