About Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

Founded in 1909, Southern Arkansas University Main Campus. is a Public college. Located in Arkansas, which is a city setting in Arkansas, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 3,287 full time undergraduate students, and 1,484 full time graduate students.

The Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. There are 165 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate69%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range830-1080
ACT Range18-24

Admissions at SAU are considered Selective, with ,18% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 25 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

70% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 41% were in the top quarter, and 17% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


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

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    45 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    32 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    46 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    47 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    47 Students rated class size 4.2 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    47 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    47 Students rated local services 3.6 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    47 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 53 % gave the school a 5.0.

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Southern Arkansas University Main Campus?

34 Students rated Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

Tyler - 07/18/2023

Southern Arkansas University is an amazing school with so many people and so many activities. There are many professor who are there that can help you if you are in need of service or you have no idea what to do and how to do it. There are many students there so you can make friends very easily there as well.

Tirah - 12/07/2022

The campus itself is amazing, and the environment itself is very beautiful because of its nature. Southern Arkansas University is a beautiful place where people walk, hang out, and have a bonfire every fall. Southern Arkansas University has a beautiful lake where most people who love fishing get to hunt for fish in that beautiful lake.

Amber - 06/14/2020

I study Musical Theatre at Southern Arkansas University and I love it! The theatre faculty are amazing mentors and very encouraging while also giving useful critiques. I like the training I am getting. The caf usually has a lot of options, but there are some days (especially the weekends) where it could be improved. My housing experience has been great so far. Since I am in theatre I do not have much free time for extracurriculars ot Greek life (not really interested in Greek anyway) but I know plenty of people who are and seem to have a good time. Overall, I am very content with my school and the opportunities it has presented me.

Monique - 05/30/2020

Their academics is great, and you’ll feel a little at ease. They try to have a place for everyone, and push to help others succeed. Getting to know faculty/students and vice versa can be very helpful as well. It’s a good choice, but be on your stuff.

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is 69%. 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?

    If I could go back to being a senior in high school, I would not go to Votech. I would stay at school and take AP classes, fill out as many scholarships as possible (because college is EXPENSIVE), and make better grades. It is tough paying for school, and working can distract you from your studies. If I could go back to high school I would change so many things. I would have been starting college as a sophomore, or atleast with some college credit.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    The majority of my classmates are a combination of eager, fun loving, bright, open minded people who don't mind helping a fellow classmate achieve.

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  4. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Any person who attends this school should be self-motivated in the sense of not being distracted easily. There will be many parties and gatherings, but enough to miss a few so they can study.

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

    If you like a really big school you shouldn't atten SAU.

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

    The most frustrating thing about Southern Arkansas Univeristy for me was the food. Sometimes the cafe food wouldn't be good and the only other place to eat on campus was Quiznos, which is very expensive in the eyes of all college students. As a student without a car, noodles were the main course of almost every meal, which is very unhealthy.

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  7. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Our mascot, the Muleriders. It's a good small college.

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

    Southern Arkansas University is a great school with many resources to choose from tohelp you be successful in your journey to getting a degree.

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

    Don't give up on studies and stay on top of them/

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  10. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about SAU is the closeness of the student community as a whole. You usually know everyone in your classes or organizations.

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


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

    We have a great agricultural program. We have all types of animals out here from cows, to horses, mules, ducks, and sheep.

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  13. What are the academics like at your school?

    The academic side of the school is less than challenging.

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  14. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    I don't know, I guess there isn't much of anything.

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    There is little effort put into the school's maintenance, nothing to entertain students except the party life, and they accept too many applicants each year. Nothing is catered for the students best interest, but in what is cheap.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    I'm not sure.

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

    If I have to consider something, the worst thing about my school is the lack of school off campus activity. The city doesn't really have anything for students or young people, so many are lost to drinking because that's all some lower minded students think to do.

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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.

98% of students attending Southern Arkansas University Main Campus receive some sort of financial aid. 61% were awarded federal grants. While 53% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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