Southern Adventist University is a small college located in Collegedale, TN. The student body is comprised of 2,500 undergraduate and approximately 300 graduate students. Since the school is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, SAU is private so as to fully integrate its religious mission into the curriculum.
Students at Southern Adventist are able to pick from a wide selection of majors. Students should be able to find the field that suits them, as the school offers degrees in areas such as technology, healthcare, literature, sciences, and art. For those who are eager to start a career as soon as possible, Southern offers two year certifications. However, they currently only offer two certification programs.
Overview of Southern Adventist University
Southern students do more than study, however. There are loads of clubs, sports, and other activities to help broaden one's non-academic faculties. The campus hosts clubs that help students explore their academic or professional aspirations but also clubs for outdoor adventurers, cultural explorers, and religious life. For sports, the intramural program supports sports such as softball, tennis, and futsal, among others. There are also musical and acrobatic groups that can add a new level of enrichment to campus life.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||Suburb: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||13:1|
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Southern Adventist University Acceptance Rate & Admissions
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Considered But Not Required|
|SAT/ACT||Considered But Not Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||NA|
|Application Deadline||October 1|
|Common Application Accepted||No|
Southern Adventist University Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
Though it's impossible to place a monetary value on academic and personal growth, even spiritually minded students at Southern Adventist University need to pay for college and then have their degrees pay off. Since Southern is a private institution, its up-front costs may seem a bit high. Tuition, fees, books, and supplies for a year at Southern will run an individual student $24,000. When living expenses are added, the gross price is around $35,500 for on-campus living. The school estimates an additional $1,000 for those who live off campus.
However, once all financial aid is tallied, students have a more affordable net cost. In fact, the average net cost per student is $24,000 per year. The lowest income bracket students pay $19,000 and then highest income households pay close to $29,000. This is due, in part, to generous grants and scholarships that provide and average of $11,000 per student to 98% of the student body.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$11,367|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||99%|
|Room & Board||$7,640|
- Tuition In-State - $22,520
- Tuition Out-of-State - $22,520
- Books and Supplies - $1,100
- Room & Board - $7,640
- Other - $4,250
Southern Adventist University is a terrific place to study. Their small size allows for a great student-to-faculty ratio, their degree offerings are extensive, and their educational statistics add up to a tremendous success for everyone. In particular, Southern's retention and graduation rates reflect their excellent academics.
The retention rate indicates how satisfied first-year students are with the curriculum, campus resources, and even the social life on campus. Since Southern students return to campus at a rate of 81%, the majority clearly is enthusiastic with what they've found on campus.
The graduation rate is likewise impressive. The overall graduation rate is 55%, just under the national average, to which is added a 22% transfer rate. Since those transfers are assumed to have moved on to other schools for their eventual diploma, Southern's strong academics prepares 77% of students for success.
All of this could be attributed, in part, to the student-to-faculty ratio. There are 13 students for every one faculty member on the Southern campus. That means that students are sure to receive individualized attention. Smaller classes often correlate with a greater ability for students to pursue individual curiosities in their chosen field.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|Health Professions and Related Programs||107 Total Graduates / 22%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||101 Graduates|
|Health/Health Care Administration/Management||3 Graduates|
|Art Therapy/Therapist||2 Graduates|
|Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist||1 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||65 Total Graduates / 13%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||27 Graduates|
|Finance, General||13 Graduates|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General||9 Graduates|
|International Business/Trade/Commerce||5 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||54 Total Graduates / 11%|
|Biomedical Sciences, General||28 Graduates|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||19 Graduates|
|Visual and Performing Arts||35 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Graphic Design||12 Graduates|
|Cinematography and Film/Video Production||10 Graduates|
|Music, General||5 Graduates|
|Art/Art Studies, General||3 Graduates|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies||33 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Kinesiology and Exercise Science||27 Graduates|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other||3 Graduates|
|Sport and Fitness Administration/Management||3 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||40%|
Outcome & Salary
After graduation, Southern's well-rounded, knowledgeable students find that they receive a healthy return on their educational investment dollar. Though there aren't many statistics reflecting the financial outcomes for Southern's alumni, their nursing students tend to do quite well. The median earnings for those graduates hovers between $47,000 for RNs with an associate degree and $53,000 for RNs who graduate from Southern with a bachelor's degree.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$45,000|
|College Grads Average Salary||$61,475|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$65,300|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$614,750|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,267,750|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$94,492|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$520,258|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,173,258|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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