Southern Arkansas University

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School Overview

Previously known as Southern State College, Southern Arkansas University (SAU), located in Magnolia, Arkansas, is a four-year public coeducational university. The university resides in Columbia County, Arkansas close to Louisiana state border. Since its establishment in 1909 the university has changed its name several times. It has been know as Third District Agricultural School, Magnolia A&M, and Southern State College.

General Information

Admission Office

Box 9382

Magnolia, AR 71754-9382

(870) 235-4040

(800) 332-7286

Fax: (870) 235-4931

Contact: Sarah Jennings

Dean of Enrollment Services
Main Address

100 East University

Magnolia, AR 71753

(870) 235-4000

Total undergrads: 2,679

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 629

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,546

Graduate enrollment: 443


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates
br>Percent applicants admitted: 73%
br>Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 56%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences
Agribusiness Operations A
Agricultural Business B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Business – General A,B

Communications & Journalism
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Agricultural Education B
Art Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
English Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B

Engineering Technologies
Industrial Technology A,B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Nursing (RN) A,B

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
General Studies A,B

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological/Physical Sciences B
Interdisciplinary studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry A,B
Physics B

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services
Community Organization/Advocacy B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies B
Forensic Technologies A,C
Law Enforcement Administration A,C

Social Sciences
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (870) 235-4000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 100 E. University, Magnolia, AR 71753
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 4,472
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 34%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 2,121 (47% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $8,786
Out-of-state Tuition: $12,866
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,977

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 111
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 121
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 11
Education 458
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 12
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 41
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 11
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Physical Sciences 12
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 21
Social Sciences 2
Visual and Performing Arts 5
Grand total 853313

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $8,786
Out-of-state $12,866
Books and supplies $1,600

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $6,234
Out-of-state $8,970

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 842 98%
Grant or scholarship aid 830 97% $8,977
Student loan aid 500 58% $5,465

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,894 83% $9,578
Federal student loans 2,642 76% $5,079

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Southern Arkansas University Main Campus. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Southern Arkansas University Main Campus students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2019

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 3,552 1,516 2,036
Percent admitted 100% 65% 71%
Percent admitted who enrolled 25% 28% 24%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 4,472
Undergraduate enrollment 3,543
Graduate enrollment 929

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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