Spring Arbor University

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School Overview

Spring Arbor University (locally referred to as SAU) is a Christian university affiliated with the Free Methodist Church and is located in the city of Spring Arbor, Michigan. SAU is a one of the largest Christian Universities in the nation and the largest Evangelical University in the entire state of Michigan.

At its main campus in Spring Arbor, SAU offers undergraduate degrees in over 70 fields of study. The university offers a elementary level teacher certification programs at its other affiliated centers at Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, and Jackson Community College.

Spring Arbor University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Its education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Spring Arbor University’s Online Programs

Spring Arbor University Online is a faith-based, private online university that welcomes and encourages students to become people of wisdom with a fully accredited and respected education. From the comfort of your home or office, you will learn how to best utilize your intellect, expertise, passion, and giftedness in this world. As long as you have an Internet connection, you can access and complete assignments, collaborate with peers, and receive real-time feedback from instructors skilled at online course delivery. It’s a transformative journey designed for all people, no matter their faith.

General Information

Admission Office

106 East Main Street

Spring Arbor, MI 49283-9799

(517) 750-6468

(800) 968-0011

Fax: (517) 750-6620

Contact: Randy Comfort

Executive Director of Admissions
Main Address

106 East Main Street

Spring Arbor, MI 49283-9799

(517) 750-1200



Total undergrads: 2,737

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 381

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,615

Graduate enrollment: 1,236


Rural setting

Rural community (under 2,500)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 78%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 77%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Design/Visual Communications B
Film Studies B
Graphic Design B
Music – General B
Music Pedagogy A

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biology health careers B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Actuarial Science B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
Management Information Systems B
Operations Management B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Art Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
Secondary Education B
Special Education B

Engineering Technologies

Engineering Technology – General B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health System Administration B
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Christian Studies B
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
TheoreticalMathematical Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Social Sciences

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

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Bible Studies B
Missionary Studies B
Pastoral Counseling B
Religious/Sacred Music B
Theology B
Youth Ministry 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.

Spring Arbor University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (517) 750-1200
Website: www.arbor.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: https://mysau3.arbor.edu/ics/public/onlineapp.jnz
Address: 106 E. Main St, Spring Arbor, MI 49283-9799
Setting: Suburb: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,333
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 60%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,782 (53% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $29,630
Out-of-state Tuition: $29,630
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $20,243

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

Spring Arbor University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Spring Arbor University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 194
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 61
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 154
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 5
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 21
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 3
Philosophy and Religious Studies 4
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Social Sciences 4
Theology and Religious Vocations 161
Visual and Performing Arts 16
Grand total 137914

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Spring Arbor University 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 2019-2020
In-state $29,630
Out-of-state $29,630
Books and supplies $800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,176
Out-of-state $8,176

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 192 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 192 100% $20,243
Student loan aid 128 67% $7,895

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,420 79% $14,544
Federal student loans 1,182 65% $7,833

Admissions & Enrollment

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

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,459 509 950
Percent admitted 100% 64% 66%
Percent admitted who enrolled 15% 16% 14%

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

Spring Arbor University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,333
Undergraduate enrollment 1,614
Graduate enrollment 1,719

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

Spring Arbor University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • 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
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
    • Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs
    • Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate programs

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