Southern Adventist University

Southern Adventist University

Southern Adventist University is a liberal arts university located in Collegedale, Tennessee, United States. It was established in the year 1892. The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. Southern Adventist University's student body has an impressive number of international students.

Southern Adventist University participate in a wide variety of intramural sports. The sports teams compete in sports such as basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, and softball. The university operates a student-run radio station known as WSMC-FM. The campus hosts several clubs and organizations based on the varied interests of the students. There are special clubs that assist foreign students with admission into the university.

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Southern Adventist University
4881 Taylor Cir
Collegedale , TN 37315-0370
General Phone: (423) 236-2000

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Southern Adventist University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine166registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse practitioner
Business and Management61business management, non-profit management, accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, banking, human resources, international business, MIS, ...
Education and Teaching45educational administration, elementary school teaching, teacher ed, teacher education, art education, music teaching, physical education teaching, health occupations teaching, education courses ...
Therapy and Counseling36psychology, community psychology, counseling psychology, psychobiology, school psychology, art therapy, physical therapy
Science31biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, biophysics, biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry
Religion and Philosophy29religion, religious education, theology, pastoral counseling and ministries
Photography and Commercial Art21commercial art, cinematography, photography
Media19journalism, broadcast journalism, journalism courses, advertising, public relations and advertising
Liberal Arts19foreign language and literature, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, history
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy13sports and fitness management, exercise science, recreation and leisure studies, occupational therapy
Family and Social Work13social work
Computer Science and Engineering7computer science, computer support
Medical Administration6health care administration
Medical Support and Technology5dental hygienist, clinical lab tech
Music4music, music performance
Art Studies3art studies
Engineering2engineering, archeology
Engineering Technician2architectural drafting
Mechanics and Repair1automobile mechanics

Number of programs and degrees for Southern Adventist University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree30256
Master's degree5518
Associate's degree13110

Southern Adventist University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Southern Adventist University had a total enrollment of 2,640 students (2,270 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 91%
Graduate 9%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 66%
Black 11%
Hispanic 13%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 5%
18-19 34%
20-21 29%
22-24 19%
25-29 6%
30-34 2%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina6%
New York3%
South Carolina2%
(International Students)1%
New Jersey1%
West Virginia1%

Southern Adventist University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %
Part-Time 36 %

Southern Adventist University Room and Board (2007)

Southern Adventist University offers campus housing for 1,817 of its 2,270 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Collegedale, Tennessee for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Tennessee Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Southern Adventist University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460580
SAT Math450570
ACT Verbal1926
ACT Math1724
ACT Composite1925

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT42%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT77%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Southern Adventist University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 16,560
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,560
Room and board $ 4,900
Room charge $ 2,900
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,000
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 4,000

Financial Aid:
Southern Adventist University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 351800)

Southern Adventist University Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year46$54,02121$54,021
Associate professorcalendar year27$51,30623$51,306
Assistant professorcalendar year13$48,03513$48,035
Instructorcalendar year2*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year88$52,03857$51,560

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Southern Adventist University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Education, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Occupations Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

Broadcast Journalism
Journalism, Other
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious Education
Theology/Theological Studies

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Art Therapy/Therapist
Community Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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Southern Adventist University Highlights

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What Sets Southern Adventist University Apart:

Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 6%Southern Adventist University Dorm rooms per full-time student
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 6%Southern Adventist University Number of degree programs
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 6%Southern Adventist University % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
% of degrees in religion and philosophy
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 13%Southern Adventist University % of degrees in religion and philosophy
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 13%Southern Adventist University Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of degrees in photography and commercial art
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 14%Southern Adventist University % of degrees in photography and commercial art

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checked Option to study abroad
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