Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

Southern Arkansas University, also known as SAU, is a public, four-year institution located in Magnolia, Arkansas, United Staes. It was established in 1909 as the Third District Agricultural School. In 1925, the name was changed to the Agricultural and Mechanical College, Third District. The institute was again renamed to Southern State College in 1951. It recived its present name on July 9, 1976. SAU enrolls over 2,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students every year.

Students of SAU are offered a wide variety of degree programs through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Liberal and Performing Arts
  • College of Science and Technology
  • School of Graduate Studies

The athletics teams of Southern Arkansas University are known as the Muleriders. The men's and women's teams participate in football, baseball, basketball, golf, track & field, cross country, volleyball, tennis, and softball.

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Contacting Southern Arkansas University

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
100 E. University
Magnolia , AR 71753
General Phone: (870) 235-4000

Southern Arkansas University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching157educational administration, instructional media design, school counseling, student counseling, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, teacher education, ...
Business and Management131business, accounting
Nursing and Emergency Medicine86registered nursing
Liberal Arts61Spanish language, English, general studies, social services, political science, sociology, history
Science30biology, physics courses
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy26health and physical education, exercise science, athletic trainer
Therapy and Counseling21psychology
Agricultural Science and Management20agricultural management
Security and Law Enforcement20criminal justice and safety
Family and Social Work19community organization, public administration, social work
Computer Science and Engineering10computer and info science
Engineering Technician5industrial tech
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Fine Arts2fine arts
Art Studies1art studies

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree42736
Master's degree7710
Associate's degree972

Southern Arkansas University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Southern Arkansas University had a total enrollment of 3,147 students (2,840 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 86%
Graduate 14%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 62%
Black 29%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 26%
20-21 23%
22-24 18%
25-29 10%
30-34 6%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%
65+ 2%

Southern Arkansas University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 62 %
Part-Time 50 %

Southern Arkansas University Room and Board (2007)

Southern Arkansas University offers campus housing for 1,517 of its 2,840 (full-time) students.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Southern Arkansas University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal350540
SAT Math400630
ACT Verbal1724
ACT Math1724
ACT Composite1724

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT6%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT94%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

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

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,646
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 8,106
Room and board $ 4,250
Room charge $ 2,130
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,120
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 3,900

Financial Aid:
Southern Arkansas University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 110700)

Southern Arkansas University Faculty

Southern Arkansas University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*1*
Associate professorcalendar year2*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*2*
Instructorcalendar year13$47,6493$40,866
All faculty totalcalendar year18$59,3617$62,244

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

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year12$68,5935$73,308
Associate professoracademic year21$57,49111$52,393
Assistant professoracademic year28$48,49030$46,659
Instructoracademic year12$44,48412$37,449
All faculty totalacademic year73$53,72558$48,139

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

Southern Arkansas University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Gulf South Conference
Basketball Gulf South Conference
Baseball Gulf South Conference
Track Gulf South Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports123042

Southern Arkansas University Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Engineering Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General


Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Physics, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Southern Arkansas University Apart:

% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 12%Southern Arkansas University % students on athletic fin. aid
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Southern Arkansas University Dorm rooms per full-time student
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Southern Arkansas University Number of degree programs
% of degrees in education and teaching
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Southern Arkansas University % of degrees in education and teaching
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 17%Southern Arkansas University Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 17%Southern Arkansas University Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of degrees in agricultural science and management
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Southern Arkansas University % of degrees in agricultural science and management

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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