Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University, also known as The Arbor or SAU, was located in Spring Arbor, Michigan, United States. It was founded in 1873 by leaders of the Free Methodist Church as the Spring Arbor Seminary. SAU offers undergraduate, graduate, adult profession, and SAU online programs in more than 40 subjects including business administration, communication, counseling, organizational management, and spiritual foundation and leadership.

SAU fields more than 12 intercollegiate sports teams that compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). The teams are nicknamed the Cougars. SAU is a member of the Mid Central College Conference. The campus newspaper is known as "the Crusader."

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Contacting Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University
106 E. Main St
Spring Arbor , MI 49283-9799
General Phone: (517) 750-1200

Spring Arbor University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management348business management, operations management, business administration, accounting, MIS, business and related services
Education and Teaching172education of learning disabled, elementary school teaching, art education, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, social studies teaching, biology teaching, ...
Therapy and Counseling165psychology, counseling psychology, psychology courses
Family and Social Work164family studies, family systems, social work
Nursing and Emergency Medicine51various nursing
Religion and Philosophy41philosophy, religion, philosophy and religious studies, youth ministry
Liberal Arts34Spanish language, English, creative writing, speech and rhetoric, English language and literature, liberal arts and sciences, social services, political science, sociology, ...
Media27communication studies, media studies, journalism, broadcast journalism, radio and television, public relations and advertising, communication and journalism
Science17biology, biochemistry, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, physics courses
Music14music, piano, various music studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy6parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Art Studies4art studies
Design4design and visual communication
Medical Administration2health care administration
Computer Science and Engineering1computer science
Security and Law Enforcement0criminal justice and administration
Photography and Commercial Art0film studies
Mathematics0mathematics, math

Number of programs and degrees for Spring Arbor University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree66657
Master's degree3836
Associate's degree12

Spring Arbor University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Spring Arbor University had a total enrollment of 3,965 students (3,358 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 37%
Women 63%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 55%
Graduate 45%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 85%
Black 10%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 14%
20-21 14%
22-24 11%
25-29 13%
30-34 11%
35-39 11%
40-49 16%
50-64 9%
65+ 0%

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

(International Students)1%
New York1%

Spring Arbor University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 73 %
Part-Time 20 %

Spring Arbor University Room and Board (2007)

Spring Arbor University offers campus housing for 1,098 of its 3,358 (full-time) students.

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Spring Arbor University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460660
SAT Math440600
SAT Writing450580
ACT Verbal1926
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite2025

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT8%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT93%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Spring Arbor University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 19,240
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 19,240
Room and board $ 6,650
Room charge $ 3,110
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,540
Books and supplies $ 685
Other expenses $ 1,577

Financial Aid:
Spring Arbor University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 231800)

Spring Arbor University Faculty

Spring Arbor University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4020
Non-tenured and not on tenure track14

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year6$81,8822*
Associate professorcalendar year7$55,4470*
Assistant professorcalendar year10$48,5466$46,167
Instructorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year24$58,4258$49,964

*: 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 year17$60,4063$59,417
Associate professoracademic year10$48,23810$51,029
Assistant professoracademic year17$44,27613$42,039
Instructoracademic year2*3$39,427
All faculty totalacademic year46$50,77029$46,667

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

Spring Arbor University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Mid-Central College Conference
Baseball Mid-Central College Conference
Track Mid-Central College Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports314374

Spring Arbor University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Management Information Systems, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Design and Visual Communications, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Social Studies Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Family Systems
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Urban Studies/Affairs

Mathematics, General
Mathematics, Other

Broadcast Journalism
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Music, General
Music, Other
Piano and Organ

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies
Youth Ministry

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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What Sets Spring Arbor University Apart:

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checked Free Methodist affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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