Southern Arkansas University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial, Tuition, Graduation Rate Aid & More

Southern Arkansas University
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Southern Arkansas University Admissions Overview:

Students applying to Southern Arkansas University should find the 69% acceptance rate encouraging. Students with average grades (C or higher) and test scores within or above the ranges posted below have a fairly good chance of being accepted to the school. Along with an application, interested students will need to submit official high school transcripts and scores from the SAT or the ACT. For more information, and if you have any questions about applying, be sure to get in touch with the admissions office at Southern Arkansas.

Admissions Data (2016):

Southern Arkansas University Description:

Southern Arkansas University, founded in 1911, is located in Magnolia, Arkansas. In the beginning, Southern offered high school courses as well as junior college courses; in 1949, it developed into a 4-year college, granting Baccalaureate degrees as well. The school offers over 70 degrees, with education, nursing, and business among the most popular. It also offers a range of Master's degrees, including education, business, and computer science. Students can apply for the Honors Program, where they can take core courses at the honors level, with the opportunity to take trips throughout the year. On the athletic front, the Southern Arkansas Muleriders are members of the NCAA Division II, within the Great American Conference. Popular sports include basketball, golf, and cross country.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 4,771 (3,287 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 86% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,196 (in-state); $11,856 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,600 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $6,560
  • Other Expenses: $5,435
  • Total Cost: $21,791 (in-state); $25,451 (out-of-state)

Southern Arkansas University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97%
    • Loans: 54%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,865
    • Loans: $5,262

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Early Childhood Education, Physical Education, Business, Nursing, Social Work, Physics, Criminal Justice

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 66%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 26%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 21%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 34%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Rodeo, Baseball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Volleyball, Softball, Rodeo, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Track and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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