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Southern Adventist University

Collegedale, TN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate81%
Acceptance Rate81%

About Southern Adventist University

Southern Adventist University Overview

Southern Adventist University is a private, religious school in the small town setting of Collegedale, Tennessee. Southern Adventist University was founded in 1892 and the school currently enrolls around 3,477 students a year, which includes 3,091 undergrad students.

Student Activities at Southern Adventist University

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus

Interested in journalism or communications? Southern Adventist University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Southern Adventist University, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Southern Adventist University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Southern Adventist University on the Student Life page.

2022 Southern Adventist University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 81%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
Tuition $22,320
Percent of Need Met 68%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $16,593

Is Southern Adventist University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer view of what Southern Adventist University offers and if the college seems like the right college for you.

Southern Adventist University Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into Southern Adventist University. The university admitted 81% of all applicants in 2020. Last year, 1,619 students applied to Southern Adventist University and 1,312 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Southern Adventist University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Southern Adventist University, around 79% return for their sophomore year. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Southern Adventist University Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Southern Adventist University by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Southern Adventist University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Southern Adventist University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Southern Adventist University's endowment was valued at $38.1 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Southern Adventist University

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Southern Adventist University meets 68% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $16,593 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $33,445 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Southern Adventist University.

Based on this information, does Southern Adventist University seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Southern Adventist University a good school for you?

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Where is Southern Adventist University Located?

Southern Adventist University is located in the small town setting of Collegedale, Tennessee, less than an hour from Chattanooga.

If you want to see Southern Adventist University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 75 to Collegedale, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Lovell Field.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Southern Adventist University and Collegedale are like without leaving home.

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College Info

PO Box 370 Collegedale, TN 37315-0370

Campus Setting: Small Town

Southern Adventist University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Southern Adventist University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Southern Adventist University is Continuous processing.

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Wondering what life at Southern Adventist University is like? There are approximately 3,091 students enrolled at Southern Adventist University. 88% percent of students attend school full-time, 34% percent are from TN and 66% percent of students are from other states.


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