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Southern Adventist University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Southern Adventist University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you’ll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Southern Adventist University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Southern Adventist University was awarded 90 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is speech-language pathology/pathologist.

Overall Quality

Southern Adventist landed the #1,707 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Southern Adventist also holds the #32 spot on the Best Colleges in Tennessee ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Southern Adventist?

Acceptance Rate

Since Southern Adventist University has an open admissions policy, being accepted to the school isn't that hard. However, a full basic things - such as a high school diploma or equivalent - may be required. Also, go over your application to make sure it is complete before you submit it.

Average Test Scores

About 40% of students accepted to Southern Adventist submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 630. Math scores were between 470 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Southern Adventist University  ( 500 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Southern Adventist University  ( 470 to 620 )
Southern Adventist received ACT scores from 71% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Southern Adventist University  ( 19 to 27 )

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Southern Adventist University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, Southern Adventist University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Southern Adventist University is 99%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  99 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Southern Adventist University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Southern Adventist University has a freshmen retention rate of 81%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 16% for first-time, full-time students at Southern Adventist, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  16 out of 100

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Southern Adventist University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,384 undergraduates at Southern Adventist with 2,103 being full-time and 281 being part-time.

How Much Does Southern Adventist University Cost?

The overall average net price of Southern Adventist is $22,661. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Southern Adventist

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$19,346 $19,618 $21,725 $25,742 $28,550

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Southern Adventist, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Southern Adventist, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $8,898 a year. That adds up to $35,592 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Southern Adventist is 5.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Southern Adventist Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Southern Adventist make about $38,500 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


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Location of Southern Adventist University

Southern Adventist University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Collegedale, Tennessee. Southern Adventist is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Contact details for Southern Adventist are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4881 Taylor Cir, Collegedale, TN 37315-0370
Phone: 423-236-2000

Southern Adventist University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 84 majors graduated from Southern Adventist University. Of these students, 478 received undergraduate degrees and 141 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 77 $56,702
General Biology 44 NA
Health & Physical Education 26 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 18 $44,170
Business Administration & Management 16 $37,208
Chemistry 14 NA
Theological & Ministerial Studies 13 $41,565
Computer Science 13 NA
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 11 $18,315
Accounting 9 $47,260

Learn more about the majors offered at Southern Adventist University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Southern Adventist

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 1,179 students took at least one online class at Southern Adventist University. This is an increase from the 918 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 1,179 123
2018-2019 918 119
2017-2018 870 116
2016-2017 921 145
2015-2016 902 130

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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