Southern Adventist University in Collegedale

Collegedale, TN

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Southern Adventist University offers 444-degree programs and 15 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1. 1 high safety campus. 42.4% are women, and 57.6% are men. 5% percents of international students. The average annual total cost of attendance at Southern Adventist University is 20026$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $25440 and $31290 per year. 56% of full-time Southern Adventist University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $37,000, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Southern Adventist University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Southern Adventist University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$17,297
$30,001 - $48,000$17,275
$48,001 - $75,000$19,667
$75,001 - $110,000$23,974



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 3780

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


2149 of Southern Adventist University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 79 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Southern Adventist University number 30 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Tennessee.

Students at Southern Adventist University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Recognized student veteran organization

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Prepaid tuition plan

Tuition payment plan

Prepaid tuition plan - a program that allows students or their families to purchase college tuition or tuition credits for future years, at current prices.

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Southern Adventist University.

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Graduation Rate


Southern Adventist University graduation rate is above the national average.

56% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Southern Adventist University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Southern Adventist University is 15:1, that means that for every 15 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Southern Adventist University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Southern Adventist University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in U.S., but not in Tennessee.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Southern Adventist University

The campus located by 4881 Taylor Cir address in Collegedale, Tennessee.


Southern Adventist University in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Southern Adventist University with 0.19% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Southern Adventist University are motor vehicle theft, forcible sex offense, and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Southern Adventist University offers 444 programs in total: 285 are for Bachelor's degree, 84 - for Master's degree, 57 - for Associate's degree, 12 - for Post-master's certificate, and 3 are 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 187 universities in Tennessee state, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree. Southern Adventist University is one of the few institutions in Tennessee that offers a Master's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 15 distance learning programs that are offered in the Southern Adventist University: 9 are for Master's degree and 3 are Bachelor's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Tennessee state average data to help you compare.


Southern Adventist University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 2436 students with 73086 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 379 with 9097 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 10 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Southern Adventist University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

I transferred in from Oakwood University and it was one of the best decisions i ever made. I had an opportunity to travel abroad in my first year to Romania (Ahhhhmazing). Then their PE classes are not just the traditional ie: basketball, tennis. They have caving, rock climbing, horsemanship and snowboarding! Ultimately it was the spiritual emphasis on campus that won me over. Oh and lots of photo opportunities.Not only did I grow academically but spiritually as well.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

This School has a reputation of racism, which is no different once you become a student, the racism this school expresses is just unbelievable. They charge you for EVERYTHING. They automatically accept everyone that applies to the school. No matter how old you are you will always be yelled at, and treated like a kid. They force religion down your throat by forcing you to go to church and convocation. AVOID this school at all costs.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I visited Southern Adventist University around September 2016. I loved the location of the campus and a lot of trees and plants. They have a small car rental company the rents cars for the students for two hours. The vehicles are Nissan Leaf's which are electrical cars (Nissan's are good cars) They should get more vehicles like Toyota Prius Plug in. I visited the offices of Student Association very nice people. SAU is good if they have plenty of options for majors relating to the fields of medicine and theology etc. Decent size library, (I believe my libraries of Coral Gables, Main Library and Miami Beach are much bigger.) Also decent size shopping plaza on the campus. But for accommodations, living life it needs major improvements. There are no elevators in any of the buildings I am very worried for the handicap community. I think its a violation of the The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. Some of the steps of stairs in the mens dorm are in disrepair. During our visit we saw a couple of "bad hombres" in pick up trucks with menacing flags. Campus needs more security/police and more street lights around the dorms, church, etc because the street lighting are around the entrance of the campus. The campus needs signs and maps. To hello! pin point the different buildings around. Like that's very important!!! Also they need more fire extinguishers and better signs regarding an tornado evacuation to go to the first floor. It needs more food options around campus. Like I mean the cafeteria is open part time. And the other place which has the small cafe. Not many food options. What happens if I get hungry at night and everything is closed and they don't let you go out of the dorms. (By the way you can leave from a window on the second floor) (They have weak security system) I could have use a Nature Valley Trail Mix Fruit and nuts snack bar/midnight snack. They should have a small cafeteria on the lobby of each dorm Hall. Why did I give 3 stars?? -1 for few supermarket options they only have (Walmart is bad/Mickey Mouse) and Target (I love Target!) Chattanooga does not have Winn-Dixie, Whole Foods, Costco, Trader Joe's, Publix Sabor, Fresco y Mas, Presidente Supermarket, Sedano's not even a Milam's Market. I heard a few months later they where constructing a Publix Supermarket near by (horrible store design).-1 No and bad public transportation the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority is very bad no subway, metro or train system. And belive me I know about transit.-1 No international food! What is this???? Abuela va estar brava. Like barley hispanic, asian, middle eastern cuisine. Around town. What are you supposed to eat???? Grass!I feel very bad for the Tennesseans. It's very cold during the night and the infrastructure is crumbling. There roads are full of pot holes. Tennessee's economy failing under weak leadership (I am pretty sure who's at fault is Liddle Governor Bill Haslam-(R) and weak U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander-(R) and Bob Corker-(R).) So many years in office and they have done nada. No money is going to fix infrastructure.) What can I say? There is no place like Miami-Dade County. And the best State in the Union; Florida

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I have attended this school off and on over the past 13 years working on different levels of nursing degrees. I love the atmosphere and true dedication and care I always receive. The school is big enough to provide a lot of resources and prestige but small enough that I am constantly running into people I know.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

You find what you are looking for. SAU isn't a holy hill but it also isn't the worst place in the world.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 4881 Taylor Cir


Religious affiliation: Seventh Day Adventists

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +4232362000

Institution is active in current year: 1

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