Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor

Spring Arbor, MI

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Spring Arbor University offers 267-degree programs and 33 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 67%. The most popular test is SAT - 8% of students submitted it in comparison to 93% of students who submitted ACT. 27% are women, and 73% are men. Spring Arbor University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Spring Arbor University is 17194$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $26906 and $35366 per year. 55% of full-time Spring Arbor University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $38,100, 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 Spring Arbor 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, Spring Arbor University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$13,911
$30,001 - $48,000$15,074
$48,001 - $75,000$16,419
$75,001 - $110,000$19,509

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 4130

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


2397 of Spring Arbor University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 88 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Spring Arbor University number 32 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Michigan.

Students at Spring Arbor University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal, state, local or institutional grant 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

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

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

Tuition payment plan

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 Spring Arbor University.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

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

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving 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.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Spring Arbor University graduation rate is above the national average.

55% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Spring Arbor 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 consider 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 perception. 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.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

5 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Spring Arbor University acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 70%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 3% only.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 66%, so Spring Arbor University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 1% only.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Spring Arbor University full-time retention rate is 79% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Spring Arbor University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
985 - 1240

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 525 - 640
Math: 460 - 600
Writing: 0 - 0

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Spring Arbor University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
20 - 26

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 19 - 27
Math: 18 - 26
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Spring Arbor University is 11:1, that means that for every 11 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


Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Spring Arbor 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 Spring Arbor University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Michigan.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 106 E. Main St address in Spring Arbor, Michigan.


Main Campus 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 Spring Arbor University with 0.53% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, forcible sex offense, and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Spring Arbor University offers 267 programs in total: 219 are for Bachelor's degree, 36 - for Master's degree, 9 - for Associate's degree, and 3 are Postbaccalaureate certificate.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 194 universities in Michigan state. Spring Arbor University is one of the few institutions in Michigan that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 33 distance education programs that are offered in the Spring Arbor University: 27 are for Master's degree and 6 are Bachelor's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. 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 Michigan state average data to help you compare.


Spring Arbor University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 2241 students with 67235 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1013 with 18236 credit hours.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Spring Arbor University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Supposed to be a Christian university, however they never open with prayer in offsite locations. Needs a lot of improvement on many levels.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Spring Arbor University is a wonderful

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Going to Spring Arbor was a great decision! At first, I was very nervous, because of how far the school was, but it was a great investment. I was also nervous because it is a Christian college; so I assumed it would be super strict and constricting. Once I did a college visit and sat through one of the classes, I knew that wasn't that case. Of course, just like any school, there are rules, but it is very open to many topics. Spring Arbor is very open and diverse with their studies; in other words they are not narrow-minded!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

popular students get away with murder not so popular students are persecuted and shunned friends of the opposite sex are not allowed to be in the same room unsupervised on or off campus! (this is written in the contract you sign for admission and requires that you be expelled if violated!) opposite sex is only allowed in dorm rooms with door propped open on certain days and times. security of buildings is lax doors are often left propped open for easy entrance. parking space is inadequate and unorganized when lots at the dorm are full you are forced to park other places on campus (sometimes all the way across campus!) and have to walk back to dorms. maintenance of the grounds and facilities is lacking dives and parking lots are in rough condition with potholes and cracks, sidewalks are not plowed or salted correctly in the winter. maintenance calls are often ignored even after several calls for service are made (had a sink that was clogged for over a month called several times to no avail I finally had a friend unclog it!) security card swipers are often broke and unusable on dorm buildings Chapel is forced on students twice a week that do not commute to school this is mandatory so if you have a job you must work around this students are swiped in with id cards and the doors are guarded so no one can leave! Staff at SAU is very rude and unfriendly not at all christian like. professors are lazy and vague with assignments emails are often ignored when you have questions about assignments! this is highly unprofessional standards are held higher for students than for their own professors! bottom line if you want to pay high education costs get minimal interaction with teachers, poor service at the campus, and feel like you are living in Nazi Germany Spring Arbor University is the place for you.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Lame school. Too many rules. Nothing to do. Food sucks.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 106 E. Main St


Religious affiliation: Free Methodist

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +5177501200

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: arbor.edu

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