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 undergraduates 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 offering 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 schools.

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 keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school has quality curriculum, welcoming 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 provided 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 require on-campus meetings. So look carefully into 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:

This is the second review I am writing on this University. I respect the Christian foundation this university places within there curriculum. I have gone through the BSN program for nursing. The nursing courses are great but I would strongly recommend getting general education credits from another university. I am a nurse who works full time midnight shifts. When I am working on stretches I am sleeping and eating and working. The assignment for these courses is way to much work for someone who works a full time job like me. Other people may be doing it but I am submitting assignments late because I can not always meet the deadlines. The reason why I chose this program, was because from the beginning I was told I was going to have flexibility with my busy lifestyle to easily balance work, school, and lets not forget my daily life. And it has been the exact opposite. Together with two classes, I have over ten assignments due every week, and multiple deadline in one week to submit them. This is not fitting for a nurse who works 7p-7a and doesn't have multiple hours to spend everyday on a computer. I have respect for the curriculum but it is not fitting for everyone. I would recommend a different university of CLEP exams for prerequisites.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Well i should say something. I disappeared for 5 years because I went to a racist trump supporting college for 5 years in Spring Arbor and Lansing. I was harrassed basically everyday because of my face, body, skin, voice and background. I was treat like sambo for years by SAU student, faculty, etc. I was in a way trapped. I couldnt have alot of social media because you are not allow do have any privacy at this school. Muffitt was my only escape and now its gone. I made friends and became a victim in muffitt.. SAU takes education from queer/brown individuals. They are trying to say that the constant harrassment I had to endure for 5 years was justified. Private school is very dangerous for black women in Michigan. I have had people attack my character, family, and name. A piece of me died when I went to spring arbor. SAU doesnt respect mental illness or personal boundaries. The campus is not safe for queer people, brown people or women in general and I am a witness too it. I identify as demisexual and ace. I am recovering from year of abuse from an institution. Its not 1951. I have rights damnit. I am going to fight for myself and to protect myself and my family till my last breath. The exemption got me hurt. #metoo

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Spring Arbor was like a second home to me while I was attending there for my Bachelors. No university is going to be perfect, but I absolutely loved my time there. Overall I had extremely wonderful professors who I still appreciate to this very day. The professors and staff really do care about the students who attend. I had a lot of fun being an RA when U-Hall (now Andrews Hall) was first built. I made life long friends and my time at the University helped me to become the man I am today. I still have room to grow as all people do, but it did a lot for my life. It has been awhile since I have been able to go there, but it i something I hope to rectify in the future. It was a great time of my life for sure.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

From a [CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY] I am surprised....Questions are asked to get in or consider for their Online MSN Program was uncomfortable and discriminating "who is going to support you while going to school, do you have family living close and can support you" really. I understand they want 3.00 grade point average, but questioning if its part of the determination. Like the person on the phone stated theses questions determine if you will be able to finish an MSN program. Sorry, this school will be too much of a challenge for... Move to the next school!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I would not be the self-confidant, independent Christian I am today without the love, support, and nurturing I received from both students and faculty. I am two years along and already sad at the thought of having to graduate and leave my university family.

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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