Quick Facts About Southern
Location: Collegedale, Tennessee (pop. 11,437)
Campus: 1,300 acres with 26 major buildings
Motto: Power for Mind and Soul
Mission Statement: Southern Adventist University nurtures Christ-likeness, traditional Seventh-day Adventist values, academic excellence, and a life-long pursuit of truth, wholeness, and service.
President: David Smith, PhD
Religious Affiliation: Seventh-day Adventist. Southern welcomes individuals of other faiths.
Undergraduate Students: 2,461
Graduate Students: 421
States Represented: 48
Countries Represented: 39
Percentage of Undergrads Living on Campus: 68%
2017-18 First-Year Class:
Average ACT: 23.5
Average SAT: 1,104 (combined math and critical reading)
Average GPA: 3.5
IN THE CLASSROOM
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Undergraduate Fields of Study: 86 baccalaureate majors, 15 associate majors
Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP
Master of Arts in Religion, MA
Master of Business Administration, MBA
Master of Ministry, MMin
Master of Science in Computer Science, MS
Master of Science in Counseling, MS
Master of Science in Education, MSEd
Master of Science in Global Community Development
Master of Science in Nursing, MSN
Master of Social Work, MSW
Post-Master’s Certificate (Nursing)
Classes with Fewer than 30 Students: 81%
Full-time Faculty: 166
Accreditation: SACSCOC, AAA (with additional accreditations for individual schools and departments)
U.S. News & World Report has identified Southern as a “Top Tier” institution for 17 consecutive years.
Princeton Review: Southern was recognized by the Princeton Review in its “Best in the Southeast” category, a designation earned by only 25 percent of the institutions studied. (Princeton Review’s 2016 Best Colleges: Region By Region)
Christian Service Program: More than 1,300 students participated in Christian Service programs in 2017. These programs included opportunities like Westside for Jesus, Freshman Community Service Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Day. The Christian Service Department has 36 community partners that make community service opportunities possible for clubs.
LifeGroups: More than 1,200 students participate in LifeGroups (student-led small group Bible studies) last year.
Living in Balance Quality Enhancement Plan: To strengthen the pursuit of wholeness, the university chose to focus on increasing cardiorespiratory fitness in students. The two-hour general education physical activity requirement was increased to four, meaning students will take one physical activity course per year.
Southern Scholars: Scholarships are awarded for participation in this program which gives intellectually motivated students enriched learning experiences and a community of peers devoted to a vigorous life of the mind that encourages student responsibility for their learning.
Study Abroad: Approximately 50 students each year take classes in another country.
Missions: Students have the opportunity to spend a year as full-time missionaries, or participate in short-term trips through the uQuest Missions office and Evangelistic Resource Center.
Tuition: $20,700 (2017-2018 academic year)
Room and Board: $6,700 (2017-2018 academic year)
Books and Fees: $1,950 (estimate)
Average Package of Scholarships, Grants, and Loans: $19,158 (2017)
Full-time Students Receiving Financial Aid: 95% (2017)
Cost Comparison: Tuition and fees at Southern cost 38% less than the national average for private colleges and universities and 13% less than public out-of-state colleges and universities.
Return on Investment: Southern ranked #15 in Tennessee for 2015.
Clubs and Organizations: 40+ different ways to connect
Music: Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Southern Ringtones, Jazz Ensemble, I Cantori, Bel Canto, Die Meistersinger, other musical groups
Cultural Clubs: Asian Club, Black Christian Union (BCU), Latin American Club (LAC), Brazilian Club
Faith Opportunities: Residence hall worships, vespers, LifeGroups, three on-campus churches (Collegedale Church, Spanish American Church, Connect), more than 25 nearby Seventh-day Adventist churches, more than 20 student-led ministries
Intramural Sports: More than 50% of Southern students participate in intramurals.