QUICK FACTS ABOUT SOUTHERN
Location: Collegedale, Tennessee (pop. 11,675)
Campus: 1,300 acres with 26 major buildings, plus nearly 40 miles of hiking and biking trails
Motto: Power for Mind and Soul
Mission Statement: Grounded in Jesus Christ and dedicated to the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, we equip students to embrace biblical truth, embody academic and professional excellence, and pursue Spirit-filled lives of service.
President: Ken Shaw, EdD
Religious Affiliation: Seventh-day Adventist. Southern welcomes individuals of other faiths.
IN THE CLASSROOM
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Undergraduate Fields of Study: 75 baccalaureate majors, 20 associate majors, plus numerous emphases, minors, and certificate programs
Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP
Master of Arts in Religion, MA
Master of Arts in Teaching, MAT
Master of Business Administration, MBA
Master of Ministry, MMin
Master of Science in Applied Computer Science, MS
Master of Science in Computer Science, MS
Master of Science in Professional Counseling, MS
Master of Science in Education, MSEd
Master of Science in Nursing, MSN
Master of Social Work, MSW
Classes and Labs with Fewer than 30 Students: 77%
Full-time Faculty: 167
Accreditation: SACSCOC, AAA (with additional accreditations for individual schools and departments)
U.S. News & World Report has identified Southern in "Best Colleges" rankings for 21 consecutive years. It also ranks Southern #2 as the most diverse regional university in the South.
Christian Service Program: More than 1,000 students, employees, and alumni participate in community service activities annually through campus programs, including the university's annual MLK Service Day. This outreach is made possible by dozens of active community partners providing nonprofit opportunities to minister to refugees and the homeless, fight pediatric cancer and human trafficking, coach soccer, and mentor and tutor children, among others. The program's core focus is to address the needs of vulnerable groups identified in Matthew 25 by feeding the hungry and thirsty, welcoming strangers, attending to the sick and grieving, and caring for those imprisoned physically and mentally.
LifeGroups: More than 1,200 students participate in 80+ LifeGroups (student-led small groups).
Mental Health Quality Enhancement Plan: Committed to the well-being of the whole person and recognizing the challenges that many face, the university created a campus-wide initiative focused on mental health. Pointed to on-campus resources and special events, students also will interact with mental health content delivered in select general education courses and have opportunities to build healthy coping skills.
Southern Scholars: Highly motivated students are awarded a scholarship for participating in this interdisciplinary academic program. The program focuses on developing students' strong critical thinking skills that are relevant to both personal and academic life, while the depth and breadth of Scholars learning occurs within a community of more than 60 peers and with the mentorship of faculty from diverse fields.
Study Abroad: On average, 50 students each year take classes in another country.
Missions: Students have opportunities to spend a semester or year as full-time missionaries or to participate in short-term trips through the Student Missions and Humanitarian Engagement offices as well as the Evangelistic Resource Center.
Tuition: $22,980 (2022-2023 academic year)
Room and Board: $8,010
Books and Fees: $1,100 (estimate)
Average Package of Scholarships, Grants, and Loans: nearly $8,500
Full-time Undergraduate Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Aid from Southern: Nearly $19 million in university-based funds are awarded to undergraduate students each year.
Cost Comparison: Tuition and fees at Southern cost 29% less than the national average for private colleges and universities and 14% less than public out-of-state colleges and universities.
Return on Investment: Southern ranks #8 in Tennessee.
Clubs and Organizations: More than 40 different ways to connect
Music: Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Southern Ringtones, Jazz Ensemble, I Cantori, Bel Canto, Die Meistersinger, and other musical groups
Cultural Clubs: Asian Club, Black Christian Union, Kapamilya First Club (Filipino), Korean Club, Latin American Club, and Middle Eastern Club
Faith Opportunities: Residence hall worships, vespers, LifeGroups, multiple on-campus churches and services (such as Collegedale, Spanish American, Connect, Merge), more than 25 nearby Seventh-day Adventist churches, more than 20 student-led ministries
Intramural Sports: More than half of Southern students participate in intramurals.