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Campus Life

The Basics

Students in DormWhere will I live?

Enjoy living with your friends in our residence halls or Southern Village.

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Students EatingWhere will I eat?

There are some really great dining options on campus, with smoothies, salad bars, grab-and-go sandwiches, a full hot meal, or a light snack available at various times throughout the day.

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Village Market CashierWhere will I work?

Most of Southern’s students juggle employment with classes as a way of helping finance their education while getting real-world experience. Jobs include tutors, IT support, office assistants, graphic designers, food service providers, and many more.

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What is there to do at Southern? There's an abundance of ways to connect and participate. Get elected to student government and influence decisions on campus. Get the scoop as a student journalist with the Southern Accent, our student newspaper. Capture the best of times with the yearbook team or Strawberry Fest crew. Join the environmental, spikeball, or kayak club. There are approximately 40 student organizations to choose from or you can start your own.

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Fun and Recreation

Students at EventSaturday Night Events

With formal events, talent shows, competitions, and parties, Southern's many events provide opportunities for Southern students to have fun and get to know one another while making lifelong memories.

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Male Intramurals TeamIntramurals

Intramural sports are about more than just playing games. The ultimate goal is to give glory to God. The intramural program at Southern Adventist University provides athletic activities to enhance the educational, recreational, and cultural experiences of students and employees.

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Hulsey Wellness CenterHulsey Wellness Center

The Hulsey Wellness Center is here to help students, employees, and our community develop and maintain life-long habits of wellness. The center is a state-of-the art facility providing trained assistants and a wide variety of activities to suit any level of fitness interests.

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Students HikingCampus Trails

Southern’s 1,300-acre campus includes 800 acres of forest, crisscrossed with nearly 40 miles of hiking and biking trails. The trails are spread across White Oak Mountain and Bauxite Ridge. They stretch from the lowest point of the valley to the ridge tops overlooking the university.

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Grassy AreaWolftever Creek Greenway

Accessible from campus, the community greenway offers a variety of features, including several miles of paved walkways, the Imagination Station Playground, a dog park, and picnic tables. You'll find fountains in ponds, artistic benches, old wagon wheels, and plenty of bird feeders.

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Bietz CenterThe Bietz Center for Student Life

The Bietz Center for Student Life, a three-story home base for students, opened in the Summer of 2021. The 43,000 square foot facility provides opportunities for students to socialize, decompress, study, and connect with services that contribute to their mental and Spiritual well-being.

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Caves in Student ParkStudent Park Cave

Student Park Cave is an educational and recreational resource that contains nearly a mile of walking, squeezing, crawling, and swimming passages. Adventure and educational programs can be scheduled for groups to gain exposure to a natural wonder in our area.

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Each Thursday, at 11 a.m. the student body gathers for Convocation. This is your chance to hear renowned speakers share from their life experiences. Past speakers include former NBA player A.C. Green and Steven Ford, son of former President Gerald Ford.

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Music Performance Groups

Symphony OrchestraSymphony Orchestra

The Symphony Orchestra is comprised of approximately 70 student musicians who have successfully auditioned and are prepared to perform a broad range of classical and sacred music literature. Most have previous ensemble experience in community groups or from high school.

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Wind SymphonyWind Symphony

The Wind Symphony is an auditioned ensemble of 50-60 woodwind, brass, and percussion players performing some of the best new wind literature and band masterworks.

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I Cantori ChoirI Cantori

I Cantori is a select chamber choir for students with advanced vocal potential and experience, and its members form the leadership core for Bel Canto (women’s chorus) and Die Meistersinger (men’s chorus). Repertoire includes a broad stylistic range from diverse musical eras.

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Students SingingBel Canto and Die Meistersinger

Bel Canto (women's chorus) and Die Meistersinger (men's chorus) are general choirs available to all students with beginning to advanced levels of choral experience. These choirs often combine for church services and concerts as well as to perform large works with the Symphony Orchestra.

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Jazz EnsembleJazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble is a standard 17-member big band dedicated to the study and performance of classic jazz and popular music from the 1920s through today. Emphasis is placed on ensemble interaction and individual improvisation.

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HandbellsSouthern Ringtones

Southern Ringtones is a bell choir comprised of approximately 10 students who enjoy learning and performing new music. It is available to students who know how to count and read music. Experience is preferred but not required.

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  • Acrofest

    Gym-Masters participate in Acrofest, an event that brings Seventh-day Adventist gymnasts together from institutions across the country and around the world.

  • Mission Trip

    Service is an important part of Gym-Masters, and the team goes on a yearly mission trip during spring break.

  • Performances

    Gym-Masters perform across the United States and beyond, using acrobatic and gymnastic routines to emphasize the importance of healthy living, commitment, dedication, teamwork, and trust.

Healthcare and Safety

University Health CenterUniversity Health Center

It may not be the same as having Mom nearby, but students don't have to struggle through minor illnesses alone. Nurse practitioners at the University Health Center, working under the supervision of a campus physician, are here to care for routine health questions and challenges.

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Campus Safety VideoCampus Safety

Southern’s Campus Safety officers are prepared for the unexpected with certification from the National Incident Management System. In addition, Campus Safety officers are happy to help with everyday accommodations such as jump starting your car.

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The Southern's Counseling Services office is designed to assist with concerns that might interfere with the college experience. Individual and group counseling services offer opportunities to increase knowledge and develop greater self-awareness, understanding, and independence.

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Women Using ComputerDisability Support Services

Disability Support Services (DSS) facilitates equal access to Southern’s learning community for students who have documented disabilities or suspected learning differences. DSS promotes student responsibility and self-advocacy and provides relevant information to faculty and staff.

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Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

Local Attractions

Local Attractions

Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture



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