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About Spring Arbor University (SAU)

Type Control of Institution - Public/Private



4 Years

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Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

Free Methodist

On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


Spring Arbor University is a Christian, private not-for-profit institution of higher learning distinguished by their lifelong involvement in the study and application of the liberal arts, total commitment to Jesus Christ as the perspective for learning, and critical participation in the contemporary world.

The university is located in Spring Arbor, Michigan and was established in the year 1873 and is the second-largest Christian institution in the state of Michigan.

SAU was started with a small elementary school and now it has grown to be one amongst the top liberal arts Christian university. The institution follows the Christian community and culture but welcomes people from all ethnicities to the university. It is committed to a liberal arts education involving the pursuit of all truth as God’s truth, the development of Christian character, and the living integration of faith and learning. As of now, the university is spread across 12 locations in Michigan and Ohio.

SAU has a current population of over 3436 students and a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. This implies that its students get a much better opportunity to interact with the faculty.

The university provides several types of degrees across various program levels. The various program levels offered at the university are Endorsement Courses, Minors, Associate Bachelor’s, Adult Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees. Cumulatively, as many as 82 different degrees are covered under all these program levels. The university also has various formats for delivering these degrees to its students. Apart from the traditional face to face teaching on campus, it has the features of online and virtual classrooms for delivering lectures to its students. These are available across all the 12 locations in which the university is located.

Spring Arbor University is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Location & Contact


106 E. Main St


Email: N/A
Phone: 5177501200
Fax: 5177506620
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U.S. News and World Report‘s 2020 “Best Colleges” rankings named SAU as a top-tier Midwest Regional University for the 11th consecutive year! SAU was also ranked among the “Best Value Schools,” “Best Colleges for Veterans” and “Top Performers in Social Mobility” in the midwest.


Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.


Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


SAT Range

1025 - 1230

ACT Range

20 - 26

Application Fee




High School GPA


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The admissions process at Spring Arbor University is simple and very easy to go through. The university can be said that it is easy to moderately tough to get into the university. Since the college offers programs at various levels there is no uniform admission process. It varies from program to program. For undergraduate and adult and professional studies, the process is to simply register through the official website.

The admission process consists of three steps which are as follows:

  • Submit the online application.

  • Send university the college transcripts

  • Submit two letters of recommendation

It is important that a student is strong in their academics and maintains SAT range of 1025-1230. All the documents along with the official transcripts need to be submitted with the application and fee of $30 on or before the deadline.  

Annual Cost to Attend

Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.


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Room And Board The charges for an academic year for rooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.


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Spring Arbor University is quite affordable in terms of the annual cost required to attend the institution.

The average annual cost to attend the university on a full-time basis is $28210 for all students regardless of their residency. However, it varies from college to college and from program to program.

Additionally, books and supplies cost around $800, the room and board charge amount to $10,010, and other fees cost $600.

Overall, it can be stated that the total one year cost to attend SAU is about $41,400.

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Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.

Master's degree

Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


Research Funding per Student


Faculty Overview


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Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Business Administration, Management...

119 Graduates

Social Work

117 Graduates

Registered Nursing, Administration,...

114 Graduates

Human Development, Family Studies,...

40 Graduates

Psychology, General

25 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

23 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

23 Graduates

Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

15 Graduates

Pastoral Counseling and Specialized...

14 Graduates

Fine and Studio Arts

11 Graduates

Communication and Media Studies

9 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

8 Graduates

Education, General

8 Graduates

Health and Medical Administrative S...

8 Graduates


7 Graduates

Special Education and Teaching

7 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

7 Graduates

Biology, General

7 Graduates

International/Global Studies

7 Graduates

Criminal Justice and Corrections

6 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

5 Graduates

Film/Video and Photographic Arts

5 Graduates


5 Graduates


5 Graduates

Computer Science

4 Graduates


4 Graduates

Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studi...

4 Graduates

Religion/Religious Studies

4 Graduates

Theological and Ministerial Studies

3 Graduates


3 Graduates

Rhetoric and Composition/Writing St...

3 Graduates

Romance Languages, Literatures, and...

3 Graduates

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecu...

2 Graduates

Design and Applied Arts

2 Graduates

Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

2 Graduates

Finance and Financial Management Se...

2 Graduates

International Business

2 Graduates

Management Sciences and Quantitativ...

2 Graduates


2 Graduates

Public Relations, Advertising, and...

2 Graduates

Religious/Sacred Music

2 Graduates

Bible/Biblical Studies

1 Graduates

Philosophy and Religious Studies, O...

1 Graduates

Radio, Television, and Digital Comm...

1 Graduates

Social Sciences, General

1 Graduates


Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%




71% White

11% Unknown

11% Black

4% Hispanic

2% Two or more races

0% Non Resident alien

1% Asian

0% American Indian/Alaska native

0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

Geographic Density

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Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$61,522 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and 93% of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available


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Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $5,360/year.

Meal Plan Available


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Division Sports Nickname


School Colors

navy and gold

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Not applicable

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Sports Club


Campus Safety

24-Hour Security Patrol


Campus Emergency Phones


24-Hour Escort Safety rides


Mobile Campus Emergency Alert


Students who want to enjoy the campus and lodging life can benefit from the on-campus housing facility provided by SAU. The normal expense for on-campus housing is $10,260 per year. To ensure the safety and security of students, the university has a number of campus safety and security measures in place. Some of these features include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. The university has enrolled around 33% male and 67% female students.

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.




Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$213 - 301

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


Average Aid Per Year


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Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income

Aid awarded based on the family income.


Average Amount

< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


> $110K


Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants


Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


Spring Arbor University firmly believes that students from all economic backgrounds should have the opportunity to attend the university. So, it makes sure that financial concerns don’t slow students down on their way to SAU.

The average financial aid amount paid by the college is about $19288. Students seeking financial assistance should first complete the FAFSA first.

Spring Arbor University FAFSA Code is 002318

The different types of financial assistance includes the following.

Federal Aid provided includes Pell Grant, TEACH Grant, Federal Work-Study, and so on.

Institutional Aids include SAU Grant, Provost Award, Trustee Scholarship, and so on.

The State Aid covers the Michigan Tuition Grant and Michigan Competitive Scholarship whereas Military Aid includes Montgomery GI Bill, Post 9/11 GI Bill, and Tuition Assistance.

Almost 35% of students in the college are provided with federal grants which amounts approximately to $6221 whereas almost all of the students benefit from gift aid, amounting to $19288. In addition to this, almost all of the students are entitled to institutional grants and state aid which amounts to $16,100 and $1,946.

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