About Spring Arbor University (SAU)
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).
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.
Annual Cost to Attend
Average Annual Cost
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.
Highest Degree Offered
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 Emergency Phones
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.
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation
Students Receiving Gift Aid
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Federal Grants
Average Aid Per Year
Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income
$30K - $48K
$48K - $75K
$75K - $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.
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.