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Southern Arkansas University

Arkansas, United States

Est. 1909

About Southern Arkansas University

Established as a high school that offered programs tying back to its agricultural roots in 1909, the Southern Arkansas University has come a long way. It was turned into the Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1925, when it was allowed to add two years of college work to its secondary school curriculum.
In 1950, it was finally turned into a four-year degree institution and was named as the Southern State College. Later on, after it merged with the Southwest Technical University, it was rechristened as Southern Arkansas University.
With a wide range of courses, the SAU offers programs that are unique to every individual. Keeping the changing trends and professions in mind, Southern Arkansas University tends to get on board with programs that will entice and interest the new age of students.
It currently offers around 70 undergraduate programs. This includes a one-of-a-kind engineering program and a digital cinema program. Along with this, it also offers Musical Theatre and pre-professional track programs.

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Southern Arkansas University nests in Magnolia, which is situated in the Columbia County, Arkansas. It is just 20 miles away from the Louisiana State Line. Since many students tend to stay in campus, the university has a variety of residence halls for their need. For those who wish to stay off-campus, there is a bus service and ample parking space.


Southern Arkansas University has over four colleges in its campus which houses the different programs offered by the university. The university has agricultural centres/green houses, science centres, the Brinson Art Building, Harton Theater, Magale Library, nursing buildings and libraries to cater to the different needs of the students.
Apart from these, the University also has a variety of sports arenas for training and recreational purposes including, swimming pools, training centres, softball fields, tracks, stadiums and courts! It also has the Mulerider stables, University Village and a rodeo arena.

Residing Options

Students prefer to stay in campus since Southern Arkansas University is located in a rural area. The University offers around eight residence halls that are male-oriented, female-oriented and co-ed. Students can choose the residence hall they wish to live in. Every residence hall contains a set of basic amenities including, single and double rooms, suites, wifi, cable tv and phone lines,kitchens, computers lab, laundry room, study rooms and vending machines.
If you choose to stay in the University Village, only apartment-style housings are available there. This has all the other amenities mentioned above but also contains a recreational and training center, swimming pool, a convenience store and even classrooms and conference halls!
Apart from these, students who wish to join the Greek community can also try their luck with that. Southern Arkansas University has a pretty active Greek community although most students wish to stay in the campus residence halls.
Many students opt to stay off campus. Accommodations outside campus are quite reasonably priced although they may not necessarily be close from the university campus. Some of the popular areas are 2212 Lacari etc. The average accommodation cost is $500.


The Southern Arkansas University has four very distinct seasons. The Spring season is the seaon where most rain occurs and the summer season is known to be extremely dry. The winter is the opposite as the temperature may drop really low and snow and sleet are occasional.
The temperatures during summer is somewhere around the 90 Fahrenheit scale but the humidity might make it seem warmer. It gets around 5 inches of snow in January and around the same amount of rain in April. The rainy months are heavy with thunderstorms and even the occasional hail and tornados so you must be well prepared when you go there.

Faculty and pedagogy

Southern Arkansas University has around 190 faculties in its payroll right now. The student-teacher ratio is 16:1 and they offer various courses that suit the interests and the passion of the students. With a low ratio, it is easier for the teachers to offer one-on-one training sessions and make sure their students understand the syllabus. This makes it easier for them to approach their professors and seek help as well.

Financial aid

Southern Arkansas University offers a plethora of financial aid and scholarships to ensure that the less privileged still have equal opportunities to succeed. There are also a lot of federal aids and grants that the students are applicable to apply for. Each type of aid differs according to the programs that are chosen.
South Arkansas University offers its students limited number of opportunities to work as Graduate Assistants. Such Graduate Assistants are expected to put in 20 hours of work every week for which they will be paid a total stipend of $4000 divided into four pay checks of $1000 each after submitting their timesheets for the assigned period.

Jobs and placements

Students who perform extremely weel and have a well-rounded student life at the University are guaranteed placements. Most of the University’s alumni are doing extremely well and/or studying further.


  • Harry Thomason, a Hollywood director and producer
  • Leland Tollett, CEO and President of Tyson Foods.
  • Dr. Ron Ponder, an IT stalwart
  • Joan Dempsey, Deputy Director of CIA

  • Verdict

    If you are looking to have a wholesome, well-rounded college experience, Southern Arkansas University offers all that and much more. With a diverse population of students and an amazing set of academic programs, the University has been liked by the students who have studied here. They are content and satisfied with their course, professors as well as the different activities which the university has to offer them. The university premises are quite safe and students never felt lonely or unsafe.

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