Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

Magnolia, AR

School Background

2022 Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,795
Graduate Enrollment: 1,274
Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
Highest degree awarded: Graduate
Religious Affiliation: None

Campus Details

Town: Remote (in urban cluster more than 35 miles from an urbanized area)
Four-year, medium, highly residential // full-time, inclusive, lower transfer-in

Applicant and Admittance Traits

2022 Admission Rate: 62.6%

Male/Female: 44% / 56% (2017)

First generation college students: 42.1% (2017)
Percentage of students who are married when enrolled: 5.7% (2017)
Percentage of students who are veterans: 1.0% (2011)

Test scores for admission: Required
2022 Median Admit SAT: 1,094
SAT 25th Percentile - 75th: 930 - 1140

2022 Median Admit ACT: 22
ACT 25th Percentile - 75th: 18 - 25

Appliants applying to 2+ schools: 51.5% (2017)
Appliants applying to 3+ schools: 29.5% (2017)
Appliants applying to 4+ schools: 18.2% (2017)
Appliants applying to 5+ schools: 11.8% (2017)

Ethnicity Information

White: 61.0%
Black: 21.1%
Hispanic: 5.0%
Asian: 0.7%
American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.3%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.0%
2+ races: 5.1%
Non-resident alien: 1.9%
Unknown race: 4.8%

Costs & Fees

2022 Average Tuition & Fees (Room/Board/Books): $23,732
In-State tuition: $9,410
Out-of-State tuition: $14,630

Estimated books and supplies: $1,600 (2022)
Estimated on-campus room & board: $7,595 (2022)
Estimated on-campus other fees: $6,177 (2022)

Estimated off-campus room & board: $7,595 (2022)
Estimated off-campus other fees: $6,177 (2022)

Average Family Income: $46,607 (2017)
Median Family Income: $29,946 (2017)

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Percentage of students receiving Pell Grant: 45.1%
Percentage of students with Federal Loans: 73.3%

Median federal loan debt at graduation: $18,750 (2021)
Median federal loan payment: $199 (2021)

Household Income Net Cost
0-$30k $14,660
$30k-48k $15,388
$48k-75k $16,153
$75k-110k $17,522
$110k+ $17,894

Graduate Outcomes & Job Placements

4-year graduation rate: 27%
6-year graduation rate: 40%

1 year post-graduation workforce participation: 94.5% (2020)

Loans

Median federal debt for graduates: $18,750 (2021)
Median federal debt for non-graduates: $7,808 (2021)

Median federal debt for first-generation graduates: $12,500 (2021)
Median federal debt for Pell grant recipient graduates: $14,000 (2021)

Ability to Repay Loans

Graduates, % of Loans in Repayment
(Non-delinquent/default)
Percentage
@1 Year 69.1% (2015)
@3 year 68.2% (2017)
@5 year 70.4% (2017)


1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid (Non-delinquent/default) - Pell Grant Recipients: 50.3% (2015)
1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid - 1st Generation Attendees: 51.1% (2015)

Earnings Power

Median earnings, 1 year post graduation: $35,662 (2020)
Median earnings, 4 years post graduation: $42,027 (2020)

Popular Majors

Type of Degree Major 2022 Graduates Median Federal Debt Median Monthly Payment 1yr Median Earnings (monthly gross) 4yr Median Earnings (monthly gross)
Bachelor's Degree Social Sciences, General. 1
Bachelor's Degree Political Science and Government. 4
Master's Degree Agriculture, General. 6
Associate's Degree Agricultural Business and Management. 18
Bachelor's Degree Agricultural Business and Management. 33 $13,875 $147 $40,897 ($3,408) $56,816 ($4,735)
Bachelor's Degree Journalism. 8
Bachelor's Degree Computer and Information Sciences, General. 12
Master's Degree Computer and Information Sciences, General. 172
Master's Degree Education, General. 18
Master's Degree Educational Administration and Supervision. 20 $353 $55,211 ($4,601)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Educational Administration and Supervision. 8
Master's Degree Educational/Instructional Media Design. 29 $197 $44,553 ($3,713)
Master's Degree Student Counseling and Personnel Services. 21 $720 $43,969 ($3,664)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Student Counseling and Personnel Services. 1
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 27 $16,316 $182 $32,413 ($2,701) $34,778 ($2,898)
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 49 $280 $40,395 ($3,366) $45,592 ($3,799)
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 18 $12,000 $127 $41,591 ($3,466)
Bachelor's Degree Engineering, General. 11
Bachelor's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 3
Associate's Degree Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. 309
Bachelor's Degree Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. 39 $28,228 $256 $27,855 ($2,321)
Bachelor's Degree Biology, General. 22 $20,375 $216 $27,912 ($2,326)
Bachelor's Degree Mathematics. 1
Bachelor's Degree Health and Physical Education/Fitness. 26 $20,169 $207 $32,337 ($2,695) $35,133 ($2,928)
Master's Degree Health and Physical Education/Fitness. 16 $44,653 ($3,721)
Associate's Degree Chemistry. 2
Bachelor's Degree Chemistry. 11
Bachelor's Degree Physics. 26 $23,625 $236 $54,553 ($4,546)
Bachelor's Degree Psychology, General. 33 $20,408 $206 $27,241 ($2,270) $33,636 ($2,803)
Bachelor's Degree Criminal Justice and Corrections. 20 $22,349 $246 $27,465 ($2,289) $39,183 ($3,265)
Bachelor's Degree Community Organization and Advocacy. 10
Master's Degree Public Administration. 9
Bachelor's Degree Social Work. 6
Bachelor's Degree Design and Applied Arts. 16 $25,559 $271
Bachelor's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 8
Bachelor's Degree Visual and Performing Arts, Other. 9
Bachelor's Degree Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions. 10
Bachelor's Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 44 $24,750 $207 $58,453 ($4,871) $65,322 ($5,444)
Associate's Degree Business/Commerce, General. 46
Bachelor's Degree Business/Commerce, General. 72 $22,500 $232 $31,812 ($2,651) $46,872 ($3,906)
Bachelor's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 1
Master's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 33 $335 $56,987 ($4,749) $73,791 ($6,149)
Bachelor's Degree Accounting and Related Services. 18 $14,848 $157 $37,021 ($3,085)
Bachelor's Degree History. 6


Campus Resources

Average faculty salary: $63,387
Full time faculty: 58%

Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 15.0

School's endowment start of year: $52,176,439 (2022)
School's endowment end of year: $56,871,295 (2022)