Spring Arbor University

Rankings and Recognition


US News BadgeThe 2019 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges ranked SAU in the top tier of Midwestern regional universities.

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The Economist ranked SAU No. 1 in long-term economic value among Christian universities in the region and No. 2 among all universities (public and private) in Michigan.

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The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education recognized Spring Arbor University in their 2017 College Rankings.

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Christian Universities Online  ranked SAU #18 in their list, “50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities of 2017,” and #10 in their 2017 list of “Top Online Christian Graduate Schools.” 


SAU was ranked #24 on SR Education Group’s 2018 list of “Top Online Master’s in Management Programs.”

#25 Best Online Master’s Degree in Communication Ranking

#25 Best Online Master’s Degree in Communication by superscholar.org.

SAU was ranked among the top 15 online MBA programs in Michigan by onlinembatoday.com.

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In 2017 SAU was ranked in the 92nd percentile for undergraduate secondary school teacher prep programs in the nation by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

Most Affordable Online Degree Ranking 2017 Logo SAU is listed as the top school for an affordable, online Master of Arts in Communications program by bestvalueschools.com.

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SAU was ranked #17 in “2017 Rankings of Best Michigan Colleges” by collegechoice.net.

SAU was ranked #9 in Zippia’s list of “10 Best Colleges for Nursing Majors in Michigan” in 2017.

Top Christian Colleges Consensus Ranked

SAU was ranked #60 in College Consensus’ nationwide list of Best Christian Colleges and Universities in 2018.


Gold-level status for commitment Veteran-Friendly School program

The Michigan Veteran’s Affairs Agency has awarded SAU a Gold-level status for our commitment to and involvement in their Veteran-Friendly School program.

US News Best Value BadgeSAU was ranked the 32nd Best Value university among all schools in the Midwest region by U.S. News & World Report.

100 Most Affordable Small Colleges East of the Mississippi RankingSAU was mentioned as one of the 100 Most Affordable Small Colleges East of the Mississippi by  greatvaluecolleges.net.

College Values Online Top Degree Programs 2017

SAU’s online master’s in communication was ranked #1 in value by collegevaluesonline.com.

College Choice ranked SAU’s online BSW #17 in their list of “29 Best Online BSW Degrees” in 2017.

SAU was listed among colleges with the “Best Online Master’s in Special Education Degrees” by Top Master’s in Education.

SAU was ranked #4 in Zippia’s list of “7 Best Colleges for Social Work Majors in Michigan” in 2018.

SAU was ranked #17 in the list, “50 Best Christian Graduate Schools Online,” by Online Christian Colleges in 2018.