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Rankings and Recognition


The 2018 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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Ranked by The Economist as No. 1 in economic value for Christian universities in Michigan and No. 2 for all universities 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’s article “50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities of 2017” ranked SAU as the eighteenth best value nationwide.

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SAU was ranked #10 in Christian Universities Online’s list of Best Online Christian Graduate Schools Guide 2017.

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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 ranked #17 in 2017 Rankings of Best Michigan colleges by collegechoice.net.

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Onlinechristiancolleges.com ranked SAU #8 in their list of the 30 Best Online Christian Colleges in the U.S. 2015.

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SAU ranked #74 in 2016 Rankings of Best Christian Colleges and Universities by collegechoice.net.

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The Social Work Degree Guide ranked SAU #21 in The Top 25 Christian Colleges for a Social Work Degree Program 2015 and #25 in 35 Best Value Christian Colleges with CSWE-accredited Programs 2015.

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.

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.

#25 Best Online Master’s Degree in Communication Ranking

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

College Values Online Top Degree Programs 2017SAU’s online master’s in communication was ranked #1 in value by collegevaluesonline.com.