Spring Arbor University

Fast Facts

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    • 100-acre main campus in Spring Arbor, Mich.
    • Regional learning sites across the state of Michigan.
    • Michindoh Conference Center in Hillsdale, Michigan




  • 5 traditional residence halls
  • 2 village-style housing complexes
  • On-campus apartments
  • Koinonia houses
  • Married housing



School Colors

Blue and Gold

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By the numbers

Enrollment (Fall 2016)

Total Enrollment: 3,341

  • Campus Undergraduate: 1,344
  • Off-Campus Undergraduate: 859
  • Graduate: 1,138

Geographic Profile (Campus Traditional)

87 percent from Michigan
12 percent from 21 other states/American provinces
1 percent international

Denominational Profile (Campus Traditional)

22 different denominations

Faculty (Campus Traditional)

80 Campus Teaching Faculty 1/2 Time+ a majority of whom have doctorate or terminal degree in their field.
14:1 student-to-faculty ratio

Freshman Retention

78 percent of first-time freshmen (full-time and part-time) returned for their second year at SAU.


A survey of SAU graduates (who graduated between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016) indicated:

  • 92 percent are employed or enrolled in graduate school.
  • Of those employed, 82 percent say that their employment is directly or somewhat related to their field of study at SAU.


High School Dual Enrollment

High achieving high school students may apply for SAU courses (on campus or online) to receive college and high school credit (if their state and high school allow dual enrollment).

Main Campus Undergraduate Studies

More than 70 majors and programs are available to undergraduate students at the main campus.

Bachelor’s Programs

SAU offers a number of traditional and adult and professional undergraduate programs at locations throughout Michigan and Ohio. View full lists of majors and programs online.

Graduate Studies

The master’s degree curriculum at Spring Arbor University aims to develop excellent leaders with a firm, honest commitment to ethical practices, personal leadership and self analysis, which are the qualities sought after in today’s business world. The Graduate Studies program at Spring Arbor University currently offers the following programs:

Online Courses

Get the classes you need from the comfort of your own home with Spring Arbor University’s online course offerings. For more information, visit our online programs website, SAU Online, at online.arbor.edu

Did you know?

Did you know?

  • In the fall of 2017, SAU dedicated the $1.1 million Ralph G. Walker Memorial Track & Field Complex and the remodeled, state-of-the-art Weatherwax Microbiology Lab.
  • 95% of SAU’s Class of 2016 is either employed or enrolled in graduate school programs.
  • In 2017, SAU’s women’s basketball team was recognized with the NAIA Champions of Character Team Award.
  • SAU alumnus Rick Herter ‘84 made the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the world’s largest indoor mural after his completion of the 28,000 square-foot mural depicting influential moments in the evolution of flight that adorns the walls of the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Contributions to Jackson County

Spring Arbor University proudly commits itself to promoting the welfare of the Spring Arbor community and surrounding areas by supporting various endeavors within neighboring communities to advance the well-being of its citizens and to ensure a better future for coming generations. SAU shows its support through cooperation in various activities, events and collaborative efforts in partnership with other organizations and institutions.  The Spring Arbor faculty, staff and administration are represented on almost every non-profit board in Jackson County and in the areas where Spring Arbor has a site.