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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


  • The 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report‘s America’s Best Colleges ranked Spring Arbor University in the top tier of the “Regional Universities (Midwest)” category for the seventh consecutive year.
  • Christian Universities Online’s article “50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities of 2016,” ranked Spring Arbor University as the fifth best value nationwide and second best in the midwest.
  • The Economist ranked Spring Arbor University No. 1 in economic value for Christian universities in Michigan and No. 2 for all universities in Michigan.
  • Spring Arbor University was mentioned as one of the 100 Most Affordable Small Colleges East of the Mississippi (greatvaluecolleges.net)


  • 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 2015)

Total Enrollment: 3,622

  • Undergraduate: 1,409
  • Off-campus degree completion: 1,202
  • Graduate: 1,011

Geographic Profile (Campus Traditional)

88 percent from Michigan
10 percent from 22 other states
2 percent international

Denominational Profile (Campus Traditional)

35 different denominations

Faculty (Campus Traditional)

81 full-time
14:1 student-to-faculty ratio
A majority have their doctorate or terminal degree in their field

Freshman Retention

74 percent (1yr. retention rate, first-time, full-time students)


A survey of SAU first-year graduates* indicated:

  • 92 percent of students who graduated in 2015 were employed or enrolled in graduate school.
  • 78% of traditional students who graduated in 2015 were employed in a field that was related to their major.

*Out of those who responded to the survey


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.

Degree Completion

We offer degree completion for working adults:

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?

  • Spring Arbor University is a community of learners distinguished by our lifelong involvement in the study and application of the liberal arts, total commitment to Jesus Christ as the perspective for learning and critical participation in the contemporary world.
  • The Ganton Art Gallery is a 7,100 square-foot facility that serves as the largest single room art gallery in southern Michigan.
  • SAU added Gainey Hall in 2006, a 39,000 square-foot, 210-bed residence hall featuring individual room climate control, a two-story lounge, laundry, conference room and computer lab.
  • The 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report‘s America’s Best Colleges ranked Spring Arbor University in the top tier of the “Regional Universities (Midwest)” category for the seventh consecutive year.
  • Spring Arbor University alum Rick Herter ‘84, made the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest indoor mural with the completion of the 28,000 square feet mural depicting influential moments in the evolution of flight that adorns the walls of the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Since July 2000, SAU has added 174,000-square-feet and renovated 69,000-square-feet. The total price tag for these projects is nearly $40 million. Among the new buildings are seven village housing units and a new dormitory; the Hugh A. and Edna C. White Library, a state-of-the-art, 40,000-square-foot building; the 80-foot-high McKenna Carillon Tower and surrounding University Plaza; Dunckel Gymnasium, a 30,000-square-foot auxiliary gym; and Ganton Art Gallery, the state’s largest single-room gallery.
  • In November 2006, Spring Arbor University broke ground for the $8.5 million Poling Center for Global Learning and Leadership. SAU dedicated the 38,000-square-foot facility on February 2, 2008. It houses the Gainey School of Business and Management, the Hosmer Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the department of social sciences.
  • The number of graduate students at Spring Arbor University has continued to rise annually. In 2000, 252 students were enrolled in graduate programs. By 2006, 1,227 students were enrolled.
  • A wireless network enables the University’s main campus students to access the Internet from several locations throughout campus.

Contributions to Jackson County

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.