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Rankings & Recognition

How SAU Shines

When you shine, people take notice. See how SAU has been recognized — for value, career preparation, academic excellence and beyond.

A Distinguished Education

U.S. News & World Report ranked SAU as one of the top Regional Universities for the 14th consecutive year. Additionally, SAU also received 2023 awards by U.S. News in Best Colleges for Veterans, Best Value Schools, and Top Performers on Social Mobility.

SAU is named one of EDsmart’s Best Colleges & Universities in Michigan 2023

Niche ranks SAU in the Top 5 in both “Top Private Universities in Michigan” and “Best Christian Colleges in Michigan.”

SAU was recognized as a College of Distinction in 2022-2023.

Additionally, SAU was recognized as a Christian College of Distinction in 2022-2023.

College Choice Best Michigan Colleges

College Choice ranked SAU #10 in their list of the “25 Best Online Colleges in Michigan” in 2021 and #17 in “Best Colleges in Michigan.”

Best Colleges in Michigan 2021

Best Colleges ranked SAU #19 in their list of the “Best Accredited Colleges in Michigan.”

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Online Christian Colleges listed SAU on their list of the “50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges & Universities.”

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

Traditional Undergraduate

Niche rated our dorms #2 “Best College Dorms in Michigan” and #43 in all of America.

Nursing

SAU was recognized as a Nursing College of Distinction in 2022-2023.

RegisteredNursing.org ranked SAU as the #1 Online RN to BSN program in Michigan in 2022.

Elementary & Secondary Education

SAU recognized as an Education College of Distinction in 2022-2023.

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SAU’s elementary education program was named one of the nation’s top teacher prep programs in the book “Start Here to Become a Teacher” from the National Council on Teacher Quality.

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

Online

SAU has been recognized as one of the “Best Online Colleges in Michigan” in 2023 by Intelligent.com

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Online Christian Colleges ranked SAU #17 in their list of the “50 Best Christian Graduate Schools Online.”

Most Affordable Colleges by Intelligent 2022

SAU was named the Best Christian College on Intelligent’sThe Most Affordable Online Colleges” list in 2022.

Bachelor of Social Work

Named among the “2022 Best Online BSW Programs” by OnlineU.

2020 Best Online Colleges badge from GradReport

Named among the “Best Online Bachelor’s in Social Work Degree Programs” by GradReports in 2020.

Master’s Degrees

Master of Business Administration

Best MBA in HR 2022

Named among “The Best Online MBA in Human Resources Degree Programs” by Intelligent in 2022.

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Master of Science in Nursing

Best Online Master's in Nursing

Named among “The Best Online Master of Science in Nursing Degree Programs” by Intelligent in 2022.

Ranked in the top 5 “Best Online FNP Programs” by RegisteredNursing.com for our RN to MSN and BSN to MSN programs.

Best Nursing Master's 2022

Ranked in #7 in “2022 Best Nursing Schools in Michigan” by College Factual.