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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 Best Colleges 2022

U.S. News & World Report ranked SAU as one of the top Regional Universities for the 13th consecutive year. Additionally, SAU also received 2022 awards by U.S. News in Best Colleges for Veterans, Best Value Schools, and Top Performers on Social Mobility.

Colleges of Distinction 2022

SAU was recognized as a College of Distinction in 2021-2022.

Christian Colleges of Distinction 2022

Additionally, SAU was recognized as a Christian College of Distinction in 2021-2022.

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 2021 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

Nursing

Nursing Colleges of Distinction 2022

SAU was recognized as a Nursing College of Distinction in 2021-2022.

Elementary & Secondary Education

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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

Most Affordable Colleges by Intelligent 2022

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

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Online Christian Colleges ranked SAU #17 in their list of the “50 Best Christian Graduate Schools Online” in 2022.

RN to BSN

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

Bachelor of Social Work

2020 Best Online Colleges badge from GradReport

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

Best Online BSW 2020 Badge

Named among the “20 Best Online Social Work Degrees” by SocialWorkDegree in 2020.

Best BSW Michigan 2020 Badge

Named among the “10 Best Social Work Degrees in Michigan” by SocialWorkDegree in 2020.

Master’s Degrees

Best Colleges for the Money 2022

Listed in top 6% of the “2022 Best Value Schools in the U.S. for Master’s Degrees” by College Factual.

Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership

Best Master's in Media Communication by Intelligent 2022

Named among the “Best Online Master’s in Media Communications Degree Programs” by Intelligent in 2022.

Best Value Master's of Communications

Awarded #1 “Best Value Master’s in Communication” by College Factual in 2022.

Top Ranked Master's Degree in Communication Badge

Named among the “Best Online Master’s in Communications Degree Programs” by SuperScholar in 2020.

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.

Best Nursing Master's 2022

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