What is the SAU mission statement?
The SAU Concept guides everything we do. It states: 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.
Where are you located?
The main campus of Spring Arbor University is located in Spring Arbor, Michigan (8 miles southwest of the city of Jackson). It is about 45 minutes west of Ann Arbor and 40 minutes south of Lansing. We also have 13 regional sites in Michigan and Ohio, plus Michindoh Conference Center in Hillsdale, Michigan.
How many students attend SAU?
About 1,300 traditional undergraduate students attend SAU on our Spring Arbor campus. We also have about 1,400 graduate students and 700 adult and professional undergraduate students, making for an approximate total of 3,400 students.
What is the ratio of women to men?
The ratio of women to men on our Spring Arbor campus is 60:40.
Is SAU an accredited university?
Yes. SAU has received the highest level of accreditation available from the Higher Learning Commission. Our social work program is also separately accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
What is your post-graduation job placement rate?
96 percent of SAU’s Class of 2017 have met positive outcomes since graduation. Of those, 85 percent are employed, while 9 percent are enrolled in programs of continuing education.
Our Office of Career Development offers a wide variety of programs and services to assist students with their job search. In addition, many academic departments are active in helping their graduates find work in their field.
How many academic programs do you offer?
We offer 68 majors, minors and endorsements to our traditional undergraduate students. Additionally, we offer eight adult and professional undergraduate programs and ten graduate programs.
What is the student-to-faculty ratio?
The student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1 on our Spring Arbor campus.
Do you offer dual enrollment courses?
Yes, we offer a wide variety of dual enrollment courses, which allow high school students with strong academic records to begin acquiring college credits. Learn more about SAU’s dual enrollment program.
Do you offer study abroad opportunities?
Yes! We require every student who enrolls as a freshman or sophomore to complete a cross-cultural experience. Students may choose to embark on a three-week adventure or study abroad for an entire semester. Learn more about our Cross Cultural Studies program.
Do you offer online classes?
Yes. Many of our adult/professional and graduate programs are offered entirely or partially online. Learn more about SAU Online.
Is tutoring available?
Yes! Learn more about tutoring and other academic support services offered to students at SAU on the Academic Student Connections webpage.
How do I apply for admission?
Find instructions for application on our Admissions page.
When is your application deadline?
At SAU, we practice “rolling admission.” Once all your application materials have been received, we will inform you of our admission decision. It is good to complete the application process as early as possible, especially for maximum financial aid.
How can I visit campus?
We offer Arbor Day visit events, overnight visit events, group visits and personalized visits to prospective students! Schedule your visit at arbor.edu/visit.
What varsity sports do you offer for men and women?
Men: baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field
Women: basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball
Learn more about SAU Athletics.
Costs and Financial Aid
How much does it cost to attend SAU?
Cost information is updated each spring for the following academic year. View the most up-to-date information on undergraduate tuition and fees.
What kinds of financial aid do your students receive?
Our students receive financial aid via scholarships, grants and loans from a variety of sources (including federal and state governments). Students may also receive financial aid by participating in work study programs. Learn more about undergraduate financial aid at SAU.
What academic scholarships do you offer freshmen?
We offer freshmen academic scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $12,000 per year. Find out more about academic and other scholarships available to SAU students.
How can I find out how much financial aid I will get?
Receive an estimate of how much financial aid you will qualify for using our Undergraduate Net Price Calculator.
Can I get a campus job?
Yes — however, jobs on campus are limited. Find out more about student employment at SAU.
Housing and Dining
What types of housing are available on campus?
On-campus housing options include community-style residence halls (with shared restrooms on each floor), suite-style villages (with one restroom per suite), apartments and houses. All on-campus housing comes fully furnished. All community-style residence halls have recreation, laundry and kitchen facilities on-site. Features of other housing options vary. Learn more about on-campus housing at SAU.
How do I get a roommate?
On your housing application, you’ll have the opportunity to share some things about yourself. We’ll use that information, as well as the input of your admissions representative, to match you with a roommate who should be a good fit.
Can guys go in girls’ dorms and vice versa?
Student living areas are only open to members of the opposite sex during established visitation hours throughout the week. However, all housing options offer common areas where students of either sex can visit throughout the day.
Is campus safe?
Yes, our campus is very safe! Security officers patrol campus 24/7. Our parking lots and walkways are well lit. All of our residence halls are locked and accessible only to students and appropriate staff.
As in any place, you should use caution while on campus — and take advantage of the resources available to you through Campus Safety! Campus safety personnel are always available to escort students across campus. They can also help you if you lock your keys in your car or need assistance with a dead battery or flat tire. Find out more about SAU Campus Safety.
Can freshmen have cars?
As a general rule, freshmen are not allowed to have cars on campus. Freshmen are encouraged to stay on campus on the weekends and at night in order to build relationships! If you absolutely need a car as a freshman, you can fill out a petition for a parking permit.
What can I do during my free time at SAU?
There’s always something to do on campus! Social, academic and cultural events are hosted by various groups throughout the year. Residence halls compete in intramural athletics. Bible studies and other clubs meet regularly around campus. Find out more about student life at SAU.
What can I do in Spring Arbor and Jackson?
Spring Arbor offers a number of local restaurants to students looking to get off campus for a little while. Jackson has two malls, two cinemas, a variety of restaurants, coffee shops, several grocery stores and a downtown area worth exploring! Experience Jackson offers up-to-date information about activities and events taking place in Jackson. View a list of our favorite off-campus activities.
What is the spiritual atmosphere like on campus?
Spiritual life on campus is diverse and vibrant! Although students are not required to profess faith in Jesus Christ to attend SAU, most of our students and all of our faculty and staff are committed Christians. Over 40 Christian denominations are represented within our community. Numerous Bible studies and small groups are held on campus. Chapel services are central to our community life. Learn more about spiritual life at SAU.
Is chapel attendance mandatory?
Chapel is a time for our campus community to come together to engage in authentic worship and hear practical teaching from the Word. Biweekly chapel attendance is required for all full-time students living on campus. Commuters who are full-time students must attend if they live in the 49283 zip code area or have class immediately before AND after chapel. Part-time students are encouraged to attend chapel, but not required.
What church is SAU affiliated with?
SAU is affiliated with the Free Methodist Church of North America. The FMC is part of the Wesleyan Holiness Movement started by John and Charles Wesley. Learn more about the Free Methodist Church.
What are your admissions requirements for transfer students?
Find admissions requirements for transfer students on our “Transfers” webpage.
Do you offer academic scholarships for transfer students?
Yes! We offer our transfer students renewable scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $8,000 per year, depending on GPA. Learn more about scholarships for transfer students.
Will my credits transfer to SAU?
SAU has an open process for transferring credits from other accredited colleges and universities. Credits earned in most courses numbered 100 and above in which a student has received a grade of “C” (2.0) or better will transfer. Some transferred credits will meet specific requirements, while others will count as general elective credits. Our Office of Registration & Records reviews student transcripts to determine how many credits will transfer and how many more credits each student will need to graduate.
If you are transferring from a two-year college in Michigan, take a look at our course equivalencies.
Do you accept the MACRAO Agreement?
At SAU, we recognize the MACRAO Agreement among Michigan two-year and four-year colleges. By transferring under the MACRAO Agreement, students can fulfill all of their general education liberal arts requirements before arriving at SAU. Find our more about transferring to SAU under the MACRAO Agreement.