Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

Public, Four-years School Located in Magnolia, AR

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How much is the Southern Arkansas University Main Campus tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Southern Arkansas University Main Campus's tuition & fees is $9,820 for Arkansas residents and $15,400 for out-of-state students.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $25,585 for Arkansas residents and $31,165 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Arkansas Residents Tuition & Fees$9,820
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$15,400
Books & Supplies Costs$1,600
On-campus Room & Board$7,809
On-campus Expenses$6,356
Off-campus Room & Board$7,809
Off-campus Expenses$8,034
2023-2024 Estimates
Arkansas Residents Tuition & Fees$10,358
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$16,322

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Southern Arkansas University Main Campus for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $65,707 at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $126,526. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $90,711.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$15,800$30,369$21,757
Sophomore (2024-25)$16,211$31,196$22,360
Junior (2025-26)$16,632$32,044$22,979
Senior (2026-27)$17,064$32,916$23,615
4 Years Total$65,707$126,526$90,711
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$16,211$31,196$22,360
Sophomore (2025-26)$16,632$32,044$22,979
Junior (2026-27)$17,064$32,916$23,615
Senior (2027-28)$17,507$33,812$24,269
4 Years Total$67,414$129,969$93,224
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$16,632$32,044$22,979
Sophomore (2026-27)$17,064$32,916$23,615
Junior (2027-28)$17,507$33,812$24,269
Senior (2028-29)$17,962$34,732$24,942
4 Years Total$69,165$133,505$95,806
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$17,064$32,916$23,615
Sophomore (2027-28)$17,507$33,812$24,269
Junior (2028-29)$17,962$34,732$24,942
Senior (2029-30)$18,429$35,678$25,633
4 Years Total$70,963$137,138$98,459
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$17,507$33,812$24,269
Sophomore (2028-29)$17,962$34,732$24,942
Junior (2029-30)$18,429$35,678$25,633
Senior (2030-31)$18,908$36,649$26,343
4 Years Total$72,806$140,871$101,186

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Southern Arkansas University Main Campus' tuition is slightly higher than the average tuition of $12,960. Compared to public, four-years colleges in Arkansas, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $8,461.
In-StateOut-of-State
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus$9,820$15,400
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
Arkansas Four-years Colleges$13,726
Public Schools$5,423$8,461
Private Schools$17,236

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Southern Arkansas University Main Campus and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationIn-StateOut-of-State
Southern Arkansas University Main CampusMagnolia, AR$9,820$15,400
Northern Vermont UniversityJohnson, VT$12,804$26,892
Black Hills State UniversitySpearfish, SD$9,000$12,100
Rutgers University-CamdenCamden, NJ$17,079$35,841
Central Washington UniversityEllensburg, WA$9,192$26,771
James Madison UniversityHarrisonburg, VA$13,576$30,790
Peru State CollegePeru, NE$7,920$8,280
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis ObispoSan Luis Obispo, CA$11,075$30,995
Kean UniversityUnion, NJ$13,426$21,076
Indiana University-NorthwestGary, IN$8,179$22,043
Texas A&M University-TexarkanaTexarkana, TX$7,930$20,947

Financial Aid and COA

At Southern Arkansas University Main Campus, 3,123 students (99%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $8,394.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is $22,771 for students living on-campus and $24,449 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 624 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $9,316 and the average amount of student loans is $5,949.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
Arkansas ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$25,585$31,165
COA (off-campus)$27,263$32,843
Tuition & Fees$9,820$15,400
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$15,765$15,765
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$17,443$17,443
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$17,191$22,771
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$18,869$24,449
Average Financial Aid$8,394$8,394
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship3,12399%$8,394
Pell Grants1,34743%$5,199
Federal Student Loan2,23071%$4,679
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid62499%-
Grants or Scholarships62499%$9,316
Federal Grants31550%$5,407
Pell Grants31550%$5,319
Other Federal Grants122%$2,333
State/Local Grants28545%$1,468
Institutional Grants50480%$7,324
Student Loan Aid30348%$5,949
Federal Student Loans29347%$5,450
Other Student Loans203%$10,284
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level302291$7,935
0-30,000117117$9,449
30,001-48,0006161$9,909
48,001-75,0005249$6,648
75,001-110,0003533$5,176
110,001 or more3731$4,309

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus's acceptance rate is 62.60%. A total of 2,813 applicants applied to and 1,761 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 632 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 35.89%.
To apply to Southern Arkansas University Main Campus, 5 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school rank, Secondary school record, Admission test scores and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 1 items are recommended to submit - Completion of college-preparatory program.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants2,8131,100$1,705
Admitted1,761707$1,047
Enrolled632293$339
Acceptance Rate62.60%64.27%61.41%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)35.89%41.44%32.38%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRequired
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRecommended
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresRequired
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are required to apply to Southern Arkansas University Main Campus. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,035 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 22.
Its SAT score is lower than the national average score of 1,174. The ACT score is slightly lower than the national average score of 25.
Average25th75th
SAT Total1,0359301,140
National Average1,174
Arkansas Average1,093
SAT EBRW515460570
SAT Math520470570
ACT Composite221825
National Average25
Arkansas Average21
ACT Math201624
ACT English211724

Student Population

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus has a total of 5,094 students including 3,148 undergraduate and 1,946 graduate students. By gender, there are 1,821 male students and 2,613 female students attending Southern Arkansas University Main Campus. The school offers online degree programs and 1,513 students enrolled online exclusively (29.70% of all students).
TotalMaleFemale
Total4,434 1,8212,613
Undergraduate3,160 1,3721,788
Graduate1,274 449825

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address100 E. University, Magnolia, AR
Phone870-235-4000
WEBhttps://www.saumag.edu/
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered68 Programs
Online Program Offered21 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered15 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate67.00%
Yield40.98%
Student Population5,094
Graduation Rate44%
Transfer-out Rate30%
Retention Rate71% (Full-time), 75% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate15 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties157 (Full-time), 76 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs380 (Full-time), 82 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$63,263
Average Staff Salary$45,341