Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

Magnolia, AR 71753
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Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is one of the eleven public 4-year colleges in Arkansas. The campus is located in Magnolia town.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 4,643 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 870 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 574 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 66%). Every year 36% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $6,840, and fees were $1,506. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $10,650 and $1,506 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleRemote Town
Number of Students4,643
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate66%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 0 6
Bachelor's degree 11 47
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 70.4%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1929 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1971 - Current
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
02/01/2006 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT950 to 1140
ACT19 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$228/credit
In State Students$228/credit
Out of State Students$355/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$285/credit
In State Students$285/credit
Out of State Students$425/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $10,260 $10,260 $15,975
ADN 70 $15,960 $15,960 $24,850
BSN 125 $28,500 $28,500 $44,375
FNP 50 $14,250 $14,250 $21,250
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 98% of Southern Arkansas University Main Campus's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 58% $4,648
Other Federal Grant 1% $1,714
State Grant & Scholarships 53% $1,241
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 79% $6,285
Federal Student Loans 62% $5,282
Private Loans 2% $6,633


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$11,389
$30,001 to $48,000$11,692
$48,001 to $75,000$14,355
$75,001 to $110,000$15,653
Over $110,000$15,774

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Two or more races

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Arkansas state board of nursing.
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
100 E. University
Magnolia, AR 71753

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