Southern Arkansas University Tech

Camden, AR 71701
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Southern Arkansas University Tech is one of the twenty-two public 2-year colleges in Arkansas. The campus is located in a rural area, in Camden.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 1,010 students attend the school. Every year 52% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

SAU Tech's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $3,240, and fees were $1,570. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $4,680 and $1,570 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleDistant Rural
Number of Students1,010
Student to Faculty Ratio11:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate68%

Nursing Programs

The Southern Arkansas University Tech Nursing Program is a program approved by the Arkansas State Nursing Board. The program offers in class instruction in theory and clinical experience.

The practical Nursing program is offered every year with classes beginning in July for graduation in May of the following year.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A high school diploma or equivalent GED
  2. Official copy of college(s) transcripts (if applicable)
  3. Immunizations Record, with proof of 2 measles & 1 rubella shot or 2 MMR shots.
  4. ACT, ASSET, COMPASS, or SAT scores
  5. The TEAS V test will be given every Wednesday January 11 through March 7th, 8:30 a.m. at SAU

Applications are accepted from January to March.

Successful applicants into the Practical Nursing Program will be required to submit to a criminal background check before admission. A state and federal criminal background check will be performed before graduation as persons convicted of crimes may or may not be eligible to sit for the state licensure exam.

A mandatory drug screen will be performed through the Ouachita County Medical Center before admission and students will be required to submit a current Arkansas Health card to the Nursing Office.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 2 26
Certificate 3 31
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 92.5%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1980 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Application fee
Undergrads $50
Graduates --

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$108/credit
In State Students$108/credit
Out of State Students$156/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

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 $4,860 $4,860 $7,020
ADN 70 $7,560 $7,560 $10,920
BSN 125 $13,500 $13,500 $19,500
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, 91% of Southern Arkansas University Tech's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 61% $4,664
Other Federal Grant 23% $1,721
State Grant & Scholarships 34% $1,927
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 45% $3,099
Federal Student Loans 35% $4,387
Private Loans -- $10,000


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$9,680
$30,001 to $48,000$10,231
$48,001 to $75,000$11,808
$75,001 to $110,000$12,844
Over $110,000--

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Student Population













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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Arkansas state board of nursing.
Southern Arkansas University Tech
6415 Spellman Road
Camden, AR 71701

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