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Christian Life Profile

Southern Adventist University is a welcoming community of learners with a vibrant spiritual atmosphere rooted in a rich tradition of upholding Christian beliefs.

Founded in 1892, Southern Adventist University consistently nurtures students to grow both academically and spiritually. Currently recognized as the largest Seventh-day Adventist undergraduate institution in North America, Southern offers nearly 100 majors.

Our dedicated faculty and staff strive to equip students for the world into which they are graduating—a world with fluid job markets and a fast-changing global economy. Every year since 2002, Southern has received a Top Tier ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges Guide.” Southern remains committed to preparing students for a calling, a career, and a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.

While Nursing and Business may be two of the most popular majors on campus, there are endless possibilities, including new programs such as Vegetarian Culinary Arts and International Development Studies. If you feel God calling you toward a specific career, Southern most likely offers the courses necessary to help get you started down that path.

Our professors are more than simply teachers; they’re mentors and spiritual leaders as well. Call them smart. Call them cutting-edge. And before long, you’ll likely grow to call them friends.

The best way to see what makes Southern unique is to visit our beautiful campus and experience University life for yourself. During your visit you will receive a guided tour, meet with faculty to learn more about our academic program, and speak with a counselor about the admission process, scholarships, and financial aid. You can schedule a campus visit online at

We know during your visit you will see the difference at Southern, where we are not just qualifying graduates for a career, but preparing them for a lifetime of service to others.




Undergraduate Degrees

• Allied Health
- Medical Laboratory Science, BS
- Pre-dental Hygiene, AS
- Pre-nutrition and Dietetics, AS
- Pre-physical Therapy, AS
- Pre-speech Language Pathology and Audiology, AS
• Biology
- Biology, BA
- Biology, Biomedical Emphasis, BS
- Biology, Research Emphasis, BS
- Biology, Teaching Licensure, BA
• Business
- Accounting, AS and BBA
- Auto Service, AT
- Auto Service Management, BT
- Business Administration, AS and BS
- Business Administration and Public Relations, BS
- Computer Information Systems, BBA
- Construction Management, AT and BT
- Finance, BBA
- Long Term Care Administration, BS
- Management, BBA
- Marketing, BBA
Personal Selling, AS
• Chemistry

- Chemistry, BA and BS
- Chemistry, Biochemistry Emphasis, BS
- Chemistry, Teaching Licensure, BA
• Computing
- Computer Science, BA and BS
- Computer Systems Administration, BS
• Education and Psychology
- Liberal Arts Education, BA
- Psychology, BA
- Psychology, Clinical Concentration, BS
- Psychology, Family Systems Concentration, BS
- Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Concentration, BS
- Psychology, Psychobiology Concentration, BS
• English
- English, Literature Concentration, BA
- English, Professional/Writing Concentration, BA
- English, Teaching Licensure, BA
- English, TESOL Concentration, BA

• History and Political Studies
- International Development Studies, BA
- History, BA
- History, Teaching Licensure, BA

• Journalism and Communication
- Communication Studies, BA
- Journalism, BA
- Mass Communication, BS
- Media Technology, AS
- Public Relations, BS
- Public Relations and Business Administration, BS
- Public Relations and Graphic Design, BS

• Mathematics
- Mathematics, BA and BS
- Mathematics, Teaching Licensure, BA
• Modern Languages
- French, BA
- French, Teaching Licensure, BA
- International Studies, French Emphasis, BA
- International Studies, German Emphasis, BA
  - International Studies, Italian Emphasis, BA
   - International Studies, Spanish Emphasis, BA
   - Spanish, BA
   - Spanish, Teaching Licensure, BA
• Music
- Music, BS
- Music Education, Teaching Licensure, BMus
- Music, Performance Emphasis, BS
- Music, Theory and Literature Emphasis, BS

• Nursing
- Nursing, AS and BS
- Nursing, RN-BS Consortium
• Physical Education, Health, and Wellness
- Corporate/Community Wellness Management, BS
- Health Science, BS
- Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Teaching Licensure, BS
- Outdoor Emergency Services, BS
- Outdoor Leadership, AS and BS
- Sports Studies, BS
- Vegetarian Culinary Arts, AS

• Physics and Engineering
- Biophysics, BS
- Engineering Studies, AS
- Physics, BA and BS
- Physics, Teaching Licensure, BA
• Religion
- Archaeology, BA
- Biblical Studies BA
- Missions, BA
- Pastoral Care, BA
- Religion, AA
- Religious Education, Teaching Licensure, BA
- Religious Studies, BA
- Theology, BA
• Social Work
- Social Work, BSW
- Social Work, Long Term Care Administration Emphasis, BSW
• Visual Art and Design
- Animation, BFA
- Art, BA
- Art Education, Teaching Licensure, BA
- Art, Museum Studies Emphasis, BA
- Art, Therapy Emphasis, BA
- Film Production, BA and BFA
- Fine Arts, BFA
- Graphic Design, AS, BA, and BFA

Southern also offers graduate degrees in the following areas of study: Business, Computing, Counseling, Education,
Global Community Development,
Nursing, Religion, and Social Work. 

Institution Overview

Type of Institution:
Total Enrollment:
Student-Faculty Ratio:
Average Acceptance Rate:
69% (Yield Rate 56%)
Average Freshman Retention Rate: 77.5%
Graduation Rate:
Application Deadline:
Rolling 2017–2018
2017–2018 Tuition: