Southern Adventist University

4881 Taylor Cir, Collegedale, TN 37315-370
Tel: (423)236-2000
Private not-for-profit | 3,319 students
Southern Adventist University, as a learning community, nurtures Christ-likeness and encourages the pursuit of truth, wholeness and a life of service.

School Overview:

Southern Adventist University
CountyHamilton County, TN
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--General
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
162 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment3,319 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
2,659 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
660 students137 students
# Undergraduate Students
2,896 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
423 students129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted45%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)460-580450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)440-570460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)440-550440-570
ACT English (25-75%)20-2719-25
ACT Math (25-75%)18-2518-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)20-2620-25

School Notes:

  • In response to this mission, Southern Adventist University envisions itself as a leader in academic and professional excellence, responsive to the needs of its constituencies as it provides affordable education and a balanced lifestyle for students from diverse backgrounds. The institution will be recognized for its integration of faith and learning, scholarship and service, and leadership and servanthood.
  • Southern Adventist University aims to create a safe, nurturing community of faith in which students may grow in a vibrant relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, while integrating in their lives Christian beliefs and values as understood by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. To assist students in attaining knowledge-based competencies essential for productive citizenship, leadership, and service in an increasingly complex global society
  • Southern Adventist University offers the baccalaureate degree in 50 majors, the associate degree in 20 majors, and a one-year certificate program. At the graduate level, Southern offers ten masters degrees.
  • In 1892 Professor and Mrs. George Colcord rented a room over the General Store in the Graysville, TN and established Graysville Academy. Academic expansion came with increased enrollment and changing student needs, and the school was renamed Southern Industrial School (1897), Southern Training School (1901), Southern Junior College (1916), Southern Missionary College (1944), Southern College of Seventh-Day Adventists (1982), and Southern Adventist University (1996) to reflect this expansion.
  • Southern Adventist University is located in Collegedale, Tennessee. We are a few miles from Interstate 75, just seven miles from Chattanooga, and within two hours of Knoxville, Nashville, and Atlanta.
  • Southern Adventist University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone number 404-679-4501) to award one-year certificates, associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees and masters degrees. It is also accredited by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities.
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