Southern Adventist University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$22,060
1.89% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$24,491
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
4.56%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
74%
2,281 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
2,730
82.1% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
62.1%
267 Graduates

About

Southern Adventist University is a higher education institution located in Hamilton County, TN. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Southern Adventist University were Registered Nursing (77 degrees awarded), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (24 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (23 degrees).

In 2020, 622 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Southern Adventist University. 65.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 34.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (308 degrees), 2.63 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (117 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Southern Adventist University is $22,060, which is $−470 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Southern Adventist University is $22,060, which is $−470 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $24,491.

In 2020, 90% of undergraduate students attending Southern Adventist University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 53% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$22,060
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Southern Adventist University was $22,060. The cost of tuition at Southern Adventist University is $−470 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$24,491
2020 Value
3.67%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Southern Adventist University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $24,491. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Southern Adventist University grew by 3.67%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,045
Room and Board
$1,100
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Southern Adventist University was of $8,045 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,100. The cost of room and board decreased by 0.31% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

90%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
53%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

90% of undergraduate students at Southern Adventist University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 4.65% with respect to 2019, when 86% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
4.56%
2018 Default Rate
34
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Southern Adventist University was 4.56%, which represents 34 out of the 746 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Southern Adventist University received 2,281 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a InfinityM% annual growth. Out of those 2,281 applicants, 1,687 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 74% acceptance rate.

There were 2,730 students enrolled at Southern Adventist University in 2020, and 40% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Southern Adventist University has an overall enrollment yield of 29.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

74%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
1,687
Accepted Out of 2,281

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Southern Adventist University was 74% (1,687 admissions from 2,281 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of false, which was N/A%. Between false and 2020, the number of applicants grew by InfinityM%, while admissions grew by InfinityM%.

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SAT Scores

40%
Submission Percentage
196
Scores Submitted

40% of enrolled first-time students at Southern Adventist University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Southern Adventist University has a total enrollment of 2,730 students. The full-time enrollment at Southern Adventist University is 2,242 students and the part-time enrollment is 488. This means that 82.1% of students enrolled at Southern Adventist University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Southern Adventist University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 44.5% White, 23.2% Hispanic or Latino, 11.3% Asian, 8.42% Black or African American, 6.23% Two or More Races, 0.623% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0733% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Southern Adventist University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (21.9%), followed by White Male (17.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (14.5%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (13.7%) and White Male (12.9%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

82.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Southern Adventist University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,730 students. The full-time enrollment at Southern Adventist University is 2,242 and the part-time enrollment is 488. This means that 82.1% of students enrolled at Southern Adventist University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

81%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Southern Adventist University was 81%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Southern Adventist University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,214
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    634
  3. Asian
    309

The enrolled student population at Southern Adventist University is 44.5% White, 23.2% Hispanic or Latino, 11.3% Asian, 8.42% Black or African American, 6.23% Two or More Races, 0.623% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0733% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 192 more women than men received degrees from Southern Adventist University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Southern Adventist University is white (308 degrees awarded). There were 2.63 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (117 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Southern Adventist University is Registered Nursing (77 degrees awarded), followed by Kinesiology & Exercise Science (24 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (23 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Southern Adventist University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Theology (19 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (43 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (27 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Southern Adventist University are Physicians (442,771 people), Postsecondary teachers (193,488 people), Other managers (185,712 people), Social workers, all other (147,669 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (139,475 people).

The most specialized majors at Southern Adventist University are Theology (19 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (43 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (27 degrees), Physical Sciences (15 degrees), and Biology (47 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Southern Adventist University are Surgeons, Physicians, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining, and Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists

The most specialized majors at Southern Adventist University are Theology (19 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (43 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (27 degrees), Physical Sciences (15 degrees), and Biology (47 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Southern Adventist University are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (580,374 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (421,672 people), Elementary & secondary schools (334,582 people), Offices of physicians (216,888 people), and Scientific research & development services (174,853 people).

The most specialized majors at Southern Adventist University are Theology (19 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (43 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (27 degrees), Physical Sciences (15 degrees), and Biology (47 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Southern Adventist University.
Most Common
  1. 77 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 24 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 23 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Southern Adventist University was Registered Nursing with 77 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

215
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
407
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 215 degrees were awarded to men at Southern Adventist University, which is 0.528 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (407).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 25 degrees were awarded to men at Southern Adventist University in Registered Nursing, which is 0.194 times less than the 129 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 129 degrees were awarded to women at Southern Adventist University in Registered Nursing, which is 5.16 times more than the 25 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

16%
100% Completion Time
41%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 16% of students graduating from Southern Adventist University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 41% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 44% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Southern Adventist University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    308 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    117 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    78 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Southern Adventist University is white (308 degrees awarded). There were 2.63 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (117 degrees).

0% of degree recipients (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    207 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    101 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    78 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Southern Adventist University is white female (207 degrees awarded). There were 2.05 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (101 degrees).

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Operations

Southern Adventist University has an endowment valued at nearly $48.1M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.3M (4.79%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Southern Adventist University had a total salary expenditure of $72.7M. Southern Adventist University employs 60 Professors, 56 Associate professors, and 22 Assistant professors. Most academics at Southern Adventist University are Male Professors (32), Male Associate professors(29), and Female Professors (28).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Southern Adventist University are: Management, with 77 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 73 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 47 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$48.1M
2020 Endowment
7.29%
growth from 2019

Southern Adventist University has an endowment valued at about $48.1M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Southern Adventist University grew 7.29% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $8.47M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $2.74M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Southern Adventist University received $2.74M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$27.7M
2020 Salaries
1.79%
decline from 2019

In 2020, Southern Adventist University paid a median of $27.7M in salaries, which represents 38.1% of their overall expenditure ($72.7M) and a 1.79% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.22% growth from 2018 and a 0.167% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$8.18M
Instructional Salaries
139
Number of Employees

In 2020, Southern Adventist University paid a total of $8.18M to 139 employees working as instructors, which represents 29.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
60 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
77 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Southern Adventist University were Professor with 60 employees; Associate professor with 56 employees; and Associate professor with 22 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Southern Adventist University were Management with 77 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 73 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 47 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Southern Adventist University was Male Professor with 32 employees, Male Associate professor with 29 employees, and Female Professor with 28 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Southern Adventist University.

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