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Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Admission Requirements

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Your chances of getting into Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

62.6%
Admission Difficulty for Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very Easy 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is 62.6%.  Its admission rate is the 8th lowest in Arkansas.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Southern Arkansas University Main Campus and can you get accepted?

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 1,761 out of the 2,813 who applied were admitted.

The school has very easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 68 percent (SAT 930/1140 ACT 18/25). Southern Arkansas University Main Campus typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.46. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 36% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Southern Arkansas University Main Campus?

63% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Southern Arkansas University Main Campus you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.46 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1040 on the SAT
  • Score 21 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.46

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into Southern Arkansas University Main Campus?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Southern Arkansas University Main Campus are to have around a 3.46 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Southern Arkansas University Main Campus accepts 63% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is 3.46 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #8 in Arkansas for highest average GPA.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.5 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Southern Arkansas University Main Campus students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 14.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 22.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 18.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 17.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 12.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 13.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 3.0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 1.0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Southern Arkansas University Main Campus SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

930-1140

Applicants Submitting SAT 

10%
SAT Scores for Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 460
Math 25th Percentile 470
Composite 25th Percentile 930
SAT Scores for Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 570
Math 75th Percentile 570
Composite 75th Percentile 1140
Average SAT Score 1040

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Southern Arkansas University Main Campus?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is 1040 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 930-1140. Students who get into Southern Arkansas University Main Campus score in the top 73 percent of all SAT test takers..  Southern Arkansas University Main Campus ranks #12 in the state of Arkansas for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1040 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Southern Arkansas University Main Campus regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 930 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 930, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 820, but scores this low are outside the normal range. 10 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

View other colleges which accept students in the 1040 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1035, you have around a 63% chance of being admitted. A 1140 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 76% chance of getting in.

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1140 and Above Good >76%
1035 to 1140 Avg + 63%-76%
930 to 1035 Avg - 47%-63%
825 to 930 Reach 32%-47%
Less than 825 Low <32%
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Southern Arkansas University Main Campus ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

18-25 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

100%
ACT Scores for Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 17
Math 25th Percentile 16
Composite 25th Percentile 18
ACT Scores for Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 24
Math 75th Percentile 24
Composite 75th Percentile 25
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Southern Arkansas University Main Campus?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is 21, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 18 and 25.  The school ranks #12 in Arkansas for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 21. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 18 and score in the score in the top 62 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 14.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 100 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Southern Arkansas University Main Campus.

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Southern Arkansas University Main Campus for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 21 score has around 63% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 78% with a 25 ACT score.

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
25 and Above Good >78%
21 to 25 Avg + 63%-78%
18 to 21 Avg - 50%-63%
15 to 18 Reach 36%-50%
Less than 15 Low <36%
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High School Class Rank

74% of Southern Arkansas University Main Campus freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 42% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Southern Arkansas University Main Campus students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 17%
Top 25% of class 42%
Top 50% of class 74%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,705 1,100 2,813
Accepted 1,047 707 1,761
Acceptance Rate 61% 64% 63%
Enrolled 339 293 632
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 32% 41% 36%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 27, 2024

Days left to Apply

187

Applicants have 187 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 27, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Southern Arkansas University Main Campus and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.46 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1040 on the SAT and 21 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Southern Arkansas University Main Campus often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=107983 IPEDS survey data for Southern Arkansas University Main Campus.

FAQs

Does Southern Arkansas University Main Campus prefer SAT or ACT?

10% of students submit their SAT scores to Southern Arkansas University Main Campus. 100% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Southern Arkansas University Main Campus?

63% of those who apply are granted admission to Southern Arkansas University Main Campus. Admission competition is low and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Southern Arkansas University Main Campus?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 930 and 1140. The average SAT score is 1035. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Southern Arkansas University Main Campus?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 25. The average ACT score is 21. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.