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Your chances of getting into Spring Arbor University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Spring Arbor University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Moderate 
Applicant Competition Average 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at SAU is 59.9%.  Its admission rate is the 7th lowest in Michigan.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into SAU and can you get accepted?

SAU is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 1,055 out of the 1,760 who applied were admitted.

The school has moderate admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 56 percent on standardized admission tests. Spring Arbor University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.61. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into SAU?

60% 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.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Spring Arbor University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.61 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1090 on the SAT
  • Score 23 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Spring Arbor University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into SAU are to have around a 3.61 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as SAU accepts 60% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at SAU is 3.61 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 #12 in Michigan for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since SAU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.6 GPA range.

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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SAU SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is recommended but not required for admission to Spring Arbor University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Spring Arbor University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 490
Math 25th Percentile 490
Composite 25th Percentile 980
SAT Scores for Spring Arbor University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 600
Math 75th Percentile 590
Composite 75th Percentile 1190
Average SAT Score 1090

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Spring Arbor University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at SAU is 1090 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 980-1190. Students who get into Spring Arbor University score in the top 64 percent of all SAT test takers..  SAU ranks #19 in the state of Michigan for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1090 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. SAU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 980 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 980, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 870, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Spring Arbor University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "recommended".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1090 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 1085, you have around a 60% chance of being admitted. A 1190 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 74% chance of getting in.

Spring Arbor University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1190 and Above Good >74%
1085 to 1190 Avg + 60%-74%
980 to 1085 Avg - 44%-60%
875 to 980 Reach 29%-44%
Less than 875 Low <29%
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SAU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Spring Arbor University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 21
Math 25th Percentile 19
Composite 25th Percentile 20
ACT Scores for Spring Arbor University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 25
Math 75th Percentile 26
Composite 75th Percentile 27
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into SAU?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to SAU is 23, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 20 and 27.  The school ranks #17 in Michigan for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 23. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 20 and score in the score in the top 49 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 16.

28 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Spring Arbor University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Spring Arbor University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "recommended".

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 SAU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 23 score has around 60% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 76% with a 27 ACT score.

Spring Arbor University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
27 and Above Good >76%
23 to 27 Avg + 60%-76%
20 to 23 Avg - 46%-60%
17 to 20 Reach 33%-46%
Less than 17 Low <33%
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High School Class Rank

86% of Spring Arbor University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 50% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Spring Arbor University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 22%
Top 25% of class 50%
Top 50% of class 86%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

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

Spring Arbor University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,054 706 1,760
Accepted 675 380 1,055
Acceptance Rate 64% 54% 60%
Enrolled 144 87 231
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 21% 23% 22%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Spring Arbor University is $30.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Spring Arbor University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Spring Arbor University Application Requirements
Test Scores Recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Spring Arbor University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because SAU is fairly competitive, you have a decent chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.61 GPA, you have a good shot at getting in. An SAT score of 1090 will further improve your application. If you can get a 1190 on the SAT you will have a very good chance on getting in. Additionally a 23 on the ACT places you in a strong position.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Spring Arbor University often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=172334 IPEDS survey data for Spring Arbor University.


Does Spring Arbor University prefer SAT or ACT?

72% of students submit their SAT scores to SAU. 28% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Spring Arbor University?

60% of those who apply are granted admission to SAU. Admission competition is low and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Spring Arbor University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 980 and 1190. The average SAT score is 1085. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Spring Arbor University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 27. The average ACT score is 23. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.