#9 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

Southern Adventist University

Collegedale, Tennessee

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Southern Adventist University overview
Location Collegedale, Tennessee
Online southern.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation Seventh Day Adventists
Southern Adventist University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Southern Adventist University, founded in 1892 and located in Collegedale, Tennessee, is a private institution affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Positioned near the metropolitan area of Chattanooga, the university offers a suburban setting on a campus noted for its modern facilities blended with natural landscapes. The university maintains a diverse array of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, with particular recognition for its nursing and health science disciplines. Southern Adventist University operates with a moderately selective admissions process, emphasizing a holistic review of applicants. The institution provides a variety of on-campus living options to foster student convenience and academic focus. While athletics are part of campus life, Southern Adventist University is not predominantly recognized for its sports programs, instead placing higher emphasis on its academic and faith-based community initiatives.

In the most recent statistical year 2,490 prospective students applied, and 1,638 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 627 enrolled in the school.  2,293 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 610 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $22,980 plus fees of $890. Southern Adventist University is ranked 563 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Southern Adventist University is rated within the top 49% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Southern Adventist University overview
SAT 980/1280
ACT 19/26
GPA 3.59

Applications Accepted

Southern Adventist University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Southern Adventist University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,100
Other Fees$890
Room and Board $8,330
Budget for Other Expenses$4,300
Total One Year Cost$37,600

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$44,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

51% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Southern Adventist University students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 36%
Business 12%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%
Education 7%
Theology and Religious Vvocations 5%

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