Students Say

The “top-notch, passionate, [and] available” profesors at Southern “truly care about [student] success” and “take time to talk with the students---not just the good ones, but also the struggling and average ones.” “Once when I was too sick to go to class,” relates one undergrad, “one of my teachers brought the class handouts right to my dorm so I could complete the homework for the next day.”

Overview

Applicants
1,452
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average HS GPA
3.40

GPA Breakdown

26%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
18%
2.50 - 2.99
7%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
460 - 580
SAT Math
430 - 560
ACT Composite
19 - 25

Deadlines


Regular
September 8

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

The “top-notch, passionate, [and] available” profesors at Southern “truly care about [student] success” and “take time to talk with the students---not just the good ones, but also the struggling and average ones.” “Once when I was too sick to go to class,” relates one undergrad, “one of my teachers brought the class handouts right to my dorm so I could complete the homework for the next day.” Southern’s academic strengths include “nursing, business, religion, and teaching,” but undergrads say the Seventh-Day Adventist school “creates mission-minded graduates no matter what field of study” they choose. Southern’s popular nursing program is particularly “excellent,” “enlightening,” and challenging. The “professors are fantastic,” says one nursing major. “They are all meant to be here and . . . I love them all.” “The administration is a bit old-fashioned” and “could definitely work on allowing more student input [o]n certain decisions,” but administrators are also genuinely “concerned about [students’] well-being” and “very sociable”; they, “including the president, are sometimes even seen at the dining hall serving students.” Students gripe that it’s “hard to get financial help” at Southern, and that the cost of tuition “adds a whole lot of stress.” “Where does all my money go?” wonders one undergrad. One student sums it up: Southern “is about helping you decide what you want to do with your life career-wise, inspiring you to have a closer relationship with Jesus Christ, and sucking your wallet completely dry!”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
269
with Terminal Degree
142

146
Men
123
Women
29
Minority

Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
48%
Graduate in 5 years
83%
Graduate in 6 years
48%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Elsworth McKee
McKee Baking Co

Denzil McNeilus
President, McNeilus Corp

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
90
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,555

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,713

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,800

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,121

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
65%

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$17,534
Required Fees
$790
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,100

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,500
Transportation for Commuters
$2,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

“Everyone is different, but we all love Jesus,” says one student, whose classmates agree: Southern is “a culturally and geographically diverse school” in which “The big majority of kids may come from different backgrounds, but our unique religious background gives us a similar history and, thus, makes us uniform.” Students note approvingly that their classmates are “nice, happy, [and] friendly.” “The typical student . . . smiles and says ‘hi’ when one walks by. Most people hold the door open for others.” Many students say that “the students [who] are atypical don’t seem to have trouble fitting in because people seem generally accepting of other people.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,732
Out of State
69%

International
5%
Foreign Countries Represented

Demographics

5.67%
Asian
12.06%
African-American
19.26%
Hispanic
61.72%
Caucasian
4.59%
International

55% female
45% male
69% are out of state
85% are full time
15% are part time

Overview

Students Say

The Southern campus lies near the Tennessee River and the Georgia state line in a “gorgeous” region with manifold opportunities for “kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, cycling, hiking, boating, caving,” “sky diving, canoeing, and camping.” Nearby, “neat, artsy” Chattanooga also “makes for a fun and easy getaway.” The student body eschews drinking and partying; one undergrad says, “I know of one student who has ever admitted using alcohol and two students who have used marijuana, but it does not seem like a general practice.” Students rave about Southern’s “very spiritual focus” and “religiously loving . . . environment” but are divided about the school’s “rigid” policies, which include a dress code, required worship services, and prohibitions against jewelry, dancing, and serving meat in the cafeteria. Many students believe these rules create “the healthy good influence of a Christian lifestyle,” but others complain that “forc[ing] people to worship [at] designated times . . . makes people want to do it less.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
66%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
75
First-Year Students living on campus
89%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
83

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
30
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Other


Student Services

Health

Sustainability

Green Rating
61

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
14

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
75%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Vanessa Kepper
Guest Relations Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315

Phone
423-236-2807

Email
admissions@southern.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Center
Wellness Center
The Village Market
KRs Place
Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Tennessee Aquarium
Lookout Mountain
Chickamauga Battlefield
Hamilton Place Mall
Ocoee River

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8-5 Mon-Thurs, 8-12 Friday
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
May be available in some cases, check with admissions office.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Hartsfield International Airport located in Atlanta, Georgia, is approximately 2 hours from campus. The Nashville International Airport located in Nashville, Tennessee is approximately 2 hours away from campus. The Chattanooga Airport is about a 15 minute drive from campus. Rental cars and taxis are available for the trip from the airport to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Nashville: Take I-24 East to I-75 North to exit 11. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp on to Lee Hwy. At first light, turn right on to the Little Debbie Parkway. Stay on this, until you come to a red light. Turn left on to Apison Pike. This will lead you onto the campus. From Atlanta: Take I-75 North to exit 11. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp on to Lee Hwy. At first light, turn right on to Little Debbie Parkway. Stay on this until you come to a red light. Turn left on to Apison Pike. This will lead you on to the campus.

Local Accommodations
There are several hotels to choose from that are only a few miles from campus. Call 1-800-SOUTHERN and we can help you with those details.
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Key Stats

1,452
Applicants
2,732
Size
80%
Acceptance Rate
1020
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists