Residential Interest Groups (RIGs)

Residential Interest Groups are living and learning options for all students living in the residence halls. Groups will live together on a specific floor based on their interests. No matter what your interests are, there is a Residential Interest Group for you.

RIG Bussey Fincher Greene Harrod Honors N Honors S Talbot Talley
Agriculture X
Best in Business X
Education X X
First Year Experience X X X X X
Health & Wellness X X
Honors College X
Leadership College X
Nursing X X
Performing Arts X
Residential College X
The RIG communities also foster a living and learning environment through campus involvement, academic support, and peer and professional staff members committed to helping you succeed during your college career. These peer staff members are campus leaders who live with you and offer many opportunities to get involved on campus and be successful in the classroom.


Southern Arkansas University is known for success in agricultural education and agricultural business and boasts one of the few university dairies in the region. Finding your own success in agriculture is an important aspect of this RIG. Agriculture majors are encouraged to join the Collegiate FFA, Alpha Tau Alpha, Agriculture Business Club, or the Pre-Vet Club.

BusinessBest in Business

Recently chosen as the Best Business School in Arkansas by Arkansas Business readers, SAU’s College of Business also boasts award-winning Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE team) and Phi Beta Lambda organizations. Whether you’re interested in a career in accounting, finance, management, marketing, or management information systems, the courses and organizations in the College of Business will give you hands-on experience. The Best in Business Interest Group will provide you with a community full of opportunities to excel and become involved in the College of Business.

GreekGreek Groups

The Greek group living areas are designed to provide opportunities for upperclass members of the SAU Greek community to live together on a specific floor of the residence halls. Members of these organizations will be grouped with other members of their same fraternity or sorority to enhance opportunities for building close-knit relationships. These living areas will also provide further opportunities for positive inter-Greek relations and activities.

First year experienceFirst Year Experience

Many students come to college their first semester and are unsure of what to expect, where to go, and who to ask for help. The Freshmen Year Experience (FYE) has been created to help you find your place at Southern Arkansas University. FYE residents are able to participate in the wide variety of opportunities SAU has to offer, have fun, and develop or enhance your leadership skills along the way.

Health and WellnessHealth and Wellness

The Health and Wellness interest group will provide residents with a living environment dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle. Residents will have the opportunity to participate in group sports, intramural sporting events, exercise and health programs, and more.

Honors CollegeHonors College

The Honors College is a community of learners dedicated to high academic pursuit. Beginning freshmen with an ACT score of 26 or above are encouraged to apply. Through this program students are encouraged to pursue higher levels of thinking and scholarship.

Students in the Honors College will find the courses to be both challenging and rewarding. In addition, the Honors College will provide students with an opportunity for a quiet living/learning environment in a designated residence hall. As a part of their studies, students in the Honors College will enroll in 18 hours of lower level Honors courses and six hours of upper level Honors courses. Beginning freshmen with a composite ACT score of 26 or higher are encouraged to apply to the SAU Honors College. Students accepted into the Honors College must maintain a 3.25 GPA in order to remain in the Honors College. SAU students who have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher may petition the Honors College for admission. Other criteria may also be used to determine eligibility. Students who complete the course requirements of the Honors College will receive special recognition at graduation and will receive the distinction as “Southern Arkansas University Honors College Scholar” on their transcripts and diplomas.

Mule.orgThe Leadership College, which stands for Meaningful Undergraduate Living/Learning Experiences, is a living learning option for freshman and sophomore students that focuses on students’ academic and personal success. Leadership College students enroll in two to three classes together each semester, and have consistently been retained at a higher rate than students who have not been involved in a living/learning community. Leadership College is very active in campus life, and students take an active role in planning and initiating Leadership College activities. Students interested in participating in Leadership College must have a 19 on the English section of their ACT.


As the state of Arkansas continues to experience a shortage of healthcare professionals, SAU has continually been committed to helping students reach their potential as registered nurses in the surrounding region. The Nursing Interest Group will provide a residential environment where students can study and learn with other students pursuing similar career paths.

Performing ArtsPerforming Arts

The Performing Arts interest group is open to any student who has an interest in dance, theatre, music, or art. Students will have opportunities to participate in many artistic endeavors on campus, as well as participate in ENCORE, the Mulerider band, and choir.

Residential CollegeResidential College

The Residential College is a selective program that focuses on students’ academic and personal success through leadership development and service learning. Students are selected from across the different academic colleges. Students must be a beginning freshman, have a composite ACT score of 22, and have leadership/volunteer experience in high school. RC students also enroll in a course in their academic college and Freshmen Seminar together during their first semester at SAU.