General Information

Founded in 1909, the beautiful 1,418-acre campus of Southern Arkansas University (SAU) is located on the northern boundary of Magnolia, Arkansas. With a population of 13,000, Magnolia is a typical, small southern city that offers warm hospitality and tradition along with various restaurants and modern shopping centers to serve the needs of students.

Southern Arkansas University is one of the most affordable four-year universities in the state of Arkansas. Our tuition and room/board costs consistently rank among the lowest in the state. The school year consists of two semesters and two short summer sessions. Enrollment at SAU is approximately 3,100 students. Because of its size, the University has a low student/teacher ratio that assures more individual attention for students. Free tutoring is readily available. Student success is the key element at SAU. This school is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant students.


Being located in the southern part of the United States, our climate is warm most of the year. Therefore, light clothing is recommended. The spring and fall seasons are generally mild and only require the addition of a jacket. During the winter, on rare occasions, there will be a light snow and cold temperatures that may require heavier clothing. All classrooms, dormitories, and facilities are heated and cooled through a computerized climate control system that keeps the internal temperatures comfortable year-round.