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Southern Arkansas University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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Southern Arkansas University offers more than 80 Graduate and Undergraduate programs along with other certificates, minor and major programs as add on. With an acceptance rate of 69% for fall 2018 semester. Applications received by the university for this semester were 3552. 37% of accepted students enrolled with the university.

  • UG and PG international admissions can be made through International Students Service Portal
  • The university invites international admissions applications for fall, summer I and summer II semesters. Spring semester admissions are available for only UG programs.
  • The SAU accepts TOEFL, IELTS, and ELS as English Proficiency Tests scores.
  • Standardized test scores for UG and PG courses are required for the application.


Application PortalApplication on SAU online portal
Acceptance Rate69.1%
Application fees for international students$90
Avg. SAT score1057
Avg. ACT score22
MAT code1849
GRE code6661
Financial AidGrants, scholarships, student employment, loans
Academic calendarTerm-based
Intake seasonsFall,
Summer I and Summer II
Spring (only UG)

Southern Arkansas University Admission Deadlines

International UG
FallJuly 1
SpringNovember 1
SummerApril 1
International PG
FallAugust 1
Summer I Summer IIMay 10 June 10

Southern Arkansas University International Admissions

International applicants need to submit additional documents and complete visa process when applying for South Arkansas University. The admission requirements are mentioned below:

Admission Requirements for International Applicants

  • All the academic records/transcripts from the previously attended institution(s).
    • Certified by the institution's office registrar.
    • Evaluated Transcripts
    • English translation of documents that are not in English.
  • GPA- 2.5
  • It is mandatory to submit proof of English proficiency for non-native English speakers.
  • At least one Letter of recommendation is mandatory.
  • Copy of immigration documents
  • It is recommended to attach a Letter of Intent or Statement of purpose which highlights an applicant’s career objective an
  • Financial affidavit showing minimum funds of $13,500.

English Language Requirements

International students may submit their TOEFL and/or IELTS scores to exhibit English proficiency. The minimum required scores by the university are as given below. However, candidates must note that some departments may demand different score requirements.

English Language TestsMinimum Score
TOEFL (pBT)500
TOEFL (cBT)173
TOEFL (pBT)550
TOEFL (cBT)210

Visa Process for International Applicants

Form I-20 from the College can be received after the college has accepted the applicants. Applicants must submit the following documents for receiving the form:

  • Valid Passport
  • Financial Information
  • After obtaining the Form I-20 from the College, the applicant needs to complete the I-20 and pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.
  • After the payment of fee, schedule the visa interview with the embassy.
  • General documents to take for the visa interview:
    • Passport (valid for at least six months ahead)
    • Original Application Form
    • Official Admission Letter and completed I-20 Form
    • Completed and signed visa application form
    • Proof of permanent address outside the U.S.
    • Two Passport-size photographs (2”x2")
    • Receipt of SEVIS I-901 fee payment.
    • Proof of funding sufficient to cover your tuition and living expenses.

Southern Arkansas University Undergraduate Admissions

SAU offers a plethora of bachelor programs. The admission process for these programs is similar. The requirements and process for UG admissions are mentioned below:

Where to apply: International Students Service Portal

Application fee: 90 USD

Admission requirements:

  • Minimum high school GPA- 2.5
  • ACT/SAT scores
    • ACT score: 16
  • High school transcript (showing graduation date) or GED passing scores
  • Immunization records
  • It is mandatory to submit proof of English proficiency for non-native English speakers.
  • Immigration documents for international documents

Southern Arkansas University Graduate Admissions

Where to apply: SAU online application portal

Application fee: 90 USD

  • Official transcripts
    • Mail at the office of the School of Graduate studies or send an electronic mail at
    • Evaluated Transcripts
  • Submit English proficiency scores.
  • Submit Graduate entrance test scores. The minimum score requirements are mentioned below:
    • GRE Score: 284
    • GMAT Score: 1000
    • MAT Score: 35
  • Provide Proof of Financial Support.
  • Submit copies of your immigration documents.
  • Proof of English proficiency score.

The college admission process is selective and holistic. The applicants are reviewed on the basis of high school transcripts coursework taken. The university also considers personal recommendations, essay, SAT/ACT scores, GED scores, and extracurricular involvement.

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