Region & State

SAU reports “all-time record” 14% growth of freshmen enrollment

Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia announced another record-breaking enrollment with 5,128 Muleriders for fall 2023

From Southern Arkansas University

MAGNOLIA, Arkansas — SAU’s 14% freshmen enrollment growth is a result of the University’s commitment to offering in-demand programs and a “culture of caring” approach.

“This is all the result of a tremendous team effort at SAU. We are so fortunate to have faculty and staff who are working incredibly hard to keep SAU vibrant and to help our students succeed,” says Dr. Trey Berry, SAU President.

Graduate enrollment remains strong at 1,876 Muleriders, a testament to SAU’s affordability, convenience, and quality. As professional trends shift, SAU is dedicated to preparing graduate students to face tomorrow’s challenges with a variety of offerings, ranging from the Ed.D. in Rural and Diverse Educational Leadership to the Master of Science in Computer Information Science to the Master of Public Administration. Furthermore, the College of Business has launched a new Master of Science in Business Analytics, accredited by AACSB International.

As enrollment climbs, with Muleriders representing 73 of Arkansas’s 75 counties, SAU’s dedication to excellence remains steadfast.

Sarah Jennings, associate vice president for enrollment, says, “It is always encouraging for our new students to see what we see and embrace what SAU has to offer. From traditional and unique programs to tailored scholarship offerings, SAU is truly the complete college experience.”

SAU feels like home thanks in large part to Campus Housing providing a home away from home for 1,800 SAU students-a 4.5% increase from last year. With more Muleriders living on campus, SAU is thrilled that Tacos 4 Life has just opened a new food court restaurant to join existing retail on campus including Chick-fil-A, Subway, Starbucks, and Panda Express.

While Muleriders settle into a new semester, SAU’s Office of Admissions is saddling up for next year. Southern Arkansas University provides students with the complete college experience in a caring environment focused on service, innovation, and community. With more than 100 degree options across four distinct colleges and the School of Graduate Studies, SAU prepares Muleriders to take the future by the reins.