Spring Arbor University (SAU)

Spring Arbor, MI

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Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 20 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 2.5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for Spring Arbor University

Student at This School - Grad Year 2017

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

I could not honestly picture myself at a better university than this. The spiritual atmosphere and the community is something that is unparalleled at any other university. What I like most about Spring Arbor University is the CORE program. Its uniqueness to the school makes it stand out against other universities and it helps bring people together that may not have met under normal circumstances. Some of my closest friends came from my CORE and I am grateful the university offers this program.

Academics

The programs are challenging, informative, and are helping to prepare students for the real world. The professors are all very knowledgeable about their area of study and always willing to help answer questions. The workload is what should be expected of a college education and the class size is a fantastic learning environment. Even the general education courses are relatively small so I do not feel like just another face in the crowd. All of my professors know me by name and that is something that is truly valuable.

College Life

The social atmosphere is what you make of it. If you do not go to campus events then you will not have as much of a social life as someone else who does regularly attend them. The organizations are very structured and communicate to the student body when activities are. Campus safety takes care of situations well and looks out for the well-being of the students. I have not attended the athletic events because I spend most of my time in the dorms with my friends. The sense of community is the most outstanding quality of this university.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Professors are Godly examples and invest deeply in students. Community is very close and some lasting relationships will be made. Tuition is expensive, but scholarships help out a lot. Spring Arbor is a university that really emphasizes on using your major in the world around you. With a Career Services office and various organizations, the school will help you get connected to make sure you have a place to use your major. With the upcoming LRAP program to help repay your loans if you don't make much after college is a definite addition.

Academics

Being a university, all major fields of studies are offered from business, education, to communication and health. Professors care a lot about students and class sizes are small. The workload will push you at points, but overall you'll be learning.

College Life

College life is simple in the rural town of Spring Arbor. The on campus Christian community is great for building relationships, and you'll be placed with a group of friends from day 1 here. There are various clubs for each major and activities are spread around pretty nicely so there is a lot to do. The Intramural program broken down by each floor will give students sometime to look forward to during the week. Although sometimes things may be a little slow as far as college life, the people and their love for Christ and other is what really shapes the experience at Spring Arbor University.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I really just love the atmosphere of the university, because I feel like I'm not alone. I'm a Christian and its great to know I am not alone in my faith. The school has great academics and the staff is great too! The people are what I love the most at my college because there are so many awesome and kind people! I will never forget when I had to go to Ceder Bend with my core group and we had a climb a hill together, I like to call it a mountain. I got so much support from my other core members and I wouldn't haven't got up there if it wasn't for them. Just like Spring Arbor University, they give great support and do their best to get each student to succeed.

Academics

Academically the school does very well, but I feel they could have more choices in a major for students. With the major's they do have they do a good job of providing different viewpoints and different ways of doing your major. The professors I have had so far have all been nice, but they do make you work. I like that the teachers do a good job of trying to provide help for students. Most classes are also small sizes, which I find great because it give students more time with their teachers and make you work more. The workload for each class is different but at times I wish there was less but usually it is important to the class.

College Life

The school has a great atmosphere. There different clubs and organizations that students can join and these clubs make themselves known. The school has a event close to the beginning of the school year to introduce clubs and organizations that students can do service and do the works of God. Campus safety does a very well job of offer students rides if not close to campus and keep students safe. My only complaint with them is that they should be prepared with any forms or tools to have students sign or help students out. Athletics are a big part of the school and they do a good job of offering different sports and sport scholarships for student. I only wish they had football. I do feel the school does well on planning events, but they could have done a better job of making more events happen on the weekend or at times where students could come.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I can not describe how much I love Spring Arbor! The University has such a great emphasis on community, I can't walk across the Plaza without seeing someone I know. I feel safe, comfortable, and I'm always in a good mood here. This isn't your typical college full of drunks and such, you can actually feel right here.

Academics

Class sizes are perfect and allow professors to actually get to know each student and get to work on them one on one. Each professor is well trained and very willing to help you out when you need it. They won't just let you fail a class, they will seek you out and walk you through your problems and make sure you are learning the material.

College Life

As I said, the community is top notch! Rather you're going to the annual Porchfest or even just Chapel, you're going to feel the comfort and love. I was worried about college life, and then Spring Arbor fixed that for me


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

This school is awe-inspiring. With its elegance in articular design and its exciting atmosphere there is no wonder that the enrollment in increasing each year. The most memorable experience was Porchfest.

Academics

The professors at this school are both encouraging and helpful. They actually care if you fail or succeed. If one is struggling with their homework the professor will help them understand their questions. Study groups are also available.

College Life

Since the campus is Christian based the atmosphere is friendly and beautiful. In the Fall and Spring many will bring out their various instruments and play a soft tune of worship. Campus safety is happy to escort anyone to their car if they fear walking the distance themselves and the athletic events are very spirited and well fun.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I think the most important things to me in choosing a college were atmosphere, academics, and athletics. I come form a small town and Spring Arbor University is very much a small town university. I love that. They also have an outstanding social work program that is well known throughout the state and I am honored to be a part of it. I have heard great things about their professors, since both of my older sisters attended this college. Since I am an athlete I was looking for a scholarship to play on a team which I found at SAU. They have a solid tennis program that seems to be improving each year, as well as a great soccer team - these are my two favorite sports. If I were to give any advice to a prospective student scoping out colleges, I would say take your time and visit! You can read all about a place online and even talk to others about it, but until you go somewhere and get a feel for it yourself, you won't know if it really fits you!

Academics

I am dual majoring in Social Work and Psychology and the classes vary from difficult to relaxing. I enjoy most of my professors, and especially enjoy the small class sizes. They are never larger than 30 students and it makes our class time very comfortable and personal. As for workload, I have to say it could be heavier and harder. I am definitely not complaining, but I have the feeling that students at bigger universities might be experiencing more homework time than I am. But I do feel that I am getting a quality education in the classroom.

College Life

With such a small campus and relatively small student base, I feel very secure. That is not to say that crimes do not occur on campus, but it is on a very small scale. Unfortunately I feel that weekend activities are quite limited and mostly geared toward freshmen. By the time you hit your later college years the novelty has worn off and they don't hold much interest. SAU has organizations for almost every major or interest possible, and they are also quite plugged into the community. They host an event at the beginning of every school year called the "LoDown" where students can walk around and look at different ways they can get involved in the community. It's great.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Spring Arbor is a great place to go if you want some safe fun. Also, the atmosphere is probably the best thing about it. People are nice and it is easy to make friends which is great because you will be there for four years or longer.

Academics

Professors are really caring, they are willing to meet up if you do not understand and class sizes are small the biggest class size I have been in is thirty and that was in a lecture class. The workload is a lot depending on the major. I know people who have homework everyday and some that have none.

College Life

There are a ton of clubs and organizations on campus. The atmosphere is the best though. Jackson has a lot of great things to do and places to go, not so much on campus although there are a lot of events on campus every day of the week. If you want it is not hard to find something to do.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

Spring Arbor University is a quaint little Christian campus surrounded by a small town. Though it is small it created many opportunities for me to get one on one attention from professors, and to get to know the majority of my fellow students. The sense of community at SAU is very genuine and supporting. The rules are quite strict for some people and very different from other college campuses, but they keep the university safe and comfortable. Some would say that the food is bad, but let's face, it no college can match the taste of a home-cooked meal. In comparison to other universities the food is above average. Unlike most colleges, SAU puts you into a core group which is a small group of people with whom you spend a lot of time with during your first semester there. One of the most memorable events was attending Cedar Bend with my core group. Cedar Bend is a required camp-like experience that brings you closer with your friends and with God. The biggest tip I would have for a new student would be, not to feel discouraged if you don't click with people right away. The advisers at SAU make it seem like everyone should have a multitude of friends in the first semester, but that doesn't always happen. Some of the best and closest friends that I made, I had met in the second semester. Also, don't be afraid to seek help from professors or faculty, that's what they are there for.

Academics

There are a wide range of classes, because SAU is a liberal arts school. There is not a culinary program, or very many technical programs, but it offers many other majors in music, art, social sciences, and business. The work load depends on your major, and the amount of credits you are taking. The class sizes are small, which gives you the opportunity to get more attention from professors.

College Life

I can tell SAU tries to have some unique events, but I feel that it lacks planning and professionalism. The community is very close, and genuine. Campus safety is very helpful, however sometimes I feel that some of the "safety" things that happen on campus are poorly planned, like fire drills at 10:00 at night, or locked doors that prevent easy access to one's own dorm.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

My school experience has been one that I will remember for the rest of my life. I have created friendships that have encouraged me and have helped me grow. The environment is one that helps foster relationships with Christ. This relationship is not forced but rather nurtured at Spring Arbor. There is an intentional effort for strong community across campus and I have been able to find my identity as a student, sister, daughter, friend, and Christian.

Academics

The classes here are smaller which allows for a great experience. The workload is one that is doable yet is very challenging.The professors are more than willing to help out a student and to get to know them on a personal level. I appreciate Spring Arbor's opportunities to spend time abroad. Within the cross cultural experience, all students are required to travel outside of the country. Outside of that there are a lot of opportunities to get involved overseas.

College Life

Spring Arbor is a Christian university and in response to that they offer a lot of activities in order to provide things for us to do so that we do not find ourselves in a college scene we don't want to be in. There are a lot of student favorite activities. Aside from things that are just for fun, the campus also offers organizations that can help feed your spiritual needs.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Overall

I enjoy the school's atmosphere for the most part, it is a calm, community centered, hipster-paradise. The faculty and staff are genuinely caring and helpful. Friends are easy to make and improvements to the campus are currently underway. The trips you take in certain classes are very beneficial - and fun!

Academics

The workload is heavy, it is meant to push you and help you grow. The class periods are the same way, and the professors work with you if you are struggling. I've been in classes ranging between 5-60 students.

College Life

Not many activities, Spring Arbor (the town) doesn't have much to offer either. There are plenty of small groups and clubs to join, such as drama, student government, bible quizzing, and music related groups.


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