Southern Arkansas University
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Address: 100 E. University, Magnolia, AR 71753, USA
Tel: 870-235-5149
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About Southern Arkansas University

Southern Arkansas University (SAU) is a unique comprehensive university located in the beautiful state of Arkansas. Established in 1909, SAU now offers over 60 various degrees in four distinct colleges – College of Science and Engineering, College of Business, College of Liberal and Performing Arts, and College of Education. SAU prides itself in affordable quality tuition and a low 16-to-1 student-teacher ratio.

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SAU Campus

The beautiful 574 hectare campus of SAU is located on the northern boundary of Magnolia, Arkansas. With a population of 13,000, Magnolia is a small, safe southern city that offers warm hospitality and tradition along with various restaurants and modern shopping centers to serve the needs of students.


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When new students arrive, we pick them up at the airport and help them check into their dorms. Before the semester starts, we offer student orientations to discuss immigration regulations, University policies, and adjustment to life in America.

Our International Center offers a comfortable environment where international students can relax, socialize, and study. It has a homey atmosphere with a cozy sitting area to watch TV in comfort, and a full functioning kitchen in case students would like to cook something. It also has a computer lab and study rooms on the second floor.

Our international students also have the opportunity to participate in our Friendship Family Program. This program allows students to stay with American families during school breaks and holidays.

Master of Science in Computer and Information Science

Southern Arkansas University’s Master of Science in Computer and Information Science degree was recently ranked among the nation’s top MCIS programs by

According to, their team spent months collecting and analyzing data from hundreds of colleges and universities to identify the best not-for-profit MCIS programs. SAU’s MCIS program ranked 22nd nationally for its combination of academic quality, accommodation, guidance and affordability.

The Master of Science in Computer and Information Science is designed to reflect the ongoing changes in the computer science field. It will provide a solid foundation in computer hardware and software, systems design, communications, and project/team management skills, particularly in the networking environment. It will provide students the training and information for an enduring foundation needed for future professional growth. Specific career tracks anticipated for graduates include information system project management, system analyst and design or development specialist, data manager, and pre-Ph.D. and M.D. research assistant data managers.

Close attention to students, industry prospective and quality of courses offered at SAU contributed to the major growth in MCIS. It is a 30-hour program, and can be completed online or in class. The approximate cost for the complete program is $9,310 for Arkansas residents, and $13,150 for out-of-state, according to 2014-15 tuition and fees. For more information, visit the MCIS website at

Students who do not currently have good IELTS (TOEFL) or GRE scores are welcome to apply through the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. This way, they can receive graduate admission without IELTS (TOEFL), and they can also attempt GRE or MAT (alternative test) in the U.S. after they arrive.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

SAU-ESL is a program at Southern Arkansas University that prepares students with a low level of English for full participation in the university degree programs.


SAU students



  • 6th most affordable public school in the U.S.*
  • Small classes
  • Easy transition to undergraduate and graduate programs with no TOEFL or IELTS
  • Conditional admission to undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Located on the beautiful campus of Southern Arkansas University (SAU)
  • All ESL students are full-time SAU students with full access to all university facilities and services (gym, swimming pool, cafeteria, health services, library, student clubs)
  • 18 hours of instruction per week across 5 different levels
  • Grammar, Vocabulary, Conversation, Reading, Writing, and Lab classes (movies, podcasts, presentations, vocabulary software, games)
  • Students of all levels and ages are welcome to apply
  • Professional and friendly instructors with a command of one or more foreign languages
  • Perfect learning experience in a familiar, safe and clean environment, surrounded with beautiful nature


Student Life

A student’s life at SAU is whatever the student wants it to be. Our campus offers theatrical plays, sports events, movie nights, and concerts. We also have more than 100 different student organizations on campus.


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The International Student Association offers special events for students, and our International Office arranges trips to regional cities for shopping, cultural activities, and just plain fun. All of this is in addition to regularly scheduled campus activities, the largest of which is our International Banquet that draws more than 300 people to try food from around the world prepared by our students.

Apply Now

ESL students are welcome to apply now for Fall/Spring semesters or Summer session. The recommended application deadline is one month before the start date.

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