Southern Adventist University

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  • Southern Adventist University is a pioneer Seventh-day Adventist institution of education offering strong and well-known programs within its curriculum.

    Language of Instruction: English


    Roots of Southern Adventist University were planted in 1892 when George W. Colcord began teaching 23 students in a room above the general store in Graysville, Tennessee. The school moved some thirty miles to welllocated farmland south of the Tennessee River in 1916. A pattern of sound growth was set with the establishment of the junior college in 1916, called Southern Junior College; a four-year college in 1944 called Southern Missionary College; an extension campus for Loma Linda University’s master in education program in 1978; and for Andrews University’s graduate nursing program in 1986. Southern College of Seventh-day Adventists was selected as the college name in 1982, and it became Southern Adventist University in 1996 when graduate studies were added to the curriculum.


    Southern Adventist University has an unusually beautiful educational setting, with more than 1,300 acres of university property. The university is located 17 miles east of Chattanooga in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The forested slopes of White Oak Mountain and Bauxite Ridge provide a scenic backdrop for the carefully landscaped grounds. Southern Adventist University is approximately 100 miles north of Atlanta, 100 miles southwest of Knoxville, 130 miles southeast of Nashville, and 145 miles northeast of Birmingham. Interstates 75, 24, and 59 provide easy access. The Chattanooga airport is 20 minutes from campus. The 27 major buildings on the Collegedale campus include ten classroom buildings with 58 classrooms/laboratories and a recital hall, two residence halls, a physical education center with swimming pool, and an administration building adjacent to the cafeteria, student center, and computing center. The campus church seats 1,850 and houses the Anton Heiller Memorial Organ (4,861 pipes).


    Association Board for Engineering and Technology, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, Council on Social Work Education, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards, National Association of Schools of Music, National Wellness Institute

    Also approved by: Tennessee State Board of Education, Tennessee Board of Nursing.

    Member of: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, American Council on Education, Association of American Colleges, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Tennessee College Association

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