Southern Arkansas University Tech

6415 Spellman Road
Camden, AR 71701
Tel: (870)574-4500
1,730 students
Public institution
Southern Arkansas University Tech, a comprehensive two-year college of the Southern Arkansas University system. SAU Tech offers a variety of associate degree and certificate programs designed for students who plan to enter the workforce, transfer to a university, or upgrade their skills in a specific area. Classes are conveniently scheduled and many of the courses are offered via the Internet, allowing even more flexibility in scheduling.
School Highlights:
Southern Arkansas University Tech serves 1,730 students (37.75% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 38:1 is higher than the community college average of 27:1.
Minority enrollment is 40% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 33%.
Southern Arkansas University Tech is the only community colleges within Ouachita County, AR.
The nearest community college is South Arkansas Community College (27.70 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 46 teachers has declined by 23% over five years.
College Southern Arkansas University Tech Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 46 staff
61 staff
Southern Arkansas University Tech Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 1,730 teachers has declined by 6% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 38:1 has increased from 31:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.48 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 1,730 students 1,296 students
Southern Arkansas University Tech Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 38:1
Southern Arkansas University Tech Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 653 students
810 students
Southern Arkansas University Tech Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 1,077 students
1,036 students
Southern Arkansas University Tech Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Southern Arkansas University Tech Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Hispanic
Southern Arkansas University Tech Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Southern Arkansas University Tech Black (2006-2013)
% White
Southern Arkansas University Tech White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Southern Arkansas University Tech More (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
Southern Arkansas University Tech Unknown (2006-2013)
Southern Arkansas University Tech Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.48 0.53
Southern Arkansas University Tech Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $4,080 is less than the state average of $5,650. The in-state tuition has grown by 24% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,520 is less than the state average of $10,201. The out-state tuition has grown by 20% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,080 $5,694
Southern Arkansas University Tech In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,520 $10,252
Southern Arkansas University Tech Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Total Dormitory Capacity 92 252
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 92%
Southern Arkansas University Tech % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • Southern Arkansas University Tech is a two-year college specializing in technical training and offers the first two years of a university transfer program. In addition to offering traditional classroom courses, SAU Tech offers a number of internet courses. The college has a large enrollment in its high school dual credit program. The college also operates the SAU Tech Career Academy, the Ouachita & Calhoun County Adult Education Centers, the Arkansas Fire Training Academy, and the Arkansas Environmental Academy. Southern Arkansas University Tech, Camden was created on April 5, 1967, as Southwest Technical Institute by Act 534 of the General Assembly of Arkansas. The purpose of the institute was to provide a technically trained workforce for the growing Highland Industrial Park where it was located. Seventy acres of land and six buildings were donated by the Brown Foundation of Houston, Texas which had purchased the Schumacher Naval Ammunition Depot for use as Highland Industrial Park. SAU Tech operates the Arkansas Fire Training Academy providing training to firefighters throughout the state as well as the Arkansas Environmental Academy, which also has a statewide mission of training individuals in the fields of wastewater and solid waste issues. The SAU Tech Career Academy provides a variety of career-technical education programs to high school students in our area and operates in conjunction with our high school concurrent credit programs. SAU Tech provides adult basic education and GED preparation through Ouachita & Calhoun County's Adult Education Center. Our Business and Industry Training Department provides customized training for the area companies. Southern Arkansas University Tech is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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Did You Know?
For Arkansas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,743 per year for in-state students and $4,624 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,432 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Arkansas is 76%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Arkansas community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.50, which is lower than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Arkansas is . Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.