Southern Arkansas University Tech

6415 Spellman Road
Camden, AR 71701-1906
Tel: (870)574-4500
  • 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 1,559 students (34% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 38:1 is higher than the state community college average of 26:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 33% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 30%.
  • Southern Arkansas University Tech is the only community colleges within Calhoun County, AR.
  • The nearest community college is South Arkansas Community College (27.70 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 41 teachers has declined by 39% over five years.
Southern Arkansas University Tech (AR) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 41 staff 61 staff
Southern Arkansas University Tech Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 1,559 has declined by 27% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 38:1 has increased from 30:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.48 is more than the state average of 0.47. The school's diversity has declined by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment 1,559 students 1,593 students
Southern Arkansas University Tech Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 38:1 26:1
Southern Arkansas University Tech Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 525 students 706 students
Southern Arkansas University Tech Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 1,034 students 887 students
Southern Arkansas University Tech Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Southern Arkansas University Tech Enrollment Breakdown AR All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
94 122
Southern Arkansas University Tech Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
Southern Arkansas University Tech American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
2%
5%
Southern Arkansas University Tech Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
26%
19%
Southern Arkansas University Tech Black (2007-2016)
% White
67%
70%
Southern Arkansas University Tech White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
2%
2%
Southern Arkansas University Tech More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
1%
1%
Southern Arkansas University Tech Non Resident (2013-2016)
% Unknown races
1%
1%
Southern Arkansas University Tech Ethnicity Breakdown AR All Ethnic Groups 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 0.47
Southern Arkansas University Tech Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
41%
24%
Southern Arkansas University Tech Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $31,300 $28,600
Southern Arkansas University Tech Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,677 is more than the state average of $2,998. The in-state tuition has grown by 33% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,117 is more than the state average of $4,846. The out-state tuition has grown by 26% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,677 $2,998
Southern Arkansas University Tech In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,117 $4,846
Southern Arkansas University Tech Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 98% 95%
Southern Arkansas University Tech % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $5,500 $9,500
Southern Arkansas University Tech Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $3,500 $5,999
Southern Arkansas University Tech Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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 $2,998 per year for in-state students and $4,846 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,679 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 0.47, which is lower than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Arkansas is Remington College-Little Rock Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.