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About SAU

About SAU

Southern Arkansas University is a quality, comprehensive regional university that offers degrees in the Colleges of Business, Education, Liberal and Performing Arts, and Science and Technology. It holds accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, National Association of Schools of Music, Council on Social Work Education, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National League for Nursing, the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training Education Programs, and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

About Magnolia

Magnolia is a city of almost 11,000 people and is located approximately 55 miles east of Texarkana, 80 miles northeast of Shreveport, and 140 miles south of Little Rock.

The city offers a number of restaurants, a movie theater, and businesses that cater to SAU students within minutes of the University. Magnolia provides students and visitors an opportunity to tour the landmark Magnolia Murals, visit a classical Old South courthouse square, shop in many fine shops, and see antebellum homes. Fishing and water sports are available at Lake Columbia, and visitors can explore nature at nearby Logoly State Park.

Magnolia is also home to the World Championship Steak Cook-Off held each May during the Magnolia Blossom Festival.

To find out more about Magnolia, visit the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce website at  To learn more about Arkansas, visit the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism at


Southern Arkansas University was established by an act of the Arkansas Legislature in 1909 as a district agricultural high school for southwest Arkansas and was originally named Third District Agricultural School. Students and faculty often called the school TDAS. Its first term began in January of 1911 and until 1925 its curriculum included only subjects at the secondary school level. In 1925, the state Legislature authorized the school to add two years of college work and to change the name from Third District Agricultural School to Agricultural and Mechanical College, Third District. The school offered both high school and junior college courses until 1937, at which time high school courses were discontinued. In the fall of 1949, the Board of Trustees decided to develop the college as a four-year, degree-granting institution. The Board authorized the addition of third-year college level courses beginning in the fall of 1950 and fourth-year courses were added in 1951. By Act 11, dated Jan. 24, 1951, the state Legislature changed the name of the institution to Southern State College. In 1975, the institution was approved and accredited to offer a master of education degree in selected areas. Following approval of the Board of Trustees, the name of the school was changed to Southern Arkansas University.


Southern Arkansas University sits on 1388 acres on the northern edge of Magnolia, Ark. The University has spent more than $5 million on renovations and improvements over the past five years, and there is currently $22.4 million in new building projects now underway.

Some of the newest additions to the campus include the $12.5 million Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center. Two new residence halls have also been completed within the last two years. Beginning summer 2006, a new band hall will be constructed behind Dolph Camp.



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