This is Southern Adventist University

Southern Adventist University is a co-education institution established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, offering doctoral, master's, baccalaureate, and associate degrees, and one-year certificates.

The Mission

Southern Adventist University nurtures Christ-likeness, traditional Seventh-day Adventist values, academic excellence, and a life-long pursuit of truth, wholeness, and service.

The Vision

Southern Adventist University will lead in providing a learning foundation built upon biblical principles, model academic and professional excellence, conscientiously steward university resources, and cost-effectively graduate successful servant leaders guided by faith, integrity, and balance.


We are:

  • Christ-centered: in every aspect of campus life
  • Seventh-day Adventist: in perspective and practice
  • Excellence driven: in academic and non-academic areas
  • Student focused: in their immediate and eternal wellbeing
  • Cost conscious: in stewardship and affordability
  • Balanced: in all areas of life
  • Gracious: in service and hospitality to all

Educational Philosophy

Rooted in its theological understanding of God and humanity, the educational philosophy of the Seventh-day Adventist church is summarized as follows:

  • God, the creator and Sustainer of the universe, is the Source of all knowledge.
  • Created in the image of God for the purpose of communion with Him, humanity has sinned and has separated from Him.
  • Through infinite love, God sent His Son to restore this relationship with us, a personal relationship that begins now and continues throughout eternity.

Within the context of this theological understanding, education is viewed as an essential element of redemption, and must focus on developing the whole person. Through harmonious development of the physical, mental, spiritual, and social dimensions, the individual becomes better equipped to bring wholeness to a broken world.

Institutional Goals

Southern Adventist University will:

  • Learning Community

    nurture campus learning communities that engage students with ideas that mark educated persons, global and multicultural perspectives, and advanced technology to develop both ethical principles and intellectual flexibility.

  • Faculty and Staff

    hire and develop a competent and diverse faculty and staff who model balanced ethical lives, integrate faith and learning, demonstrate scholarship through teaching, research, and other scholarly and creative activities, and celebrate and energize the student spirit as they respect and support the different ways students develop their minds, their persons, and their citizenship.

  • Students

    recruit, retain, and support a capable, diverse student body.

  • Campus Environment

    provide a safe, nurturing learning community of faith for students, faculty, and staff.

  • Student Service

    enable every student to participate in local service and/or mission service activities.

  • Partnerships

    pursue and nurture partnerships with alumni, church, community, business and industry, civic organizations, and government in order to analyze, project, and respond to changing needs to help ensure that graduates are prepared for a life of service.

  • Stewardship

    steward resources entrusted to the university through effective fiscal management to fulfill its mission, vision and goals.

Southern will seek
to enable every
student to participate
in local service and/or
mission service activities.

Student Learning Goals

Students of Southern Adventist University will:

  • Spiritual

    grow in a vibrant relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, while integrating into their lives Bible-based beliefs and values as understood by the Seventh-day Adventist church.

  • Intellectual

    develop a commitment to life-long-learning and demonstrate a mastery of the cognitive skills of critical reasoning, independent thinking, reflective judgment, communication, and creativity needed to confront the issues, ideas, and values of historical and contemporary civilization.

  • Occupational

    exhibit excellence and moral leadership in their chosen field of study and/or profession.

  • Social

    develop socio-emotional maturity that will enable them to be effective leaders and contributing members of their churches, families, groups, and communities in a global society.

  • Physical

    take responsibility for their own well-being through a health-promoting lifestyle.