Spring Arbor University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located on a 100 acre campus in Spring Arbor, Michigan. The University was established in 1873 by founders Edward Payson (E.P.) Hart and Martha (Mattie) Bishop Hart, beginning as a small elementary and secondary school. Over the years, Spring Arbor University has evolved and grown into a top-tier, liberal arts, Christian University, ranked as one of the best “Regional Universities-Midwest” by US News & World Report for several years, consecutively. In addition to its main campus in Spring Arbor, the University also operates a dozen learning sites, scattered across both Michigan and Ohio.
Academic ProgramsSpring Arbor University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1960. The University’s mission is known as “The Concept”, serving as both a mission statement as well as a cornerstone for all who are associated with the University. It reads, “Spring Arbor University is a community of learners distinguished by our lifelong involvement in the study and application of the liberal arts, total commitment to Jesus Christ as the perspective for learning, and critical participation in the contemporary world.”
Spring Arbor University is made up of several colleges and schools, including Gainey School of Business, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and the School of Human Services. More than 70 undergraduate majors and programs are offered at Spring Arbor University, as well as graduate-level programs, including: Master of Arts in Business Administration; Master of Arts in Communication; Master of Arts in Counseling; Master of Arts in Education; Master of Science in Nursing; and Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Leadership. Several of Spring Arbor University’s graduate programs, as well as its adult degree completion programs, are offered 100% online, allowing for greater convenience and flexibility for the student.
Student LifeSpring Arbor University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including more than 2,700 undergraduate students. The majority of students (nearly 90%) are Michigan residents, though there are representatives from nearly 25 other states as well as several international students. Spring Arbor University offers on-campus housing in the form of traditional residence halls, village-style housing complexes, on-campus apartments, Koinonia Houses, and married student housing.
More than 50 student clubs, organizations, activities, and ministry opportunities exist on Spring Arbor University’s campus, providing a variety of ways for students and faculty to connect outside of the classroom. Every fall and spring, Spring Arbor University hosts an art show, displaying the work of senior art majors in The Ganton Art Gallery, which, at 7,100 square-feet, is the largest single room art gallery in southern Michigan. Spring Arbor Universities also hosts and puts on concerts, plays, films, and dances. Intramural sports are offered to students all throughout the school year, including floor hockey, volleyball, basketball, and soccer. Spring Arbor University is a member of the NAIA Division II and the school’s varsity teams compete in the Crossroads League.