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The campuses of Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and Southern Arkansas University Tech in Camden are planning to reopen in the fall, according to a Wednesday announcement by the institution. Both campuses shifted to online learning only for much of the spring 2020 semester, as well as all summer 2020 sessions, due to the coronavirus.

The SAU announcement noted that the health and safety of the student body and staff remained a top priority, and that the University system’s Risk Management Task Force is currently working on protection protocols that could affect classroom size, class structure, and residence hall safety, as well enhanced cleaning schedules and protective methods for health monitoring. The Task Force will take adhere to social distancing guidelines set by the state and CDC and is expected to provide further plans regarding the campus re-openings over the summer.

The University has also encouraged students to be prepared for the fall, which includes filing their FASFA and completing their housing application and room selection, as well as meeting with their advisors to secure their fall schedule if they have not already done so.

Incoming SAU Freshmen should register for Becoming a Mulerider (BAM) here:

Students who have registered for BAM should have already received an email regarding the shift to virtual BAM sessions, according to the University. Students are encouraged to continue to closely monitor their SAU student email, since many “vital announcements” are now being sent through this method, the University said Wednesday.

Incoming SAU Tech Freshmen should register for Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR) here:

Students who have registered for SOAR already will be contacted by email regarding the shift to virtual SOAR sessions. Students are encouraged to continue to monitor their SAU Tech and personal email accounts very closely as this is the formal method of communication between the college and students.

The SAU System campuses continue to accept applications for the summer and fall semesters.

As a reminder, ACT scores are waived for incoming freshmen, as are graduate admissions test score requirements, such as the GRE and GMAT for both the summer and fall sessions.

Anyone interested in becoming a student at SAU can visit to begin their application process.

SAU Tech is an open enrollment institution with no minimum entrance exam scores required.

Anyone interested in becoming a SAU Tech Rocket can visit or text 870-390-0368.

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