SAGU has set a new enrollment record for the fourth consecutive year. 2,064 students have enrolled for the Fall 2010 semester. With this new all time record, SAGU enrollment has grown 24.6% in the past five years.
Fall 2010 enrollment is up 2.5% over last year’s record enrollment of 2013. The increase encompasses various aspects of the campus. Graduate enrollment is up 3.5%. Undergraduate on-campus enrollment is up 8.5%, while on-campus enrollment as a whole, undergraduate and graduate, saw a 7.6% increase. In addition, the dorm population increased by 6%.
According to Eddie Davis, Vice-President for Enrollment & Retention, “In recent years, administration has focused on improving the on-campus environment with construction of two new dorms and the Garrison Wellness Center.”
“In addition to new buildings, SAGU has added new undergraduate academic programs that have also contributed to the growth,” Davis commented. “These efforts are beginning to pay off with increased enrollment and retention. SAGU has now experienced four consecutive years of growth and record enrollment. It’s exciting to see such continued growth on our campus.”
Waxahachie, TX – February 17, 2011 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) reached its fourth consecutive spring enrollment increase, on the heels of its fourth consecutive record fall enrollment. Total on-campus enrollment increased 6 percent compared to Spring 2010, with notable growth among graduate students.
Spring 2011 marks the highest spring enrollment in SAGU’s 84-year history. Additionally, it represents a 25% increase in spring enrollment since 2007 (Spring 2007 – 1,548; Spring 2008 – 1,738; Spring 2009 – 1,831; Spring 2010 – 1,893; Spring 2011 – 1,939). Students propelled SAGU to its highest enrollment this past fall when 2,064 students enrolled.
SAGU’s Harrison School of Graduate Studies set a record enrollment this semester with an 11 percent increase. Graduate Director of Student Relations Dan Shong states, “The Graduate School is planning for an enrollment increase of 60 percent within the next four years.” Availability of graduate distance education and the new Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership are direct contributors to the graduate school’s growth.
Vice President of Enrollment and Retention Eddie Davis believes that enrollment growth is a result of new programs and will continue to increase as the university adds new programs. In a recent address to students, President Bridges identified the number of programs added in the last five years. Since 2007, SAGU has added bachelor’s degrees in Ancient Studies, Bilingual Education, Criminal Justice, Digital Media Arts, Drama, Human Services, Physical Education, Social Work and Sports Management. SAGU has also added master’s degrees in Children and Family Ministries, Early Education Administration, History, Human Services Counseling, Master of Divinity, Social Studies Education, Language Arts and Reading, Organizational Leadership, Principalship and School Counseling.
President Bridges also identified programs being evaluated for the near future; bachelor’s degrees in Apologetics, Archaeology, Leadership, Business Law, Business as Missions, Business and Public Administration, Decision Science, Hospitality and Hotel Management, Logistics, Nonprofit Management, Education—Science, Education—Art, Jazz Studies, Journalism, Political Science; and master’s degrees in Church History, English and Business Administration.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associates, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. Click here to request more information.
Faculty member Garland Owensby and Drama student Taylor Johnson began a stand-up comedy tour this semester. The purpose of this comedy outreach is two-fold. “We want to make students laugh," said Owensby, "which leads to a devotional presentation of the Gospel. Its secondary reason is to promote SAGU Campus Days in a unique way.”
Owensby and Johnson have worked together previously doing stand-up and thought it would be fun to take the show on the road to youth groups and churches. Taylor has performed at venues such as The Improv, Addison and After Hours Improv, as well in local churches. According to Owensby, “Taylor has such a unique sense of humor and storytelling that connects with the audience."
The duo has performed in Wichita Falls and Grand Prairie, with upcoming dates in Colleyville, Keller, and Nacogdoches. They are currently taking dates for the Spring 2011 semester. Both comedians have clips on YouTube.
“I recently had the privilege of hosting Garland and Taylor at my youth group and they both hit it out of the park,” said youth pastor Wade Bearden. “My students loved them! I even had one Jr. Higher asking if they could come back and do their ‘Comedy Night’ once a month.”
Students Joe Garza from Laredo, Texas, and Derrick Malnar, Lufkin, Texas, recently joined the comedy group and will be touring with Owensby and Johnson.
Student Self-Service Enrollment Verification Now Available!
Students who need to obtain an enrollment verification for insurance and other purposes may now do so through their eCAMS student portal. Simply login to your eCAMS portal at http://estudent.sagu.edu and select the "Academic Records" link from the menu on the left.
Spring 2014 Final Exam Schedule
(Tuesday, April 29th - Friday, May 2nd)
|Class Time||Exam Time|
|MWF 8:00||WED 8:00 - 9:20 AM|
|MWF 9:05||WED 10:00 - 11:20 AM|
|MWF 11:35||THUR 10:00 - 11:20 AM|
|MWF 12:40||THUR 2:00 - 3:20 PM|
|MWF 1:45||WED 5:00 - 6:20 PM (April 30)|
|MWF 2:50||FRI 8:00 - 9:20 AM|
|MON 6:00||TUE 7:00 - 8:20 PM (April 29)|
|Class Time||Exam Time|
|TTH 8:00||THUR 8:00-9:20 AM|
|TTH 10:50||WED 12:00 - 1:20 PM|
|TTH 12:20||THUR 12:00 - 1:20 PM|
|TTH 1:50||WED 2:00 - 3:20 PM|
|TTH 3:20||FRI 10:00 - 11:20 AM|
|TUE 6:00||TUE 5:00 - 6:20 PM (April 29)|
|THU 6:00||THUR 5:00 - 6:20 PM (May 1)|
Alternate Exam Guidelines and Schedule
If you have three or more exams in a given day, you may arrange with your professor to take your exam at an alternate time. The arrangement must be done the week prior to exam week. You must secure a printout of your schedule from the Registrar’s Office and present it to your instructor. If the instructor approves the request, he/she will make an exam packet available for you at the School of Distance Education Testing Center, located at Sycamore Place. To gain entry to the exam, you must present a picture ID. There will be no admittance 5 minutes after the exam time has started.
Alternate Exam Times:
Monday, April 28th 3:30 - 4:50 PM
Tuesday, April 29th, 3:30 - 4:50 PM
Apply for Summer 2014 Financial Aid!
Click here to complete our Summer Financial Aid application. This simple form lets us know how many hours you plan to enroll this summer so we can determine if you are eligible to receive any federal aid or scholarships & grants from SAGU. If you haven’t already, make sure to also complete a 2013-2014 FAFSA to be eligible for federal aid this summer.
Making sense of the dollars
Each student that attends Southwestern has a financial aid counselor available to him or her who can answer questions and provide assistance. Southwestern's financial aid program is designed to help you afford a private Christian education. While we believe that the main responsibility for paying for school rests with the student and his or her family, our financial assistance program of grants, scholarships, loans, and work assistance is available to help you achieve your educational goals.
In order to apply for Federal and State financial aid, you must fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are unable to access the online forms, please contact the Financial Aid Office immediately to request a paper financial aid application packet.
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Financial Aid FAQ
What is SAGU's FAFSA school code?
How can I contact Financial Aid?
We are here to help, please contact us at:
Phone - 972-825-4730
Fax - 972-923-8143
What is financial aid?
Who provides financial aid?
How do I get financial aid?
What types of assistance are there?
- Gift Aid is money that doesn't have to be paid back. These come in the form of scholarships, tuition allowances and grants. This is the most desirable type of financial assistance because it does not have to be repaid.
- Self-help Aid is money that is earned or that must be paid back.
- Work-study is money that you earn by working a part-time job while you are in school.
- A loan is money that you borrow that must be paid back, usually after you leave school or drop below half-time status. There are student loans and parent loans available to help finance your education. Rarely does gift aid meet the full cost of attending college. Most students rely on part-time employment and loans to pay for school.
What is the difference between merit aid and need-based aid?
What is financial need?
What is included in the cost of attendance?
University expenses include fixed costs such as tuition, fees, room & board and personal expenses such as books and supplies, transportation, off-campus room & board, and miscellaneous personal expenses.
The Department of Education requires that each university prepare 9 Month Cost of Living Budgets based on average costs of its students living at home with parents, on-campus housing, and off-campus. These Cost of Attendance budgets are adjusted depending on the number of semesters enrolled and the enrollment status (full time, 3/4 time, and half time).
Your actual fixed expenses for tuition, fees, room & board depend on what courses you take and what dorm you live in. Please refer to a current price list of charges to determine what your actual charges will be. Contact the SAGU Enrollment Services Office or the Accounts Receivable Office if you need help in projecting your costs.
How is the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated?
How do I know if I am dependent or independent?
For the 2006-2007 school year, the United States Department of Education determines that you are independent of your parents if:
- You were born before January 1, 1983, or you
- are an orphan;
- are a ward of the court or were until the age of 18;
- are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces;
- have legal dependents other than a spouse;
- will be enrolled in a graduate school in 2006-2007;
- are married; or
- can prove to the school unusual circumstances that
- show independent status.
Will I get more financial aid if I am independent of my parents?
Is aid available if I already have a bachelor's degree?
What aid is available to graduate students?
Is there aid available for summer school?
Is aid available to international students?
Do I have to be seeking a degree to get financial aid?
Can I receive aid from two schools at once?
Where can I get more information about financial aid?
Lions rise to #2 in the nation
SAGU men’s basketball made university history this year by reaching the title game of what is regarded as college basketball’s toughest tournament. To win the NAIA National Championship, a team must win five games in 7 days. SAGU’s young squad, with only 2 seniors, fought their way into the Finals, marking a historic 2-year turnaround that molded the SAGU Lions into 2013 championship contenders.
Rising from a no. 35 ranking at the start of the season, the Lions clinched the Red River Athletic Conference and climbed to no. 6 in the nation—SAGU’s first-ever entry into the Top 10. SAGU was the first Red River Athletic Conference team to make the NAIA Championship game since 2006.
Worship leader Jared Anderson visits SAGU
Worship leader and musician Jared Anderson led worship in Southwestern Assemblies of God University's (SAGU) chapel service on Wednesday, November 14.
“Worship songs are prayers. We’re reciting the word of God back to him, and pretty soon we’re not just reciting it or singing it, we’re living it,” says Anderson.
Student Miller wins $100,000 Dr Pepper Giveaway
Karla Miller of Hesston, Kan., and a freshman at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, won the $100,000 tuition grand prize as part of the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway by completing the most football throws into an oversized Dr Pepper can replica during the PAC-12 championship game on Nov. 30.
Miller submitted a video online at Dr Pepper.com explaining why she deserved to win tuition money and how she would like to use her education to make an impact on the world.
SAGU redesigns SAGUtv streaming services
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) has redesigned SAGUtv (www.sagu.tv) streaming services. Guests can access content from any modern browser. The site has been programmed to adapt content to any computer, tablet or mobile device.
SAGU's Digital Marketing Manager Ricky Ramirez shared, "We wanted to redesign SAGUtv to better highlight feature content, but more importantly, to enhance the user experience. The site is better organized, faster to load, and more accessible."
SAGU makes Dallas Morning News Top 100 Places to Work 2nd-consecutive year
Southwestern Assemblies God University (SAGU) ranked 13th in midsize companies in The Dallas Morning News’ Top 100 Workplaces in DFW on Sunday, November 11, 2012.
SAGU President Kermit Bridges shared, "SAGU strives to create a positive workplace that results in an affirming learning environment for our students. Our recognition is a real honor given the many outstanding companies and organizations who participate in DFW Top 100 and provides encouragement that our efforts are making a difference."
SAGU begins Jamie Norton Lund Scholarship
Southwestern Assemblies of God (SAGU) has begun a scholarship fund in honor of the late alumna Jamie Lund. The scholarship is for English major or minor students with an emphasis in TESOL and a minimum 3.0 GPA. Before SAGU can award a scholarship, the fund must raise $20,000.
Jamie Lund faithfully taught English to Chinese college students in Northern Asia. By the age of 13, she knew God was calling her into full-time ministry. Jamie graduated with honors from Lufkin High School in 1994.
Russian adoption ban blocks SAGU alumnus's dream
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Ryan Froman and his wife Teri adopted a child from Russia in 2011. The Russian ban on U.S. adoptions has halted their adoption process of another Russian child.
The Fromans were halfway through the adoption process when the adoption agency informed them of the ban. Ryan shares, “I can’t even begin to express my emotions. There are thousands of orphans in Moscow alone, and the ban prevents American families from providing these children with homes.”
Professor releases third comedy album
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) professor Garland Owensby released his third comedy CD titled "Manly-Man."
Owensby's comedy album "Manly-Man" was recorded during two live shows in Waxahachie. "This album is the most personal of my three recordings," says Owensby. "It deals with the funny side of not being the stereotypical man who has a truck, a gun and watches football."
Owensby frequently travels doing stand-up comedy and has performed his unique brand of stand-up before audiences of over 4,000 in churches, camps conventions and comedy venues such as The Improv and Hyenas.
MTNA wins Collegiate Chapter of the Year
The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Collegiate Chapter of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) has been selected as the 2013 MTNA-Benjamin Whitten Collegiate Chapter of the Year. The chapter was recognized at the MTNA National Conference in Anaheim, Cali., on Tuesday, March 12.
Faculty sponsor Dr. Lee Hing said, “This is incredibly exciting news for all of our members. The executive team was excited to attend their first MTNA National Conference and be recognized publicly at the award ceremony.
Alumnus releases debut comedy album
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Taylor Johnson released his debut comedy album "Don’t Panic" on January 4, 2013. The album is now available on iTunes.
Johnson says, “When I first began attending SAGU, my dream was to graduate with my own stand-up album. I thought it was impossible. I don’t know how, but everything lined up perfectly during my last semester of school.”
AG emergency services chaplain recruits at SAGU
Assemblies of God Emergency Services Chaplain Robby Jernigan spoke in four of Southwestern Assemblies of God University's (SAGU) criminal justice classes on Thursday, Feb. 7 and Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.
Jernigan briefly shared about the need for chaplains in emergency services with each class before addressing various topics. One class experienced a mock debriefing around the scenario of a highway patrol trooper being shot and killed, illustrating the topic of “Critical Incident Stress Management and Debriefings.”
SAGU unveils new athletic logo
Waxahachie, Texas - February 22, 2013 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) unveiled a new athletic logo during the men's basketball win over Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) on Thursday, Feb. 21.
SAGU will join the Sooner Athletic Conference beginning in the 2013-2014 season. The university is also adding cross-country this fall.
The new athletic logo was a joint effort between SAGU's marketing and athletics departments.
SAGU offers cross-country as a varsity sport
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) will offer cross-country as a men's and women's varsity sport in Fall 2013. Teams will compete in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) in the National Athletic Intercollegiate Association (NAIA).
The competitive season in the SAC will consist of five meets and the conference championship. SAGU will join 199 NAIA institutions that sponsor cross-country.
SAGU continues snowstorm tradition
In 2011 Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) began a new tradition called the SAGU Snowstorm. This year's snowstorm took place on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. during the first home game of the season against Dallas Christian University.
On Tuesday night, fans launched more than 3,000 ping-pong balls onto the court to celebrate the first home basket of the season. Cheerleaders, players and other volunteers cleared the ping-pong balls from the court, and the referees enforced an administrative technical foul against the Lions.
Rambo named Co-Player of the Year
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Association All-America Committee announced SAGU’s Dominique Rambo as a National Co-Player of the Year on March 20, 2013. Rambo shares the award with Vic Moses from NAIA National Championship winner Georgetown College (Ky).
Rambo was also the first athlete in SAGU history to make NAIA’s First Men’s All-American Basketball Team.