Student Testimonials


I was drawn to the convenience of SAU's fully online program, but I didn't really know what to expect in terms of the online learning environment. I quickly realized how much I had to learn, but I also found that SAU had anticipated what I needed to know and geared the introductory course around getting comfortable with online learning. I love the flexibility of an online program, where I can access online discussions and complete assignments when it's most convenient for me, around my full-time job as a grant writer and my family responsibilities, with two school-aged children.

SAU Online Lisa Valdez MCOM

I loved the community atmosphere that the discussions fostered, and I loved the interesting mix of business-standard books that gave practical applications for specific issues I deal with every day and the spiritually focused books that helped me grow in my faith as I was expanding my knowledge of communications.

SAU Online Leanna Summers MCOM

You will meet such great friends. The program is intense, but manageable. The professors are extremely knowledgeable, fun, and professional. The best thing is that SAU and Dr. Robert Woods has an excellent class geared to help the most seasoned online student or first-time online student to succeed in earning the degree. I can't say enough great things about it.

SAU Online Gina Burgess MCOM

Professors were always receptive and welcoming. They were helpful and guided me through the process, especially when it came to my actual Master’s thesis. I am grateful for Professor Woods who helped me tremendously. I also made friends with whom I am still in contact today.

SAU Online Tanja Morgan MCOM

Professors were always receptive and welcoming. They were helpful and guided me through the process, especially when it came to my actual Master’s thesis. I am grateful for Professor Woods who helped me tremendously. I also made friends with whom I am still in contact today.

Vanessa Denha Garmo Vanessa Denha Garmo MCOM


I went at my own pace. Everything was online and convenient, which was imperative for me as a new mother. My professors worked with me to help me find solutions to my struggles. They understood my struggles and were willing to work with me. They also encouraged a family-first mentality, which I really appreciated.

Anna Scott Ingiosi Anna Scott-Ingiosi MA Reading

I am better prepared to make decisions related to curriculum, teacher training, and professional development as a result of my studies. In addition, the knowledge I gained through coursework offered experience that allows me to relate with what instructors in our IEP are experiencing in their classrooms.

Tina Woolridge Tina Wooldridge MA TESOL


What a blessing it is to be an SAU graduate student. Not only am I investing in my future and in the development of my career, but I am surrounded by a community of mentors and scholars who are also committed to integrating Christ’s love into today’s business world.

SAU Online Chelsea Page MBA

The support at SAU Online is amazing. From the staff and faculty, to all the students and my classmates, everybody was so encouraging.

SAU Online Will Smith MBA

I obtained my undergraduate degree some twenty years ago, but had always desired to obtain my MBA. I applied to a number of other Universities, but never felt they were genuinely interested in retaining me as a student. However, Spring Arbor University was different. I began my program of study in the MBA online course in the Spring of 2018 with much trepidation. From the initial contact with admissions, the business office, financial aid, success support staff and the professors, each and everyone of the University representatives I have come into contact with has made me feel welcome, aided me with problem solving, and encouraged me along the way. I wish I had discovered this University years ago but am thankful nonetheless. The staff as a whole are beyond outstanding!

SAU Online Sharon E. Washington MBA

Getting an MBA was a great way to separate myself. I don’t think there is a better way to prove on paper that you’re committed than completing an intense academic program like the MBA. Earning my MBA from a Christian perspective was a game-changer. I was encouraged to integrate Jesus’ teaching in my coursework, and view the business world through a Christian lens.

Troy Trahan Troy Trahan MBA

The Gainey School of Business at Spring Arbor University is unique to any other college I’ve experienced. The business curriculum is centrally focused on ethics, leadership and practical business strategies to solve problems and promote growth within all stakeholders of an organization.

SAU Online Sherri Best MBA


The first residency was very valuable in putting faces and voices to the posts we engage in each week. We spent time in group spiritual direction which allowed us to gain deeper knowledge into who each of our classmates is and where they were journeying with God at that time. After leaving residency I could hear the writers voice each time I read a post. I could see their face behind the words. Each of the residency classes was valuable in the content we were studying but the personal contact with the members of our cohort was precious and added to the deep relationships we now have.

SAU Online Jeanne Johnson MSFL Cohort #8

Remembering times of sitting with those who have lived deeply, fellow students wrestling with what it means to be on the Way and practicing the discipline of study are Ebenezer altars.  They remind me of God's work and faithfulness In the midst of swirling cultural, economic and denominational issues.  They sustain me when I struggle and doubt.

Volutpat odio facilisis mauris sit amet Bill Lewis MSFL Cohort #1

The most powerful component of the MSFL was the residency experience, and I am convinced most all of my peers would say the same. I started the program in the fall and interacted with my cohort and professors for a semester before meeting anyone. I enjoyed my experience but felt that the engagement and interaction was lacking. We were essentially strangers to one another. The time together at the first residency, and the following two, was invaluable. I will always remember our time sharing and praying with one another daily, the conversations that happen only in the leisure of having a meal together, harmoniously worshiping with Christians coming from a variety of traditions, sharing the Eucharist together, and having the opportunity to receive wisdom not found in the books of the most esteemed writers on spiritual formation. When I share about my experience in the MSFL with friends, family, and acquaintances, I talk primarily about the residencies and the powerful work that God does in the lives of students through them. It is an experience worth having, and I hope others will have the opportunity to have as well.

SAU Online Natalie Magnusson MSFL Cohort # 4

The only thing better than the last residency, is the anticipation of the next one!  The word "cohort" changed to "friend" and later changed to "family," – all within two weeks.  Now when I am part of an on-line discussion with my classmates I see their face, hear their voice, pick up on their humor, and feel their heartbeat.

SAU Online Steve Newton MSFL Cohort #12

I remember so clearly the flight to Detroit, on route to our first cohort residency. My Dad had just died the week before and I was trying to finish the required reading on the plane. I was nervous about meeting these people with whom I had developed an unexpected attachment on-line. What awaited me was a gathering so powerful, so meaningful, that it provided a strong foundation for the trust and intimacy needed for an authentic learning experience permeated by God's presence. Although the most humble of our 3 locations, it established Spring Arbor as home base and connected us with the larger work of the university.

Mary Reimer Mary Reimer MSFL Cohort #1

Spending time together in Guatemala with my cohort, as well as other MSFL students and faculty, has been the highlight of the program.  The power of the spiritual bonds we had began forming with one another through engagement "on line" was enlarged by our presence to one another in that special place.  What a blessing it has been to be together in Christ.

SAU Online Mark L. Jarvie MSFL Cohort #12


It's a program that's actually doable for full-time working moms ... There was A LOT of support from fellow students and faculty. I definitely used what I learned throughout the whole program. It made me more confident in my current role, and going into my new role as a provider.”

Ashley DeCraene, MSN-NP Ashley DeCraene MSN-NP

It is a great program. The faculty are awesome. They are very supportive, they are very positive, just a good group of people that genuinely seem to care about the students.”

SAU Online Brooke Shaw MSN-NP

She [Tracie] walked me through every step. Every time I felt like maybe I’m not good enough, maybe I don’t think I’ve got what it takes … she made me feel that if you want to do this, you can do this.”

SAU Online David Bechtold MSN-NP

In nursing, it is important to have a strong faith background. Faith gives patients peace of mind. Also, after a bad day, it helps to know that there is a higher power taking care of the patient and the family; knowing that God is there helps me leave some stuff at work.”

SAU Online Linnay Minnard MSN/MBA

The one thing I found very helpful about Spring Arbor University was how easy it was to attend the program. I went through the program with the same group of women all the way, and it was just a really great experience. Each class just followed the next so you were automatically enrolled as you progressed through the program. I found that very helpful. And I felt like I had all the resources available to me.”

SAU Online Tressa Reiniche BSN

You're not just a name, you're not just a number. There's a reason you're accepted, and there's a reason you choose the school."

SAU Online Elena Howell MSN-NP

I chose Spring Arbor University because it's got a great tradition and it's got a great reputation, not only here in Michigan, but throughout the United States and around the world. Its graduates have excelled, and they’re soaring, and they’re performing. The value of the MSN program online for me was that I didn't have to go on campus many times during the week and leave my work. I have the flexibility of doing my work and my projects around a schedule that fits my needs.”

SAU Online Ray Jones MSN-NP

From the recruitment to the admission, to really starting your classes, there was someone with you every step of the way."

SAU Online Julia Sledzinski MSN-NP

If I could say something to anyone who is even thinking about going to Spring Arbor, this is the place to be, because if I can do it, anyone can. And I firmly believe that. I’m an average Joe, and if you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to make it happen.”

Robert Fares, MSN-NP Robert Fares MSN-NP