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Arkansas State University is a public institution that was founded in 1909. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,113, its setting is city, and the campus size is 1,376 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Arkansas State University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 56. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,180 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $12,610 (2012-13).
Arkansas State University is located in the northeastern corner of the state, about 80 miles from Memphis. Students at Arkansas State, often called ASU, can choose from more than 40 degree programs in nearly 150 fields of study, including master’s programs in business and health. The school also offers about 130 online courses and more than 180 evening classes. At Arkansas State, students may enroll in the Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) program, which offers additional academic support for difficult classes that tend to give students trouble. Student athletes can try out for the Arkansas State Red Wolves varsity athletic teams, which are members of the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference and compete in about a dozen sports. Notable Arkansas State University alumni include Rodger Bumpass, who voices the character Squidward on Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants animated television show.
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Arkansas State University in Jonesboro enjoys a reputation as an excellent institution of higher education serving citizens throughout Arkansas and surrounding states. It is the only comprehensive public university located in this region. Additionally, ASU maintains a growing global presence, through signed agreements with more than 100 institutions of higher learning worldwide. Dedicated to teaching, research and service, the university provides students with the broad educational foundations that help develop critical thinking and analytical skills, decision-making capabilities and communication skills.
This institution was founded in Jonesboro in 1909 by the Arkansas General Assembly as a regional agricultural training school. It began offering a two-year college program in 1918, then became "First District Agricultural and Mechanical College" in 1925. A four-year degree program was implemented in 1930, and then A & M College became "Arkansas State College" in 1933. The Arkansas General Assembly elevated the college to university status and changed the name to Arkansas State University in 1967. Today, the institution has more than 67,000 alumni. Master's degree graduate programs were initiated in 1955, and ASU began offering its first doctoral degree, in educational leadership, in the fall of 1992. Additional doctoral programs are now offered in environmental science, heritage studies, molecular biosciences, and physical therapy. Programs at the specialist's, master's, bachelor's and associate's degree levels are available through the various colleges: Agriculture and Technology, Business, Communications, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Nursing and Health Professions, Sciences and Mathematics, and University College. Classes also are offered through The Honors College and the independent Department of Military Science. ASU offers nine online degree programs. ASU offers bachelor's degree programs, master's degree programs and upper-level courses through ASU degree centers at ASU-Beebe, ASU-Mountain Home, and three other cities: Blytheville, Forrest City and West Memphis, where partnership agreements have been established in cooperation with local community colleges. ASU also operates instructional sites at Paragould and at Little Rock Air Force Base.
Arkansas State University's commitment to excellence in higher education is demonstrated by its accreditation by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, as well as 20 specialized accrediting organizations. In addition, the university holds membership in numerous national and international organizations that support the highest educational standards.
ASU has grown significantly over the past three decades. The Jonesboro campus enrollment in the fall of 1981 was 7,448; in the fall of 2011, it was 13,900. Because of the close partnerships between the campuses, ASU also reports a combined enrollment for the ASU System; total System enrollment in the fall of 2011 was 22,065. Dr. Tim Hudson is chancellor of ASU's Jonesboro campus effective May 1, 2012.
For information about educational opportunities at ASU, contact the Office of Admissions, email@example.com or call 870-972-3024 or 800-382-3030. For information about Graduate School, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 870-972-3029. For information about International Programs, write to email@example.com. For additional details about the university, contact University Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional contact information, mailing addresses and telephone numbers are available at http://www2.astate.edu/info/directories/.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Arkansas State University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 20. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 20. The application fee at Arkansas State University is $15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.2 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||63.3%|
|Application deadline||August 20|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 20|
The student-faculty ratio at Arkansas State University is 19:1, and the school has 45.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Arkansas State University include: Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69.5 percent.
Arkansas State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,113, with a gender distribution of 41.9 percent male students and 58.1 percent female students. At this school, 28.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 72.0 percent of students live off campus. Arkansas State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Arkansas State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, and health service. Arkansas State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Arkansas State University, 85 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Arkansas State University.
|Students who have cars on campus||85%|
|Health insurance offered||No|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Arkansas State University, 74.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,000.
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|In-state tuition and fees||$7,180 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$12,610 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$7,150 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data