Arkansas State University

2014 Quick Stats
PO Box 600

State University, AR 72467

Phone: (870) 972-2100
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Aug. 19
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#61 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Arkansas State University is a public institution that was founded in 1909. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,168, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,376 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Arkansas State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 61. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,510 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $13,120 (2013-14).

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.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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 70,000 alumni. ASU celebrated its centennial in 2009-2010. 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, physical therapy and nursing. 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. 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. The ASU System was created by a Board of Trustees resolution and officially began on July 1, 2006. It includes the main campus at Jonesboro, which offers degree programs through the doctoral level; as well as campuses at Beebe, Mountain Home, and Newport, where associate degree programs are offered; and at Heber Springs, Marked Tree and Searcy. Dr. Charles Welch became president of the Arkansas State University System on April 23, 2011. 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 nearby Paragould, in Greene County, and at Little Rock Air Force Base. ASU has grown significantly over the past three decades. The Jonesboro campus enrollment in the fall of 1982 was 7,791; in the fall of 2012, it was 13,877. 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 2012 was 21,976. Dr. Tim Hudson became chancellor of ASU's Jonesboro campus on May 1, 2012. For information about educational opportunities at ASU, contact the Office of Recruitment, or call 870-972-2782. For information about Graduate School, write to or call 870-972-3029. For information about International Programs, write to

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1909
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $39,768,374


When applying to Arkansas State University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 19. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 19. The application fee at Arkansas State University is $15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 70.6 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 70.6%
Application deadline August 19
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 19

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Arkansas State University is 19:1, and the school has 39.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Arkansas State University include: Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 70 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 21%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 19%
Health Professions and Related Programs 15%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 14%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 10%
Social Sciences 7%

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Student Life

Arkansas State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,168, with a gender distribution of 42.6 percent male students and 57.4 percent female students. At this school, 27.1 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 72.9 percent of students live off campus. Arkansas State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 13,877
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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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

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Paying for School

At Arkansas State University, 86.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,000.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,510 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $13,120 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,470 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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