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2105 E. Aggie Road
Jonesboro, AR 72401
p. 870-972-2100
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Arkansas State University-Main Campus

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History

Arkansas State University, also known as A-State and ASU, is located in Jonesboro, Arkansas. This 1400 acre site is the flagship campus of the Arkansas State University System; ASU system campuses are also located in Beebe, Mountain Home, Newport, Heber Springs, Marked Tree, and Searcy. Various regional programs and other educational partnerships sponsored by A-State can also be found throughout Arkansas. The main Jonesboro campus is home to roughly 14,000 students while the entire ASU system has an enrollment of over 20,000.

The institution was initially founded as an agricultural training school with a two-year program. Associate’s degrees are still awarded, but the school became a four-year college in 1930. University status was achieved in 1967, the same year that the school adopted its current name. Master’s programs began in 1955 and the university instituted its first doctoral degree in 1992. A-State celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009.

The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools as well as numerous specialized accreditation organizations. It home to the the Arkansas Biosciences Institute, a joint venture among several universities and hospitals aimed at promoting the health of Arkansas residents through agricultural and medical research.

According to its mission statement, A-State "… pursues and shares knowledge within a caring community that prepares students in challenging and diverse ways to become more productive global citizens.”

Academics

Arkansas State is comprised of 11 colleges:

  • Agriculture and Technology
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Education and Behavioral Science
  • Engineering
  • Fine Arts
  • The Honors College
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Media and Communication
  • Nursing and Health Professions
  • Sciences and Mathematics
  • The University College

There is also an Honors College and an independent Department of Military Science as well as the Graduate School at Arkansas State.

A-State offers undergraduate majors in all of its colleges, awarding bachelor’s degrees in various arts and sciences, humanities, computer sciences, wildlife conservation, recreation, social sciences, public administration, visual and performing arts, agriculture, communication, and business. Associate degrees are awarded in areas of business, education, engineering technology, health, mechanic/repair, and several other disciplines. The university also offers a number of minors, encompassing many of the standard majors but also including such areas as folklore studies, horticulture, radio-television, and women and gender.

There is an emphasis on business and education among master’s degrees, but social sciences, humanities, and health sciences are also represented. The school also awards specialist’s degrees (Ed.S.) in community college teaching and education. The doctoral degree programs include educational leadership, environmental science, and heritage studies.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

A-State maintains an international program which includes study abroad programs for American students, admission to the university for international students, and a special program in Middle East Studies.

The university is home to the Arkansas Biosciences Institute (ABI), the mission of which is to improve the health of Arkansas residents through coordinating research between its five institutions. The institute was originally created out of a significant tobacco settlement and the proceeds derived from it in 2000. The ABI focuses on agriculture and basic medical research applied to health sciences.

Admissions

Admissions requirement for new undergraduate students include an application and nonrefundable application fee, standardized test scores, and high school transcripts or GED results. The application process for transfer students and international students does have other requirements.

Prospective graduate students must apply directly with their desired graduate department. Graduate students must hold appropriate undergraduate degrees and meet minimum admissions requirements, including undergraduate grade point average. Applicants must provide transcripts from all universities to have attended; application fees may be required.

Unrestricted admission is available for those applicants who meet standardized testing and high school GPA requirements. Students who submit a six or seven semester GPA must ultimately submit a final, high school transcript before beginning classes. Students who do not meet the unrestricted admissions criteria but who do have a 2.0 high school grade point average may apply for restricted admission. Restricted admission is only available to 500 students per session.

Financial Aid

Financial aid includes federal and state grants, loans, and college work-study programs. In order to receive financial aid, applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a valid social security number, be registered with selective service, be enrolled at least half-time, not be in default on any other federal funds, and make satisfactory academic progress.

Arkansas State also offers a variety of academic scholarships and grant funds based on need, merit, or both.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4980th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Arkansas State advocates that students living on campus will earn higher grades, are less likely to drop out of school, will develop better study habits, will participate more in student affairs, and will have more contact with other students who share their interests. All of these assertions have been documented, and are a good reason that so many students choose to live on campus.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Arkansas State University is an NCAA Division I school and a member of the Sun Belt Conference. Teams are known as the Red Wolves. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country/track, football, and golf. Women’s sports include basketball, bowling, cross-country/track, golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. The university also maintains several spirit groups, including cheerleaders and a marching band.

Facilities include golf courses, two stadiums, a soccer field, tennis courts, a track and field complex, and an indoor arena.

Intramural athletics are also available for students who wish to participate in sports non-competitively.

Local Community

Jonesboro is located in northeastern Arkansas and has a population of nearly 70,000 residents. The landscape is gently mountainous, and much of the local area is devoted to agriculture.

Information Summary

Ranks 7th in Arkansas and 724th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Arkansas and 393rd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 12 0.09
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.02
Arrest 11 0.08

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Jonesboro, AR 72401
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population47,422 (39,005 urban / 8,417 rural)
Households19,143 (2.37 people per house)
Median Household Income$29,816
Families12,300 (2.93 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District501

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1557th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,610 $5,610 $11,220
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,900 $1,900 $1,900
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $187 $187 $374
FT Graduate Tuition $4,284 $4,284 $8,568
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,148 $1,148 $1,148
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $238 $238 $476
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,014 $20,014 $25,624
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $30,107 $30,107 $35,717
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,494 $12,494 $18,104

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,934 $7,180 $6,934 $7,180 $12,238 $12,610
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,898 $7,202
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,781 $3,917
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $18,009 $17,775
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,950 $3,517
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,781 $3,917

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$15
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,838 (2,087 male / 2,751 female)
Admitted 3,653 (1,567 male / 2,086 female)
Admission rate 76%
First-time Enrollment 1,619 (706 male / 913 female)
FT Enrollment 1,575 (685 male / 890 female)
PT Enrollment 44 (21 male / 23 female)
Total Enrollment13,552

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Sun Belt Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Sun Belt Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Sun Belt Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Sun Belt Conference

ACT Test Admission

448th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 95%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26

SAT Test Admission

993rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 1%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 515
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 458 / 548
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 868 / 1063

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,163
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 170 496 61 19 20 3,039 91 3,942
Accounting 14 4 1 47 3 70
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 4 2 1 45 1 53
Agricultural Teacher Education
Animal Sciences, General 1 6 7
Area Studies, Other 1 5 6
Art Teacher Education
Art/Art Studies, General 1 13 1 15
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 1 4 6
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 4 31 36
Biology Teacher Education 4 4
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5 6 53 1 65
Business Administration and Management, General 36 6 4 1 76 124
Business Teacher Education 2 12 15
Business/Managerial Economics 2 2
Chemistry Teacher Education 1 1
Chemistry, General 4 3 1 1 25 34
Child Care and Support Services Management 10 1 11
Civil Engineering, General 1 18 19
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 7 1 1 10 20
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 3 2 5
Commercial and Advertising Art 1 4 16 1 22
Communication and Media Studies, Other 4 1 3 8
Communication, General 3 1 6 10
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 1 2
Computer and Information Sciences, General 18 11 29
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 1 16 18
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 1
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 2 1 3
Criminology 15 1 1 49 4 70
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management
Curriculum and Instruction 39 9 3 4 458 2 520
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician 1 3 18 1 23
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician
Dietetics/Dietitian
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 5 1 7
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 7 1 118 4 133
Economics, General 2 8 10
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented 2 1 82 1 90
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 1 2 8 2 14
Elementary Education and Teaching 3 4
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship 47 7 1 358 5 423
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 2 22 1 25
Engineering, General 3 2 31 2 39
Engineering/Industrial Management 6 2 8
English Language and Literature, General 2 2 22 1 27
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 13 14
Environmental Science 2 1 3
Finance, General 12 4 1 26 1 46
Food Technology and Processing 1 1
Foreign Language Teacher Education 1 2 3
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 3 5 9
Forensic Science and Technology 2 1 3
French Language Teacher Education
French Language and Literature
General Studies 69 2 107 4 184
Geography 1 1
Gerontology 1 1
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production
Health Communication
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 2 11 1 14
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 4 13 18
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 4 1 5
History, General 1 1 26 28
International Business/Trade/Commerce 7 2 4 13
Journalism 3 2 29 1 35
Journalism, Other
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 2 1 75 3 84
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 8 37 3 51
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 4 64 4 6 2 228 10 321
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 1 1
Management Information Systems, General 2 3 5
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 4 3 1 1 24 2 35
Mathematics Teacher Education 4 4
Mathematics, General 1 15 1 17
Mechanical Engineering 1 5 6
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 7 1 86 11 105
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 13 15
Music Performance, General 2 4 6
Music Teacher Education 4 4
Music, General 1 1
Nurse Anesthetist 1 1 40 4 46
Philosophy 1 9 10
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 18 20
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 1 1 26 28
Physics Teacher Education
Physics, General 2 2
Plant Sciences, General 13 14
Political Science and Government, General 5 4 2 12 1 24
Psychology, General 7 1 38 1 47
Public Administration 7 5 11 23
Radio and Television 11 19 2 1 19 52
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other
Reading Teacher Education 1 10 11
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 33 4 2 3 187 6 241
Social Science Teacher Education 1 23 1 25
Social Work 1 14 1 1 63 1 81
Sociology 22 2 20 1 45
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Spanish Language and Literature
Special Education and Teaching, General 12 4 1 3 144 3 170
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 21 1 23
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 2 7 1 13 1 24
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 1 6 24 31
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 3 2 5
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 8 8

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1816th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $64,404 ($69,569 male / $53,535 female)
Number of FT Faculty 505 (245 male / 260 female)
Number of PT Faculty 689
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $5,160,955
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