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About Athens State University

Type Control of Institution - Public/Private


4 Years

Student Population Number of Students attending College




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Athens State University is a truly unique Alabama institution of higher education with a rich blend of modern and traditional methods of instruction. It is the oldest continuously operated public institution of higher education in Alabama’s state educational system.

The story of Athens State University began in 1821 when Judge John McKinley donated land to the city to establish Athens Female Academy. The institution’s name has changed several times in its history, following adjustments in purpose and governance. In 1975, the institution became part of the state educational system, and 23 years later it finally got its present name after a bill was passed by the Alabama Legislature for the same.

The mission of the university is to advance the best interests of its students and the State of Alabama through teaching, service, research and other creative activities to empower students to make valuable contributions in their professional, civic, educational, and economic endeavors. It envisions to be the premier destination for transfer students seeking the highest quality education and cutting-edge delivery at the most affordable cost.

Athens State University has a current population of over 3044 students and a student-faculty ratio of 15:1. This implies that its students get very good opportunities to interact with the faculty.

Through innovative communication and course delivery for high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs, the university provides a supportive environment for each student, demonstrating the importance of the diverse and interdependent nature of our state and society. Athens State is comprised of three University Colleges; Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education.  Each College is fully charged and capable of producing graduates who are career-ready for today’s job markets. The newly formed graduate programs at Athens State offer masters level coursework in the selected areas of Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Career & Technical Education, and Religious Studies.

With over 50 majors and degree options and over 40 minors available within its three University Colleges, and with three master’s degree programs currently offered, Athens State has the ability to fulfill the needs of any student to help them obtain a quality degree that can open doors to new opportunities.

Athens State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission (SACSCOC) on Colleges to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

A public university by the name of Athens State University is located in Athens, AL. It was in 1822 when the Athens State University was founded. Out of total 3,500 students enrolled at ASU, 2,774 belong to undergraduate courses while 167 are postgraduate students. The school has an academic staff of 250 who teach various courses to the students. Around 68% of the students are females and 32% are males. Notably, Athens State University is also home to an ethnically diverse student population. At ASU around 76% are white, 13% are Black or African American, and 3% belong to Hispanic ethnicity. Moreover, around 57% of the students are 25 and over. The college has produced several notable alumni including Gary Redus, Ha Soo Whang, Todd Greeson, and Chris Guillebeau in its 198 years of existence. The school believes in the all-round growth of the students and, hence encourages students to take part in several sporting activities, conducted inside the campus. Students taking admission here will notice that the university boasts of a decent sports infrastructure. At ASU, 52 undergraduate and graduate-level programs, including both residential and online, are offered to the students. The university also has a long list of accreditations. It has been accredited by ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs), NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education), and SACS (Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools).

Location & Contact


300 N Beaty St


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Phone: 2562338100
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Neither required nor recommended

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Admission to the university is fairly easy and the students are recommeded to make the most out of it. To kickstart the admission process at ASU, the candidates have to fill an application form and submit a fee of $30. Securing a good score in a standardised test like SAT or ACT improves an applicant’s chances of securing admission. However, Athens State University doesn’t focus much on standardised tests. Interestingly, the average SAT or ACT scores of students securing admission is not available. The candidates can apply for the courses online. However, in case they need information or want to feel the vibes, they visit the school's office at 300 N Beaty St, Athens, Alabama 35611. They can also call them at (256) 233-8100.

Annual Cost to Attend

Tuition fees and the cost of living during the course tenure are the next two things that a student should keep in mind before applying to ASU. If it sounds unaffordable to the applicant, there are numerous financial aid options available that they can explore.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.

Master's degree

Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


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Faculty Overview


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Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Teacher Education and Professional...

175 Graduates

Business Administration, Management...

148 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

78 Graduates

Business, Management, Marketing, an...

49 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

46 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

33 Graduates

Biology, General

29 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

29 Graduates

Human Resources Management and Serv...

24 Graduates

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Ot...

24 Graduates

Computer and Information Sciences,...

23 Graduates

Criminal Justice and Corrections

19 Graduates

Special Education and Teaching

18 Graduates

Psychology, General

17 Graduates


16 Graduates

Fine and Studio Arts

11 Graduates

Social Sciences, General

11 Graduates

Religion/Religious Studies

9 Graduates

Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

8 Graduates


7 Graduates

Fire Protection

4 Graduates

Health Professions and Related Clin...

4 Graduates

Management Information Systems and...

2 Graduates

Political Science and Government

2 Graduates


2 Graduates


1 Graduates

Education, Other

1 Graduates


Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%




77% White

3% Unknown

13% Black

3% Hispanic

2% Two or more races

0% Non Resident alien

1% Asian

1% American Indian/Alaska native

0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


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Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$50,752 per year

Campus Life


The institution does not provide on-campus housing facilities for students.

On Campus Housing Available


Freshmen Required to Live on Campus

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Undergrads in College Housing


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Campus Food

The institution does not provide any meal plan options.

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Total Female Athletes


Intramural Sports


Sports Club


Campus Safety

24-Hour Security Patrol


Campus Emergency Phones


24-Hour Escort Safety rides


Mobile Campus Emergency Alert


The university believes in offering quality training to all the students and doesn't appreciate instructive disparities. Students originating from various ethnic foundations like Latin, Caucasian, Black, American Indian, and a lot more are invited to the school. To ensure the safety and security of students, the university has a number of campus safety and security measures in place. Some of these features include 24-hr security patrol and campus emergency phones. The number of female and male students at the university are 32% and 68%, respectively.

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.




Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$143 - 262

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income

Aid awarded based on the family income.

Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


As mentioned, if one finds the fees and cost of living at ASU to be on the higher side, the financial aid department of the varsity would be of huge assistance. They can assist students with scholarships, grants, and student loans as well. The total non-need-based scholarships/grants offered to students at Athens State University add up to $323,361 per year.

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