Arkansas State University
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|First District Agricultural School
First District Agricultural and Mechanical CollegeArkansas State College
|Motto||Educate, Enhance, Enrich: e3|
|Type||Public flagship research university|
|Arkansas State University System|
|Endowment||$84.43 million (2019)|
|Budget||$172 million (FY 2020)|
|Students||13,891 (Fall 2019)|
|Campus||College town 1,376 acres (557 hectares) Urban/Suburban|
|Colors||Red, black & white|
|NCAA Division I|
Sun Belt Conference
|Mascots||Howl and Scarlet|
Arkansas State University (A-State or ASU) is a public research university in Jonesboro, Arkansas. It is the flagship campus of the Arkansas State University System and the second largest university in Arkansas. The university was founded in 1909 and is located atop 1,376 acres (557 hectares) on Crowley's Ridge.
A-State was founded as the First District Agricultural School in Jonesboro in 1909 by the Arkansas Legislature as a regional agricultural training school. Robert W. Glover, a Missionary Baptist pastor who served in both houses of the Arkansas Legislature from Sheridan (1905–1912), introduced in 1909 the resolution calling for the establishment of four state agricultural colleges, including the future ASU.
In 1918, ASU began offering a two-year college program. In 1925, it became First District Agricultural and Mechanical College. A four-year degree program was begun in 1930. A & M College became Arkansas State College in 1933. In 1967, the Arkansas Legislature elevated the college to university status and changed the name to Arkansas State University.
In the fall of 2014, A-State welcomed its most academically prepared freshman class. The result of several years of growing both admission standards and increasing on-campus housing, A-State's incoming first-year first-time student composite ACT was 23.9 with an average high school GPA of 3.47. This was the third consecutive year of improvement for the ACT/GPA freshman classes for Arkansas State. The Arkansas State Honors College has grown 59% since 2009. The university also posted back-to-back high graduate counts in spring 2012 and spring 2013, producing the most graduates in a two-year period in school history. The university contains the largest library in the state of Arkansas, the Dean B. Ellis Library.
For other Arkansas State University campuses, see Arkansas State University System.
- Main campus, Jonesboro, Arkansas.
- Arkansas State University-Querétaro, a campus in Querétaro, Mexico, inaugurated on September 21, 2017.
- Arkansas State University-Paragould, an instructional site of the Jonesboro campus. (closed in 2018)
|U.S. News & World Report||61 (South)|
|Master's University class|
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. A second doctoral program, in environmental science, was begun in the fall of 1997, and the doctoral program in heritage studies began in the fall of 2001. Newer doctoral programs are in environmental science, molecular biosciences, and physical therapy. In the fall of 2016, Arkansas State enrolled the first class of approximately 115 students to its branch of the New York Institute of Technology's medical school. The medical school is located on campus in the historic Wilson Hall.
In 2018, Arkansas State was classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity". The university nevertheless maintains a focus on undergraduate instruction and small class sizes, with a student-faculty ratio of 16:1, ranked #76 in undergraduate teaching nationwide as of 2020[update].
Today, the institution has more than 100,000 alumni. Programs at the doctorate, specialist's, master's, bachelor's, and associate degree levels are available through the various colleges: Agriculture, Engineering & Technology, Business, Education & Behavioral Science, Liberal Arts & Communication, Nursing & Health Professions, Sciences & Mathematics, and Undergraduate Studies.
A-State's journalism program reorganized into the College of Media and Communication for fall 2013. The College of Media and Communication is home to three student-led media outlets and a NPR affiliate radio station. The Herald, a weekly student newspaper, was founded in 1921 and has a circulation of 5,000. ASU-TV, a program under the Department of Radio-Television, gives students hands-on experience in the field of television broadcasting. Starting in fall 2013, an Internet-based student radio station, Red Wolf Radio, was added to the student media. Arkansas State is also home to KASU, a 100,000-watt FM station, which is the oldest NPR affiliate west of the Mississippi River.
In 2012, the Red Wolves football team became Sun Belt Conference champions for a second straight year, finishing the regular season with a 9–3 record, and capped off its successful season with its first bowl game victory since becoming a Division I-A (FBS) program with a 17–13 victory over Kent State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl, as well as earning its first win over a ranked opponent since joining the FBS in 1992.
In 2013, the football team became the Sun Belt Conference champions for a third straight year, finishing with a 7-5 regular season record and won a second consecutive GoDaddy Bowl with a 23–20 victory over then 10-2 Ball State.
Approximately 15% of ASU's undergraduate students are members of one of the 21 Greek organizations located on the campus.
- Alpha Gamma Delta 1948
- Alpha Kappa Alpha 1973
- Alpha Omicron Pi 1949
- Chi Omega 1961
- Delta Sigma Theta (reinstated in 2019)
- Delta Zeta 1991
- Zeta Phi Beta 1986
- Zeta Tau Alpha (reinstated in 2012)
- Alpha Gamma Rho 1969
- Alpha Phi Alpha 1973
- Alpha Tau Omega 1968
- Kappa Alpha Order 1967
- Kappa Alpha Psi 1975
- Kappa Sigma 2014
- Lambda Chi Alpha 1959
- Phi Beta Sigma 1979
- Pi Kappa Alpha 1948
- Omega Psi Phi 1973
- Sigma Chi 1987
- Tau Kappa Epsilon (reinstated in 2016)
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