From the School

Arkansas State’s mission is to educate leaders, enhance intellectual growth and enrich lives. Founded in 1909, A-State is the second-largest university in the state and a leader within the Delta and Mid-South region. It hosts the first osteopathic medical school in the state of Arkansas, NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, and is opening the first U.S.-style residential campus in Mexico in fall 2017.

Dedicated to teaching, research, and service, the university provides students with the broad educational foundations that help them develop critical thinking, decision-making, analytical, and communication skills. The university is the state's leading provider of nursing graduates, early childhood educators, and agricultural business graduates. In addition, A-State has top-ranked programs in creative media and speech communication. Degree programs in the nursing and health professions are in great demand nationwide, and A-State boasts clinical affiliations with more than 500 health care facilities, where both physical therapy and occupational therapy doctoral programs are emphasized, alongside a doctoral nurse practitioner program. A-State offers management education that includes international business, technology, entrepreneurship, and economic development through action-based learning. Arkansas State is also home to the state-of-the-art Arkansas Biosciences Institute, where graduate and undergraduate students conduct cutting-edge research.

The campus has seen more than $150 million in renovations and new facilities in the past six years, including the expansion of on-campus housing by 500 residents for fall 2017.


From The School

Unconditional undergraduate admission is based on high school grade point average, official ACT score or comparable SAT, ASSET or Compass score taken within five years prior to the application date. The minimum grade point average accepted for unconditional admission is 2.75 and the minimum ACT or comparable score is 21.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
400 - 540
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 540
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
420 - 480

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 26

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


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Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

Arkansas State University has been selected as one of the top-70 institutions of higher education in the Southern region by the editors of U.S. News & World Report magazine in the 2016 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” Arkansas State is also ranked in the top Southern universities by Princeton Review. Among our individual academic programs, A-State has notable achievements, including the following:

  • One of the nation’s top-10 nursing programs according to;
  • Back-to-back No. 10 rankings (2016 and 2017) in U.S. News & World Report’s best online MBA programs;
  • More international students enrolled than ever before, with more than 60 countries represented by 851 students;
  • The largest online enrollment in the state of Arkansas with 34 programs delivered 100 percent online;
  • A vibrant on-campus community that will grow by 500 to a residence hall capacity of 3,700 beginning in fall 2017;
  • An incoming freshman class with an average ACT score of 23.6;
  • Home to an Honors College with an enrollment of almost 1,000 students in the program;
  • A veteran-friendly campus, recognized repeatedly by Military Times magazine, sponsors one of
  • America’s oldest ROTC units, and home to the Beck PRIDE Center for America’s wounded veterans.
  • Most A-State faculty members hold the highest possible degrees and are recognized leaders in their fields.

In addition, Arkansas State’s First-Year Experience received the Apple Distinguished Program award. A-State offers “Degree in 3” for accelerated undergraduate completion. Study Abroad is a major component of student experience at A-State. Students outside Arkansas should inquire about Beyond Boundaries scholarship opportunities.

Majors and Degrees Offered

As of fall 2016, Arkansas State had 45 degree programs with 161 major fields of study offered at the doctoral, specialist, master, bachelor, and associate degree levels. Master's degree programs were initiated in 1955, and A-State began offering its first doctoral degree program, educational leadership, in the fall of 1992. Arkansas State has seen continued growth in doctoral programs, adding Environmental Science in 1998, Heritage Studies in 2001, Molecular Biosciences in 2006, Physical Therapy in 2008, Nursing Practice in 2012, and, most recently, Occupational Therapy in 2016.

A-State is a leader in meeting Arkansas's need for educators and health care professionals. The College of Education and Behavioral Science graduates more teachers, counselors, and administrators than any other Arkansas institution, while the College of Nursing and Health Professions is among the state’s leaders in graduating nurses with bachelor’s degrees.

Arkansas State’s commitment to excellence in higher education is demonstrated through its accreditation by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as more than 20 specialized accrediting organizations. A-State also holds membership in national and international organizations that support the highest educational standards.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Plant Sciences, General

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General
  • Journalism, Other
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, other any instructional program in organizational communication, public relations, and advertising not listed above
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician

  • Education

  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, Other
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, Other
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Health and Wellness, General
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians

  • Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Criminal Justice/Police Science
  • Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management
  • Forensic Science and Technology

  • Social Sciences

  • Criminology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General

Students Say

Undergrads at Arkansas State University have a lot of pride in their school, and it's easy to understand why. To begin with, the university does a great job of "making everyone feel welcome." Students can also take advantage of numerous "resources" including "tutoring, career services [and] counseling." Perhaps more importantly, Arkansas State offers a "wide variety of major[s]" including the business and nursing programs, which undergrads assert "are some of the best in the state." Fortunately, students report that many of their professors are "great" no matter the course of study. As one undergrad happily explains, "All [of my] professors respond quickly to emails. They are very involved in the lectures [as well]." Just as critically, "They always want to make sure you understand the material for every exam and are willing to help you with any problems that you may have." Students also appreciate that their professors excel at "bring[ing] courses to life" and endeavor "to make [the material] applicable to our future." As another content undergrad sums up, "If I had to choose one thing about A-State that was the absolute best, it would be the faculty and staff."


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Mr. Mike Beebe
Former Governor of the state of Arkansas

Dr. Debbye Turner Bell
Miss America 1990

Mr. Earl Bell
Olympic Pole Vault Medalist and World Class Athletic Trainer

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Based on a 15 hour schedule, resident students at Arkansas State University pay approximately $8,478 for tuition and fees for an academic year and an average of $8,320 in room and board costs. Non-resident students pay $14,778 in tuition and fees. Federal Title Four Programs are available to all eligible students through the FAFSA application process. A-State’s awarding practices promote equity to all students keeping in mind the neediest populations.

Financial Aid

Based on 16-17 reporting of finance data, 94% of the First-Time Full-Time students receive some financial aid. Approximately 46% receive PELL and 73% receive State / local governmental support to pursue education at Arkansas State University. A significantly higher number of students (84% of the FTFT degree seeking undergraduates) pay in-state tuition.


Application Deadlines
Jul 1
Notification Date
Jun 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Arkansas State’s student body comes from all 50 states and over 60 countries. On-campus life is at record participation levels with new housing opening in the Fall 2017 for both upper-division undergraduate students and for graduate student housing.

Incoming students will find more than 200 campus organizations, more than 20 men's and women's intramural sports, 17 national Greek organizations, and NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision intercollegiate athletic programs to enhance their university experience. Today, the institution has more than 80,000 alumni and meets the needs of individuals and communities at all points along the educational continuum.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



57% female
43% male
76% are full time
24% are part time

Students Say

As with many colleges, studying tends to take top priority at Arkansas State. Indeed, we're told that "most students…spend a lot of time at the library and student union" hitting the books. Though fret not prospective undergrads, there is fun to be had too. For example, the school sponsors "many concerts, events [like a] rodeo [and] WWE at the Convo, exhibits and active religious groups." Additionally, there are "over 200 RSO (registered student organizations) on campus ranging from the Quidditch club" to a myriad of "intramural sports teams." Many undergrads also report that "Greek life is very prominent at ASU" and that "frats and sororities are always putting on events" as well. And we'd be remiss if we didn't highlight hometown Jonesboro which has "a decent local food culture." In fact, "you can regularly see students" dining at establishments around town. Finally, Arkansas State is only "about 50 minutes from downtown Memphis, so many students take day or weekend trips there."


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Located in Jonesboro, Ark., and situated in the northeast corner of Arkansas, A-State is connected by interstate to Memphis on the east and St. Louis to the north; less than two hours by four-lane highway to Little Rock.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Home to the Arkansas Biosciences Institute, A-State is the location of the first osteopathic medical school in Arkansas with New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in historic Wilson Hall. One of the largest instructional buildings in higher education in Arkansas opened in 2015 at A-State: the 130,000 square foot Humanities and Social Sciences.

A pedestrian campus, A-State is also the first Bicycle Friendly University in Arkansas. A 2016 national survey ranked Arkansas State as one of the safest residential campuses, and another placed A-State’s security in the top 10.

Campus life is currently at an all-time peak with record participation in on-campus activities and groups during the past five years. With residence hall occupancy at historic highs, space for 500 more graduate and undergraduate students were added for fall 2017.

A-State is the cultural hub of the region with the largest concert venue, the Convocation Center, as well as the largest concert hall and theatre located at Fowler Center. The Bradbury Art Museum is the region’s leading facility. Arkansas State’s Heritage Sites program operate four nationally or internationally known museum locations including the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum.

Annual events include the Agribusiness Conference hosted by the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Technology; the Delta Symposium hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Communication; and the Women’s Business Leadership Forum hosted by the College of Business. Among the major cultural events spanning multiple disciplines are the Delta Symposium and the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival.

Located in Jonesboro, Ark., and situated in the northeast corner of Arkansas, A-State is connected by interstate highways 55/555 to Memphis on the east and St. Louis to the north; and is less than two hours by four-lane highway to Little Rock.

Jonesboro is one of the fastest growing cities in Arkansas, and has seen remarkable growth in the medical sector with over $1 billion of new facilities completed or under construction related to health care. The town has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state. As the commercial hub of the region, Jonesboro’s business activity is considered one of the fastest expanding in the state and in the Delta region. The city serves an 18-county retail trade area of a half-million residents.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Students Say

By and large, the student body at Arkansas State is a "close-knit community." Undergraduates excitedly report that their "peers are friendly and helpful." As one student illustrates, "Guys hold open doors for ladies. And if someone overhears you talking about an issue or concern, they step in and make [a] good suggestion." Many undergrads also proclaim that Arkansas State is "very diverse." After all, you can find "students from across the state, nation and even globe." And many love the fact the school is "big enough to…see a new person each day but also small enough that [you] see someone [you] know while walking to class." Perhaps best of all, Arkansas State students are imbued with great school spirit. As one thankful undergrad shares, "the student body has a love for this school and it's very contagious. There's always someone encouraging you to get involved on campus."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Dr. Jenifer Rice Mason

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Required for LD

Documentation of disability from a professional

Documentation Required for ADHD

Documentation of disability from a professional

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

5% join a fraternity


Athletic Division
Division I

19% participate in intramural sports
4% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Red Wolves)
7 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Red Wolves)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
LGBT Support Groups: Gay-Straight Alliance

Minority Support Groups:

Army ROTC Offered on-campus


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Mr. Terry Finney
Interim Director of Recruitment

P. O. Box 1800
State University, AR 72467



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Union
Fowler Center
Convocation Center
Red Wolf Center
Centennial Bank Stadium

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Edge Coffee House
Turtle Creek Mall
Craighead Forest Park
The Nature Center
Joe Mack Campbell Athletic Complex

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Office of Recruitment

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Office of Recruitment

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays



Types of Transportation Available to Campus
taxis,JET Buses, Greyhound Buses, Memphis International Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
70 miles Northwest of Memphis, Tennessee

Local Accommodations
Baymont Inn, Comfort Suites, Days Inn, Fairfield Inn, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn, Lexington Suites, Motel 6, Park Place Inn, Quality Inn, Super 8

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