Alabama State University

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Alabama State was founded as Lincoln Normal School, a university only for African Americans, in 1867. Throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the school underwent a number of name changes and faced some important challenges. After many obstacles, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools finally appointed Class A status to the university in 1943.


Alabama State University offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a variety of areas. There is also an associate degree in early childhood education, and a doctoral decree in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law. The University has a College of Education, a College of Business Administration, a School of Music, a School of Health Sciences, a School of Arts & Sciences, and the University College, which is home to the Honors Program, the Writing Center, and the History/Geography Center. The University also has Biomedical Research and Training Programs, which are multidisciplinary honors programs.

Undergraduate majors are offered in business, communications, various humanities and sciences, including computer sciences and several foreign languages, health, education, and visual and theatre arts. Graduate degree programs reflect the school’s history as a teacher’s college; almost all the degrees offered are Master of Education. A Master of Arts is offered in History, and a Master of Science in Accountancy and in Biology. The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The College of Education also houses the Central Alabama Regional Inservice Center, which provides educational development and learning to teachers, principal, and superintendents in Alabama school districts.

Academics at Alabama State is dispersed among the departments of Aerospace Studies, Library & Learning Resources, Education, Business Administration, Arts & Sciences, Health Sciences, and Music.

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Unique Programs

Alabama State’s Health Information Management program gives students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in HIM. Graduates are adept at the management of information technology structures as related to healthcare data, knowledge of clinical medicine, computerized storage and use of clinical data, and supporting patients’ needs through effective utilization of patient information.


For undergraduates, Alabama State University requires a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 and recommends test scores, an essay, and an interview as part of the application process. Students majoring in music must audition, and a portfolio is recommended for art majors. There is no set admissions deadline, and no application fee. Application information can be requested on-line.

Graduate students must pay a $10 application fee and provide GRE or MAT scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.

According to its rich and diverse history, Alabama State University does not consider race, gender, or nationality a standard for admissions. The ultimate goal of the admissions process at Alabama State is to enroll the most skilled and diverse group of students possible. All students are required to attend Precollege Orientation, which is scheduled prior to the beginning of each semester. Early admissions is available for students who have a high school grade point average between 3.5 and 4.0, and who score a 24 on the ACT exam or 1100 on the SAT exam.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of merit-based scholarships, state and federal grant programs, and student loans. Students must meet certain income and academic eligibility requirements. Tuition, fees, and expenses (including room and board) for one year are roughly $9000.

Alabama State University participates in a variety of aid programs including, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Stafford Loans, PLUS Loans, Consolidation Loans, Federal SEOG, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Perkins Loans. The office of financial aid also facilitates grants, work-study, loans, and special undergraduate aid programs.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2863rd for the average student loan amount.
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The campus has its own radio station, WVAS, which broadcasts at 80,000 watts. The University also houses a media center, a library with on-line electronic research tools, and the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights & African-American Culture. This center includes several prestigious collections of African-American civil rights activists, an oral history collection, and an on-line bibliography.

Alabama State is home to a variety of student organizations and clubs, including nine different fraternities and sororities, seven different business-oriented student groups, Air Force ROTC, eleven arts & sciences organizations, five counseling organizations, and groups like the NAACP and the W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program.

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Student Graduation Demographics


Alabama State University is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, and an NCAA Division I school. The team nickname is the Hornets. ASU has intercollegiate programs in baseball, basketball, bowling, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.

The school also has a marching band with cheerleading, and intramural programs in various sports for other students.

The Alabama State Hornets compete in the Southwestern Athletic Conference of the NCAA. The football team are the defending champions of that conference from 2004. Other intercollegiate sports at Alabama State include baseball, bowling, soccer, softball, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball, golf, tennis, and track. The men’s basketball team claimed the SWAC Tournament championship in 2004. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams earned No. 2 seeds in the SWAC Tournament in 2005. The women’s bowling team earned a Tournament berth in 2005.

Local Community

The city of Montgomery is the state capital of Alabama, and has a zoo and a minor-league baseball team, among other attractions.

Montgomery is the heart of the civil rights movement and is steeped in history and national significance. The Civil War had a major impact on the area, and decades later Rosa Parks’ historic stand made national headlines. Known as the “Capital City of the American South,” Montgomery is a must visit—or must live—city for anyone who appreciates history.

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Ranks 19th in Alabama and 1371st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Alabama and 557th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 5 0.09
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 23 0.42
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.04
Arrest 23 0.42

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 284 0.14
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 31 0.01
Forcible Rape 38 0.02
Robbery 354 0.17
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,885 1.40
Larceny 7,043 3.41
Vehicle theft 816 0.39

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Montgomery, AL 36104-0271
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population18,697 (18,604 urban / 93 rural)
Households5,565 (2.39 people per house)
Median Household Income$16,001
Families3,116 (3.29 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (education)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

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 District107

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1582nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,936 $6,936 $13,872
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,784 $1,784 $1,784
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $289 $289 $578
FT Graduate Tuition $8,232 $8,232 $16,464
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,784 $1,784 $1,784
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $343 $343 $686
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $18,286 $18,286 $25,222
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,812 $20,812 $27,748
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,492 $13,492 $20,428

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,932(N/C) $7,932(N/C) $14,244(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,600(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,366(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,544 $2,549
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,320(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,172(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,172(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 10,245 (3,808 male / 6,436 female)
Admitted 5,251 (1,813 male / 3,438 female)
Admission rate 51%
First-time Enrollment 1,479 (620 male / 859 female)
FT Enrollment 1,436 (596 male / 840 female)
PT Enrollment 43 (24 male / 19 female)
Total Enrollment6,075

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

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

ACT Test Admission

1321st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 87%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 14 / 20
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 18
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 19

SAT Test Admission

1252nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 18%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 380 / 480
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 370 / 480
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 750 / 960

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 Capacity2,251
Meals per Week19
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1088th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $73,637 ($77,917 male / $60,455 female)
Number of FT Faculty 274 (129 male / 145 female)
Number of PT Faculty 409
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $5,555,239

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