Arkansas State University: Narrative Description

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PO Box 10
State University, AR 72467
Tel: (870)972-2100
Admissions: (870)972-3024
Fax: (870)972-2090
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Arkansas State University System. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1909. Setting: 942-acre small town campus with easy access to Memphis. Endowment: $29.8 million. Research spending 2003-04: $6.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3203 per student. Total enrollment: 10,508. Faculty: 621 (454 full-time, 167 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 3,171 applied, 64% were admitted. Full-time: 7,263 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 1,999 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 42 states and territories, 49 other countries, 10% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 16% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 28% 25 or older, 18% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Arkansas State University-Beebe, East Arkansas Community College, Mid-South Community College, ASU-Regional Programs, ASU-Mountain Home, ASU-Paragould, Arkansas Northeastern College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, proof of immunization, proof of enrollment in selective service for men over 18, SAT I, ACT, ACT COMPASS, or ACT ASSET, ACT preferred, SAT Reasoning or ACT. Placement: SAT or ACT required. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $15. State resident tuition: $4035 full-time, $134.50 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,395 full-time, $346.50 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1120 full-time, $35 per credit hour part-time, $25 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and program. College room and board: $4000. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 192 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 15% of eligible men and 11% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, intramurals, academic clubs, minority/international organizations. Major annual events: Homecoming, International Night, Springfest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. 2,315 college housing spaces available; 1,722 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Dean B. Ellis Library with 586,176 books, 578,473 microform titles, 1,675 serials, 15,649 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.8 million. 510 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Jonesboro is located on Crowley's Ridge, bordering the rich Mississippi Delta Agricultural and Industrial Center. Buses, railroads and airlines service the area. Jonesboro is 65 miles from Memphis, 133 miles from Little Rock, and 261 miles from St. Louis. The mean temperature is 60 degrees, and the average annual rainfall is 50 inches. There are more than 102 active clubs, and organizations, theaters, a Community Center, and several city parks in the city. Lake Frierson State Park and Craighead Forest Park and lake are nearby.

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