Athens State University: Narrative Description

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300 North Beaty St.
Athens, AL 35611-1902
Tel: (256)233-8100; 800-522-0272; Admissions: (256)233-8217; Fax: (256)233-8164; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, upper-level, coed. Part of The Alabama College System. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1822. Setting: 45-acre small town campus. Educational spending 2002-03: $6735 per student. Total enrollment: 2,537. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 23:1. 582 applied, 87% were admitted. Full-time: 1,026 students, 71% women, 29% men. Part-time: 1,511 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 6 states and territories, 10% from out-of-state, 3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 11% black, 0.5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international, 61% 25 or older, 23% transferred in. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; computer/information sciences; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Oakwood College, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, University of Alabama in Huntsville. Study abroad program.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $3150 full-time, $105 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $6300 full-time, $210 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $420 full-time, $14 per semester hour part-time. College room only: $900.

Collegiate Environment: Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: national sororities, local sororities; 14% of eligible men and 19% of eligible women are members. Major annual event: homecoming. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, controlled dormitory access. Option: coed housing available. Athens State University Library with 107,015 books, 249 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 260 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Located in the Tennessee Valley, Athens (population 16,901) is in Limestone County which has an overall population of 54,135. The town is noted for its fine antebellum homes, including the large Founders Hall, built in 1843. With an average temperature of 60 degrees and convenient to air (Huntsville), rail, and within two hours of Nashville and Birmingham, this is a rich, rapidly growing area for farming and industry. State Parks at Wheeler, Wilson Lakes, and Guntersville Reservoir provide for swimming, boating, fishing, and camping.

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