Arkansas State University-Main Campus
2105 E. Aggie Road, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
(870) 972-2782
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Arkansas State University is a four-year, public research university in Jonesboro, Ark., and the flagship university of the Arkansas State University System. The university’s history dates back to 1909, when it was founded by the Arkansas General Assembly as a regional agricultural training school. Since that time, the university has evolved into a comprehensive institution with a fall 2011 enrollment of 13,920. Arkansas State University is ranked No. 56 among regional universities of the south by U.S. News & World Report, and has nationally ranked graduate programs in health, including rehabilitation counseling, speech-language pathology, physical therapy, and nursing. Along with offering high-quality traditional programs, the university offers online programs to better serve students who need added flexibility when pursuing a higher education.

Programs Offered

Arkansas State University offers a wide range of degree and certificate programs, including associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, specialist degrees, research doctorates, and professional practice doctorates. Available majors run the gamut from agricultural business and animal science to engineering and renewable energy technology, not to mention the more classic majors in the arts and sciences, like English, history, sociology, philosophy, and physics. Associate degree programs equip students with skills and knowledge they need to launch careers as clinical laboratory technicians, nurses, physical therapist assistants, radiologic technologists, and more. In addition, ASU offers more than 200 online classes that allow students to log in to their courses at a time of day that works best for them from any location with a high-speed Internet connection. Online programs include a bachelor’s degree completion program in interdisciplinary studies for students who have acquired a set number of college credits, an RN-to-BSN program for registered nurses who want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and master’s degrees in education and public administration. In particular, ASU’s online MBA program has received significant recognition for its position on U.S. News & World Report‘s Honor Roll for top online MBA programs, where it ranked No. 1 for student engagement and accreditation.


Arkansas State University has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, since 1928. In addition, many of its programs hold specialized accreditation from various accrediting bodies, which prospective students can verify on College Navigator.


First-time freshmen must submit a completed application, pay a $15 application fee, request that official high school transcripts be sent to the university, request that official test scores for the SAT and/or SAT be sent to the university, and submit MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) records to the university. Transfer students will need to request that official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended be sent to the university, in addition to the above requirements, although transfer students who have earned enough credits will not need to submit their high school transcripts. After this process, students typically apply for financial aid by filling out the FAFSA, apply for scholarships and housing, and attend new student orientation before registering for classes. Graduate applicants will need to pay close attention to the specific admission deadline established by the graduate program to which they are seeking admission, as the deadline may differ by department. Graduate applicants must submit a completed application, submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, submit a written record of MMR vaccination, and submit standardized test scores, e.g., the GRE or MAT, if their graduate department requires it. Beyond this, prospective graduate students must meet the specific requirements of their graduate department.


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