Arkansas State University

Originally founded as a regional agricultural training school, Arkansas State University (ASU) now offers more than 40 degree programs in almost 150 fields of study. Its main campus is located in Jonesboro, atop the rolling hills of Crowley’s Ridge, about 80 miles away from Memphis, Tenn. Undergraduate enrollment at Jonesboro exceeds 10,000 students, and six other campuses in Beebe, Mountain Home, Newport, Heber Springs, Marked Tree, and Searcy collectively house another 10,000 students. They can participate in any of the school’s 300 organizations, and ASU’s athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference. U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of Best Colleges ranked the school 63 among regional universities in the South.

Programs Offered

ASU’s 11 colleges offer associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. ASU has top-ranked programs in journalism, radio-television, and speech communication, and other popular programs include education, business, and health professions. The university also offers specialist degrees for those who wish to study beyond a bachelor’s or master’s degree, but cannot make the commitment that a doctoral degree requires. Specialist degrees are offered in areas such as education leadership and mental health counseling. With more than 200 online classes and 180 weekend classes, the school makes attaining a degree possible for students who demand convenience and flexibility. The university is also home to the state-of-the-art Arkansas Biosciences Institute, where undergraduates can conduct cutting-edge agricultural and medical research.


Since 1928, ASU has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Individual programs are accredited by specialized accrediting agencies, such as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.


Interested students must submit an online application, along with official high school transcripts, immunization records, and a nonrefundable application fee. First-time college entrants and transfer students must submit SAT, ACT, ASSET, or COMPASS scores. Transfer students with 24 or more credit hours must also supply official transcripts from all colleges they have attended. Recent high school graduates must have a GPA of at least 2.5, while transfer students must have a GPA of at least 2.0. The deadline for all applications is August 22, and ASU must also receive test scores by this date. The university has an acceptance rate of 70.1%.

Admissions Contact

Arkansas State University
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 1630
State University, AR 72467
(800) 382-3030 or (870) 972-3024 (in-state)

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