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Alabama State University was founded in 1867 in Marion, Ala., as a school for African-Americans. The school started as the Lincoln Normal School with $500 raised by nine freed slaves now known as the Marion Nine, making ASU one of the nation's oldest institutions of higher education founded for black Americans.
Today, Alabama State University, located in Montgomery, Ala., is a widely respected, world-class institution of higher learning which welcomes students of all races. We offer nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, from our historic teacher education program to our new, high-demand programs in health sciences, new Ph.D. in microbiology and minor in international business.
The students who attend ASU are as diverse as our academic offerings, with students from more than 40 states and various countries seeking a top-notch education that extends far beyond the classroom walls. With a 20 to1 student-faculty ratio, students receive the personal attention, mentoring, encouragement, and knowledge needed to achieve their dreams. At ASU, we know that what happens outside the classroom is an essential part of the college experience. Our students enjoy a vibrant campus community where they will build life-long friendships and find a wide variety of social, cultural, and sporting events. We have more than 70 clubs and organizations, including fraternities and sororities, and 18 intercollegiate sports.
Our location in Montgomery, the birthplace of the modern civil rights movement, offers students the unique opportunity to live, learn, and grow in a city vibrant with culture and history. Some of the most notable figures of the civil rights era – including the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, attorney Fred Gray, and the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth – are counted among ASU's many distinguished alumni. Our 149-year history is a legacy of perseverance, progress, and promise. We are proud of our legacy, and we welcome students to dream, share their unique gifts and talents, and take pride in knowing they are part of a rich tradition.
Alabama State University is located in historic Montgomery, Ala., on a beautiful 172-acre campus featuring lush landscaping, historic landmarks, and both modern and traditional facilities that pay homage to the University's proud past and bright future.
The campus is located only a short walk from the state capital, the state government complex and downtown Montgomery, making the downtown business and entertainment district, art galleries, state archives, museums, and historical sites readily accessible to students.ASU has experienced tremendous growth during the past few years, with the addition of many new campus buildings to accommodate increased enrollment and exciting new academic programs. The most recent construction includes The New ASU Stadium, the University's $62 million football stadium which opened in November 2012, and the John Garrick Hardy Student Services Center, our 81,000-square-foot facility designed to be a one-stop-shop for recreation and for transacting important student business.
Other new facilities include two expansive new co-ed residence halls, as well as a renovation and 46,000-square-foot addition to the University's Library and Media facility, the Levi Watkins Learning Center, new baseball and softball fields and a football complex, which houses coaches' offices, state-of-the-art training, and weight room, a film room and much more.
ASU offers nearly 50 degrees, including high-demand programs in science and technology. Our faculty members are experts in the classroom and their chosen fields. Our tuition is reasonable, and so is our student-to-faculty ratio (18:1). Furthermore, our campus is safe. We are looking for students ready to challenge themselves, be who they are, and work to become who they want to be. We want students who are not afraid to take risks and are looking to make a difference by giving back to the local and global communities. If you are ready to make your dreams for the future a reality, we are ready to help.
Life at Alabama State University is anything but dull. We are a school rich in tradition, and we believe in the idea of "work hard, play hard." Your years at ASU can be the best time of your life, and we want to offer you the services and activities that allow you to take advantage of this time of growth, opportunity, and fun.
Be who you are and become whom you want to be at Alabama State University. At ASU, you will receive a world-class education from faculty members who have the knowledge and dedication to help make your dreams a reality.ASU has nine academic units and nearly 50 undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs, including our education degrees and certificates, a well-known theatre program, and new initiatives in forensic science and nanobiotechnology, to challenge you.
At ASU, we believe in the power of education. For us, learning is a life-long process, and our dedication to offering the best education will continue throughout the life of the University. That is why we offer high demand programs like health sciences and international business, why we continue to grow core programs like education and performing arts through new technology and new offerings, and why we are so proud of our master's and doctoral programs. We also offer a small class size (the student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1) because we believe in personal attention.

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