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Angelo State University is a dynamic learning community located in the heart of West Texas. Ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s “Best Colleges” every year since 2010, ASU offers over 100 majors and concentrations through our six colleges. After an unsuccessful 1923 bid to be selected as the home of Texas Technological College, San Angelo residents decided they would create their college, even if they had to pay for it themselves. Funded by local contributions and a self-imposed county tax, San Angelo Junior College opened its doors in 1928 on North Oakes Street near downtown San Angelo.
When classes began, 112 students enrolled with city students paying $75 tuition and out-of-town students $115. In May 1929, six students walked across the stage in the institution’s first commencement exercise. Today, ASU has more than 27,000 alumni around the globe. Barely had the college opened its doors than the Stock Market collapsed in 1929 and plunged the country into the Great Depression throughout the 1930s. Nevertheless, the college held its own, even dropping “Junior” from its name to San Angelo College, or SAC, as it would be known until it became Angelo State University in 1965.
SAC survived the downturn of the Depression and World War II years with an eye toward the future. Having outgrown its downtown campus, the college looked to move to its current location, though tax monies were inadequate to change to a new campus. The residents of San Angelo stepped in and raised $300,000 to help make the transition. The university broke ground on the Administration Building in 1947.
Growth was the dominant theme for 2015 with a new record fall enrollment of 8,156, fueled in part by a new off-site dual credit program, continued increases in graduate students taking online courses, and the launch of the new civil engineering program. Enrollment growth continued in 2016, as did campus construction with the renovation of the baseball stadium and groundbreaking for the first new academic buildings on the main campus since 2005.
In 2017, the Hunter Strain Engineering Labs facility was completed, and the building for the Archer College of Health and Human Services neared completion in 2018. Construction also began on four additional projects, as well as the upgrading of campus walkways and landscaping. Angelo State University, a member of the Texas Tech University System, delivers undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines. In a learning-centered environment distinguished by its integration of teaching, research, creative endeavors, service, and co-curricular experiences, ASU prepares students to be responsible citizens and have productive careers.
Angelo State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Angelo State University.

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