Get To Know ASU

Alabama State University LogoAlabama State University is a comprehensive, regional institution that offers students from across the nation and around the globe a world-class education. ASU’s learning experiences are holistic and designed to develop the intellectual, as well as social, moral, cultural, and ethical values. ASU graduates are equipped with the skills, insights, attitudes, and practical experiences that will enable them to become well-rounded, contributing citizens fully qualified to take their places in their chosen professions and service to humanity. The University offers over 50 undergraduate degree programs, and 41 graduate education programs and concentrations, including 27 master’s, ten educational specialists, and four doctoral programs.

We Are Known For…

Stephen Harrison Brown (Auburn), Alexandria Brookes (ASU), Gabrielle Dupiche (Savannah State) receive training on a real-time PCR machine from Alabama State University professor Dr. Komal Vig (center), as they participate in a new competitive summer research program on Development of Safe Nanomaterials for Biological Applications funded by the National Science Foundation to train undergraduates. Photo by David Campbell

ASU’s is the home of the Hornets, known for its high-quality academics, nationally recognized for its marching band, SWAC championship athletics with 18 competitive teams, a 26,500-seat stadium, a 7,400-seat academic/sports facility, and on-campus baseball and softball fields. Located at the center of campus, Levi Watkins Learning Center, a five-story brick structure with more than 267,000 volumes, supports face-to-face or online students’ needs. The state-of-the-art John L. Buskey Health Sciences Center is an 80,000 square foot facility with classrooms, offices, and student work centers. The campus also is known for its many labs, including an Activity of Daily Living Lab, a Cadaver Anatomy Lab, a Biomechanics Lab, a Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Lab, a Counseling Lab, Health Information Lab, Orthotics and Prosthetics Lab, and an Orthopedics Lab.

Our History

ASU’s 150-year history began with the impetus to establish a school for black Alabamians. It is a legacy of perseverance, progress, and promise, founded as the Lincoln Normal School in the city of Marion in Perry County, Alabama, in 1867. As a descendant of that school, Alabama State University is one of the oldest higher education institutions founded for black Americans. The Civil War resulted not only at the end of slavery but also in blacks’ opportunity to have the right to education. With the Northern victory, black Southerners, with the assistance of Northern white missionaries and African American churches, set out to establish educational institutions for the freedmen. ASU was born in that movement. Under this dedicated and committed group of leaders, the blacks of Marion raised $500 and purchased a suitable building site on which a school building was constructed. In 1887, the State of Alabama authorized the establishment of the Alabama Colored People’s University. The land and building allocations were supported by pledges of $5,000 from black citizens who wanted the University in Montgomery. Thus, ASU held its first class in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1887.

Why ASU?

ASU graduate programs are designed to prepare students to be part of a vanguard of future professionals. The decision to continue your education is indicative of your desire to help make a difference in the global society, whether it is to teach the leaders of tomorrow, work toward a cure for diseases, or to become a real agent for policy change. ASU is committed to providing students with excellent faculty, advanced technological resources, and world-class education.

Facts Of Interest

Whether you take classes online or face-to-face, you step into an academic environment that is world-class and world ready, preparing students to be leaders and change agents who will take their place in an increasingly global marketplace.

Take A Closer Look At…Our Colleges

The Mighty Marching Hornets Band sports new uniforms as they perform during halftime in the new ASU stadium. Photo by David Campbell.

  • College of Health Sciences (COHS): Committed to improving healthcare delivery and eliminating health disparities by providing evidence-based, interdisciplinary care to underserved communities.
  • College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (C-STEM): Students and faculty are working toward the latest breakthroughs in nanobiotechnology, cancer biology, medicine, energy, and food safety.
  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS): ASU’sMaster of Social Work program is designed to prepare students for advanced practice in the field of social work through concentration-specific practicum placements in the areas of forensics, gerontology, and behavioral and mental health.
  • College of Business Administration (COBA): The Master of Accountancy program is designed to prepare graduates for professional careers in public accounting and management in industry and government and to achieve professional certifications in accounting such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

The ASU Legacy

The ASU Legacy: Perseverance, Progress, and Promise: We believe that the decision to continue one’s education is indicative of a desire to help make a difference in the global society, whether it is to teach the leaders of tomorrow, work toward a cure for a disease or become an agent for policy change. ASU is committed to providing students with excellent faculty, advanced technological resources, and world-class education. In addition to the superb undergraduate and graduate programs offered, we also provide an array of continuing education and professional development classes online and face-to-face. We are a fully certified DAU Equivalency facility, with articulation agreements with all of the military services, the Department of Defense, and the Veterans Administration Acquisition Academy. We have a Small Business Administration on-campus and partnerships with for-profit and non-profit organizations designed to meet the needs of any of our learners.

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