Arkansas State University

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If you are looking for a degree program in a smaller city with a temperate climate, you might want to investigate Arkansas State University. The school was founded in 1909 as the First District Agricultural School. In 1925 the name was changed to First District Agricultural and Mechanical College and, in 1967 it became Arkansas State University. The school is ranked as # 53 of Regional Universities by the U.S. News and World Report. If you choose this school, your average class size will be 27 with a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1. The school has recently been in the public eye for the beginning of the Bioscience Institute, which is a collaboration between five schools for agricultural and health research. Jonesboro, where the school is located, has a population of a little over 68,000 and, with the surrounding area, the population is more than 123,000 people. That means there are recreational and shopping opportunities as well as places where you can serve internships and network. As for the temperate climate, average maximum daily temperatures are a bit over 70 degrees and the night minimum is 50.5 degrees.

Arkansas State University Accreditation Details

• Higher Learning Commission, North central Association
• AACSB
• Council for Accreditation of Educational Preparation Programs
• Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
• ABET
• National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission
• Council on Social Work Education
• American Chemical Society
• National Association of School Psychologists

Arkansas State University Application Requirements

If you apply to the university as an undergraduate student, you will need to complete the online application and submit the $15 non-refundable application fee through the website. Students admitted unconditionally to the school will have a GPA of 2.75 and a minimum ACT score of 21 or SAT score of 990 on the combined math and reading components. You must submit your scores on the COMPASS writing, algebra-to-math or college-algebra-to-math a well, because these tests help the college determine where to place you in required courses. Conditional acceptance requires a GPA of 2.3 and a minimum ACT of 19, or a SAT combined math and reading score of 910 to 989. You must send a request form to your high school to release your transcript to Arkansas State University. You will need a record of your immunizations, especially your MMR. If you are a graduate student, you will complete the online application and submit a $30 application fee. The application for doctoral students is $50. Graduate students should note that some graduate programs require separate application.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition and fees per semester are $4,025 and, if you are not an Arkansas resident, you will pay $$7,025. Graduate tuition for instate students is $3,875, and for non-residents is $6,923. Online undergraduate students pay $200 per credit hour plus a $10 technology fee and a $6 library fee per credit hour as well. The total expected cost for an undergraduate resident student, including housing, meal plan and mandatory fees is $22,103 per semester. Graduate students pay an average $20,552. Education is expensive but, if you need help paying for college, you can apply for financial aid. Most students receive some type of assistance. Your first step is to complete a FAFSA form. FAFSA is the federal program that awards grants and loans to students based on their financial need. The government uses the information you submit on the form to calculate the amount your family and you will be expected to contribute to your education. That amount, subtracted from the actual cost of attending the school, is your financial need. Then the government awards grants like the Pell Grant, and loans like the Stafford as well as work study awards if the school participates in the program. Often, after you receive your awards letter, you have to apply for other school scholarships separately, but at Arkansas State your application to the school is also an application for financial aid. Once you are admitted, you can qualify for different forms of assistance. The university has many institutional scholarships, including the A State Scholarship, which is a competitive award valued at $15,000 per year. The A State Excellence Scholarship is a $5,500 award plus an additional housing allotment. The Arkansas Promise Scholarship awards $2,000 annually. In addition, the state offers an Incentive scholarship worth $550 per semester, and several other private and departmental awards. You can also search online for private and corporate scholarships that often require you to submit an essay or simply to have an affiliation with an organization like the International Lions Club or another group. Another option is a private student loan from a bank. These are low interest and have a delayed payback feature to allow you to defer payments until after graduation.

Earning your Degree at A-State

Like most universities and colleges, Arkansas State University requires students to take courses in liberal arts education. Most of these course requisites will be satisfied in the first two years of your undergraduate program. One of the more popular degrees at the university is the Bachelor of Science in Education, or the BSE. This is a 125 credit-hour degree program. You apply to the school of education after you have completed 30 credit hours of study. Your GPA during the time you earned those credits must be 2.7 or better. You will also have to complete a Career Awareness course. You apply to the department at the beginning of your junior year. The first two years, your classes will be mainly the Liberal Arts component, but you will begin the major core in your junior year. There is a required seminar class and two internships during the senior year. Another degree that receives less attention at the school, but which leads to an exciting career, is the Master's Degree in Sports Administration. This in an online graduate program that contains 36 hours and can be completed in 12 months of full-time study. Courses are seven weeks long instead of being organized into semesters of work. Samples of your classes, should you pursue this major, are: Sport Law, Sport Marketing, Sport Finance and Budgeting, Sport Leadership and Research Design. There are also two seven-seek internships. The cost of an online graduate degree is $270 a credit hour plus fees, as delineated in the "tuition" section. Arkansas State University has many amenities, as well as a well-educated faculty, and could be a great choice if you feel more comfortable in a state school in a smaller metropolitan area.