Ranked in the top 10% of community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute, Arkansas State University (ASU) at Beebe is a two-year college that serves the central portion of the state.
The school was first founded in 1927, making it the oldest community college in the state. In the mid-1950s, the community college merged with the Arkansas State University system. Today, the university is linked to campuses in Jonesboro, Heber Springs, Searcy, and at the Little Rock Air Force Base.
The school offers more than 30 degree programs in many areas and fields of study. Though too numerous to name, a few examples of the many associate degree programs students can pursue include business, agriculture, education, social service, English, fine arts, math, and science. There are opportunities to earn BA degrees with the affiliation programs with the Jonesboro campus. Prospective and current students can also take advantage of nearly 20 certifications in many areas to help them retrain for other career paths and improve their quality of life in just two years.
The only veterinarian technician program in the state is here. Distance learning, online, and adult classes are also available. The campus is located just 35 miles outside of Little Rock. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Higher Learning Commission.
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The admissions process is a simple one. Prospective students and transfer students need to fill out an application. Applicants who recently graduated from high school have to submit transcripts, ACT and SAT test scores, and current immunization records. Applications can be completed online via the website or in person. Orientations are available where new applicants can visit the campus and become familiar with the grounds and facilities.
Any prospective students from outside the city of Beebe or in another state have the opportunity to take advantage of online orientation offered by the school. Every spring, the Beebe and Heber Spring campuses have an open house. Once a prospective student decides to enroll, he or she is encouraged to complete an application and submit all necessary paperwork.
Students who are from other countries are welcome to attend. Prospective international students are required to have an F-1 visa, sponsors, and test scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign Language). The TOEFL can be taken either online or on paper. These tests are used to help international students qualify to colleges, universities, and places of higher learning where English is the main language spoken.
Like most schools of higher learning, new and current students are encouraged to fill out and apply for financial aid through the FAFSA, which can be completed online. A pin number will be assigned to each applicant which allows the student to check online after eligibility has been determined. Grants, such as the Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant or FSEOG, are available to prospective and current students. The FSEOG has a reward of $500 and is eligible to students who receive the Pell grants. Pell grant awards are based on data on the FAFSA application.
The school has many unique scholarships available as well. Most scholarship awards are on a first come, first serve basis; therefore students are encouraged to apply early. Freshmen can apply to the following scholarships: Academic excellence, academic, incentive, valedictorian/salutatorian, and the GED scholarship. Each of these scholarships requires a certain score on the ACT or SAT, and a particular amount of hours spent in class (usually 15 or more hours per week which is considered full time). The scholarship awards level could possibly cover full or part of tuition costs. In addition, Similar scholarships are available for the technical certification programs. There are private, leadership, and merit scholarships to be had if applicants apply and meet the criteria. These types of scholarships tend to give smaller award amounts per semester to help students defray costs for books, supplies, and so on. Finally, the state of Arkansas offers scholarships to students who attend its schools, universities. and colleges. Some of these scholarships are geared toward students who plan to become teachers, work in law enforcement, or have members of their family who serve in the military.
There may be additional requirements to receive these scholarships; therefore, students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid or inquire online.
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There are clubs in the following areas: debate, agriculture, international, and veterinarian. The sororities and fraternities include Tau Alpha Pi, Phi Beta Lambda, Gamma Beta Phi and Delta Psi Omega, to name a few. Each of these organizations assists students in maintaining excellence in academics, drama, business administration, and engineering. There are roughly 4500 students altogether, of whom about 3200 attend full-time.
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Intramural athletic programs include basketball, volleyball, golf, flag football, and racquetball. These programs are devised to provide physical fitness and team spirit. Voluntary participation is encouraged and the teams are headed by faculty and staff. All students are encouraged to participate.
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Students have an opportunity to live on campus. There are 140 rooms between the male and female dorms. Room and board costs are determined per semester and there is a deposit fee which must be received along with a housing application. If a prospective student applies for housing online, the deposit can be mailed in separately from the housing application. For students who chose not to live on campus, there are a number of apartments and residences available in the community. Information regarding additional housing options can be secured through the Office of Admissions.
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