Founded in 1903 as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institution to provide education to African Americans in southwest Georgia, Albany State University (ASU) is known for its outstanding programs in business and public administration, teacher education, nursing, criminal justice and the sciences.
ASU is one of three historically black universities (HBCUs) in the University System of Georgia. The university, a member school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, offers over 30 undergraduate degree programs as well as six advanced degree in four colleges: College of Arts and Humanities, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Science and Health Profession.
The university also offers education specialist degrees and non-degree educational programs as well as a Pre-Engineering program, which works with the Georgia Institute of Technology where students work towards a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
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High school graduates, transfer students, international students, and transient students are accepted, however, transient students are typically limited to one semester.
Campus tours are welcomed year round for those interested in attending the university.
The university serves students seeking bachelor’s and master’s degrees in addition to students who are interested in attending non-degree educational programs. With an emphasis in liberal arts, students are exposed to the fine arts, social sciences, humanities, and the sciences as a foundation for learning.
Albany State has several options for financial assistance, including scholarships, grants, loans and employment. A detailed website is available for students to research options, as well as links to additional financial aid information. The university also provides peer financial counseling, financial aid forms (including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA), private loan applications, and verification worksheets.
For those students pursuing graduate degrees, specific financial aid is available. To be considered for financial aid at this level, students must fill out the FAFSA and be accepted for Graduate Admissions by the Graduate Admissions Office either as a Provisional or Regular Admit.
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The university’s campus is spread over an area of 206 acres in a small city in Georgia. The school serves full-time undergraduate and graduate students, as well as some part-time students and provides many opportunities to be involved in college life.
On-campus housing is available for full-time students. There are also a wide variety of programs for students to take part in, including varsity sports, community service projects, Greek life, intramural sports and recreation, student government organizations, the Miss ASU Pageant, and much more.
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The ASU Golden Rams are members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). The varsity teams compete at the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The university’s athletic programs include:
- Men’s Baseball
- Men’s Football
- Women’s Volleyball
- Women’s Softball
- Women’s Tennis
- Men’s Basketball
- Women’s Basketball
- Men’s Cross Country
- Women’s Cross Country
- Men’s Track & Field
- Women’s Track & Field
School spirit is supported by a dedicated cheerleading squad, which was named SIAC’s All-Female Squad Cheerleading Champions in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
ASU also offers intramural sports for students interested in competing outside the varsity level. Teams include men’s and women’s flag football/powder-puff football, men’s and women’s basketball, and co-ed softball. The university is looking into adding soccer in the years to come.
The athletic department’s Sports Hall of Fame, established in 1999, recognizes athletes, coaches, administrators, and supporters who have brought honor to the university’s athletic program. Criteria for selection include achievements while at the university as well as sports accomplishments after graduation.
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