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Armstrong Atlantic State University

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Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) is a four-year public university located in Savannah, Georgia. The university offers more than 100 degree programs in four colleges: education, health professions, liberal arts, and science and technology. The university was founded in 1935 and enrolls roughly 7,000 undergraduate students, as well as around 800 graduate students. It is part of the University System of Georgia and has more than 23,000 alumni.

The university was founded in 1935 with 175 students as Armstrong Junior College, and in 1959 it became a two-year unit of the University System of Georgia. In 1964, the Board of Regents conferred four-year status on the school. The campus is located 25 miles from Tybee Island Beach and 15 minutes south of the downtown Savannah Historic District, home to Revolutionary and Civil War-era homes, and Spanish moss-draped oaks. The 268-acre campus is adjacent to a busy area of shopping malls, movie theaters, and restaurants.

The university’s College of Education offers degrees in Childhood and Exceptional Student Education, and received continued accreditation through 2017 under performance-oriented standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in 2010. The College of Health Professionals is the largest of the university’s divisions, and offers programs focused on careers in nursing, public health, health administration, and the allied health professions. Degrees in the health college range from associate to doctoral.

The College of Liberal Arts includes programs in government, criminal justice, law, business, entertainment, and more. In the College of Science and Technology, students may study biology, chemistry and physics, computer science and information technology, engineering, mathematics, and psychology.

AASU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Some departments and programs also have accreditation through discipline-specific national and state agencies and governing bodies.

A number of projects are underway on the university campus, including renovations to the library and created of new bicycle/pedestrian paths. Also, a recent renovation created new engineering labs, fine arts labs, and a new University Mail Services Center.

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Applying students must have graduated from a regionally accredited or state approved high school. GED scores are not accepted. Students must have scored a minimum of 430 on each section of the SAT, and 18 on the sections of the ACT. Sixteen units of college preparatory courses should also have been taken, with a C- or above earned in each class.

Financial Aid

All enrolling students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. More than 80 percent of students receive financial aid in a variety of forms including scholarships, grants, loans and work/ study programs. Departmental and faculty grants also afford opportunities for student scholarships, research, and part-time employment. In 2009, expenditures related to these grants totaled $3,220,977.

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Ranks 4288th for the average student loan amount.
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Armstrong Atlantic State University is primarily a commuter campus, but 1,400 students live in a variety of on-campus residences. Suite-style living is featured in Windward Commons (home to 600 students), with laundry facilities, courtyards, barbecue areas, classrooms, and music practice rooms. Other on-campus housing opportunities include Compass Point, University Terrace, and University Crossings. Campus living features live-in housing staff, one RA for every 50 residents, and 24/7 staff coverage, as well as routine university police patrols.

Students can participate in more than 60 student organizations and clubs, as well as a growing Greek life system with nine fraternities and sororities. Activities include the Student Government Association, Graduate Student Coordinating Council, Campus Union Board, The Inkwell (the university’s student-run publication), The Calliope (the university’s student literature and art magazine), and a number of recreational intramural and club sports, including dance, flag football, rugby, ultimate Frisbee, bowling, basketball, and billiards.

The university also recently completed a 61,000-square-foot, $24 million student union with a 300-seat food court, 200-seat movie theatre, ballroom, bookstore, Starbucks, convenience store, and porches and lounge areas.

The college features a First Year Experience program, which is more than a decade old. First-year students are invited to participate in a reading program, various communities on campus and the local community, and a first-year seminar course. In 2008, the college hired faculty specifically to concentrate their efforts on improving and expanding the program, and a task force composed of administrators, faculty and staff studied and made changes to the program, which is being unveiled in 2011.

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Student Graduation Demographics


Athletic teams are known as the Pirates, and compete in NCAA Division II as a member of the Peach Belt Conference. The university fields 11 teams. Men’s teams include: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, and tennis. Women’s teams are: basketball, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

The university actually joined NCAA Division I athletics in 1983, but returned to Division II in 1987 to become a charter member of the Peach Belt. Since then, the Pirates have won 33 PBC champions and have appeared in 82 NCAA Championships, winning eight titles. The men’s and women’s tennis teams have captured five NCAA Division II national championships over the last three seasons.

Local Community

Savannah has a population of about 136,000 and is known for its rich history and architecture. In addition, it serves as an industrial center for Georgia and an important sea port city. It is Georgia’s fourth largest city.

The city attracts millions of visitors every year, who come to see the city’s famous southern architecture and historic buildings. Savannah’s downtown area includes the Savannah Historic District, the Savannah Victorian Historic District, and 22 park-like squares. It is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States. The city is also home to numerous historic homes, including the Pink House, the Sorrel Weed House, Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace, the Green-Meldrim House, the Owens-Thomas House, the William Scarbrough House, and the Wormsloe plantation of Noble Jones. The Mercer-Williams House, the former home of Jim Williams, is the main location of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Savannah is close to the coastal islands and the Savannah Riverfront, which are both popular tourist destinations. Tybee Island, formerly known as “Savannah Beach,” is the site of the Tybee Island Light Station, the first lighthouse on the southern Atlantic coast.

Manufacturing, military, and tourism drive the city’s economy. Lodging, dining, entertainment, and visitor-related transportation account for more than $2 billion in visitors’ spending per year and employ more than 17,000 in the area. The city is known for its eclectic nightlife and, especially, its vibrant music scene.

Information Summary

Ranks 28th in Georgia and 1172nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Georgia and 335th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 9 0.12
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 4 0.05

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Savannah, GA 31419-1997
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population40,935 (37,335 urban / 3,600 rural)
Households16,126 (2.51 people per house)
Median Household Income$42,173
Families10,816 (3.03 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1301

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1246th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,699 $3,699 $13,461
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,386 $1,386 $1,386
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $154 $154 $561
FT Graduate Tuition $3,618 $3,618 $13,410
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,386 $1,386 $1,386
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $201 $201 $745
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,373 $21,373 $31,135
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,201 $22,201 $31,963
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,321 $15,321 $25,083

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,854 $4,942 $4,854 $4,942 $14,145 $14,465
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000 $1,500
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,946 $9,186
On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,266(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,384(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,182(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $8,686(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,118 (1,057 male / 2,061 female)
Admitted 2,182 (787 male / 1,395 female)
Admission rate 70%
First-time Enrollment 1,128 (437 male / 691 female)
FT Enrollment 1,013 (383 male / 630 female)
PT Enrollment 115 (54 male / 61 female)
Total Enrollment7,101

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Peach Belt Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Peach Belt Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Peach Belt Conference

ACT Test Admission

1085th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 36%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 23

SAT Test Admission

906th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 80%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 910 / 1090

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,411
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$6,288
Board Fee$3,978

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 26 295 60 33 5 920 2 1,384
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 1 1
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 13 1 17 31
Art Teacher Education 4 4
Art/Art Studies, General 5 2 19 27
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 1 8 10
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 5 4 39 53
Chemistry, General 9 1 11 22
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 5 9 3 16 33
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 1 7 11
Criminal Justice/Police Science 17 1 2 24 45
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 3 4
Curriculum and Instruction 1 6 8
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 7 7
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 5 5 41 51
Economics, General 3 3 3 11 20
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments 5 23 28
Educational/Instructional Technology
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 8 3 1 68 82
English Language and Literature, General 1 4 1 28 36
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing 1 1
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 2 31 5 3 44 1 90
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 3 1 14 18
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other 1 1
History, General 2 27 29
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 1 4 5
Information Science/Studies 1 3 2 11 17
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 7 1 1 27 36
Latin American Studies 1 2 3
Legal Professions and Studies, Other 1 2 3 7
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1 33 4 3 2 67 113
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 17 4 37 64
Mathematics, General 2 1 4 8
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 14 4 6 49 75
Music Teacher Education 1 1 2
Music, General
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 11 12
Physical Therapy/Therapist 5 1 2 1 30 40
Physics, General 3 3
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 1 13 17
Psychology, General 1 12 2 28 45
Public Health, General 2 12 1 2 11 31
Reading Teacher Education 20 1 42 1 64
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 30 6 1 123 167
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 5 1 1 10 18
Spanish Language and Literature 2 5 7 15
Special Education and Teaching, General 3 6 1 1 17 28
Women's Studies 1 1 2

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2685th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $56,667 ($60,092 male / $53,131 female)
Number of FT Faculty 263 (109 male / 154 female)
Number of PT Faculty 421
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $5,322,753

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