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.