Alabama State University Details
915 South Jackson Street
|Level of Selectivity
Noncompetitive; slightly competitive for teacher
Located in the heart of Montgomery on South Jackson Street, the
campus is within walking distance of the business district, the Municipal
Civic Center, museums, art galleries, theaters, medical centers, the state
archives, and historical sites. Montgomery has historical roots in the
Civil Rights movement and is the home of the Civil Rights Memorial. The
houses, especially those on South Jackson, were built by some of America's
most prominent African Americans. Martin Luther King Jr. lived in the
parsonage of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, at 309 South Jackson,
during his time in Montgomery. It was here that he saw empty buses running
along Jackson Street and realized the boycott was a success. The campus
adjoins Interstate 85 and is about two miles from the Montgomery
interchange of Interstates 65 and 85. It is not far from other
metropolitan cities such as Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia.
Alabama State University is a four-year, state-supported, coed, liberal
arts university founded in 1867 as Lincoln Normal School, a private school
for blacks located in Marion, Alabama. In 1874, the state reorganized
Lincoln to establish the State Normal School and University for the
Education of the Colored Teachers and Students. Because of racial tensions
in Marion, the school was moved to Montgomery in 1887 and changed its name
to Alabama Colored People's University. In 1889, the name was changed to
State Normal School for Colored Students. In 1920, the first instruction
at postsecondary level was offered, and the institution became a junior
The first bachelor's degree was awarded in 1931, the first master's degree
in 1943. Between 1921 and 1954, the institution was reorganized as a
four-year institution and changed its name three times: to State Teachers
College in 1929, to Alabama State College for Negroes in 1949, and to
Alabama State College in 1954.
In 1954 the college was caught up in the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott and
the direct action campaigns of the Civil Rights movement. Overcoming
counteraction by state authorities and others, the college was granted
university status in 1969 and adopted its present name.
It was largely through the efforts of William Burns Paterson, who became
president in 1878, that the institution became the first state-supported
institution for the training of black teachers in the United States.
During his administration, the school graduated its first 6 students.
Regarded as the founder, Paterson led the University for more than
thirty-seven years through many "insurmountable odds" that threatened to
close the school.
As a state institution, the school's mission is to provide quality
programs to any student who desires to pursue higher education for
personal, occupational, or professional growth, regardless of
socioeconomic status or racial, ethnic, or cultural background.
The campus occupies 138 acres in the historic Centennial Hill area of
Montgomery, Alabama. Across the street is the beautiful Municipal Oak
Park, one of the few space transit planetariums in the nation. Two new
facilities are the Tullibody Fine Arts Complex and the Music Hall.
Alabama State University is accredited by the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award the Associate of Science, Bachelor of
Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Education, and Specialist in
|Costs per Year
2002-03 Tuition: $2904 (in-state); $5808 (out-of-state)
Room and board: $3500
Special fees: $275
Estimated total cost: $7379 (in-state); $10,283 (out-of-state)
|In State Tuition
|Out of State Tuition
|Financial Aid-Institutional Funding
Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 90
Number of scholarships and grants: 163
Total amount of scholarships and grants: $10,604,568
Range of scholarships and grants: $100-$10,240
June 1 (rolling)
July 30 (fall); December 1 (spring); May
20 (summer); rolling admission
A high school graduate (or equivalent), with a
minimum number of units to include: 3 English, 3 mathematics, 3 natural
sciences, 3 social studies, and 2 foreign language. Proof of a recent
physical is needed.
A minimum of 68 credit hours and completion of
the core requirements, including a computer course, are needed for an
associate degree. A minimum of 128 credit hours and completion of the core
requirement to include 6 hours of mathematics, 8 hours of science, and a
computer course are needed for all bachelor's degrees.
|Student Body Profile
Total enrollment: 5,666
Other regions: 24 states, 6 international
Full-time undergraduates (men/women): 1,653/2,425
Part-time undergraduates: 619
Graduate students: 969
Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 5,098; Asian, 5; Caucasian, 498;
Native American, 2; International, 26; Other/Unclassified, 9
Campus Regulations: Class attendance required; $120 to register car; all
resident halls are nonsmoking.
Campus Services: Health clinic, personal and psychological counseling,
career planning and placement, day care, student orientation, consultation
and outreach, testing and psychological services, and religious
Campus Activities: Social and cultural activities include theater, band,
chorale, orchestra, musical concerts, and a speakers series, featuring
noted artists and professional groups. Students may get involved in the
student-run newspaper and yearbook. Communication majors or volunteers may
work in the student radio station, WVAS 90.7 FM.
Leadership opportunities are found in the Student Government Association
(SGA) or the various other interest clubs and organizations. Greek
fraternities include Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi
Beta Sigma, and Alpha Phi Omega; sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha,
Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta. Honor societies are
also represented on campus.
Number of faculty members: 328
Student-teacher ratio: 18:1
Full-time faculty members: 222
Part-time faculty members: 106
Tenured faculty members: 125
Faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 62%
Alabama State is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA), all Division I teams, except men's football (Division I-AA); and
the Southern Athletic Conference.
Intercollegiate Sports: men's football, basketball, cross-country, golf,
tennis, and track; women's basketball, cross-country, tennis, track, and
Intramural Sports: basketball, field hockey, swimming, track, and
Athletic Contact: Athletic Department, Alabama State University, Lockhart
Gymnasium, Montgomery, Alabama 36101; Telephone: 334-293-4442.
August to May (semesters)
Commencement and conferring of degrees: May
One summer session.
Associate Degrees: Business Administration and Management, Computer
Science, Child Development
Bachelor of Arts: Art, English Language and Literature, History,
Journalism, Language Arts, Political Science, Public Relations and
Organizational Communications, Radio and TV Broadcasting, Sociology,
Spanish, Speech and Rhetorical Studies, Theater Arts.
Bachelor of Science: Accounting, Biology, General, Business Education,
Business Administration and Management, Business Marketing,
Chemistry/Chemistry Education, Child Development, Community Organization
and Resources, Computer Information Science, Computer Science, Criminal
Justice, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Elementary Education,
Engineering (dual degree), English Education, Finance, General, Health
Teacher Education, Human Services, Information Sciences and Systems,
Laboratory Technology, Marketing, Mathematics, Marine Biology, Mathematics
Education, Mathematics/Engineering (dual degree), Medical Technology,
Music/Music Education, Office Supervision and Management, Parks Recreation
and Leisure Facilities Management, Physical Education Teaching and
Coaching, Physics, Psychology, Public Relations, Radio and Television,
Reading Education, Recreation, Science Teacher Education, Secondary
Education, Social Science Education, Social Work, Special Education,
Master's of Education: Biology, Counselor Education, Early Childhood
Education, Educational Administration, Educational Instructional Media
Design, Elementary Education, English, Health Teacher Education,
Instructional Media Design, Mathematics, Music Teacher Education, Physical
Education, Public Administration and Services, Reading, Science, Social
Science, Special Education, Specialist in Education.
Master's Certificate: Counselor Education, Educational Administration,
Elementary Education, Public Administration and Services, Secondary