Alabama State University Details

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Co_Education Yes
Campus Address 915 South Jackson Street
City Montgomery
State Alabama
Zip 36101
Phone 334-229-4100
Total Enrollment 5666
Level of Selectivity Noncompetitive; slightly competitive for teacher Education
Location 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.
History 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 college. 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.
Band Program Yes
Religious Affiliation No
Accrediation 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 Education degrees.
Costs per Year 2002-03 Tuition: $2904 (in-state); $5808 (out-of-state) Room and board: $3500 Special fees: $275 Books: $700 Estimated total cost: $7379 (in-state); $10,283 (out-of-state)
In State Tuition 2904
Out of State Tuition 5808
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
Financial-Aid Deadline June 1 (rolling)
Admission Deadline July 30 (fall); December 1 (spring); May 20 (summer); rolling admission
Entrance Requirements 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.
Graduation Requirements 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 In-state: 4,226 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; Hispanic, 28; Native American, 2; International, 26; Other/Unclassified, 9
Diversity 875
Student Life 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 activities. 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.
Faculty Profile 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%
Athletic Program 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 volleyball. Intramural Sports: basketball, field hockey, swimming, track, and volleyball. Athletic Contact: Athletic Department, Alabama State University, Lockhart Gymnasium, Montgomery, Alabama 36101; Telephone: 334-293-4442.
School Calender August to May (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: May One summer session.
Degrees 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, Traffic 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 Education.
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