Angelo State University (ASU) is a public, co-ed university located in San Angelo, Texas. The school was founded in 1928 as San Angelo College, a two-year college that was part of the city’s school system. The school gained university status and awarded its first bachelor’s degrees in 1967 but did not adopt its current name until 1969. The first graduate degrees were awarded that same year and the institution’s first doctoral program was added in 2009.
ASU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
Angelo State is comprised of five colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Graduate Studies, and College of Health and Human Services. The school offers over 100 programs and majors that can lead to over 40 different bachelor’s degrees, 20 master’s degrees, and one doctoral degree.
Students can earn undergraduate degrees in areas including animal science, art, biology, business, English, history, interdisciplinary child development and learning, kinesiology, natural resource management, and education. The sciences and liberal arts are all represented. There are teacher certification programs in a number of areas, and minors are available in specialized fields in art and journalism.
Graduate programs exist in approximately 20 fields. These include master’s level programs in accounting, animal science, English, psychology, nursing, and education. Post-master’s certificate programs are offered in various disciplines, and the university began awarding the Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009.
Most Popular Fields of Study
ASU offers a Bachelor of Science in Animal Business through the Department of Agriculture. The major is intended to prepare students for such professions as ranching or livestock management, or to work in any of a number of government fields. Journalism or Communication can be added as a minor or concentration to support career plans for broadcasting or agricultural journalism.
Students can take advantage of ASU’s partnership with Texas A&M by enrolling in the 3 + 2 Agricultural Education program. This program allows students to study for five years and earn a degree in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M and a degree in Animal Science from Angelo State University.
The kinesiology major provides a number of options for students. Those interested in going on to advanced study may choose to major in kinesiology only. There are also concentrations available in Athletic Training and Exercise Science for students who plan to enter the profession immediately upon graduating. Students are exposed to an intensive and challenging curriculum in anatomy and physiology.
ASU has an undergraduate Honors Program. High school students who seek admission to the Honors Program need to be in the top 10 % of their graduating class, meet specific SAT or ACT score requirements, have participated in extracurricular activities, and have completed a special application,. Honors Program students follow a core curriculum track that helps satisfy the requirements for all majors.
The university also offers international education through summer and semester study abroad programs.
Recent High School Graduates
Angelo State University uses a qualification formula based on class rank and standardized test scores. Students graduating in the top half of their class do not have a minimum ACT/SAT score to meet. Students in the lower half of their graduating class must meet score requirements that are set by ASU. Applicants must also have at least a 50% probability of earning a C average during their freshman year, determined by the student’s high school grade point average.
Applicants are required to complete one of three curricula as designated by the Texas State University system: Texas Scholars Program, Texas Advanced High School Program, or the Distinguished Achievement Program. GED recipients must score at least a 23 on the ACT or a 1030 on the SAT to qualify for admission. Applicants must submit a nonrefundable application fee along with their application, test scores, and official transcripts. Students who do not meet SAT or ACT score criteria must submit scores from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) examination. Students may receive credit for courses through examination by scoring particularly well on portions of the ACT or SAT or through taking the College Board Advanced Placement Test for a particular discipline.
Applications can be submitted online through the Texas Common Application for Texas public institutions of higher education. There is no set application date; students will be notified on the university website if a particular term is closed for application. Undergraduate students applying to the university must submit a nonrefundable application fee.
As part of their application, students should submit high school transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores. Additional requirements include completion of the Texas Successive Initiative test or proof of exemption. Students should have completed high school courses satisfying the requirements of the Texas Scholars Program, the Texas Advanced High School Program, or the Distinguished Achievement Program.
Students must generally meet the following minimum requirements: high school class rank in the top half, or minimum test scores of 23 (ACT) or 1030 (SAT) if ranked in the third quarter and minimum test scores of 30 or 1270 if ranked in the bottom quarter. The GED is accepted in combination with minimum test scores of 23 or 1030.
Transfer students and international students will have varying requirements depending upon their prior educational background.
Students applying to ASU graduate programs should consult the individual department and/or school to which they are applying. Applications can be submitted online along with a nonrefundable application fee. General requirements include the GRE or other appropriate test scores (such as the GMAT), a bachelor’s degree, and a short essay. The graduate application deadline is July 15 for the fall semester and December 15 for the spring semester.
Tuition at ASU has been historically low compared to similar institutions, and the school is known for awarding large amounts of financial aid. All applicants and currently enrolled students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. ASU provides entrance and exit counseling for federal student loans as well as support for a variety of federal aid options.
The most prominent scholarship at the university is the Carr Scholarship, which was established by the couple that were friends of ASU. The scholarships are funded through the Carr’s assets within the oil and gas industry and other finances. The Carr fund also supports student research. ASU’s office of financial aid provides links to and assistance with the Department of Education, Texas State funding programs, and estimations of financial aid and expected contributions.
Graduate Student Aid
Graduate students may also receive financial aid in the form of teaching or research assistantships, including a stipend and a waiver of some or all of the tuition and other fees. Graduate students should consult with their individual department about what sort of assistantships or fellowships are available and about the details of the application process. A separate application form is required for these programs.
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While San Angelo, Texas may seem disconnected geographically from its larger, more cosmopolitan counterparts, Angelo State ensures that students have more than enough activities available to occupy their lives outside of class. There is a robust intramural program, a flourishing theater program that welcomes any and all students regardless of experience, and dozens of student organizations and clubs.
There are honor societies, a choral group, clubs related to particular areas of study, political groups, and other organizations. Students can take part in various intramural sports, including martial arts, volleyball, badminton, golf, and Ultimate Frisbee. The Greek community makes up a significant portion of the social activity on campus and provides a considerable amount of volunteer work and social welfare.
There are a variety of on-campus residence options for students, the most prominent of which are the high rise dormitories. At ten stories tall, they are one of the first sights that any visitors to San Angelo glimpse on the horizon. The high rise style dormitories, along with the centralized cafeteria, offer an excellent way for freshman to meet others and make new friends.
The university has a student life office and provides a number of various support services for students, including personal counseling, judicial services, and health services.
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Angelo State University is an NCAA Division II School. The ASU Rams compete in the NCAA Division II and the Lone Star Conference. Men’s sports have been offered at Angelo State since 1929 and women’s sports have been offered since 1975.
Men’s and Women’s Sports
The team nickname is the Rams for men and Rambelles for women. The Rams and Rambelles have competed in the NCAA tournament for every sport except women’s soccer and baseball. In its athletic program’s history, Angelo State has captured two national titles, three second-place finishes, seven rankings in the national top ten, state titles, conference championships, and numerous awards and recognitions.
ASU athletes include All-Americans, Academic All-Americans, and an Academic All-American of the Year. ASU inaugurated its first ever Athletic Hall of Honor Class in 2003, including former NFL football star Pierce Holt. The NCAA Division II high jump championship was won by ASU’s Will Littleton in 2003 and 2004. The women’s track team defeated 20-year champions Abilene Christian to win their first Lone Star Conference title in 2004. The baseball program was added in 2004.
Men’s sports include football, baseball, basketball, cross country, and track & field. Women’s sports include volleyball, basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, and track & field. The sports teams are supported by a spirit squad, which includes a cheerleading team, a dance squad, and a marching band.
Athletic facilities at Angelo State University include the Junell Center/Stephens Arena, which houses indoor sports, weight rooms, and a sports medicine center, among other uses; outdoor soccer, softball, and baseball fields; and a multi-purpose sports complex. Football games are played at the San Angelo Stadium.
The university celebrates a vibrant homecoming each fall, consisting of a week of fun activities for all students and alumni. One of the most memorable activities for many students is the bonfire, held on an empty, undeveloped lot just across campus and lit by the torch that led the torch parade.
The bonfire activities last the entire week, with students participating in the acquisition of bonfire materials. The Greek community provides “security” each night by taking turns guarding the bonfire from premature ignition by students of other schools, something that has occurred often enough to necessitate such guardianship. When it is lit, the bonfire is perhaps the most brilliant sight for miles, given the flatness of San Angelo and its surrounding landscape.