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Angelo State University

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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

Unique Programs

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

Transfer students and international students will have varying requirements depending upon their prior educational background.

Graduate Students

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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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.

Local Community

Angelo State University is located in San Angelo, Texas, which has a population of approximately 100,000. The surrounding West Texas environment is largely rural. Near-by attractions include fishing and boating, an annual rodeo, art galleries, the San Angelo Symphony, and the Fiesta Del Concho.

San Angelo residents are generally graced with pleasant weather, but students are exposed to just enough snow during the winter and just enough heat during the summer to help them appreciate the rest of the year.

The town has a fun historic district with several restaurants, interesting shops, and the Cactus Hotel, a renovated old building with a jazz club at the top. Lake Nasworthy provides a good deal of recreation, as do the several parks surrounding it. Visitors may choose to take a dip, or simply hang out and barbecue or play volleyball. Many Angelo State students wile away their afternoons and weekends at the Lake with their friends. San Angelo recently constructed an impressive new art museum alongside its Concho River riverwalk, a nice facility for hikers, bikers, and skaters alike.

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Texas and 307th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.03
Arrest 17 0.24

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 176 0.18
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 32 0.03
Robbery 42 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 801 0.84
Larceny 2,685 2.82
Vehicle theft 138 0.15

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

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 District4811

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1456th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,736 $3,736 $12,232
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,823 $2,823 $2,823
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $156 $156 $510
FT Graduate Tuition $3,612 $3,612 $9,984
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,391 $2,391 $2,391
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $211 $211 $555
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $18,915 $18,915 $27,411
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,915 $18,915 $27,411
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,359 $11,359 $19,855

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,211 $6,327 $6,211 $6,327 $13,723 $14,751
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,433 $7,484
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,200(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,433 $7,484
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,200(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,200(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,599 (1,094 male / 1,505 female)
Admitted 2,092 (888 male / 1,204 female)
Admission rate 80%
First-time Enrollment 1,220 (574 male / 646 female)
FT Enrollment 1,207 (563 male / 644 female)
PT Enrollment 13 (11 male / 2 female)
Total Enrollment6,536

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
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 Football Conference Lone Star Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Lone Star Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Lone Star Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Lone Star Conference

ACT Test Admission

984th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 68%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23

SAT Test Admission

999th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 58%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 520
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 860 / 1060

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 Capacity2,018
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,051
Board Fee$2,800

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 9 76 290 19 9 952 4 1,364
Accounting 8 2 26 36
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 3 3
Agricultural and Food Products Processing 2 2
Agriculture, General 5 6
Animal Sciences, General 1 3 1 31 37
Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production 2 16 18
Applied Psychology 4 4 8
Art/Art Studies, General 1 3 4
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 1 1 6 9
Biochemistry 1 4 4 9
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 3 9 2 34 49
Business Administration and Management, General 1 2 13 42 58
Business/Commerce, General
Chemistry, General 1 4 5
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Clinical Nurse Specialist 2 2
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 4 8 1 16 1 30
Communication, General 1 3 13 29 46
Computer and Information Sciences, General 3 1 1 14 19
Counseling Psychology 1 2 8 1 12
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 2 8 39 49
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 3 17 1 14 35
Curriculum and Instruction 2 7 2 27 38
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 1 6 9
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 1 5 6
Education, General 5 5
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 7 17 24
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 5 1 19 27
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 1 12 13
Finance, General 1 3 4 8
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 1 1 7 11
French Language and Literature 1 1 2
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 2
German Language and Literature 1 1
History, General 2 5 29 36
Homeland Security 2 2 4
Industrial and Organizational Psychology 2 2 4
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 3 4 8
Journalism 1 2 1 5 9
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 9 17 1 35 64
Management Information Systems, General 1 1 2 4
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 5 13 19
Mathematics, General 16 16
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 6 23 102 132
Music, General 1 2 8 11
National Security Policy Studies 1 1 11 14
Natural Resources Management and Policy 1 5 6
Nursing Education 2 1 11 14
Physics, General 7 1 14 22
Political Science and Government, General 1 5 7 13
Psychology, General 5 21 1 35 62
Public Administration 1 1
Real Estate 2 3 1 4 10
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 8 51 4 1 197 1 263
Social Work 5 7 22 1 35
Sociology 4 7 12
Spanish Language and Literature 5 1 6
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 12 14
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 1 2

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2003rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,677 ($65,618 male / $56,803 female)
Number of FT Faculty 274 (155 male / 119 female)
Number of PT Faculty 349
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $6,996,012

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