From its founding in 1903 until the incorporation into the University System of Georgia in 1932, Albany State University met two important milestones. First, the university opened as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institution, by Joseph Winthrop, in order to prepare African-American students for industrial work and instill religious instruction. By 1917, the institution transitioned into the public two-year Georgia Normal and Agricultural College introducing teacher training and agricultural programs. The institution adopted the name Albany State College in 1943 and was officially designated a teacher-training school. Since that period, Albany State has continued to expand, adding “University” to its name in 1996, along with broadening academic programs.
Today, Albany State University enrolls more than 4,500 students, predominantly African-American, and maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 19:1. Located on 231 acres in Albany, Georgia, the university retains more than 140 full-time faculty, with the large majority holding Doctorate and terminal degrees.
Albany State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, various fields of study retain accreditation from organizations, including accreditation from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Albany State University awards Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Education Specialist degrees, along with hosting various non-degree programs. A wide range of undergraduate programs are divided among four colleges:
- College of Arts & Humanities - houses Departments of English and Modern Languages, Fine Arts, History, Political Science, and Public Administration, and Psychology, Sociology and Social Work
- College of Business - houses Department of Business Administration, and the Department of Accounting, Information Systems and Marketing
- College of Sciences & Health Professions - houses the Departments of Teacher Education and Health, Physical Education and Recreation
- College of Education - houses the Departments of Nursing, Criminal Justice, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science
Tuition is charged by the credit hour and based on student residency:
- In-state Tuition (not including added fees)
- Undergraduates, $106 per credit hour
- Graduates, $127 per credit hour
- Out-of-state Tuition (not including added fees)
- Undergraduates, $423 per credit hour
- Graduates, $508 per credit hour
- Bachelor of Applied Science in Fire Service Administration
- Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems
- Master of Science in Criminal Justice
- Master of Education in Early Childhood Education
- General Education courses
ASU supports an array of financial aid options for eligible students, including scholarships, grants, work-study programs, and loans. Scholarships include merit and need-based, along with the recognition of abilities, including athletics and music, and program-specific awards. A variety of grants are available, including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, The National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant, and Georgia’s LEAP Grant. Federal and state loan programs include the Federal Perkins Loan, William D. Ford Federal Direct Subsidized / Unsubsidized Loans, and the Direct PLUS Loans for both undergraduate and graduate students. Furthermore, qualifying veterans, military service members, and their dependents may seek resources through Veterans Educational Benefits.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Post-master's certificate
Adult Age Enrollments:1,474
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