Athens State University

300 N Beaty St, Athens, AL 35611

School Details

The College of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Business at Athens State University offer distance education bachelor’s degrees and certification programs for transfer students. 


Specific fields of study, include, but are not limited to: religion; technical education with instruction design and instructor concentrations, accounting, management, and information assurance studies. 

Admission requirements are the same for eLearners as that of on-campus students, and criteria for admissions are program-specific. In addition, students seeking distance education degrees, with the exception of certificate programs, qualify for financial aid and scholarship awards. Some added student services include the Career Development Center, counseling services, disability services, and a Transfer Student Success Center. Blackboard Learn is used to deliver materials in the form of online, blended, hybrid, and traditional classroom courses. 


The school first opened in 1822 as Athens Female Academy. Today, Athens State University is a four-year, public institution of higher education, located in the city of Athens, Alabama. The university states three hallmarks of tradition, “friendly, affordable, and convenient,” and the school’s mission states its purpose is to advance students “through teaching, service, research and other creative activities to empower students to make valuable contributions in their professional, civic, educational, and economic endeavors.” 

To apply, students need to complete and submit the Athens State application form and fee. The university must receive official transcripts by the fifth week of enrollment, or the student will not be allowed to register for the next term. Transfer students must have at least 60 semester hours of college credit from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0). Transfer students may also be accepted if they have earned an associate’s degree from a regionally accredited school. Students are accepted on a semester-by-semester basis.


Tuition is based on residency and credit hours. In-state residents also include students who live in the following nine counties of Tennessee: Bedford, Franklin, Giles, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore and Wayne. Tuition guarantee plans, prepaid tuition plans, and other tuition payment plans are offered. 

Students who wish to apply for financial aid must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code: 001008. This application will determine eligibility and financial needs of each student. Types of aid include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant, Alabama Student Assistance Program, Bureau of Indian Affairs Higher Education Grant, Alabama National Guard Education Assistance Program, Work Study programs, and federal student and parent loans. Athens States has been designated a “Military Friendly School” and also offers Veterans Affairs educational benefits.


Athens State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges; 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097. Athens State also is approved by the Alabama State Department of Education. The College of Education has program-specific accreditation through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the College of Business is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).





School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Bachelor's degree
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