Angelo State University is a public university is San Angelo, in West Texas. It offers courses in sciences, liberal arts and professional disciplines. Its students are predominantly Texan, and it is recognised for offering generous financial aid.
In 1928, San Angelo College was established as part of the city school system, and it rapidly grew from a small college into an accredited higher education institution. It admitted its first African-American students in 1953, a year before Brown vs. the Board resulted in the ruling that segregated education was unconstitutional.
It became Angelo State College in 1965 through an act of the Texas State Legislature, and was renamed Angelo State University soon after. During a restructuring of the Texan higher education, the university was designated as a member of the Texas State University System. More recently, it moved to the Texas Tech University System.
Angelo State University has six colleges: the College of Business, College of Education, College of Graduate Studies, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Nursing and Allied Health, and College of Sciences. It offers over 100 undergraduate majors, more than 30 graduate majors, and in 2009 it launched its first doctoral program, in physical therapy.
The university boasts one of the largest college planetariums in the US, which is used for public shows as well as lectures. Many students live in university halls, and enjoy access to a beach, lake and water sports facilities at the Angelo State University Lake House. A highlight in the student calendar is the extravagant Homecoming celebration, where student organisations celebrate and compete.
Angelo State University has a 24-hour student TV channel, Ram TV, and the university’s mascot is Dominic the Ram. This a role that has been fulfilled by various rams since 1940.