Arkansas State University – commonly referred to as ‘A-state’ – is one of the largest universities in Arkansas. Its main campus is based on Crowley’s Ridge in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
It was founded in 1909 as the First District Agricultural School, also known as ‘Aggie’. It expanded its subject areas and student numbers in the early twentieth century, becoming the First District Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1925, and beginning to offer its students four-year courses in 1930. It became Arkansas State College in 1933 and was elevated to university status by the Arkansas Legislature in 1967, becoming Arkansas State University.
Arkansas State University began offering graduate programs in 1955 and doctoral programs in 1992. More recently, it has developed online courses for distance learners.
It offers more than 150 majors across its 11 colleges: the colleges of Agriculture and Technology, Business, Education and Behavioral Science, Engineering, Fine Arts, the Humanities and Social Science, Media and Communication, Nursing and Health Professions, Sciences and Mathematics, The Honors College and University College, which provides academic and community services.
As an active research institution, Arkansas State University is engaged with technology transfer - collaborating with technology firms, the energy industry and other partners – as well as producing fundamental research in social and natural sciences.
The university library, the Dean B. Ellis Library, is the largest library in Arkansas. Student life is largely centred about the Carl R. Reng Student Union, which provides various facilities for student organisations.
Since its founding, Arkansas State University students have taken pride in collegiate sport. Today, the university has more than a dozen collegiate sports teams, nicknamed the ‘Red Wolves’. Many college sportspeople have continued on into professional sporting careers.
Its many alumni include former Governor of Arkansas Mike Beebe, Olympic gold medallist Al Joyner, motivational speaker Beth Holloway, and poet Miller Williams.