As you get your bearings at Alabama State University, you may be excited or a little bit apprehensive. As well-known as Alabama State is, it actually doesn’t have a large number of students. All told, the student population is 4,190. This can make it much easier for you to meet fellow students. Along with undergraduate studies, ASU offers advanced educational opportunities to students earning either a master’s degree, post-baccalaureate certificate, or doctoral degrees (research or professional practice). ASU is a historically Black College or University (HBCU).
Overview of Alabama State University
Montgomery is a mid-size city, so you should be able to learn how to navigate it fairly quickly. The university campus covers several hundred acres. There are sculptural installations, green spaces, and spots where you can lounge and relax for a while. And, if you brought your car with you you’ll be able to drive through the campus to get to your classes.
If you have educational recognitions, such as advanced placement exams that you passed, dual credits, or credit for life experiences, you’ll be able to use those as credits toward your education, putting you ahead of your fellow freshmen.
|Campus Setting||City: Midsize|
|Student Faculty Ratio||15:1|
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|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||N/A|
|High School Transcripts||Recommended|
|College Prep Courses||N/A|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||July 30|
|Common Application Accepted||No|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
College isn’t cheap. Its cost rivals that of a new vehicle! But, for many students, it’s worth it and it can provide a great return on investment (ROI). For a recent academic year, your total expenses are $22,110 on average. This includes tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and other expenses.
Luckily, many students are eligible for financial aid. This can come from the institution itself, the state, or the federal government. Federal aid is usually provided based on your family’s income. After aid is applied, the average net price is around $13,500.
Most of the freshman class qualified for financial aid in a recent year. A full 89% of those students received an average of $5,602 in grant or scholarship aid. About half of that number (46%) received an average of $7,955 in institutional grants and scholarships.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$9,273|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||95%|
|Room & Board||$6,050|
- Tuition In-State - $11,068
- Tuition Out-of-State - $19,396
- Books and Supplies - $1,600
- Room & Board - $6,050
- Other - $3,392
During your first year, you may consider leaving or transferring to a different college. Eventually, if you decide to stay and return for your next year, you’ll become part of the retention rate. This is generally believed to show how many students approved of their classes, teachers, and the school culture in their first year. The retention rate here is 61%.
The 4-year graduation rate is, however, quite low at 11%. This may be due to the number of students who only take courses part-time because they need to work or fulfill other obligations while they attend. The 6-year graduation rate is more than double that at 28% and the 8-year rate is 31%. All of these are below the national average.
You may get into a bind where you can’t take one or two of your classes when they are scheduled. Rather than dropping one and hoping you can pick it back up in one or two semesters, you may be able to opt for online learning, which is available for many classes at ASU.
The most popular degree programs offered at the school are health professions and related programs; homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and related protective services; business, management, marketing, and related support services; education; and communication, journalism, and related programs.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|Health Professions and Related Programs||73 Total Graduates / 14%|
|Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other||64 Graduates|
|Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator||9 Graduates|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services||58 Total Graduates / 11%|
|Criminal Justice/Safety Studies||51 Graduates|
|Criminalistics and Criminal Science||7 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||56 Total Graduates / 11%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||24 Graduates|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General||12 Graduates|
|Finance, General||7 Graduates|
|All Education Majors||49 Total Graduates / 10%|
|Elementary Education and Teaching||21 Graduates|
|Physical Education Teaching and Coaching||14 Graduates|
|Early Childhood Education and Teaching||8 Graduates|
|Secondary Education and Teaching||4 Graduates|
|Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs||48 Total Graduates / 9%|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric||48 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||44%|
Outcome & Salary
Graduates earn around $42,100 in salary early in their career. Their mid-career salaries improve to around $73,700. Your total 4-year cost of education is $53,904—this number is important for your eventual return on investment (ROI). Your 10-year projected ROI is $509,626 and your 20-year projected ROI is much higher: $1,246,626. That’s pretty good.
Think about the high school graduate who doesn’t go to college. Their national average salary is $38,792. Ten years later, their projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$42,100|
|College Grads Average Salary||$56,353|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$73,700|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$563,530|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,300,530|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$53,904|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$509,626|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,246,626|
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|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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