Updated on May 23, 2024
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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.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 15:1
Graduation Rate 33%
Year Founded 1867

Student Enrollment

Total Students4,190


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,388
Female 2,362

Graduate Student

Male 163
Female 277

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Male 2,051
Female 4,428


Male 1,969
Female 4,339

Acceptance Rate97%

Male 96%
Female 98%

Enrollment 1,036

Male 379
Female 657
Application Fee $25
High School GPA Required
High School Rank N/A
High School Transcripts Recommended
College Prep Courses N/A
Recommendations N/A
SAT/ACT Required
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
Net Price $13,476
Average Total Aid $9,273
Students Receiving Financial Aid 95%
Room & Board $6,050

Sticker Price

  • 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

Student Population 4,190

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

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
Accounting 13 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.

Graduates Salary
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
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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