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Albany State University (ASU) is a medium sized public university located in Albany, Georgia. The school is the scholastic home to over 6,000 undergraduate and around 400 graduate students. Degree options include programs that focus on health professions, business, and the arts and sciences. Undergraduate students can choose to complete certificates, associate’s, or bachelor's degree programs.

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Overview of Albany State University (ASU)

After class, students have loads of options to participate in campus organizations, play sports, or socialize with their peers. The campus supports Greek life, student government opportunities, and recreational outlets, too. In total, ASU is home to 13 different fraternities and sororities that encourage service and camaraderie among their members. Students can also join one of 60 student clubs and organizations. These groups gather around topics such as academics, service, politics, arts, and more.

Since students also need to attend to their bodies as well as their minds, the campus supports ample opportunities to compete on the physical level. Every day of the week students can reach new personal goals on the climbing wall, bowl a perfect game, or join a club level sports team. Teams are formed for competition in tennis, bowling, soccer, E-sports, dodgeball, and wrestling, among others. For casual gaming, students convene in the campus Gaming Area which offers pool tables, table tennis, video gaming opportunities, and tables for cards or board games.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Small
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 19:1
Graduation Rate 26%
Year Founded 1903

Student Enrollment

Total Students6,122


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,618
Female 4,160

Graduate Student

Male 96
Female 248

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ASU Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 2,221
Female 5,399


Male 1,599
Female 3,995

Acceptance Rate73%

Male 72%
Female 74%

Enrollment 1,453

Male 487
Female 966
Application Fee $25
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts NA
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Considered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline July 1
Common Application Accepted No

ASU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Costs at Albany State University are well contained by virtue of the institution being a publicly funded school. However, the lowest prices are saved for Georgia residents, while out-of-state students pay a bit more. In fact, the gross cost of tuition for residents is under $6,000 for a year while out-of-state students pay approximately $10k more. To this bill, both Georgians and non-residents bear the same expenses for their room, board, and other expenses. The tally for on-campus living comes to just under $16,000 for off campus living, while the dormitories are around $2,000 less. The total gross expenses for a Georgian are thus between $20,000 and $23,000 and non-residents pay between $32,000 and $34,000.

The net price tells a different story, however. The financial aid office is able to provide a lot of assistance to students and their families. After they wrangle scholarships and grants for the student body, the average net cost falls to just under $14,000, room and board included. For the lowest income bracket, costs are around $13,000 per year and the net price for households earning over $100k/year are under $19,000.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $12,500
Average Total Aid $6,795
Students Receiving Financial Aid 99%
Room & Board $8,980

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $5,934
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $16,656
  • Books and Supplies - $1,440
  • Room & Board - $8,980
  • Other - $3,280


Many Albany State University students attend college for one reason. They want to learn as much as they can so that they can become leaders in their fields. Thus, educational researchers strive to verify the academic strengths of this public university. One of the top statistics they consider is the retention rate, followed by the graduation numbers, as well as the student-to-faculty ratio.

The retention rate is the measure of how many first-time, full-time students return to campus for a second year. A high number is thought to indicate that students and their families have found the faculty, curriculum, and campus resources to their satisfaction. Otherwise, they would find another option. Since ASU students return to campus at a rate of 74%, it's evident that they are quite pleased with their choice of university.

The graduation rate at ASU does come down a bit. The overall graduation rate is 26%. However, this number is mitigated by the transfer out number, which is 45%. Given that many transfer students leave to attend more competitive schools, it’s clear that ASU is preparing students very well. It can be assumed that 71% of ASU students graduate in Albany or some other institution. Perhaps many transfer to UGA in Athens.

Student Population Total

Student Population 6,122

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Education Majors 109 Total Graduates / 22%
Education, Other 59 Graduates
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 32 Graduates
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 11 Graduates
Secondary Education and Teaching 7 Graduates
All Business Majors 103 Total Graduates / 20%
Business Administration and Management, General 48 Graduates
Organizational Leadership 15 Graduates
Accounting 11 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 11 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 65 Total Graduates / 13%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 65 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 52 Total Graduates / 10%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 35 Graduates
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 17 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 49 Total Graduates / 10%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 49 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 25%

Outcome & Salary

Albany State offers students the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Students are then looking to convert their newfound knowledge and skill into a satisfactory return on their educational investment. While no college or university is able to guarantee a salary, much less a job, ASU does post median salaries for students who report their earnings. Of the highest-earning ASU degree holders are the registered nursing students who report median earnings of $64,000. At the lower end, teacher education students begin their careers with a state-regulated salary of $35,000. In the middle, marketing students begin their business careers with median earnings of $42,000. And this is just at the start of their careers, when most students can only expect to find entry-level positions rather than higher-level or supervisory jobs.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $40,900
College Grads Average Salary $59,568
College Grads Mid Career Salary $72,400
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $595,680
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,319,680
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $50,000
10 Year Projected ROI $545,680
20 Year Projected ROI $1,269,680
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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