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Arkansas State University (2017)

Brief Description:

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Arkansas State University logoArkansas State University is the catalyst for progress in our state, the Delta and the Mid-South region. Founded in 1909, A-State has become a destination university for more than 14,000 students through the combination of world-class research with a long tradition of student-friendly instruction. The second largest university in Arkansas, Arkansas State is a doctoral-level institution with more than 150 areas of study and a robust online program that attract a diverse student body from a broad region. The economic and cultural engine of Northeast Arkansas, A-State’s public-private partnerships include hosting the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Arkansas’ first osteopathic medical school; the creation of Mexico’s first American-style university with A-State Campus Querétaro; and working with O’Reilly Management for the Red Wolf Convention Center and Embassy Suites.


Mission Statement:

Arkansas State University educates leaders, enhances intellectual growth, and enriches lives.

President's Quote:

"As the new chancellor of Arkansas State University, I am delighted to join this fine institution of higher education on its 50th anniversary of attaining university status in 1967. One hundred seven years ago, V.C. Kays came to Jonesboro to lead a new state institution that would persevere in its mission. A-State has served generations of students who have become successful and contributing alumni in Arkansas and throughout the world."— Dr. Kelly R. Damphousse, Chancellor (effective July 1, 2017)

Major Accomplishments:

  • Marking its 50th anniversary of the state legislature's action to elevate the institution to university status, Arkansas State continues to provide the life-changing experiences and education that are key to each individual's success. Enrollment set a record in fall 2016 with more than 14,000 students. Honors College enrollment has grown 85 percent since 2009.
  • A-State is the first institution in the region to offer emphasis in social media management.
  • Hundreds of graduates in nursing and health professions fill key positions in the region's healthcare system.
  • Arkansas State is a member of Arkansas Biosciences Institute, a consortium of five institutions whose scientists conduct new and expanded research in agriculture and medicine in order to improve the health of Arkansans.
  • As the hub of the cultural community, A-State provides opportunities for students in fine arts to grow as performers in Fowler Center's Riceland Hall and to display their work at Bradbury Art Museum.
  • A-State hosts the first osteopathic medical school in Arkansas: New York Institute of Technology's College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Online programs are growing rapidly to meet the demand, with Arkansas State operating the largest online degree program enrollment in the state.
  • A-State is set to open the first American-style university campus in Querétaro, Mexico, in the fall of 2017.
  • A-State Heritage Sites preserve the history of the Delta and provides economic stimulus through tourism at its four museum operations, from the barn studio in Piggott where Ernest Hemingway wrote to Johnny Cash's boyhood home to the South's oldest existing plantation home at Lakeport.


Fun Facts:

  • U.S. President Bill Clinton, an Arkansas native, gave the dedicatory address for a major expansion of the Dean B. Ellis Library during his first term, in 1995.
  • The First-Year Experience Program has attained the Apple Distinguished Program award for use of technology in the classroom, and was recently renewed as one of a handful of American universities receiving the honor.
  • During an informal ceremony at Graceland in Memphis in the fall of 1960, members of A State's chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity initiated into membership a 25-year-old rock 'n roll singer named Elvis Aaron Presley.
  • A-State is home to KASU, the oldest public radio station west of the Mississippi River.
  • The NCAA Division I Red Wolves athletics program earns championships from the Sun Belt Conference, both in competition and the classroom. In the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, the Red Wolves have appeared in bowl competition in the last six consecutive years, and was the only FBS team to win the league championship in five of the last six years.
  • Sharika Nelvis became A-State's first female student-athlete to win an individual national championship in track, in 2014.
  • The women’s bowling team has made 10 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
  • The PAC (Pedestrian and Cyclist) Paths are 8.1 miles of marked trails on A-State’s roads and multi-use paths through campus.
  • A-State is the first Arkansas institution designated as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists.
  • The Red Wolves Leadership Academy has achieved its primary goal to obtain 100 percent job placement for all the Athletics Department’s student-athletes the last four years – each year of existence.


Notable Alumni:

  • Rick Crawford, U.S. representative for Arkansas’s First Congressional District since 2011.
  • Mike Beebe, 45th governor of Arkansas (2007 to 2015).
  • John W. Allison, chairman, Home BancShares (Nasdaq: HOMB).
  • Debbye Turner, winner of the 1990 Miss America pageant.
  • Rodger Bumpass, voice of Squidward Tentacles on SpongeBob SquarePant.
  • George Sisler, U.S. Army intelligence officer and a recipient of the United States military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in the Vietnam war.
  • Jahnae H. Barnett, president of William Woods University.
  • Price Marshall, United States District Judge of the U.S. District Court.
  • Al Joyner, 1984 Olympic gold medalist in the triple jump.
  • James Pardew, American diplomat, international negotiator, former U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria and deputy assistant general for operations at NATO.
  • John Bobango, past international president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
  • Sandra Cherry, co-founder of Aromatique.
  • John Woodside, retired oil company executive, now 101, who has given generously to a scholarship endowment to benefit dozens of students from his home community.
  • Earl Bell, Olympic bronze medalist at the 1984 summer games and former world record holder in the pole vault.
  • Kellie Suttle, two-time Olympian in the pole vault.
  • Elana Wills, former Arkansas Supreme Court justice.



"The faculty and professors are committed to
my success and show their expertise through real- world applications. From ag-football intramurals to Thanksgiving dinner in the cafeteria, the tight-knit community at A-State has made my college experience unforgettable."— Lucas Brantley, Alexander, Sophomore

"A-State made it financially possible for me to be involved in not only intramural sports, Greek life, Residence Life, but many other activities on campus, which I can use to give back to the community."— Geoffrey Flemons, Little Rock, Junior

"What made A-State a great choice is that it quickly became more than a college or university to me. It became my home. I realized 'Pack Pride' is much more than a social media campaign; it truly captures the essence of the Red Wolf family."— Haley Stotts, Little Rock, Senior


  • Kellee Edmonds
    Vice President of Communications and Public Relations
    (202) 478-4662