It is located atop 1,376 acres on Crowleys Ridge at Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States. The university marked its centennial year in 2009, A-State was founded as the First District Agricultural School in Jonesboro in 1909 by the Arkansas Legislature as a regional agricultural training school. In 1918, ASU began offering a college program. In 1925, it became First District Agricultural and Mechanical College, a four-year degree program was begun in 1930. A & M College became Arkansas State College in 1933, in 1967, the Arkansas Legislature elevated the college to university status and changed the name to Arkansas State University. In the fall of 2014, A-State welcomed its most academically prepared freshman class and this was the third consecutive year of improvement for the ACT/GPA freshman classes for Arkansas State. The Arkansas State Honors College has grown 59% since 2009, the university also posted back-to-back high graduate counts in spring 2012 and spring 2013, producing the most graduates in a two-year period in school history. The university contains the largest library in the state of Arkansas, for other Arkansas State University campuses, see Arkansas State University System. A second doctoral program, in science, was begun in the fall of 1997. Newer doctoral programs are in science, molecular biosciences and physical therapy. In the fall of 2016, Arkansas State will enroll the first class of approximately 115 students to its branch of the New York Institute of Technologys medical school, the medical school will be located on campus in the historic Wilson Hall. Today, the institution has more than 75,000 alumni, Arkansas State University-Beebe became part of the ASU System in 1955. It associated with White River Vo-Tech at Newport in 1992, that campus attained stand-alone status and is now Arkansas State University-Newport, the Mountain Home campus officially became ASU-Mountain Home on July 1,1995. Delta Technical Institute at Marked Tree merged with ASU and became Arkansas State University Technical Center on July 1,2001, a new campus was built for ASU-Heber Springs, which operates as a sister campus of ASU-Beebe. Foothills Technical Institute at Searcy was merged with ASU-Beebe on July 1,2003, and is now ASU-Searcy, ASU also operates an instructional site at nearby Paragould in Greene County. A-State has grown rapidly over the past 20 years, current enrollment for the Jonesboro campus stands close to 14,000, and the system has an enrollment of greater than 21,000. A-States journalism program reorganized into the College of Media and Communication for fall 2013, the College of Media and Communication is home to three student-led media outlets and a NPR affiliate radio station. The Herald, a student newspaper, was founded in 1921 and has a circulation of 5,000
Arkansas State University student union, Jonesboro, Arkansas
View of Arkansas State University Dean B. Ellis Library, Jonesboro, Arkansas
ASU's Fowler Center is a regional center for The Arts.