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About Arkansas State University

Arkansas State University is a public, state school located in the small town setting of State University, AR, less than an hour from Memphis.

Founded in 1909, the institution currently enrolls around 13,930 students a year, including 9,604 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Arkansas State University's endowment was valued at $54,901,942 in 2021. The school spends $4,005 for each full-time student enrolled.

Admissions Facts About Arkansas State University

Acceptance rate: 66%

Average GPA: 3.56

Mean ACT score: 24

Does not offer early decision.

Doesn't offer early action.

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What is Arkansas State University's acceptance rate?

Admission to Arkansas State University is moderately difficult. Arkansas State University accepts around 66 percent of applicants each year. In 2021, Arkansas State University admitted 3,752 of the 5,683 people who applied.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.56 out of 4.0. The mean ACT scores is 24.

Arkansas State University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Is Arkansas State University a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 1,505 students who started at Arkansas State University as first-time freshman, 441 graduate within four years.

Around 46 percent of students who started at Arkansas State University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 55 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $36,000 a year. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $27,400 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Arkansas State University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Arkansas State University a good school for YOU?

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College Info

PO Box 600 State University, AR 72467

Campus Setting: Small Town

Arkansas State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Arkansas State University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Arkansas State University is Continuous processing.

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Arkansas State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Arkansas State University is 24. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Arkansas State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 21 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 21 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Arkansas State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

515 - 620


Reading SAT Range

515 - 615

Arkansas State University Tuition & Fees

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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at Arkansas State University is like? There are approximately 13,930 students enrolled at Arkansas State University, including 9,604 undergraduate students and 4,326 graduate students. 72% percent of students attend school full-time, 87% percent are from AR and 13% percent of students are from other states.


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