Athens State University

Athens State University

Address : 300 N Beaty St, 35611, Athens, Alabama, USA

Contact : +1 256-233-8100  Email :

About Athens State University, Alabama, USA

Athens State University is a two-year upper level university located in Athens, Alabama, United States. Thirty-three different majors are offered to junior and senior students. The majors are housed in one of three colleges: Education, Arts and Sciences, and Business.


Athens State University began as the Athens Female Academy in 1822. The Methodist Church took control of the institution in 1842, changing the name to the Athens Female Institute. It became Athens Female College in 1889.

In 1931 the name was shortened to Athens College when it became coeducational. In 1974 the state of Alabama took control, and the college became known as Athens State College. Later, in 1998, the college became Athens State University. Recently, Athens State has moved to an autonomous university status and has established a board of trustees.

Courses Offered by Athens State University

MBA Program

  • Traditional Masters of Business Administration
  • Executive Masters of Business Administration
  • Masters of Education in Elementary Education
  • Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Under Graduate Program

  • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Management of Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Education – Technical Education (non-teacher certification track)
  • Computer Forensics
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science - Information Security Option
  • Computer Science - Computer Information Systems Option
  • Computer Science - Computer Networking Option
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice - Juvenile Justice Studies Option
  • Management 
  • Management of Technology 
  • Marine Science 
  • Marketing

Admission Process at Athens State University

Graduate Admissions

Applications for graduate programs of study are considered on a competitive basis as related to all the elements of the application package. Applicants who submit complete applications and the required supporting materials by the posted deadlines will be considered for the priority deadlines. Regular admission review will begin after the priority deadline and will continue on a rolling basis until programs are full.

Steps for Admissions

  • Submit a completed graduate admissions application and pay any required application fees. The application fee will be waived for Athens State alumni or students who will be graduating from Athens State University at the end of the semester during which the application is submitted.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended (excluding Athens State)
  • at the undergraduate or graduate level, with transcripts from at least one regionally accredited college or university documenting conferral of a bachelor’s degree, or transcripts from at least one regionally accredited college or university documenting in progress courses AND an official letter from that college or university confirming bachelor’s degree conferral when the in-progress courses are completed.
  • Official transcripts must indicate that the student is in good standing at all institutions attended and document the minimum overall grade-point average as required by the program.
  • Submit official test scores as required by the particular program (e.g., GMAT, GRE) and any additional documents as required by the program (see below).
  • Submit all additional documents required by the program selected on the graduate application. If the program requires additional documents or allows prospective students to apply by submitting portfolios in lieu of test scores, all required supporting documents must be submitted as part of a complete application.
  • Meet all published deadlines for submission of application materials.
  • Submission of an application and all required documents does not guarantee admission to the program until all requirements for admission to the program are reviewed and verified by the department offering the program.
  • Students admitted into any graduate program offered by the University will be allowed to register for graduate courses in a given term subject to space availability and/or cohort restrictions.

Athens State University Facilities and Infrastructure


Athens State University will be the premier destination for transfer students seeking the highest quality education and cutting-edge delivery at the most affordable cost. As the upper division university in Alabama, building on a tradition that began in 1822, Athens State University will be the catalyst for positive change in the lives of its students.


The University advances the best interests of its students and the State of Alabama through teaching, service, research and other creative activities to empower students to make valuable contributions in their professional, civic, educational, and economic endeavors. Through innovative communication and course delivery for high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs, Athens State University provides a supporting environment for each student, demonstrating the importance of the diverse and interdependent nature of our state and society. Athens State University changes the face of Alabama by changing the lives of its students.


  • To emphasize a student-centered approach to teaching, learning, and University life by expanding educational opportunities and social mobility through high quality instructional and student support services that are both accessible and affordable.
  • To promote a sense of belonging that results in lifelong associations with the University.
  • To foster and strengthen effective partnerships with educational, governmental, business, charitable, and civic organizations.
  • To recruit and retain a diverse and highly qualified faculty and staff committed to excellence in all University pursuits.
  • To encourage an atmosphere of diversity and to protect the free exchange of ideas.
  • To maintain and improve University facilities and programs through public funds and philanthropic initiatives and to ensure effective stewardship of resources.
  • To conduct University affairs in a manner that is transparent, deliberative, and ethical.
  • To evaluate, support, and effectively utilize emerging technologies.


The Athens State University Library opened in 1996, with the majority of the funds for its construction coming from private donations. In addition to the Library collection and offices, the building houses the University Writing Center, a Learning Commons area, and the Dr. Elva Bell McLin Archives Room.

Waters Hall

Currently housing classrooms, science labs, and offices for College of Arts and Sciences faculty and staff, Waters Hall was completed in 1957; an expansion and total renovation was completed in 2010. The building is named in honor of Mr. N. H. Waters, who was President of the institution’s Board of Trustees in 1957, and a loyal supporter of the institution.

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