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About ASU

Alabama State University was founded in 1867, in Marion, Ala., as a school for African-Americans. The school started as the Lincoln Normal School with $500 raised by nine freed slaves now known as the Marion Nine, making ASU one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education founded for black Americans.

Today, Alabama State University, located in Montgomery, Ala., is a widely respected, world-class institution of higher learning which welcomes students of all races. We offer nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, from our historic teacher education program to our new, high-demand programs in health sciences, new Ph.D. in microbiology  and minor in international business.

The more than 5,600 students who attend ASU are as diverse as our academic offerings, with students from more than 40 states and various countries seeking a top-notch education that extends far beyond the walls of a classroom. With a 20 to1 student-faculty ratio, students receive the personal attention, mentoring, encouragement and knowledge needed to achieve their dreams.

At ASU, we know that what happens outside the classroom is an essential part of the college experience. Our students enjoy a vibrant campus community  where they’ll build life-long friendships and find a wide variety of social, cultural and sporting events. We have more than 70 clubs and organizations, including fraternities and sororities, and 18 intercollegiate sports.

Our location in Montgomery, the birthplace of the modern civil rights movement, offers students the unique opportunity to live, learn and grow in a city rich with culture and history. In fact, some of the most notable figures of the civil rights era – including the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, attorney Fred Gray and the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth – are counted among ASU’s many distinguished alumni.

Our 148-year history is a legacy of perseverance, progress and promise. We’re proud of our legacy, and we welcome students to dream, to share their unique gifts and talents, and to take pride in knowing they are part of a rich tradition.

Stats & Facts

  • ASU has an enrollment of nearly 5,000 students from all 50 states and from countries around the world.
  • In 1873 ASU, then known as Lincoln Normal School, began receiving state support (funding), thus becoming the oldest state-supported institution in America for the function of educating black teachers and offering a liberal arts curriculum.
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People of ASU

  • Dr. Audrey Napier

    Dr. Audrey Napier
    Associate Professor of Biology; Alumna ('91)

    Dr. Audrey Napier is respected by her students and colleagues as a professor who pushes students to exceed beyond their own expectations.

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  • Dr. Steven Chesbro

    Dr. Steven Chesbro
    Professor, Dean of the College of Health Sciences

    ASU’s rich history and promising future attracted Dr. Steven Chesbro to join the Physical Therapy Department in 2008.

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  • Dr. Evelyn Hodge

    Dr. Evelyn Hodge
    Dean of University College, Professor of Education and Teacher Inservice Director

    Dr. Evelyn Hodge takes pride in her responsibility to mentor and guide the next generation of educators and professionals.

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  • Dr. Jeraline Jones-Marsh

    Dr. Jeraline Jones-Marsh
    District Administrator/Career Education Specialist; B.S. '93

    Dr. Jeraline Jones-Marsh says ASU taught her a great deal about life and about how to be a professional.

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  • Janel Elise Grant

    Janel Elise Grant
    B.A., Communications (’03)

    Janel Elise Grant says ASU helped her connect with her heritage and taught her the value of self-reliance and responsibility.

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  • Dr. Doug Bristol

    Dr. Doug Bristol
    Professor of Music Theory, Jazz and Music Technology

    Dr. Doug Bristol is hitting all the right notes when it comes to preparing students for professional careers in music performance.

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  • Rickesha Robbins

    Rickesha Robbins
    Sophomore, Communications (Radio/TV)

    As an ASU student, Rickesha Robbins is following in the footsteps of her uncle, aunts and cousins who all are ASU alumni.

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  • Amy Renee Ashley

    Amy Renee Ashley
    Junior, Music Performance

    Amy Renee Ashley is an award-winning musician who credits ASU with helping her to become more confident and outgoing.

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  • Yohance Myles

    Yohance Myles
    Actor, Theatre Professor, B.A. in Theatre Arts ('06)

    Yohance Myles credits ASU for preparing him to make his mark as an actor, with several movies under his belt, including a role in a major action movie.

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  • Stephen Cappelli

    Stephen Cappelli
    Professor of Art, Chair of Department of Visual Arts

    Stephen Cappelli is an award-winning artist whose work has been featured in national exhibitions.

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  • Dornesia Ward

    Dornesia Ward
    IT Specialist B.S., Computer Science ('08)

    Dornesia Ward is fast establishing herself as a leader in the technology field. She says she wouldn’t be where she is today without her ASU experience.

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  • Dr. Manoj K. Mishra

    Dr. Manoj K. Mishra
    Associate Professor of Biology

    When Dr. Manoj K. Mishra isn’t in the lab conducting groundbreaking cancer research, he’s in the classroom helping ASU students strive for academic excellence.

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  • Dr. Melvin A. Lowe III.

    Dr. Melvin A. Lowe III.
    B.S. ‘99, M.Ed.‘01, Ed.S.‘09

    Dr. Melvin A. Lowe III hails from a family of proud educators. He chose ASU for its legacy of nurturing some of the brightest minds in the education field.

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  • Dr. Harvey Hou

    Dr. Harvey Hou
    Associate Professor of Forensic Science

    As a professor in one of ASU’s newest academic programs, and one of today’s most exciting career fields, Dr. Harvey Hou is training the forensic scientists of the future.

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  • Carlton McClain

    Carlton McClain
    Junior, Computer Science

    Carlton McClain says ASU’s faculty truly care about the professional and personal development of their students.

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  • Eric Welch Guster, Esq.

    Eric Welch Guster, Esq.
    Attorney, Legal Analyst B.S., Accounting and Finance ('93)

    Eric Welch Guster is a go-to legal analyst for many TV news networks. He says ASU helped him develop the tenacity and determination that fuel his legal career.

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  • Jaylon Givan

    Jaylon Givan
    Junior, Dance

    Jaylon Givan aspires to dance professionally and to teach dance to college students. ASU's BFA Dance Program is providing the training he needs to make his dreams come true.

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  • Lauren Smith

    Lauren Smith
    Junior, Dance

    As one of the first students to enter ASU's BFA Dance Program, Lauren Smith says she is honored and excited to be part of a new legacy at a school with such rich history.

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  • Bridgette Moore

    Bridgette Moore
    Senior, Dance

    Bridgette Moore spends most of her time in the theatre, working hard to perfect her craft as a dance major. While the hard work is challenging, she credits her professors for always pushing her to be the very best.

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