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.
Dr. Audrey Napier is respected by her students and colleagues as a professor who pushes students to exceed beyond their own expectations.
ASU’s rich history and promising future attracted Dr. Steven Chesbro to join the Physical Therapy Department in 2008.
Dr. Evelyn Hodge takes pride in her responsibility to mentor and guide the next generation of educators and professionals.
Dr. Jeraline Jones-Marsh says ASU taught her a great deal about life and about how to be a professional.
Janel Elise Grant says ASU helped her connect with her heritage and taught her the value of self-reliance and responsibility.
Dr. Doug Bristol is hitting all the right notes when it comes to preparing students for professional careers in music performance.
As an ASU student, Rickesha Robbins is following in the footsteps of her uncle, aunts and cousins who all are ASU alumni.
Amy Renee Ashley is an award-winning musician who credits ASU with helping her to become more confident and outgoing.
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.
Stephen Cappelli is an award-winning artist whose work has been featured in national exhibitions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carlton McClain says ASU’s faculty truly care about the professional and personal development of their students.
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.
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.
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.
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.