College Colors Day to Shine Spotlight on the Impact of Higher Education

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The State of Alabama is known for its many successes in college football, with teams at every level dominating the sport nationwide. As thousands of fans gather this weekend to support their favorite teams, here’s some additional points of pride for Athens State University fans.

  • Athens State creates a $200 million economic impact in the North Alabama region*
  • 80% of Athens State bachelor’s degree completers are employed within one year of graduation, compared to 55% for all other Alabama four-year institutions*
  • One year after graduation, Athens State alumni typically earn salaries that are 11% higher than the average salary of the alumni from all other four-year institutions
  • Our graduation rates are 24% higher for Pell students than other state institutions, and 13% higher for non-Pell students**

In honor of the many contributions of Alabama’s 14 public universities, Gov. Kay Ivey has declared Friday, Sept. 2, as College Colors Day. Athens State University alumni and fans are invited to join faculty, staff and students in wearing their college colors to work and school on Friday, using the hashtag #collegecolorsday when sharing on social media. The annual event is organized by Alabama’s Higher Education Partnership. Learn more at

*Source: ACHE Employment Outcomes Report, April 2020

**Source: IPEDS National Center for Education Statistics

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