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It's not how you began your education that matters. It's How You Finish.

Students come to Athens State from all walks of life. Some are junior college graduates. Some began their pursuit of a degree and, for whatever reason, paused their education. Some are graduates who are returning to advance their degree. Many are parents. Many more know what it means to work and earn a living. All understand the meaning of value.

We believe there is nobility in choosing to complete your education, particularly when you’re managing the pressures and constraints of adult life. After all, it takes courage, and then some, to balance the pursuit of a degree with work and family life. But it takes more than that. It takes a university that gets it. One built for the current world — that empathizes with who you are, appreciates the obstacles you face, and provides the flexibility and affordability essential for success.

We produce more than graduates. We produce seasoned doers, problem solvers, and difference makers — citizens particularly well-equipped for real world challenges employers face. We prepare them to leave Athens State filled with hope and anticipation for a new life, not burdened with heavy debt.

While it’s true no two students take quite the same path to Athens State, each is seeking a relevant education in order to create a bright and confident future on their terms.

At Athens State, we understand it isn’t how you began your education that matters. It’s how you finish. And a strong finish is only the beginning.

It's not how you began your education that matters — It's how you finish. And a strong finish is only the beginning.

It's How You Finish
  • 50+ Degree programs and options within three Colleges (Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education)
  • 80% Athens State bachelor's degree completers who are employed in the State of Alabama within one year after graduation (compared to 55% for other state institutions)
  • 11.3% Athens State alumni from the Class of 2017 earned salaries that were 11.3% higher than the average salary for alumni of other state institutions
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Personalized Support

Earn your degree online or on-campus from an institution with a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio, meaning you get personalized attention and support all along the way.

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Incredible Value

As the university with the lowest cost of attendance of all public, state institutions in Alabama, you can rest assured that you are getting the best value for your investment.

Completion College

As an upper-division institution, your goal is our goal — we focus on helping you finish what you started, advance your career, and meet your personal goals.

Expert Faculty

Learn from the best and brightest — faculty members who know what knowledge and skills are needed to succeed in a competitive job market.

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Ready to get started? Apply today and let us help you finish your education.