Institutional Profile

About the University

Founded in 1822 as Athens Female Academy, Athens State University is the oldest institution of higher education in the State of Alabama. The University has grown and changed over its almost 200 years to become one of only a few upper-division universities in the nation.  Comprised of three colleges – Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education – Athens State offers its students the opportunity to complete a high-quality education conveniently and affordably.

Student Demographics

Founders HallAthens State University’s unique student body consists, in large part, of a non-traditional aged population seeking a flexible curriculum. The typical student commutes, is over 30 years old, and is self-sufficient with a family and a full time job. Consequently, he/she is not likely to be well-served by traditional educational delivery methods.  Most Athens State students have transferred from one of Alabama’s community colleges. There are no residence halls on campus and student activities are generally targeted to the working professional. However, the Office of Student Activities also organizes a variety of events targeted towards our more traditional aged students which provide a steady student presence on campus.

Upper-Division Institution

Athens State University is an upper-division only institution serving as the premiere destination for transfer students throughout the state.  We offer junior/senior level coursework and will offer selected graduate coursework beginning January 2016.

Course Delivery

Athens State prides itself on being ahead of the curve in distance education in the state. We offer both traditional, hybrid, blended, and online coursework to be flexible, given our student body’s demanding personal schedules. Data from the Fall 2014 semester reflects that 88% of students took at least one course via distance learning.  We also offer classes at our University Centers across the region and day, night, and weekend classes, as well as “Fast Path” programs offering stacked five-week classes.

Faculty Profile

The 2015 Fact Book lists the number of instructional faculty as 192. Of these, 56% are full-time and 44% are part-time, with 75% of the full-time faculty holding terminal degrees.  Our student-faculty ratio is 17:1.

College of Arts and Sciences
Offering 33 different baccalaureate programs with a variety of minors including 7 programs with a minor in Education leading to state teacher certification, the COAS seeks to engage the intellect and excite the imagination of its students.

College of Business
The COB is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs and focuses on preparing students for professional careers in business, finance and government environments and for graduate study.  The COB offers 10 baccalaureate programs, 16 minors and 7 certificate programs.

College of Education
The COE has a proud tradition of serving as one of Alabama’s leading teacher education colleges serving students who seek teaching as a career and preparing them to be knowledgeable, collaborative professionals. The Teacher Education Program is approved by the Alabama State Department of Education and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education to provide 7 BSEd programs leading to Class B Certification. The COE also offers professional coursework for certification in approved programs offered by the COAS as well as a variety of minors and certificates.


University LeadershipThe Athens State University President leads all aspects of the institution and reports to the Board of Trustees. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs serves as the intersection of the faculty, staff, and student communities and is primarily responsible for promoting excellence in all academic programs. The three University colleges are governed by separate Deans who also serve as members of their respective faculties. The areas of Academic Affairs, Enrollment and Student Support Services, Financial Affairs, Information Technology and University Advancement are overseen by Vice Presidents.

Vision Statement

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 only 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.

Mission Statement

The University advances the best interests of its students and the State of Alabama through teaching, service, research, and other creative activities that 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.

About Athens, Alabama

Limestone County CourthouseAthens, Alabama is the county seat for Limestone County and has approximately 24,000 residents. The city is located midway between Nashville and Birmingham on Interstate 65. The city offers a strong working middle class, educational opportunities, a variety of transportation avenues, quality of life endeavors, and a safe environment. The most recent Athens State University Economic Impact Report shows that the University has a $183 million impact on the local economy. This figure does not include the intellectual, social, and artistic contributions of the University and its faculty. It also does not include the value of having a baccalaureate institution as a draw in attracting new industry and new people to the community.

Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity Statement
Athens State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Athens State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, religion, genetic information, veteran status in employment, or admissions to or participation in educational programs and activities. Inquiries or concerns may be addressed to the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Support Services, 300 N. Beaty St., Athens, AL 35611, (256) 233-8175.

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Preferred starting date:  February, 2016. Position will remain open until filled.
Office of Human Resources – 256-216-3333