Points of Pride
- Angelo State University is one of only five state institutions in Texas to be listed by The Princeton Review among “The Best 380 Colleges” for 2016. This is the seventh consecutive year that ASU has been recognized by The Princeton Review.
- ASU has been designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education since 2010. HSI status requires a minimum 25 percent of undergraduate enrollment be made up of Hispanic students. Resulting federal HSI grants have totaled more than $8 million for ASU.
- Dr. Robert Dowler, professor of biology, received the 2015 Joseph Grinnell Award for Excellence in Education from the American Society of Mammalogists. The award honors individuals who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to education in mammalogy over a period of at least 10 years.
- Dr. Joseph Satterfield, professor of geology, received the 2015 Professorial Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation. He also received the 2015 Distinguished Educator Award from the Southwest Section of AAPG.
- ASU was the first university in Texas to offer a degree in computer science.
- The ASU nursing program has been ranked in the top 100 nationally for its online graduate degree offerings by U.S. News and World Report for its 2013-2016 editions of Best Online Programs.
- The ASU teacher education program has been ranked among the top 50 nationally for its online graduate degree offerings by U.S. News and World Report for its 2014-2016 editions of Best Online Programs.
- The ASU Agriculture Department’s Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team won the 2015 Undergraduate Quiz Bowl National Championship conducted by the American Meat Science Association. ASU’s Quiz Bowl team also won the national title in 2006 and finished as runner-up in 2007.
- ASU’s student chapter of the Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) national biology honor society has won the Lloyd M. Bertholf Award as the top chapter in the nation a record eight times. No other chapter has won the award more than four times.
- The Global Immersion Center houses ASU’s Planetarium, which is one of the largest on a U.S. university campus and features a SciDome HD projection system powered by Starry Night software. OmniGlobe HD projection systems and Google Earth displays are also included.
- ASU’s Management, Instruction and Research (MIR) Center comprises 6,000 acres of range and farm land that serves as a “laboratory” for agriculture students. Facilities at the site include the Food Safety and Product Development Laboratory, the Mayer-Rousselot Agricultural Education Training Center, the G. Leon Holland Arena and a 2,800-foot greenhouse.
- The ASU Natural History Collections maintained by the Biology Department contain more than 150,000 specimens of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and plants from throughout Texas, many other states, Mexico, Africa, Asia, Australia and even the Galapagos Islands.
- The Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies, originally funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Air Force, educates military and civilian students around the world in the increasingly important fields of border and homeland security, intelligence and security studies.
- ASU’s Detachment 847 is one of the largest and most honored Air Force ROTC detachments at colleges and universities nationally. It won the Right of Line Award as the top medium-sized detachment in the U.S. in 2015.
- ASU has been named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s 2010-2016 lists of “Military Friendly Schools.”
- ASU has been named to the Military Times’ list of “Best for Vets Colleges” for 2014-2016.
- The ASU Center for International Studies offers summer, semester and academic year programs in multiple academic disciplines in Europe, Africa, Central America and the Far East.
ASU’s Carr Academic Scholarship Program is funded by one of the largest endowments at a U.S. regional university. It provides scholarships for one in every three ASU students and has awarded more than $87 million to students since its inception in 1981.
- More than half of ASU’s graduates each semester are first-generation college students.
- Graduates completing ASU’s pre-med program over the last four decades have an average 58 percent acceptance rate to medical school, compared to the statewide average of 35 percent.
- All graduates of ASU’s Honors Program who have applied to graduate programs or professional schools, including medicine, have been accepted.
- Since 1998, ASU students have maintained a 100 percent passing rate on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) teacher certification test for secondary mathematics. From then through spring 2015, all 172 of the ASU students who have taken the exam after completing the mathematics program have passed.
- The ASU Rams and Rambelles track and field teams have won 52 individual or relay national championship titles.
- The Rambelles track and field team won the 2010 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championship.
- Only a handful of schools have ever sent both their softball and baseball teams to the College World Series in the same year. ASU accomplished this feat in 2007. The Rambelles won the NCAA Division II National Championship in softball in 2004.
- Thirteen ASU Rams football players have gone on to play in the NFL, most notably Super Bowl champions Pierce Holt (San Francisco – 1988, 1989) and Alvin Garrett (Washington – 1982). Several former Rams players are currently playing professionally in the Arena Football League and Canadian Football League.
- Former ASU All-American football player Jim Morris went on to play Major League Baseball for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1999-2000). In 2002, Disney made a movie of his life story titled “The Rookie.”