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The ABCs of Angelo State

We pride ourselves on the fact that Angelo State University is a community within itself. To show the range of activity on campus, we’ve filled the alphabet with fun facts. We hope you enjoy this sampling of our points of pride, but this list certainly is not comprehensive.
  • San Angelo College changed its name to Angelo State College in 1965 when it became a four-year state supported university. ASC became Angelo State University in 1969.

  • The Biology Department maintains the Angelo State Natural History Collections, which contains nearly 150,000 specimens of all types of living organisms.

  • ASU is an officially registered cat colony with more than 50 cats living on campus. Volunteer faculty and staff feed the cats and manage the colony.

  • Angelo State offers 42 undergraduate degree programs, 21 master’s degrees and one doctoral degree.

  • ASU’s Department of Engineering was named the David L. Hirschfeld Department of Engineering earlier this year when David and Judith Hirschfeld provided the department with a $1 million endowed gift. Construction also began this fall on the Hunter Strain Engineering Laboratories using funds from an anonymous donor.

  • ROTC recently added a state-of-the-art new flight simulator to help potential Air Force pilot candidates get hands-on training without having to pay for private flying lessons.

  • Angelo State University made the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2016 list of “Great Colleges to Work For.”

  • ASU’s Honors Program has consistently helped high-achieving students pursue their academic interests and career aspirations through programs like internships, fellowships and scholarships.

  • Intramural sports programs are huge at Angelo State, with more than 2,000 students participating in intramurals throughout the fall and spring semesters. In recent years, several teams have even advanced to regional and national championships.

  • The Junell Center/Stephens Arena provides a setting for everything from NCAA Division II athletic events and distinguished lecture series to graduation ceremonies and music concerts.

  • ASU officially dedicated its Center for Security Studies (CSS) this spring in honor of former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison Kay Bailey Hutchison, who was a driving force behind the formation of the CSS in 2010.

  • LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field, which opened in 2014, allowed ASU to begin playing Rams home football games on campus for the first time in school history.

  • Roscoe D. Ram is ASU’s friendly, furry mascot frequently seen with female mascot Bella at athletic games and all types of campus events. ASU also has another mascot, a purebred Rambouillet ram named Dominic, who is a fixture at football games and the Official Ring Ceremony.

  • ASU’s Nursing Department continues to grow, and will benefit greatly from the new Archer College of Health and Human Services Building that began construction on campus this fall.

  • ASU has more than 100 student organizations spread across these categories: academic and professional, boards and councils, club sports, Greek Life, honor societies, multicultural and international, service, special interest and spiritual life.

  • For the eighth consecutive year, Angelo State University has been listed by The Princeton Review as one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, an honor that goes to only about 15 percent of the nation’s more than 2,500 four-year colleges.

  • ASU’s biggest quirk is its Gum Tree tradition. A mesquite tree at the southwest corner of the Porter Henderson Library has thousands of pieces of used chewing gum stuck to it. Legend has it that sticking a piece of gum to the tree brings good luck.

  • ASU students receive free weekend city bus transportation via the Ram Tram when they show their university ID. The Ram Tram started in 2015 and has been particularly popular with the university’s growing international student population.

  • A full-service Starbucks opened in the Houston Harte University Center in April and has quickly become a popular student hangout.

  • Angelo State University has been a member of the Texas Tech University System since fall 2007.

  • The University Center Program Council, known as UCPC, brings large and small activities and extracurricular programs for students to campus every semester.

  • Students and other Rams fans form the Victory Line at the start of the second half of each regular-season football game at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field.

  • ASU’s facilities maintenance crews practice water conservation by harvesting rainwater and using it to water grass, plants and trees on campus.

  • In recent years, ASU has introduced Xeriscaping techniques across campus to support water conservation efforts throughout the city of San Angelo.

  • New and modified dining options in the Houston Harte University Center and plans to add an Einstein Bros. Bagels near the Vincent Building make the campus community say, “Yum!”

  • The campus zeitgeist is to take a selfie while making the Ram Hand to show school pride.