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  • Agriculture Winners

    In the fall of 2014, the ASU Agriculture Department’s Meat Judging Team won the Cargill High Plaines Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest in Friona and finished second at the Eastern National Contest in Pennsylvania.

  • AMSA Conference

    ASU has been chosen to host the American Meat Science Association’s 69th annual Reciprocal Meat Conference in June of 2016.

  • Articulation Agreements

    ASU and Howard College in San Angelo signed a series of articulation agreements that will enable Howard College animal science, mathematics and nursing students to seamlessly transfer to ASU once they receive their associate degrees.

  • “White Coat” Funding

    In August 2016, the ASU Nursing Department was one of only 50 nursing schools nationwide to receive funding support from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to host a  “White Coat Ceremony” for nursing students during the fall 2016 semester.

  • Best for Vets

    The College of Business has been named one of the nation’s 64 Best Business Schools for Veterans by the Military Times organization in its Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014 rankings.


  • Community Engagement

    ASU received the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, recognizing the university’s commitment to serving the local community.

  • CPRIT Grant

    ASU was awarded a three-year, $1.48 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to expand an ongoing project to provide breast and cervical cancer detection and prevention services to women of West Central Texas.

  • Criminal Justice Ranked

    ASU’s online master’s degree program in criminal justice has been ranked one of the top programs in the U.S. for 2014 by BestOnlineColleges.org, an educational website that ranks online degree programs in all disciplines.

  • CSS Dedication

    The ASU Center for Security Studies was officially dedicated as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies in May 2016 during a ceremony attended by the former Texas senator.

  • CSS e-Journal

    The Center for Security Studies (CSS) in April debuted its new electronic publication, the e-Journal of Homeland and National Security Perspectives, which is available for free public viewing.

  • Dorm Delight

    ASU’s residence halls were recognized as being among the “30 Most Inviting Yet Affordable College Dorms in America” by AffordableSchools.net, a higher education resource website designed to connect students with the best affordable colleges.


  • Education Program Ranked

    ASU’s master’s degree program in educational administration has been ranked as one of the “Top 15 Best and Most Affordable Graduate Educational Leadership Programs” in the U.S. by Educational-Leadership-Degrees.com, a career advancement website for educators.

  • Employee Satisfaction

    ASU was named one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” for 2015 by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • Employee Satisfaction

    For the second straight year, ASU was named one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.





  • Fantastic Fundraising

    ASU received a 2015 Sustained Excellence Award in Fundraising from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in August.

  • Fantastic Fundraising

    ASU received a 2016 Sustained Excellence Award in Fundraising from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in July 2016.

  • Freshman Funding

    ASU was approved by the Texas Legislature in 2015 to receive $2.2 million over two years for its innovative Freshman College.


  • Howard Partnership

    In the fall of 2015, ASU signed an agreement to partner with Howard College in the statewide New Mathways Project (NMP) to improve student success in both developmental and college-level mathematics courses.


  • Intramurals Complex

    In September of 2014, ASU officially unveiled its newly renovated artificial turf Intramurals Complex.


  • Math Excellence

    For the 18th straight year, ASU students maintained a 100 percent passing rate on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) teacher certification test for secondary mathematics. 

  • Military Accolades

    In the fall of 2014, ASU received the “Military Friendly School” designation for the sixth straight year from Victory Media and G.I. Jobs magazine.

  • Military Honors

    In the fall of 2015, ASU received the “Military Friendly School” designation for the seventh straight year from Victory Media and G.I. Jobs magazine.



  • Millegan Donation

    ASU alum and former Rams football player Mike Millegan donated $300,000 to ASU last fall to fund the renovation and renaming of the Ben & Alvetta Kelly Weight Room in the Junell Center.

  • National Ag Conference

    ASU’s Department of Agriculture hosted the American Meat Science Associations 69th annual Reciprocal Meat Conference in June 2016.

  • National Rankings

    Over the 2014-15 academic year, many of ASU’s academic degree programs received national recognition by a variety of ranking bodies, ranging from U.S. News and GraduatePrograms.com to the Association for Childhood Education, Edudemic.com and TheBestSchools.org.

  • National Rankings

    Over the 2015-16 academic year, many of ASU’s academic degree programs received national recognition by a variety of ranking entities, ranging from U.S. News and Master’s Program Guide to the American Institute of Physics, On Wall Street and SuperScholars.org.






  • Nursing Accreditation

    ASU’s nursing programs have added accreditation by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

  • Online Honor

    ASU was named one of the “Top 10 Online Colleges in Texas” by BestSchools.com, an online college guide for prospective students that ranks and profiles online schools and academic programs in all 50 states.

  • Phenomenal UC

    The Houston Harte University Center was designated one of the “51 Most Phenomenal College Student Union Centers in the U.S.” by EDsmart.


  • Princeton Review

    For the seventh straight year, ASU has been listed by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education.

  • Princeton Review

    For the eighth straight year, ASU has been listed by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education.



  • Ram Jam Growth

    Beginning Sept. 13, 2014, with the first football game on campus in ASU history, Ram Jams at the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center drew capacity crowds of tailgaters and Rams fans. Larger crowds necessitated new facilities. New, separate restrooms were added to the grounds in preparation for fall 2015.

  • Ram Tram Arrives

    Students have access to free bus transportation on weekends, thanks to collaboration among the TRANSA Concho Valley Transit District, Dr. Brian May, San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, ASU Student Government Association and ASU Center for International Studies. Each Saturday and Sunday, the Ram Tram runs a designated route from campus to various locations throughout San Angelo. Check it out at angelo.edu/ramtram.

  • Regional Champs

    Women’s intramural basketball team WT Impact won the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Championship Series regional basketball tournament in March at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

  • ROTC Excellence

    Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 received a rating of Excellent on its 2014 Unit Compliance Inspection (UCI) performed by a team from the Holm Center for Officer Accession and Citizen Development, based at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

  • ROTC Takes Flight

    In August 2016, ROTC Detachment 847 announced the addition of a new $16,000 HotSeat Pilot Pro 4 flight simulator.

  • ROTC Tops in Nation

    ASU’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 was recognized for excellence by the U.S. Air Force with the 2015 Right of Line Award as the top medium-sized detachment in the nation.

  • Soccer Field Lights

    Principal LED, a San Angelo-based international company co-founded by Angelo State alumni Bryan and Blake Vincent, donated $84,000 in September 2014 to provide lighting for the ASU Soccer Field.

  • Stripes Scholarships

    ASU received a $34,000 gift from Stripes Convenience Stores in May through the Stripes College Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for deserving ASU students, beginning in the 2014-15 academic year.

  • Sword and Shield

    ASU’s Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies was approved to form a chapter of the Order of the Sword and Shield National Honor Society. 

  • TExES Excellence

    For the 19th straight year, ASU students have maintained a 100 percent passing rate on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) teacher certification test for secondary mathematics.



  • Theatre Honors

    ASU’s theatre program production of “Watson: The Last Great Tale of the Legendary Sherlock Holmes” received the highest production honor, the Respondent’s Choice, at the Texas State Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in October 2014.

  • Top College

    This spring, ASU was named one of the nation’s “Top 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students” and one of the “Best Colleges for Intramural Sports” by BestColleges.com, an online college guide that ranks institutes of higher education in a variety of categories.

  • Top College for Hispanic Students

    For the second straight year, ASU has been named one of the nation’s top 50 “Best Colleges for Hispanic Students” by BestColleges.com.


  • Tri-Beta Tops

    For a record eighth time and for the fourth time in the last nine years, ASU’s Epsilon Sigma chapter of the Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) biology national honor society received the Lloyd M. Bertholf Award as the top chapter in the nation for the 2012-13 academic year.