Athens State University

Athens State University is a public university in Athens, Alabama. Thirty-three different majors are offered. The majors are housed in one of three colleges: Education, Arts and Sciences, and Business.

Athens State University began as the Athens Female Academy in 1822. The Methodist Church began oversight of the institution in 1842, changing the name to the Athens Female institute. It became Athens Female college in 1889.

In 1931 the name was shortened to Athens college when it became coeducational.

On May 10, 1974, the Board of Trustees requested from the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church that the College seek affiliation with the State of Alabama. The conference, at its annual meeting in June 1974, gave the Board of Trustees this permission and authorized the transfer of the College to the State of Alabama.

Athens State University
Athens State University


Athens State University has been ranked #1 in Best Other Business, Management, and Marketing Schools in Alabama by The University is the only school that has a program ranked for Other Business, Management, and Marketing students in the state of Alabama to be included in their rankings. also ranked Athens State #3 in Best Business Administration & Management Schools in Alabama and #4 in Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Alabama. These rankings demonstrate the high-quality education in business, management, and marketing that Athens State provides.

Factors used to determine the rankings include post-graduation wages, educational resources and success, post-graduation debt, program demand, and online options. partnered with College Factual’ s data science team to develop the ranking criteria. is a free resource for students seeking business colleges and university level programs. The company researches and collects business study area information, career overviews, and more to compile ranking lists for graduate-level institutions across the country to help students make smart decisions when considering their higher education in business.



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Graduation ceremonies are held at the end of each semester. At the end of fall and spring semesters, three ceremonies are held- one for each college – Arts and Sciences, Business and Education. Each ceremony is held in the Athens State University Carter Physical Education Center Gymnasium.

To ensure a healthy and safe environment for all graduates, guests, faculty, and staff, social distancing measures will be put into place, which limits the total number of occupants for Carter Gymnasium.

Student Success

  • As an upper-division institution, every student attending Athens State brings with them transfer credit, the center helps to provide an appropriate course of action for every student’s individualized situation.
  • The center partners with other university offices to offer a broad set of resources and services to empower students to excel personally and academically.
  • The center also facilitates and coordinates strategic initiatives to support student success.


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