This institution was founded in 1909 by the Arkansas Legislature as a regional agricultural training school. It began offering a two-year college program in 1918, then became "First District Agricultural and Mechanical College" in 1925. A four-year degree program was begun in 1930; A & M College became "Arkansas State College" in 1933. The Arkansas Legislature elevated the college to university status and changed the name to Arkansas State University in 1967.
Programs at the specialist's, master's, bachelor's and associate's degree levels are available through the various colleges: Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Business, Communications, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Nursing and Health Professions, and University College.
ASU-Main Campus is located in Jonesboro in Craighead County and has a total enrollment of about 10000.
Athletic scholarships are given in football, basketball, baseball, track/cross country and other sports. Student housing is available for 2300.