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Angelo State Named a Texas ‘Hidden Gem’ University

April 23, 2020

Angelo State University has been named one of the “10 Best ‘Hidden Gem’ Universities in Texas” by the College Gazette online higher education resource guide.

Angelo State's Mayer Administration Building Angelo State's Mayer Administration BuildingTo produce the rankings, College Gazette staff researched regional Texas universities that may not have the name recognition of larger schools. Their goal was to find “hidden gems” that are excellent schools with highly-rated academic programs that are preparing students for employment in the real world after graduation.

The College Gazette summary for ASU states:

“This West Texas university is known for its affordable prices and welcoming atmosphere. They offer reliable financial aid packages, and a large percentage of students receive scholarships as well.

Most notably, they offer the Carr Scholarship to a large percentage of their students just based on having a strong GPA and ACT/SAT score. Students here can get a good education without the student debt that comes with attending a private school or a larger university.

Class sizes here are small, so students can really get to know their professors. These smaller classes provide more hands-on and interactive learning experiences, instead of just lectures. Their versatile business and marketing majors are some of the most popular, but there are plenty of other excellent programs, including strong nursing and health majors.

There is also a ranch on campus for agriculture classes!

The atmosphere here is friendly and welcoming, with plenty of activities to help new students get to know each other. At the center of campus social life is the strong athletic programs, with several teams that frequently make conference finals. San Angelo is a charming and safe town known for its beautiful parks along the river, which is great for students looking for true Texas charm.”

Already one of the top three fastest-growing colleges in Texas, ASU has also been ranked the No. 1 Texas public university for student financial aid, and is listed annually among The Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges,” Victory Media’s “Military Friendly Schools,” and the national “Colleges of Distinction.” ASU’s residence halls, library and university center have also received state and national recognition.

ASU has also been recognized nationally for many of its academic programs, including agriculture, biology, business, criminal justice, curriculum and instruction, nursing, philosophy, physics, pre-health professions, psychology, security studies, social work and teacher education.

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