Welcome to Arkansas State University!



    A-State is located in Jonesboro, Ark., famous for its community spirit and friendly atmosphere. As one of the fastest growing cities in Arkansas, Jonesboro beautifully combines the conveniences of a big city and the comforts of a small town.

    As the center of manufacturing, agriculture, medicine, education and trade for Northeast Arkansas, Jonesboro offers an abundance of opportunity.

    Arkansas State University is home to A-State’s Convocation Center where sporting events and performances are held. Past performances have included Taylor Swift, Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley and The Avett Brothers.

    Jonesboro is far from lacking in entertainment. A thriving downtown area full of shops and restaurants, the Mall at Turtle Creek, museums and art galleries are just some of the activities Jonesboro has to offer. If you are an adventurer, Craighead Forest Park has walking and biking trails, several playgrounds, pavilions with charcoal grills for cookouts and a beautiful 60-acre lake. Nearby, is the Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center where you can explore local wildlife and learn about the creation of Crowley’s Ridge.

    Located an hour from Memphis, Tenn., two hours from Little Rock, Ark., and four hours from St. Louis, Mo. and Nashville, Tenn., Jonesboro is an ideal, central location for exploring big cities in the United States.


    US Customs and Border Protection

    Find out more about the U.S. ports of entry here.

    Airport Transportation

    International Student Services provide free airport transportation at the beginning and ending of every semester for international students to and from Memphis International Airport (MEM - Airport Code) on select dates that are sent out ahead of time. If you choose to travel not within these dates, you will need to take a taxi to Jonesboro.

    Airport Shuttle Service Registration

    For dates the shuttle will run and to reserve your spot, please go here and click 'A-State Shuttle'.


    Students should be prepared to stay in a hotel in Jonesboro upon arrival if they are arriving before the university move-in.  Hotels cost will be the responsibility of the student.

  • On-Campus Housing MOVE-IN

    In order to move into housing you must have applied.  Visit Housing & Residence Life's Website or e-mail maturner@astate.edu.


    International Student Services at A-State organizes orientation sessions for all new incoming international students. During orientation, international students learn more about life at A-State and in the United States. Representatives from many of the University’s service areas attend these orientation sessions and provide information about how they can help students.

    You will need to bring following documents with you to orientation.

    • Passport
    • Visa (in the passport)
    • I-20 form
    • I-94 Arrival/Departure Card
    • Acceptance Letter
    • Official documents in properly sealed envelope (for students who are admitted with scanned documents during admissions process) Failure to bring official documents upon arrival will result in non-enrollment which in turn will result in the termination of your immigration record.  Documents given to A-State will not be returned.

    Visit Packing Information for more details.

    Please be aware there are no bedding and linens in the rooms when you arrive on campus.  You will have an opportunity to purchase necessities on Monday afternoon by taking the A-State International Student Shopping Shuttle.  If you would like to purchase your bedding and linens in advance, you can order them online from the A-State Bookstore here.  You can pick up your order from the bookstore on campus when you arrive on the first day of check-in and orientation.

  • Pre-Departure Information

    Please review the following presentation carefully before your arrival in Jonesboro.

    Pre-Departure Orientation

  • Visa

    Please find below: Tips on how to have a successful Visa interview.

    F1 Visa Tips

    J1 Visa Tips

    Check your wait time at the closest Consulate or Embassy here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/wait-times.html .