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Transition Studies provides a warm and supportive environment for a successful transition to the University and is the academic home for students whose test scores and high school grade-point average indicate that they should be admitted to the university but do not meet the requirements for unconditional admission to Arkansas State.  First-year international students are also a part of FYS providing these students with resources and assistance in navigating not only the university but also understanding the culture of the community and region as well.

Housed in the Learning Commons in the Ellis Library, TS students have easy access to the STEM lab, writing center, general education tutoring as well as the services provided by the faculty/advisors and staff of Transition Studies.

Admission Criteria Through First Year Studies

Students may be admitted to A-State through Transition Studies if they have a composite of 19 on the ACT or an equivalent score on SAT, Accuplacer or Asset and a minimum grade point average of a 2.3.


Our Mission

We offer academic instruction that prepares students for college level work, and extensive advising and mentoring that fosters student responsibility and self-sufficiency to ensure a successful transition into the collegiate environment.


Important Links for New ASTATE Students

Have you signed up for New Student Registration?  If not, click on this link for information on how to do that. 

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Are you planning to live in the Residence Hall?  Click on the following link if you need information or to complete an application through the ASU Housing Portal.

Residence Life >>

Do you plan to use financial aid to help you with college costs?  Click on the following link for extensive information from our Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.  A link to the FAFSA form is on our FAQ page.

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