APSU seeks to engage our students, faculty and staff in academic activity that contributes
to our Vision Statement.
APSU's vision is to create a collaborative, integrative learning community, instilling
in students habits of critical inquiry as they gain knowledge, skills, and values
for life and work in a global society.
The University aims to meet this vision through a set of structured student learning
outcomes that inform the teaching and learning environment. These student learning
outcomes fall into one or more of the following areas identified by APSU facullty
and staff as contributing to our vision: Basics, Reasoning, Awareness, Values, and
Austin Peay State University will provide the environment and services to nuture student
growth that can result in academic achievement and success.
By the Numbers
Average high school GPA for new freshmen
Average composite ACT score for new freshmen
retention rate (national average is 64% for public institutions)
Supporting Your Success
Your success as you transition to a University environment is important to faculty
and staff. APSU is intentional in supporting that transition and educational journey.
Govs Registration, Orientation, and Welcome is designed as an all-day event to introduce students and their families to the university,
provide informative sessions on topics of concern, receive your student ID, and register
Freshmen Convocation is held the Friday prior to the first official day of class and is a mandatory event
for incoming freshmen students. APSU President Alisa White will deliver a charge to
the students and students will engage in activity with a small cohort of fellow students
and their upper-level Peer Leader.
AP Experience begins with Freshmen Move-In Day and extends through Sunday night prior to the start
of class. APEX is filled with opportunities to interact with peers, peer leaders,
faculty, and staff in social events, service activities, and our mandatory Convocation
Small groups of incoming freshmen (20-25 students) will be introduced to their upper-level
Peer Leader who will spend Convocation Day and part of APEX with their incoming students. The
Peer Leaders engage in 45+ hours of training and development as they prepare to assist
incoming student acclimate to and be successful at APSU. Our Peer Leaders are competitively
selected and well positioned to help incoming students in transition. In addition
to Convocation and APEX, Peer Leaders engage with incoming students on a weekly basis
as they attend APSU 1000 Freshmen Seminar along with the incoming freshmen.
APSU 1000 is an interdisciplinary course, and a requirement for each degree program, which
provides students with a foundation for success. Informed best practices, emphasis
is placed on student engagement, support services, library literacy, financial literacy,
and academic planning. Classes meet once a week in a classroom and will be introduced
to APSU’s learning management system through guided online engagement. The experience
is led by a success team composed of a faculty member and a peer leader.
The Peay Read is a common reading experience for incoming freshmen with a focus on self-examination
and motivation that contributes to success. Incoming freshmen are encouraged to purchase
the Peay Read book early and read it during the summer. The Convocation Day Address
and peer leader activates will incorporate Peay Read themes.
Each semester, all students engage in academic advising sessions with faculty advisors or professional advisors with expertise in the student's
chosen major. Students are encouraged to not only discuss course enrollment during
these sessions but also use this time with an academic advisor to seeking learning
opportunities outside the classroom that enhance the student’s experience at the university
and contributes to preparation for engaging in the community, the workforce, or further
education through graduate school.
University regulations and academic requirements are addressed in the APSU Bulletin. Incoming students who have declared their major should pay close attention to the
Program of Study and the sample 4-Year Plan for their chosen major.
APSU students use this tool to identify possible semester schedules using the information
provided by their academic advisor and their personal schedule obligations. This registration
tool allows students to enter the courses needed, enter times the student is not available
for class (i.e., student athlete practice, employment obligation, child care schedule,
etc), and request all possible schedule combinations be generated. The student can
then select the schedule that best meets his/her needs for registration.
All students enroll in credit-bearing college-level coursework. Students with identified
need for additional assistance as evidenced by ACT math, reading, and writing sub-scores
(or corresponding Accuplacer scores) will enroll in credit-bearing college-level course
with required additional Structured Learning Assistance to enhance the classroom activities
and student learning. APSU does not offer less-than-college-level coursework.
Students who need assistance with the use of Microsoft software (i.e., Word, Power
Point, Excel, etc.), can receive individual assistance in the Academic Support Center in the Marks Building room 124A. Students who need assistance with their email or
OneStop account, can receive assistance at the Technology Help Desk in the Morgan
University Center Lobby or by calling 931-221-4357. Students receive access to Office
365 free of charge. Instructions can be found at the Technology Help Desk website.
Many incoming students identify their major upon submitting their application to the
University. If you are not ready to select your major from the 100+ degree programs
at APSU, you can identify one of eight broad academic areas of study for your first
academic year. APSU labels those areas as Academic Foci and they are: Arts Focus,
Business Focus, Education Focus, Health Professions Focus, Humanities Focus, Social
Science Focus, STEM Focus, and General Education Focus. During your first academic year, you should seek opportunities to learn about specific
degree programs that interest you, complete career assessments, and engage in major
selection advising sessions so you are prepared to select your major before the end
of your freshmen year.
Degree Compass and MyFuture are course and major recommendation tools that are accessed in students’ OneStop
Accounts. These predictive analytics tools can help students identify courses and
degree programs to consider and discuss with their academic advisors as they explore
course and degree program options.
HIP are structured out-of-class transformative experiences that contribute to student
development and learning. APSU provides opportunity to engage students in Service
Learning, Undergraduate Research, Study Abroad/Away, Internships and Practicums, and
The RAD is led by a team of faculty librarians and staff with expertise in assisting Library
users with research. Assistance is available in person at the Library Information
Desk Level 2 and by telephone, email, and chat through Ask A Librarian.
The Writing Center is located on the Library and provides writing support to APSU students free of charge.
Services include instruction in writing styles, guidance in editing, and strategies
for improving written documents.
The division of Student Affairs provides a free printed copy of The Student Handbook
and Calendar at the start of the fall semester. The printed copy will be distributed
in APSU 1000 Freshmen Seminar and electronic copies can be accessed online at any
The Office of Disability Services seeks to support students with identified need and promotes self-reliance through
education and support. Requests for accommodations must be made early. Accommodations
are determined based on review of submitted documentation from the health care provider
for its appropriateness and completeness under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and as amended in 2008 (ADAAA),
and the Office of Disability Services documentation policy.
Student Counseling Services offer a variety of direct services to students, including individual counseling,
and group support. All direct care services are provided by licensed professional
staff and/or by counseling interns under the supervision of a licensed professional.
Under the direction of the Office of Student Life and Engagement, APSU has 150+ student organizations in which students can participate.
Recognizing Your Achievements
APSU faculty and staff celebrate academic achievement with students throughout their
academic careers and beyond. During your freshman year, academic achievement is honored
and celebrated in a many ways to include the following:
Academic Honors and Awards Day Ceremonies annually honors full-time undergraduate
students who earned an academic year 3.65 GPA or higher.
Dean's List Recognition following each term for students who have shown a commitment
to academic excellence by earning a term GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Invitation to Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society to recognize academic excellence
of university freshmen.