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General School Information:
Arkansas State University commonly referred to as ‘A-State’, is a public university located in Jonesboro, Arkansas. It is the flagship campus of the Arkansas State University System. With around 15,000 undergraduate students, it is the second-largest university in Arkansas. The university was founded in 1909 and sits across over 1,000 acres of rolling hills. A-State students can choose from 156 undergraduate fields of study, and with a 17:1 student-to-teacher ratio, faculty members go the extra mile to engage their students. With 16 NCAA Division 1 teams, school spirit is high and students are passionate about all things Red Wolves!
Residence Halls, Photo Credit: AState.edu AState Football Stadium - Lots of School Spirit!
Founded in 1998, Arkansas State University’s Men’s Rugby continually proves to be a strong D1A program. Over the years, more than 25 players have been named Collegiate All-American (U23 National team) Players. In the last two Major League Rugby Collegiate Drafts, three alumni players were drafted into the league. In 2000 the team won the D2 Fifteens National Championship, and in 2012 and 2013 the team won the D1A 7s National Championship.
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The Red Wolves Rugby program is a very rigorous high-performance environment. Athletes put in 20 to 30 hours a week just into rugby. During the off-season (fall semester), players train four times a week and have four strength and conditioning sessions a week. During the season, players train five times a week and have three strength and conditioning sessions. The team has access to two full-sized grass rugby pitches, there is a full-time head coach, assistant coach, GA coach, and an athletic trainer who attends all practices and games. When the team travels, the school takes care of all charges, players are granted an excused absence from school, and all meals and hotel rooms are paid for by the rugby program.
Boe and Myrna Adams Strength and Conditioning Center
All rugby players receive an In-State Tuition waiver; which allows them to pay in-state tuition instead of out-of-state tuition. Also, all first-year students in the rugby program (transfers and freshmen included) and players with a GPA below 3.0 are required to attend three hours of study hall a week. If a player falls below 2.0, they will be removed from all rugby activities and be required to do six hours of study hall a week.
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Information edited from the Arkansas State University website, Arkansas State University’s rugby website, and Collegedata.com