Howard College - Big Spring, Lamesa, San Angelo, SWCID

Angelo State University Direct Path Program

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Direct Path

HC / ASU Direct Path ProgramThe ASU Direct Path program is an alternative admission program designed to offer you academic support through a partnership between Howard College (Howard County Junior College District) and Angelo State University.

If you are denied admission to ASU, you can then apply to Howard College and subsequently the Direct Path program. Within one semester, you can become eligible to transfer to ASU with a minimum of 18 transferable credit hours and a 2.0 GPA.

ASU provides transfer application fee waivers for all Direct Path participants once they become transfer eligible. The Direct Path program will then automatically transfer you to ASU for the following semester. 


Benefits of Direct Path

As an ASU Direct Path program participant, you will have the opportunity to live on ASU’s campus in Concho Hall and take advantage of ASU student life and services while attending Howard College.

You will be a part of a learning community while living at ASU. National research shows that students who live in learning communities tend to have higher GPAs and transition easier from high school to college. The Direct Path learning community will give you opportunities to:
  • Access on-campus student activities
  • Learn about campus and community resources to help you succeed
  • Cultivate lasting relationships with faculty and peers
  • Create study groups and motivate each other to go to class and complete assignments 

ASU will provide transfer application fee waivers for all Direct Path participants once they become transfer eligible.

Note: The Direct Path program is only available during the fall semester and spring semester.  The Direct Path program is not offered during the summer.

Please review the Direct Path Checklist.

Application / Aid / Advising


Applying for the Direct Path program:

  • Application deadline to be in the Fall Semester Direct Path:  August 1
  • Application deadline to be in the Spring Semester Direct Path:  January 1
  • Click here for the Direct Path Application

Financial Aid

Apply for financial aid (School Code 003574) and pay all outstanding balances through Howard College. 

  • Priority deadline for financial aid application for fall semester: April 1*
  • Financial aid application deadline for Fall Semester: June 1
  • Financial aid application deadline for Spring Semester: October 1
*Note: Students submitting financial aid applications by the fall semester April 1 priority deadline may be eligible for additional aid / funding.  

Advising and Orientation

Once accepted, you need to get advised and registered for classes at Howard College. Prior to the first day of classes and moving into the residence hall, an orientation specifically for Direct Path students will be held. More information will be sent to you about the orientation.  

Housing / Student Life

Housing and Student Life

Though classes are administered through Howard College and you will be considered a Howard College student, as a Direct Path participant you will live on ASU’s campus in Concho Hall, eat in the ASU Food Service Center, obtain an ASU mailbox, access ASU’s health clinic services and take advantage of ASU campus social activities. You can also elect to access other services, such as University Recreation, campus parking and athletic events.

Contact Us

Contact Us

To learn more about ASU Direct Path, call:

Dean of Student Services
Howard College - San Angelo
Dr. Bradley Petty
Executive Director, Student Affairs
Angelo State University
ASU Station #11047
(325) 942-2034
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