Valdosta State University
Just the right size –
Big enough to offer the extensive academic and social opportunities of a major university and small enough to provide the personal attention you would expect of a selective private college.
Founded more than a century ago, we have uniquely blended the new with the old while maintaining the original Spanish Mission architecture. Our campus has a natural beauty to make any college envious. When you arrive here, you will feel good, the way you should feel about your university.
Ideally located –
Valdosta State University is located in Valdosta, Georgia, twenty miles above the Florida border. The University is easily accessible from Interstate 75 for students from South Florida, North Georgia, and beyond. Valdosta, the ##Azalea City##, is the commercial, medical, and entertainment hub for the surrounding 60 mile area. It is the county seat of Lowndes County which has a population of more than 110,000. Valdosta, which means ##Vale of Beauty##, is certainly deserving of its name. The mild climate, friendly people, and natural beauty of the area make this a great place to attend college.
We invite you to visit Valdosta State University, to tour our campus, talk with our professors, attend classes, and get to know our students. To arrange your campus visit, simply contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-618-1878 or attend one of our Saturday visitation days. Our next scheduled visitation daysare November 12, 2011 and February 4 and March 24, 2012.
A True Learning Community
Valdosta State University is a true learning community where professors and students learn from one another in a friendly and supportive academic environment. We recognize that it is simply not enough to relay information. Our mission focuses on the long-term, total educational experience of each of our students. Our success is measured by your success.
Valdosta State ##s greatest strength is its faculty, whose primary focus is on teaching. They care about their students and challenge them to fulfill their academic potential. Virtually every course is taught by experienced professors with world class credentials ## not by graduate assistants. There are 472 full time men and women on our faculty: nearly 72 percent of them hold a doctoral degree or the highest degree in their field. They”re not here by accident. They chose to teach at Valdosta State because it”s the kind of university where they can make a difference. Our faculty is approachable. They welcome the opportunity to talk to you about career opportunities, give advice, engage you in research, or even help you find a tutor if you need assistance.
With nearly 13,000 students, we think we”re just the right size. We are large enough to offer over 90 degree programs of study, yet small enough to offer the individualized attention you deserve. The average undergraduate class size is 24, with a student faculty ratio of 22 to 1. This ratio allows meaningful interaction between faculty and students. We think that”s important.
The strength of our student body lies in its diversity. We currently have students from 46 states and 65 foreign countries. Our students are exactly like you, and yet totally different from you. You”ll be around people who make you feel right at home but also challenge you with different perspectives on life.
For a full list of degrees offered at VSU, see addendum.
The campus of Valdosta State University boasts extraordinary Spanish mission style architecture nestled among azaleas, dogwoods, palms, and pine trees adorned by Spanish moss. Buildings with red-tiled roofs, stucco walls, and several fountains truly make this campus a surprising oasis. The past 5 years have been a time for rebuilding, renovations and revitalization of our campus that holds years of history and traditions. From the historic buildings donning the campus since 1906 to the well-manicured three acre front lawn, Valdosta State provides an inviting environment in which students can be challenged with the opportunities and experiences necessary for individual success. Valdosta State University is in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the South. Known as the Azalea City, Valdosta is located in Lowndes County, the heart of South Georgia##s newest metropolitan area. Our mild climate, friendly people, and natural beauty make it a great setting to continue your education. Come experience true southern hospitality!
The Student Recreation Center
If you are into working out and staying physically fit, the Student Recreation Center is the place for you. You will have plenty of company as you enjoy the beautiful indoor pool, aerobic rooms, racquetball courts, multipurpose basketball courts, indoor track, and rock-climbing wall. We also have over 9,000 square feet dedicated to free weights, a cardio-theater, and cardiovascular equipment. The center is a great place to form new friendships while staying in shape!
At VSU, your safety is our concern. We do everything possible to provide you with a safe and secure campus environment. The campus is well-lit and equipped with state-of-the-art security cameras and over 115 strategically placed emergency phones. We have 25 certified Public Safety Officers, with 3 officers on duty at all times. In addition, we also have a shuttle bus system that is available 24 hours a day. Residence halls are constantly monitored, with access limited to residents and their guests. In addition, the University Police provide crime prevention seminars for personal safety and property protection.
Choosing an academic major is a big concern of many students and parents. If you are undecided, don”t stress. We have several resources designed to assist you as you try to make this all important decision. You”ll be provided special assistance in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Center, where we have trained advisors who will guide you in the right direction. Also, we have a new Student Success Center on campus. The SSC is a one-stop shop for all of your tutoring, advising, and on-campus employment needs. You may be referred to Career Services so that your strengths, aptitudes, and interests can be channeled towards the right academic major for you. We have developed the Freshmen Year Experience (FYE), a year-long program designed to help undecided students transition into college life by focusing on time management resources, study skills, and peer mentor programs. Additionally, VSU offers leadership programs, major-specific cohorts, and learning communities.
The Honors College is designed to enrich the academic experience of students who show superior scholastic promise. Honors courses are taught by top-notch faculty members in a manner that encourages creative thought, meaningful connections between disciplines, and experiential learning. Students participating in the Honors College have their very own residence hall, Reade Hall. Additional benefits include priority registration, limited-enrollment classes, special seminars, and the Honor Student Association.
Imagine climbing ancient Mayan temple ruins, bargaining in a Chinese marketplace, or enjoying a croissant from atop the Eiffel Tower. Now imagine earning college credit for such experiences. Valdosta State University offers a variety of opportunities for students to study abroad. Students not only learn from their exposure to the culture of host countries, but they also benefit from their observations of political, economic, and social changes taking place outside the United States. You can participate in a short two to eight week summer tour or spend a year studying at a college as an exchange student in more than 100+ institutions around the world.
Air Force ROTC
If you”re interested in the military, the Air Force ROTC Program will give you an opportunity to earn an Air Force commission as a second lieutenant while completing your college requirements for a bachelor”s degree. There is no military obligation for students participating in the freshman and sophomore years. However, juniors selected for the Professional Officer”s Course (POC) are obligated for military service. Students enrolled in the POC receive pay while they study. Scholarships, which pay full tuition, are available on a competitive basis.
VSU”s faculty and students utilize over 3,000 computer workstations for easy access to the Internet, e-mail, and other resources. VSU e-mail is the official means of communication for the campus. Every student is provided an account free of charge. Residence hall rooms have high-speed wireless access to the Internet, and the whole campus is wireless, perfect for using laptops. Distance learning, electronic classrooms, 44 computer labs, and multi-media instruction have become an integral part of VSU”s technology-based academic delivery system. An online student account allows for self-registration, online tuition payments, and various other functions. A recently renovated Odum Library has doubled in size and now includes an Internet Caf##. These features and more enhance VSU”s “virtual”# campus environment.
Living on campus gives you the opportunity to experience Valdosta State University to its fullest. Our residence halls are close knit communities, with a variety of floor plans, social activities, and academic services. We have several residence halls that feature traditional style rooms and a recently constructed 500-bed apartment-style housing community located next to the Student Recreation Center. Wireless Internet, telephone, and cable TV, complete with the VSU movie channel, are included in your residence hall package. Life on campus just keeps getting better. In Fall of 2008, Hopper Hall opened as a 4-story, suite-style residence hall with dining, campus mail, and auxiliary student support offices. In Fall of 2009, Georgia Hall opened as a 6-story, suite-style residence hall available to incoming freshmen and Reade Hall opened as a residence hall for students participating in the Honors College. Most of our residence halls have recently received comprehensive upgrades, including moveable furniture in each resident”s room.
Our progress doesn”t stop at our residence halls. Dining services have also undergone a complete transformation. Great food is everywhere! Your meal plan will give you access to 12 retail locations, including Chick-fil-A#, Quiznos#, Starbucks Coffee#, Nathan”s Hot Dogs#, and the legendary Loop Pizza Grill#. There are two all-you-can-eat dining centers, one of which is open until 2am many nights. Sushi lovers, we”ve got fresh rolls made daily at two dining locations. It”s your food and your choice.
The $43.2 million Student Union completed in 2010 was designed with fun and relaxation in mind. This facility houses a food court with several restaurants, the University Bookstore, a 350 seat Dolby# surround sound movie theater, and a multipurpose ballroom which accommodates over 850 students. Take a break from your studies and visit Union Station which provides for all of your gaming needs. Union Station is equipped with pool tables, ping-pong, card tables, and electronic video games connected to a big screen. In addition to all these great activities in one building, you also have access to several student programming rooms. Living on campus is definitely part of the college experience, and at Valdosta State University the experience is unforgettable.
The opportunity to enjoy college life to its fullest is waiting for you at Valdosta State. When you need a break from your studies, there are countless opportunities to participate in our many organizations, develop your leadership skills, or just relax. You can catch a Saturday football game, or perhaps you##re more interested in being on the field yourself. If you would like more information on participating in an intercollegiate sport, contact the athletic department where you can be in touch with coaches who can answer any questions you may have. Maybe you would like to “Go Greek”# with a sorority or fraternity or be a member of the marching band. We have something for everyone, from religious organizations to cultural development, from relaxation to competition. (See addendum for a full list of Campus Organizations and Recreational Activities.)
Financial assistance is available to help you manage the cost of higher education. You may qualify for aid on the basis of need and/or merit. Your financial aid award may be a combination of scholarships, grants, loans, or work study. All students seeking financial aid must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, from the Office of Financial Aid at Valdosta State University, or from high school guidance offices.
For information concerning financial aid or academic scholarships contact:
Financial Aid Office
Valdosta State University
Valdosta, GA 31698
On-campus Employment Opportunities
The Valdosta community and VSU provide many and varied employment opportunities for students seeking to earn additional income. On-campus student assistant opportunities are posted by the Student Success Center, and off-campus job postings are maintained by the Office of Career Services.
In addition to need-based awards, Valdosta State offers scholarships based on merit. Many scholarships have specific requirements and strict deadlines for application. Academic scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to students who demonstrate superior academic promise. Scholarships related to specific fields of study such as music, art, and theatre are also awarded, along with athletic grants-in-aid for both men and women.
Approximate costs per semester for the 2011-12 academic year are:
Tuition and Fees (15 Hours): $3,322.00
Residence Hall: $1,690.00 ## $2,325.00
Full Meal Plan: $1,615.00
Estimate – Books: $600.00
Total: $7,347.00 – $7,907.00
For out-of-state, add $5,988.00
BEGINNING FRESHMEN- Valdosta State University admits applicants who show a potential for success. Your acceptance is based upon previous academic records and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) scores. In addition, Valdosta State University requires a high school curriculum that meets the University System of Georgia”s College Preparatory Curriculum. When necessary, a personal interview and/or other appropriate tests may be required.
TRANSFER STUDENTS- If you are transferring from another college or university, Valdosta State requires an official transcript from each institution you have attended. Valdosta State requires that, as a transfer student, you must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better on all the college work you have attempted. Several programs of study have higher GPA requirements for admission into upper division course work. If you have less than thirty (30) transferable semester hours, you must also meet beginning freshman admission requirements.
To submit an application, please visit the Office of Admissions website:
GRADUATE STUDENTS – Applicants to the Graduate School should contact:
Graduate Studies Division (229) 333-5694
Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA 31698
VSU At A Glance
VSU was founded in 1906 as South Georgia State Normal College, and opened to “young ladies”# in 1913 offering two years of college work. In 1922, the school became known as Georgia State Woman”s College. The school became co-educational in 1950 and changed its name to Valdosta State College. In 1993, Valdosta State College became a Regional University within the University System of Georgia and changed its name to Valdosta State University.
” #Undergraduate students: 10,762
” #Graduate students: 2,063
” #Total enrollment: 12,825
” #61% female and 39% male
” #65% Caucasian
” #28% African American
” #2% Hispanic
” #5% Other
Where our students come from
” #157 of the 159 counties in Georgia
” #45 states and 2 U.S. Territories
” #69 foreign countries
Top 5 Georgia Counties by Enrollment
” #Lowndes County
” #Gwinnett County
” #Fulton County
” #Cobb County
” #Dekalb County
” #Average undergraduate class size is 24
” #Student/Faculty ratio is 22:1
” #472 full-time instructional faculty members
” #72% of faculty hold doctorate or terminal degree in their field
” #2009-2010 9 of the 11 NCAA Sports advanced to post-season play
” #2004 & 2007 NCAA Division II National Football Champions
” #2006 & 2011 NCAA Division II National Men##s Tennis Champions
” #2009, 2010 & 2011 Cheerleading National Champions
” #2009, 2010 & 2011 National Champion Dance Team
” #Member of the Gulf South Conference
” #Dynamic student body
” #Residential campus offering over 200 student clubs and organizations
To apply for admission: www.valdosta.edu/admissions
Office of Admissions, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA 31698
(229) 333.5791 or (800) 618.1878
Valdosta State University is a unit of the University System of Georgia
Valdosta State University Academic Curriculum
College of Arts & Sciences
Associate of Arts
Computer Information Systems
Legal Assistant Studies
Sociology & Anthropology
*teacher certification for grades 6-12 available after completion of degree in content area
College of Business Administration
College of Education
American Sign Language /Interpreting
Early Childhood Education
Kinesiology & Physical Education
Middle Grades Education
Office Administration & Technology
Sports Medicine/ Athletic Training
Workforce Education Development
College of the Arts
– Broadcast Journalism
– Organizational Communication
– Public Relations
– Musical Theatre
College of Nursing
VSU-Vo Tech Joint Programs
Associate of Applied Science
Division of Aerospace Studies
Two/Four year AFROTC
Engineering Studies (2 year)
VSU Campus/Student Organizations
Departmental and Professional Societies
Special Interest Groups
Air Force ROTC
Black Student League
Campus Activities Board
Model United Nations Club
– Blazing Brigade Marching Band
– Chamber Singers
– Concert Band
– Concert Choir
– Jazz Combos
– Jazz Ensemble
– Mass Choir
– Steel Drum Band
– Symphony Orchestra
– VSU Opera
– Wind Ensemble
– Odradek (literary magazine)
– The Spectator (newspaper)
WVVS-BlazeFM Radio Station
VSU TV Station
Red Hots Dance Team
Students In Free Enterprise
College Pan-Hellenic Council
National Pan-Hellenic Council
Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Alpha Sigma Alpha
Delta Sigma Theta
Sigma Gamma Rho
Zeta Phi Beta
Zeta Tau Alpha
Alpha Phi Alpha
Iota Phi Theta
Kappa Alpha Order
Kappa Alpha Psi
Omega Psi Phi
Phi Beta Sigma
Phi Sigma Kappa
Pi Kappa Phi
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sigma Chi (Colony)
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Baptist Collegiate Ministries
Campus Outreach (Nondenominational Christian)
Episcopal Campus Ministries
Canterbury Club (Episcopal)
Christian Student Center (Church of Christ)
FCA-Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Latter Day Saints Student Association
Presbyterian Student Center
Wesley Foundation (Methodist)
Inter-tube Water Polo
White Water Rafting
Outdoor Adventure Club
Ultimate Frisbee Club