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Valdosta, GA 31698
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Valdosta State University

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Introduction

Valdosta State University (VSU) is a public, four-year university in Valdosta, Georgia. It is a member of the University System of Georgia. Distance learning is available statewide. Additionally, the College of the Arts has an outreach program for over 40 counties.

VSU was founded in 1906 as a normal school, became a 4-year school in 1922, and received university status in 1993, when it adopted its current name. The University now awards associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

In addition to the numerous classroom, dormitory, and administration buildings, VSU features a beautifully landscaped park for student and public use. Two small creeks cross the campus. VSU defines its mission as, in part, to “prepare our students to meet global opportunities and challenges through excellence in teaching and learning.”

Academics

The University is composed of a number of different schools and colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of the Arts, the Langdale College of Business Administration, the James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education, the College of Nursing, the Division of Aerospace Programs, and the Division of Social Work. There is also a Graduate School.

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in a number of different disciplines, including biology, history, computer science, legal assistant studies, accounting, marketing, education (covering a wide range of specialties, including American Sign Language/Interpreting), art, music, and nursing. Students are also required to take courses within the University System of Georgia’s core curriculum.

The largest graduate division at VSU is education. The Ed.S. degree is awarded in multiple areas within the College of Education. The school awards three doctoral degrees, in Adult and Career Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Leadership. Master’s degrees are also awarded in English, marriage and family therapy, criminal justice, business administration (MBA), psychology, nursing (MSN), art education, social work (MSW), and library and information science (MLIS), among others. The most popular majors at Valdosta include accounting, biology, criminal justice, early childhood education, management, nursing, secondary education, sociology, speech communication, communication disorders, and sports medicine/athletic training. Of the over 400 full-time faculty members at Valdosta, roughly 90% of them possess the terminal degree in their field.

Distance Education

Virtually all George Core Curriculum classes are available online through eCore. Professors for eCore classes may or may not be affiliated with VSU; some teach at other member institutions of the University System of Georgia. VSU uses BlazeVIEW (Blackboard Vista 8) to administrate online classes. In addition, VSU offers Second Life, a virtual environment for instructors and students to interact. Unlike most colleges and universities, distance education classes as VSU are less expensive than in-person classes.

Full degrees are available from VSU’s distance education arm for three Masters of Arts in Teaching degrees, three Ed.S. degrees, and four M.Ed degrees. Certified teachers may further their education through add-on endorsement programs in online teaching, gifted teaching, and library media. Other online programs include a certificate program for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), a bachelor’s of science in office administration technology, a master of business administration, a master of library and information science, a master of public administration city manager track, a master of social work, and a doctor of public administration.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Valdosta offers a cooperative degree program in pre-engineering. Students complete up to two years of a BS requirement at Valdosta before transferring to either Georgia Institute of Technology, Mercer University, University of Georgia, or Southern Polytechnic State University to complete the remainder of their education. Specializations can include aerospace, electrical, computer, or a variety of others.

Admissions

The overriding factor in consideration for admissions at Valdosta is potential for academic success. Indicators referred to include previous academic record, entrance examination performance, good conduct and demonstration of leadership skills in previous academic settings, and results of other tests or personal interviews deemed necessary. Admission to the University does not necessarily indicate admission to the major of choice for any given applicant. Some colleges and departments keep their own requirements for admission, and applicants should inquire with the department of their choice. Enrollment standards include an SAT score of 1100 or ACT score of 24, and a minimum high school GPA of 3.0.

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and federal aid available to any college or university student in the state of Georgia, VSU administrates dozens of their own need- and merit-based scholarships. The university offers a general scholarship application which will automatically enter a student into consideration for all applicable scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3245th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

There are close to 200 student clubs and organizations at VSU to meet a panorama of personal and professional interests.

Students living on-campus may choose between seven residence halls and two apartment buildings. Residents of the traditional and suite-style halls must participate in a meal plan; students in campus apartments may choose to participate in a meal plan or not. Apartments are open to upperclassmen only. There is a thriving residential Greek system on campus as well.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The athletics department at VSU is known as the Blazers. The Blazers compete on the intervarsity level in the NCAA Division II and the Gulf South Conference. Men’s competitive sports include football, cross-country, basketball, baseball, golf, and tennis. Women’s competitive sports include basketball, cross-country, softball, tennis, and volleyball. There are also competitive cheerleading squads and dance teams at the university.

For non-competitive student athletes, there are dozens of club sports and intramurals to choose from. VSU athletic facilities include weight rooms, exercise equipment, tracks, pools, tennis courts, and racquetball courts for student use.

Local Community

The city of Valdosta is located in southern Georgia near the coast and on the Florida border, and has a population of approximately 40,000. The region offers a mild, tropical climate. It is also just four hours from both Atlanta and Orlando, which both offer a wide range of educational and recreational activities. Valdosta Regional Airport is easily accessible from campus.

Bibliography

Distance Education. Valdosta State University. Web. 14 June 2011.

Faculty. Valdosta State University. Web. 14 June 2011.

Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.

Housing. Valdosta State University. Web. 14 June 2011.

Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 20th in Georgia and 933rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Georgia and 493rd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.02
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 65 0.50
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.02
Arrest 11 0.08

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 134 0.24
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 5 0.01
Forcible Rape 27 0.05
Robbery 102 0.18
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 815 1.48
Larceny 1,598 2.89
Vehicle theft 87 0.16

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (education)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1308

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1206th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,979 $3,979 $14,045
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,910 $1,910 $1,910
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $166 $166 $585
FT Graduate Tuition $4,140 $4,140 $14,904
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,910 $1,910 $1,910
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $230 $230 $828
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,746 $20,746 $31,671
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,176 $22,176 $33,101
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,065 $13,065 $23,990

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,644 $6,762 $6,644 $6,762 $18,620 $19,038
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,436 $7,376
On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,860 $6,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,164 $9,111
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,860 $5,584
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,860 $5,584

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,701 (2,296 male / 3,405 female)
Admitted 3,148 (1,260 male / 1,888 female)
Admission rate 55%
First-time Enrollment 1,734 (725 male / 1,009 female)
FT Enrollment 1,704 (714 male / 990 female)
PT Enrollment 30 (11 male / 19 female)
Total Enrollment11,885

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Gulf South Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Gulf South Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Gulf South Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Gulf South Conference

ACT Test Admission

807th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 30%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24

SAT Test Admission

763rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 68%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 950 / 1120

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,856
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,880
Board Fee$3,664

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 29 653 83 36 7 1,779 17 2,671
Accounting 2 21 1 4 66 1 100
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 20 1 14 1 37
Applied Mathematics, General 2 2
Art Teacher Education 1 7 8
Art/Art Studies, General 8 1 23 33
Astronomy 1 1
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 13 14
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 22 3 53 1 85
Business Administration and Management, General 1 23 4 4 1 72 108
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 2 1 3 6
Business Teacher Education 3 3 6
Business/Managerial Economics 1 5 8 14
Chemistry, General 7 9 18
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1 5 7
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 2 19 21
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 39 6 62 1 113
Dance, General 1 4 1 6
Dental Services and Allied Professions, Other 1 12 14
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 26 1 1 54 87
Education, Other 1 6 1 38 46
Educational Psychology 2 3 5
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 16 2 1 34 54
English Language and Literature, General 15 2 48 66
Environmental Science 7 8
Finance, General 1 5 1 2 24 1 34
French Language and Literature 3 3
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other 20 1 1 33 57
History, General 7 2 1 46 1 59
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 6 7
Information Science/Studies 1 2 3 7
Interior Design 1 7 8
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 2 3 10 18
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 27 1 63 93
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 5 1 4 10
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1 9 2 36 1 50
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 12 2 25 1 41
Library and Information Science 1 10 4 5 67 1 90
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 15 2 1 34 54
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 2 4 3 1 16 27
Mass Communication/Media Studies 22 3 1 36 1 63
Mathematics, General 1 8 10
Music Performance, General 1 2 7 10
Music Teacher Education 5 1 6 12
Music, General 6 6
Philosophy 3 12 16
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 12 1 59 72
Physics, General 1 1
Political Science and Government, General 13 17 32
Psychology, General 2 44 5 3 1 70 129
Public Administration 3 20 23 48
Reading Teacher Education 2 2
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 29 4 4 77 1 118
Rhetoric and Composition 19 56 78
Secondary Education and Teaching 3 2 2 15 22
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 8 1 10
Social Work 1 18 2 1 1 31 54
Sociology 33 4 30 1 72
Spanish Language and Literature 5 5 7 17
Special Education and Teaching, General 25 2 77 1 105
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 13 5 101 123
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 1 29 4 1 1 157 2 196
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 4 1 9 14
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education 13 14 27
Visual and Performing Arts, General 1 1 1 13 17

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2197th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $60,863 ($63,848 male / $54,460 female)
Number of FT Faculty 474 (244 male / 230 female)
Number of PT Faculty 612
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $10,263,059
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