Valdosta State University

Valdosta State University

Valdosta State University, or VSU, is a public university located in the city of Valdosta, Georgia, United States. It is part of the University System of Georgia. The university offers associate, bachelor, master, education specialist, and doctoral degrees in a variety of subjects. It is organized into the following colleges:

  • Arts and Nursing
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Education

VSU's campus is divided into two areas which are the main campus and the north campus. It consists of over 80 buildings that are spread across an area of 168 acres. The Spectator is the independent student run newspaper of the university.

VSU's sports teams are nicknamed the Blazers. They participate in various sports such as baseball, basketball, cross country, football, softball, tennis, and volleyball. The Blazers have won both the 2004 and 2007 NCAA Division II national championship.

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Contacting Valdosta State

Valdosta State University
1500 N Patterson
Valdosta , GA 31698
General Phone: (229) 333-5800

Valdosta State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching596educational administration, adult ed administration, educational supervision, special ed, school counseling, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, art education, ...
Liberal Arts397French language, Spanish language, sign language translation, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, liberal arts and humanities, library science, political science, ...
Business and Management287business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, marketing
Science115biology, astronomy, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling110psychology, educational psychology, marriage and family therapy
Nursing and Emergency Medicine103registered nursing
Medical Support and Technology98speech pathology, dental services
Security and Law Enforcement90criminal justice and safety
Family and Social Work74public administration, social work
Media51mass communication
Art Studies37visual and performing arts, art studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy37health and fitness, athletic trainer
Office and Administration23administrative assistant
Religion and Philosophy21philosophy
Computer Science and Engineering17computer and info science, information science
Design15interior design
Engineering Technician13industrial production tech
Conservation and Resource Management12environmental science
Law9legal assistant
Music8music, music performance
Mathematics6mathematics, applied mathematics
Mechanics and Repair3automobile mechanics
Beauty and Cosmetology1cosmetology

Number of programs and degrees for Valdosta State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,58848
Associate's degree535
Doctor's degree152
Master's degree38826
Post-master's certificate797

Valdosta State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Valdosta State had a total enrollment of 11,280 students (10,245 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 43%
Women 57%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 83%
Graduate 17%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 71%
Black 24%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 29%
20-21 26%
22-24 21%
25-29 9%
30-34 4%
35-39 4%
40-49 4%
50-64 1%

Valdosta State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 72 %
Part-Time 50 %

Valdosta State Room and Board (2007)

Valdosta State offers campus housing for 2,368 of its 10,245 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Valdosta, Georgia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Georgia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Valdosta State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460540
SAT Math450540
SAT Writing450530
ACT Verbal2023
ACT Math1923
ACT Composite2023

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT78%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT20%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Valdosta State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,456
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,038
Room and board $ 7,450
Room charge $ 3,100
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,130
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 5,732

Financial Aid:
Valdosta State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 159900)

Valdosta State Faculty

Valdosta State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track6569
Non-tenured and not on tenure track4070

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*1*
Associate professorcalendar year4$61,4537$67,034
Assistant professorcalendar year9$58,3979$56,903
Instructorcalendar year3$55,03012$49,148
All faculty totalcalendar year18$60,22529$57,007

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year79$75,77936$72,258
Associate professoracademic year54$60,52844$57,405
Assistant professoracademic year62$55,22860$51,266
Instructoracademic year21$41,29540$42,116
Lectureracademic year10$40,02014$40,607
No academic rankacademic year1*1*
All faculty totalacademic year227$61,599195$53,878

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Valdosta State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Gulf South Conference
Basketball Gulf South Conference
Baseball Gulf South Conference
Track Gulf South Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports183250

Valdosta State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Interior Design

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education Administration
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Engineering Technician
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science/Librarianship
Political Science and Government, General
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Services and Allied Professions, Other
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Educational Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Psychology, General

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