Valdosta State University

Valdosta, GA

Brief Description

Positioned at the midway point between Atlanta and Orlando within just 20 miles of the Florida border, Valdosta State University is located in the urban heart of what is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the South. Often referred to as "Azalea City," Valdosta is Georgia's newest rapidly-growing metropolitan area that provides the university's over 11,500 students with a mild climate, friendly atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, and pristine Atlantic beaches.

First opened in 1913 as the South Georgia State Normal College by Colonel W.S. West through the Georgia Senate, the school quickly transformed to a four-year institution for female students known as the Georgia State Woman's College. It was not until 1950 that the campus became co-educational and men began to outnumber women as it yet again evolved into Valdosta State College. In 1978 until the leadership of Dr. Hugh Coleman Bailey, the college doubled in size and was officially accepted as the second institution into the University System of Georgia as Valdosta State University.

Valdosta State is currently recognized as the 69th best college and 30th top public school in the South by the U.S. News and World Report. Along with being the only public university in Georgia that is a member of the prestigious Association of American Colleges and Universities, VSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in subjects ranging from social work and nursing to information science and business administration.

Outside of the classroom, Valdosta State offers more than 200 recognized student organizations, including the Spectator weekly newspaper, the annual literary publication Odradek, the student-operated radio station 90.9 FM, and 23 fraternities and sororities. For those who are athletically inclined, the VSU Blazers compete in NCAA Division II football, basketball, baseball, tennis, cross-county, golf, soccer, and volleyball in the Gulf South Conference.

With an outstanding reputation as a regional public institution, Valdosta State has served the educational needs of many notable alumni. Among the former Blazers are Oscar-winning actress Lisa Blount, Emmy-nominated producer Debra Fordham, CNN media personality Nancy Grace, country music singer Kip Moore, NFL offensive lineman Ryan Schraeder, Christian right activist Randy Brinson, MLB pitcher Jason Bulger, and Georgia State Senate member Tim Golden.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 7482

Total institution enrollment: 8792

School type: 4-year public

School classification: Master's Colleges and Universities I: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the master's degree. They award 40 or more master's degrees per year across three or more disciplines.

Campus Location

Main Address

Valdosta State University
1500 N Patterson
Valdosta, GA 31698


(229) 333-5800


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 40%

Female undergraduate population: 60%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's

Accounting And Finance
Adult And Continuing Education Administration
Applied Mathematics General
Art Teacher Education
Arts And Design
Athletic Training And Sports Medicine
Automotive Mechanic / Technician
Biology General
Business / Managerial Economics
Business Administration And Management
Business General
Business Marketing And Marketing Management
Business Teacher Education Vocational
Chemistry General
Computer And Information Sciences General
Counselor Education / Counseling And Guidance
Criminal Justice General
Curriculum And Instruction
Dental Services Other
Economics General
Education Other
Educational Psychology
Educational Supervision
English Language And Literature General
Environmental Science / Studies
Finance General
French Language And Literature
Health And Physical Education / Fitness
Health Professions And Related Sciences
History General
Industrial Productuction Technologies / Technician
Information Sciences And Systems
Junior High / Intermediate / Middle School Teacher
Liberal Arts And Sciences / General Studies
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Medical Radiologic Technology / Technician
Music General
Music General Performance
Music Teacher Education
Nursing Rn Training
Paralegal / Legal Assistant
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching
Physics General
Political Science And Government General
Pre Elementary Early Childhood Kindergarten
Psychology General
Public Administration
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Teacher Education
Social Work
Spanish Language And Literature
Special Education General
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Speech Language Pathology
Technology / Industrial Arts Teacher
Trade And Industrial Teacher Education
Visual And Performing Arts General