Savannah State University, founded in 1890 as the Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youth, is Georgia’s oldest historically Black university. The school went through a lot of growth over it’s history to become a full-time degree granting school and eventually became Savannah State University.
Today, the school comprises several colleges of learning offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees to its graduates. The campus also provides a rich experience through its many clubs, societies, and Greek life represented here, providing students a well-rounded college education.
College of Business Administration
Students graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or the Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA). To do so, students enroll in programs that have a strong emphasis not only in business, but in the Liberal Arts. The college is preparing its students to succeed in a world that values not only savvy business leaders but critical thinking and well-rounded individuals. For those pursing the undergraduate degree, students major in either accounting, computer information systems, management, or marketing.
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Referred to as CLASS, this college offers departments in:
- Liberal Arts
- Mass Communications
- Political Science and Public Affairs
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Social Work
Here, students will develop critical thinking, communication, and creative skills that will help in succeeding with future careers.
College of Science and Technology
Often referred to as COST, this college consists of departments in Engineering Technology, Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Science, Mathematics, Marine and Environmental Science, Naval Science (NROTC), and Military Science (AROTC). Professors here work hard to prepare students for careers in the science fields by training them with practical knowledge and skills, including research.
School of Teacher Education
This isn’t the average educational college for future teachers. Here, the program is focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and certification is for grades six through twelfth only. Students will work in conjunction with students from the College of Science and Technology and there are opportunities for field and clinical work.
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Students who wish to attend must possess a high school diploma. Applicants who have graduated from high school within the last five years need to meet the Georgia Board of Regents’ College Preparatory Curriculum course requirements. Generally, these include four units of English courses, four mathematics courses, three physical sciences courses, and two foreign language courses.
Transfer students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average, including a minimum of two collegiate-level courses in English and one in mathematics. They must also have at least 30 semester credits or 45 quarter credits at a regionally accredited institution.
Students can go online to request information about attending, and the application process can also be done on the web.
Financial aid is available to students who need assistance paying for school. Many types of scholarships are used students, including the Presidential Scholarship, James H. Porter Merit Scholarship, Savannah State University General Academic Scholarship, T.I.G.E.R. Scholarship, and the General Scientific Corporation Scholarship. The AASU and SSU Collaborative Teaching and Research Grant is also available.
Students can go online to apply for financial aid or contact the Financial Aid office.
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The University is located in Savannah, Georgia—a city that is renowned for its beautiful architecture and Southern charm. One striking building on the Savannah State campus is Hill Hall, which was built at the dawn of the 20th century. After an extensive restoration, Hill Hall opened again in 2008 after being closed for over a decade. The hall now houses the college’s presidential suite and administrative offices.
Dozens of clubs and organizations are available to students. Among these are the Art Club, SSU Dance Ensemble, Society for the Advancement of Management, Quiz Bowl Team, Black Students With a Mission, Interracial Communication Project, Sisters Striving for Excellence, and SSU Stuact Ministries.
A number of Greek organizations also have a presence on campus. These include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Omega Psi Phi, Pan-Hellenic Council, Phi Beta Sigma, and Zeta Phi Beta.
Students interested in journalism can work for the student newspaper, The Tiger’s Roar, while broadcasting majors can gain experience at the campus radio station, WHCJ 90.3 FM. WHCJ features jazz, blues, reggae, hip-hop, world music, and alternative music, as well as talk shows and other programs with a community focus.
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The Tigers have men’s teams in baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, and track and field. The women compete in basketball, cross-country, golf, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
In 2002, Savannah State made the move to NCAA Division I. Since then, significant renovations have been made to both T.A. Wright Stadium and Wilcox-Wiley Gymnasium.
There is also an extensive intramural sports program, including leagues in softball.
Accreditation is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the mass communications program is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.