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Fort Valley State University

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Fort Valley State University or FVSU is a historically black university situated amidst the gentle rolling hills of Middle Georgia’s beautiful Peach County. Originally established as Fort Valley High and Industrial School in 1895, Fort Valley State College was then formed with the consolidation of the high school and the State Teachers and Agricultural College of Forsyth. The institute was finally renamed as the Fort Valley State University, a state and land-grant university, in June 1996. The campus area is more than 1,360 acres, making it the second-largest public university in the state in terms of area.


A comprehensive learning institution that provides education to over 4,000 students, the university awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degrees in diverse areas of study. The University is composed of the following academic units: College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology; College of Arts and Sciences; and College of Education.

Continuing Education courses include home buyer or landlord lessons, summer programs for children, online personal development and career training classes, face-to-face classes in Spanish, and digital photography. The Warner Robins Center is a part of the continuing education division. It is home to the University’s mental health counseling, master of public health, school counseling, rehabilitation counseling, case management, and middle grades programs. It also offers bachelor’s courses in computer science, social work, business administration, social sciences, computer information systems, and electronic engineering technology.

FVSU Online:

Online learning opportunities are available for students who are unable to attend a traditional school due to various personal and professional commitments. With online education courses, students can earn a degree or diploma completely through the Internet. The University offers online courses in biological and biomedical sciences, citizenship activities, computer and information sciences and support services, education, engineering, and health-related knowledge and skills.

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Traditional freshman applicants must complete the application form for admission and send it to the university along with their official transcripts and ACT/SAT scores. Getting a transfer here is quite easy. Students just need to send the complete application form, ACT/SAT score, and their official transcripts from all previously attended institutes.

International students are encouraged to apply for admission as well. A credit card is required to apply online. Applicants need to send official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary institutions previously attended; copies of leaving certificates, examination certificates and degrees earned; educational history form; ACT/SAT score; and one letter of recommendation. Students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid department helps students find suitable financial solutions to pay for their college education. The institute offers different types of financial aid, including grants, loans, and scholarships. All applicants must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Some of the university-sponsored and private scholarships offered include the Presidential Scholarship, Legacy Scholarship, Pathway Grant, The Ron Brown Scholar Program, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, The Sallie Mae Fund Scholarship Programs, Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, and the Hispanic College Fund.

Loans are the type of financial aid that must be returned with some interest. Some of the different loans programs offered at the University are Federal Direct Stafford loan, Federal Direct PLUS Loan, and the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2486th for the average student loan amount.
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With a campus of nearly 4,500 active students, the school has something for everyone. No matter where you look, you’ll always find interesting ways to get involved, have fun, make amazing friends, and challenge yourself. The campus life is vibrant and full of interesting activities. Students can participate in the various registered on-campus clubs and organizations, including Creative Writing Club, International Student Organization, Royal Elite Modeling Troupe, FVSU Ambassadors, Agricultural Engineering Technology Club, and the Student Government Association (SGA).

Greek life has a strong presence on the campus. There are several fraternities and sororities such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Media and Publications:

WFVS-LP 104.3 FM is the FVSU radio station and FVSU TV is the television station.

The Peachite is the student-operated college newspaper of Fort Valley State University.

Campus Facilities:

The Hunt Memorial Library provides a learning environment that enhances and stimulates learning from a global perspective. It meets the teaching and learning needs of the university’s students, faculty, staff and community. The library’s wide collection of resources include books, reference materials, journals, magazines, newspapers, and several other online resources.

There are a variety of housing options for students. The campus is home to several residence halls, including William Madison Boyd Hall, John W. Davison Hall, Anna T. Jeanes Hall, Josepine Lewis Hall, Sophia Moore Hall, and Anthony D. Watson Hall. The residence halls are well equipped with modern amenities for the convenience of the students. The Wildcat Commons community features a modern clubhouse that houses a convenience store and recreation center.

The campus also boasts resident and retail dining options. The Dining Hall located in the Food Service Center makes finding your favorite foods on campus easy. Other retail dining outlets include The Georgia Room, Chick-fil-A, Quizno’s, Papa John’s, Original Burger Company, Simply To Go, and Jazzman’s.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Wildcats’ athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports such as tennis, volleyball, baseball, basketball, softball, football, cross country, track and field. They participate in the NCAA Division II sports as a member of Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The colors are Royal Blue and Gold.


  • Derrick Wimbush, Former NFL Player
  • Tommy Dortch, Former president of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
  • Rayfield Wright, NFL Hall of Fame inductee
  • Charles Robinson, Jr., President and CEO of Sadie G. Mays Health and Rehabilitation Center


The school is fully accredited by the by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). It also holds other discipline based accreditations such as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP).

Information Summary

Ranks 47th in Georgia and 1578th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Georgia and 580th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.15
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 8 0.21

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 93 0.94
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 4 0.04
Robbery 19 0.19
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 196 1.97
Larceny 456 4.59
Vehicle theft 8 0.08

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Fort Valley, GA 31030-4313
Surrounding communityFringe town (less than 10 mi. from an urban cluster)
Total Population17,431 (10,253 urban / 7,178 rural)
Households6,078 (2.68 people per house)
Median Household Income$27,922
Families4,198 (3.19 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1302

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1107th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,624 $4,624 $16,826
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,814 $1,814 $1,814
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $154 $154 $561
FT Graduate Tuition $4,206 $4,206 $15,642
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,814 $1,814 $1,814
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $176 $176 $652
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,725 $20,725 $32,927
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,438 $16,438 $28,640
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,438 $8,438 $20,640

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,030 $6,180 $6,030 $6,180 $17,644 $18,084
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,320 $1,360
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,978 $7,326
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,935(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$20
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,076 (1,608 male / 2,468 female)
Admitted 1,334 (551 male / 783 female)
Admission rate 33%
First-time Enrollment 624 (290 male / 334 female)
FT Enrollment 591 (280 male / 311 female)
PT Enrollment 33 (10 male / 23 female)
Total Enrollment3,180

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
NCAA Basketball Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf

ACT Test Admission

Applicants submitting ACT results 50%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 14 / 19
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 18
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0

SAT Test Admission

1302nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 63%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 380 / 460
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 370 / 450
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 750 / 910

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 Capacity2,500
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,610
Board Fee$3,242

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 4 510 8 3 27 3 565
Accounting 11 11
Agricultural Economics 8 8
Agricultural Teacher Education 1 1
Animal Sciences, General 1 2 1 4
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 65 2 2 71
Biotechnology 6 1 1 8
Business Administration and Management, General 42 1 43
Business/Commerce, General 1 1
Business/Managerial Economics 1 1
Chemistry, General 4 2 7
Commercial and Advertising Art 6 7
Computer and Information Sciences, General 9 9
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 10 10 20
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 52 1 1 1 58
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 16 1 17
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 10 11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 4 4
English Language and Literature, General 4 2 6
Environmental Health 3 3
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 1 1 2
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 3 3
History, General 3 3
History, Other 2 1 3
Horticultural Science 9 11
Human Development and Family Studies, General 16 16
Information Science/Studies 4 4
Journalism 36 36
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 21 21
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 6 1 7
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 21 21
Mathematics, General 16 17
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other 17 3 20
Music Teacher Education 2 2
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 1
Political Science and Government, General 10 10
Psychology, General 1 37 3 1 43
Social Work 26 26
Sociology 1 1
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 8 1 9
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 15 1 3 19

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1965th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,089 ($63,909 male / $55,846 female)
Number of FT Faculty 93 (54 male / 39 female)
Number of PT Faculty 166
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $2,671,047

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