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Savannah State University

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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

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2516th for the average student loan amount.
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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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Student Graduation Demographics


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.

Information Summary

Ranks 31st in Georgia and 1227th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Georgia and 568th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery 3 0.07
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8 0.18
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 11 0.24

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Savannah, GA 31404-5310
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population32,249 (32,244 urban / 5 rural)
Households12,020 (2.61 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,564
Families7,922 (3.21 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1301

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1537th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,699 $3,699 $13,460
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,716 $1,716 $1,760
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $154 $154 $561
FT Graduate Tuition $3,366 $3,366 $12,510
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,716 $1,716 $1,716
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $187 $187 $695
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $16,174 $16,174 $25,935
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,220 $17,220 $26,981
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,220 $9,220 $18,981

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,032 $5,290 $6,032 $5,290 $17,646 $14,812
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,550(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,604 $6,964
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,050(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,727 $8,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,250(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,250(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,922 (1,156 male / 1,766 female)
Admitted 2,425 (965 male / 1,460 female)
Admission rate 83%
First-time Enrollment 1,301 (548 male / 753 female)
FT Enrollment 1,239 (522 male / 717 female)
PT Enrollment 62 (26 male / 36 female)
Total Enrollment4,772

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
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 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1331st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 57%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 19
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 18
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 19

SAT Test Admission

1297th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 70%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 390 / 460
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 380 / 460
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 770 / 920

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 Capacity2,744
Meals per Week20
Room Fee$3,288
Board Fee$3,866

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3103rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $53,252 ($56,626 male / $49,661 female)
Number of FT Faculty 171 (93 male / 78 female)
Number of PT Faculty 220
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $3,394,304

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