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Valdosta State University: Degree Programs and School Information

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About Valdosta State University

Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, is a member of the University System of Georgia. The 4-year, public school is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked the school number 34 on its list of the top public schools in the South and number 71 on its list of the best regional universities in the South.


The school operates two campuses located about one mile apart. It houses seven colleges and divisions, including a College of Nursing and Division of Aerospace Programs. It offers bachelor's degree in 56 fields of study, master's degrees in 34 fields of study, six education specialist degree programs and four doctoral degree programs. The school also offers degree programs for working adults and military students.

Online degree programs are available from Valdosta State University. Students can also study abroad in locations like Ireland, Taiwan, Hungary or Canada. In the fall of 2011, the school boasted a student-to-faculty ratio of 23:1. In 2011, the majority of graduates earned degrees in business, management, marketing and related areas.


Undergraduate and graduate students can apply for admission online. Approximately three days after applying, students can also check their application status online. Undergraduate applications for entrance in the fall of 2012 are due June 1, 2012. In the fall of 2011, the school population was about 13,000 students, approximately 10,000 of whom were undergraduates. That same year, the school received about 8,000 applications and admitted 58% of applicants. The student population hails from all fifty states, Washington, D.C., and more than 60 foreign countries.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The university charges different tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state undergraduate and graduate students. The total annual tuition rate (including fees) for in-state students in the fall of 2012 was $3,381 for undergraduates taking up to 15 course credit hours of study and $3,627 for graduate students taking at least 12 credit hours of study. In the fall of 2012, out-of-state undergraduates were charged $9,519, and graduates were charged $10,596 in tuition and fees for the year.

The school accepts federal and state loans, but also offers short-term loans. These loans last only a semester and must be repaid. In addition, the school offers scholarships to incoming freshman for up to $2,500 that can be renewed for four years. The school also accepts HOPE scholarships, which are administered by the state, and other scholarships.

Undergraduate students can participate in federal work-study arrangements. Graduate students can apply for research assistantship positions.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body About 13,000 students**
Student Housing Six undergraduate, on-campus residence halls and two upperclassmen, on-campus residence halls*
Schools and Programs 56 bachelor's degree fields of study, 34 master's degree fields of study, six education specialist fields of study, four doctoral degrees*
Student-Faculty Ratio 23:1 (fall 2011)**
Most Popular Fields of Study Business (fall 2011)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 43% (fall 2011)**
Admissions Rate 58% (fall 2011)**
First Year Retention Rates 67% (fall 2011)**
Average SAT/ACT Score of Admitted Students ACT 20 (25th percentile); SAT 450-470 (25th percentile for reading, math and writing)**
Application Due Date June 1 (for fall 2013 admission)*
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition $3,381 for undergraduate and $3,627 for graduate in-state students, $9,519 for undergraduate and $10,596 for graduate out-of-state students (fall 2012)*
Financial Aid Sources Available loans, short-term loans, scholarships, work study and assistantships*
Percent of Students Receiving Aid 90%**

Sources: *Valdosta State University, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Info

  • Main Address: 1413 N. Patterson St., Valdosta, GA 31698
  • Phone: (229) 333-5482
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