November 25, 2014:

About VSU

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Southern Charm, Forward Thinking Create a World of Opportunities 

Valdosta State University offers the best of both worlds — the extensive academic, cultural, and social opportunities of a major university and the small classes and close personal attention found at smaller institutions. Students are attracted to the close-knit community where learning occurs in a supportive environment and faculty members challenge each student’s potential.


VSU has a legacy as a major provider of educational services for South Georgia. As a comprehensive university, the university focuses on the long-term, total educational experience, providing a variety of catalysts for student growth in all areas of life. Study abroad and exchange opportunities at institutions around the world give students exceptional opportunities for learning. Closer to campus, VSU offers internships and experiential learning opportunities to expand students’ horizons.

Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom
Outside the academic setting, campus organizations encourage leadership, social interaction, recreation, cultural and religious development, and community service. The College of the Arts offers a wide variety of performances and exhibits throughout the year, while championship Blazer athletics and a vibrant social scene round out a true college experience.

Recognized for its vision in creating a leading-edge living and learning environment, VSU continues an extensive transformation of its campus. Hard-working students enjoy private study rooms, new computer labs and an Internet café in Odum Library, and re-energize at name brand campus eateries such as Moe's Southwest Grill, Chick-fil-A and Einstein Bros. Bagels. The Student Recreation Center boasts a two-story climbing wall, an Olympic-sized indoor pool, and an expansive weight room, all perfect ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Located equal distance from Atlanta and Orlando, the Valdosta State University campus boasts beautiful Spanish Mission architecture nestled among pines and palms. Its campus lies at the heart of metropolitan Valdosta, a city with true southern charm and forward-thinking leadership. VSU challenges students with the opportunities and experiences necessary for personal success, while always providing true southern hospitality.

Academic Excellence
VSU’s faculty are engaged in scholarly activities, including published papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals, authored and co-authored books, research presentations, and juried exhibits. Many of these scholarly activities are completed with the assistance of undergraduate and graduate students, providing opportunities for students to conduct research that is directly related to their selected discipline.
 
Undergraduate and graduate students showcase their research and scholarly activities during the annual symposiums held each spring semester. Students are also actively engaged in scholarly activities with faculty members through various projects sponsored through the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that promotes undergraduate engagement in discipline-based inquiry. Valdosta State’s QEP involves a paradigm shift to reinforce the message that research is not confined to conventional laboratory settings. 
 
In 2013, VSU opened the Innovative Design for Enhancing the Academy (IDEA) Center on main campus. The center is designed to provide a place for faculty to collaborate and enhance their individual and joint endeavors in teaching, practice, research, and service to the university, as well as regional and global communities.
 
VSU’s academic community continues to grow with the Health Sciences and Business Administration (HSBA) building that was completed spring 2014. Located on the Rea and Lillian Steele North Campus, the 140,000-square-foot, $32 million facility will house six health sciences programs: nursing, communication sciences and disorders, athletic training, exercise physiology, social work, and health care administration. The HSBA building will allow VSU to expand existing programs and develop new degrees to produce more health care professionals.
 
With the move of several academic programs to the new HSBA, space occupied by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Martin Hall will become available for the new Center for Excellence in STEM Education. The STEM education center will provide expanded training to VSU students and regional teachers in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math.
 
Creating a More Highly Educated Workforce
With an enrollment of approximately 11,500, VSU students have met the highest admissions standards in the history of the university and are entering and persisting at higher rates than ever before. VSU students have many options for course instruction, including traditional classroom and online delivery, along with study abroad opportunities and internships that provide a broader set of skills and knowledge.
 
As the only public university in Georgia that is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) LEAP Employer-Educator Compact, VSU is working with local and regional businesses and nonprofit organizations to promote the economic value of liberal education and to provide students with more hands-on learning opportunities to connect their campus learning with real-world contexts and problems.
 
 

Students in front of Union

Degree Programs

Undergraduate Degrees

VSU offers undergraduate work leading to the following degrees: Associate of Applied Science in dental hygiene, Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts in 14 major programs, Bachelor of Science in 11 major programs, the Bachelor of Science in Education in eight major programs, Bachelor of Business Administration in seven major programs, Bachelor of Fine Arts in seven major programs, the Bachelor of Music in two major programs, the Bachelor of Science in nursing, the Bachelor of Science in athletic training, the Bachelor of Science in exercise physiology, and Bachelor of Applied Science.

Graduate Degrees

Graduate degrees offered include the Master of Education in 14 major programs, Master of Arts in four major programs, Master of Arts in teaching in four major programs, Master of Science in five major programs, Master of Public Administration, Master of Business Administration, Master of Accountancy, Master of Science in nursing, Master of Music Education, Master of Music Performance, Master of Social Work, Master of Library and Information Science, Education Specialist in five major programs, and the Doctor of Education in three major programs, and Doctor in Public Administration. New baccalaureate and graduate degree programs are added to meet the needs of the population served by the University.

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Students in Lecture Hall