Hello, parent! Choosing a university is probably the biggest decision you and your child have had to work on together. Even though they'll be the one making the trips to class, you have a major stake in their decision on where to go. You want the best for your son or daughter, somewhere where they'll be challenged yet comfortable, with a community that supports and lifts up its students, and a faculty that takes a vested interest in their success. To find that university, you need to ask questions--including some your student might never think to ask.

Academics are the heart of a college education, but the entire college experience can be hard to evaluate. You'll want to start with basic questions. Will the classroom offer my son or daughter intellectual challenge? Will the faculty take the time to get to know him and mentor her? Are the facilities top-notch? Is the campus welcoming? Valdosta State delivers in all these areas and many more.

This area of the admissions web site is just for you. You'll find information on academics, the community, activities, admissions requirements, cost of attendance, financial aid, and most importantly how your student will be successful after they leave Valdosta State. We've offered a parents' checklist below to help make this process as smooth as possible for you and your student.



Request a brochure.

See our academics, student life, community and career opportunities all in one personalized piece!


Visit Campus.

Whether it's a one-on-one campus tour or our full-scale visitation day, visiting our beautiful southern campus will leave you hoping for a longer stay.


Complete an Application.

Working with your student to turn in their application early will reduce the stress of last-minute deadlines. The application fee is $40.


Finalize Required Paperwork.

Learn more about health insurance, immunization and housing requirements.


Complete Financial Aid Application.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for most financial aid, and can be easily filled out online. For more information on student financial aid, visit Financial Aid.


Register for Orientation.

Once your student has committed to attend Valdosta State, you'll need to register for Blazer Beginnings Orientation! This one-day summer program has dedicated activities for parents and students, where you'll both leave ready for your student to start classes in August.