Fort Valley State Details
1005 State University Drive
|Level of Selectivity
Fort Valley, with a population of approximately 8,200. Known as
the peach-growing center in Georgia, Fort Valley hosts the annual Georgia
Peach Festival. Points of interest include the national headquarters of
the American Camellia Society, which houses acres of camellias and a
museum with more than 300 porcelain birds. The city of Macon is
approximately 30 miles away and offers shopping, the Harriet Tubman
Historical and Cultural Museum, swimming, and the Cherry Blossom Festival.
The nearest metropolitan city is Atlanta, which is 100 miles away. The
nearest airport is less than 30 miles from the campus.
Fort Valley State University (FVSU) is a four-year, state-supported,
liberal arts, coed college founded in 1895. Fort Valley State is the
result of the 1939 merger between Fort Valley High and Industrial School
and the State Teachers and Agricultural College.
The Fort Valley High and Industrial School was established in 1895, by
leading white and negro citizens for the education of blacks in the south.
Through private donations the school continued to grow. Students helped to
construct several of the buildings between 1926 and 1937. An affiliation
with the American Church Institute was discontinued in 1939 when the state
took control of the school.
The State Teachers and Agricultural College was established in 1902 with
the enrollment of seven young people. In 1916, the school became a senior
high school. By an act of the Georgia legislature in 1922, the school was
named the Agriculture and Mechanical School. The school was renamed State
Teachers and Agricultural College in 1931.
The 1939 consolidation of Fort Valley and State Teachers and Agricultural
College was made possible initially by a grant from the Julius Rosenwald
Fund. Two years later, the first bachelorís degree was awarded. The school
became part of the University System of Georgia, a consortium of
thirty-four public colleges and universities, and it also became one of
two land-grant institutions in the state of Georgia. As a land-grant
school, this traditionally black college continues its mission to provide
educational opportunities for all segments of the population. In 1966, the
school's name changed to Fort Valley State University.
Fort Valley is located on 650 acres, with approximately fifty-five
buildings. The campus architecture is a blend of stately white buildings
constructed by students in the early 1900s and ultramodern buildings of
Fort Valley State University is accredited by the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools to award the Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts,
and Bachelor of Science degrees.
|Costs per Year
2002Ė03 Tuition: $1932 (in-state); $7728 (out-of-state)
Room and board: $1928 (room); $1892 (board)
Special fees: $275
Estimated total cost: $6827 (in-state); $12,623 (out-of-state)
|In State Tuition
|Out of State Tuition
|Financial Aid-Institutional Funding
Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 91
Financial Aid Specific to the School
Army ROTC offers two-, three- and four-year scholarships that pay
tuition, fees, books, and other expenses and provide a monthly stipend of $100.
March 15 (priority); open.
July 21 (fall)
SAT (430V, 400M) or ACT (18E, 16M) required.
A high school graduate (or equivalent) and completion of the following units:
4 English; 3 mathematics; 3 science; 3 social science; and 2 foreign languages.
Students must submit an official high school transcript and proof of physical
examination. A $20 application fee is required.
Admission Application Deadline: July 21 (fall)
Admission Contact: Director of Admissions, Office of Admissions and
Enrollment, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia 31030;
Telephone: 478-825-6307; 877-462-3878 (toll-free); 478-825-6168 (fax).
A minimum of 60 semester hours are required for associate degrees. A minimum of
120 semester hours are required for bachelorís degrees, and students must complete the core requirements, to
include 12 hours of mathematics and science, 12 hours of social studies,
12 hours of humanities, and one computer course for math, electronics
engineering technology, or criminal justice majors. Students must pass an
exit competency examination.
|Student Body Profile
Total enrollment: 3,000
Full-time undergraduates (men/women): 1,025/1,233
Part-time undergraduates (men/women): 142/200
Graduate students (men/women): 75/325
Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 2,763; Asian, 11; Caucasian,
167; Hispanic, 12; International, 47.
Campus Regulations: All motor vehicles must be registered with the
college; students living in dorms are required to purchase meal tickets;
orientation week program is required.
Campus Services: Health center, personal and psychological counseling,
career counseling and placement for graduating students, student
employment services, and remedial tutoring.
Campus Activities: Social and cultural activities include theater, band,
chorale, and dance. Students may work on the student-run newspaper and
Leadership opportunities are found in the Student Government Association
(SGA) or the more than 70 college organizations, such as departmental
clubs and special interest groups.
Fraternities include Alpha Phi, Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and
Phi Beta Sigma.
Sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Iota Phi Lambda,
Sigma Gamma Rho Society, and Zeta Phi Beta.
National Honors Societies include Alpha, Kappa Mu, Beta Kappa Chi, Alpha Mu Gamma,
Phi Alpha Theta, and Phi Alpha.
Housing Availability: 1,048 housing spaces; freshman given housing priority.
Number of faculty members: 155
Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
Full-time faculty members: 147
Part-time faculty members: 9
Member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II
and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Intercollegiate Sports: menís basketball, cross-country, football, tennis,
and track and field; womenís basketball, cross-country, tennis, track and
field, and volleyball.
Intramural Sports: basketball and soccer.
Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, Fort Valley State University,
Fort Valley, GA 31030; Telephone: 912-825-6208; 478-825-6889 (fax).
Commencement and conferring of degrees: May
One summer session.
Bachelor of Arts:
English, Economics, Commercial Design, Criminal Justice,
History, Mass Communication, Office Administration, Political Science,
Psychology, Sociology Bachelor of Business Administration: Accounting, General Business,
Marketing, Management Bachelor of Science: Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering
Technology, Agronomy, Animal Science, Biology, Botany, Business, Business
Administration, Business Management, Chemistry, Child Care, Computer
Information Systems, Computer Science, Dairy Husbandry, Early Childhood
Education, Economics, Electronic Engineering (3+2), Engineering (dual),
Elementary Education, Food Management, Home Economics, Mathematics, Middle
Grades Education, Ornamental Horticulture, Physical Education, Physics,
Plant Science, Secondary Education, Social Work, Veterinary Technology,
Associate of Arts:
Agricultural Engineering Technology, Criminal Justice,
Electronic Engineering Technology, Office Administration, Ornamental
Education, Counseling and Education Specialist Degree.