Fort Valley State University, in Fort Valley, GA, was founded as a African-American institution of higher learning. It is the only 1890 land grant University existing in Georgia. Currently ninety-one percent of the student body is of African American descent, with the remaining nine percent for various ethnic demographics. Over four-thousand students attend the school, with one-third of these living on campus, and the rest living within commuting distance. FVSU offers study abroad, weekend courses, teacher certifications, and ROTC. They have a forty-four percent admission rate into the college. The average minimum SAT scores range from 860-1020.
The campus organization “Campus Life and First Year Experience” encourages students to get involved with the many student run organizations. Fort Valley is a very rural area, and the campus culture provides much of the entertainment and social participation opportunities for the students. There are several academic clubs, a variety of Greek organizations, religious organizations, a creative writing club, the Royal Elite Modeling Troupe, and organizations for most department/majors to enhance classroom learning with practical application and hands-on experiences outside of academia.
Distance learning and online degree programs are granted in the following areas: Criminal Justice, Political Science, Psychology, Technical and Professional Writing, and Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management. These are all undergraduate programs. Students can take a wide range of online courses in combination with their classroom learning. Wood and Metal Tech, Youth Leadership Development, Art Appreciation, Online Communications, Minority Politics in the United States, Estate Planning for Families, Comparative Politics, World Literature, Introduction to Research, Elementary Statistics, Social Work and Spanish are among these many options. The school has developed a Student Online Readiness Tool as a self assessment guide to discover whether or not online learning would be beneficial, given each students individual academic goals and propensities. Online course fees range from $170 per unit of study to $200.
FVSU offers more than fifty undergraduate major degrees, and master’s degrees in counseling and education. They hold accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, and several other agencies. The most popular majors at Fort Valley State University are General Biology/Biological Sciences, Criminal Justice/Safety Studies, Business Administration and Management, Human Development and Family Studies, and Social Work. Other degree programs include Commercial and Advertising Art, Horticultural Sciences, Information Sciences, Journalism, Music Teacher Education, Mathematics, Veterinary Sciences, Animal Health Technology, and Vocational Rehabilitation, as well as many others.
Tuition costs for undergraduate full-time in state residency is $2,868 per semester, and $130 a credit hour for part- time Georgia state residents. Out of state residents pay $12,390 for full-time attendance, or $517 per credit hour. The average cost for attendance after all other expenses is $16,212. Room and board costs $4,720 and books are just under $1000. Ninety-five percent of students attending FVSU receive some type of financial aid through grants, scholarships, federal loans, private loans, work study, and on campus employment opportunities.