Fort Valley State University: Narrative Description

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1005 State University Dr.
Fort Valley, GA 31030-4313
Tel: (478)825-6211
Free: 800-248-7343
Admissions: (478)825-6307
Fax: (478)825-6394
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University System of Georgia. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1895. Setting: 1,365-acre small town campus. Endowment: $1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $5.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5221 per student. Total enrollment: 2,558. Faculty: 121 (105 full-time, 16 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. 1,863 applied, 44% were admitted. Full-time: 2,042 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 272 students, 71% women, 29% men. Students come from 15 states and territories, 21 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 0.04% Native American, 0.3% Hispanic, 93% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.3% international, 21% 25 or older, 59% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; protective services/public administration; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous until 8/10.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $2916 full-time, $97 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9884 full-time, $4645 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $594 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $4386. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 45 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities. Most popular organizations: Drama Group, Christian Student Organization, Habitat for Humanity, Debate Club. Major annual events: Founders' Day, Black History Observance, Annual Fall Convocation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 2,000 college housing spaces available; 1,500 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Henry A. Hunt Memorial Library plus 2 others with 186,365 books, 1,213 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.5 million. 633 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Fort Valley is a small town with a temperate climate. It is the main peach-growing section of the state. Miles of blooming peach orchards adorn the roadways in the spring. Community facilities include churches of major denominations, a library, and hospital. The Blue Bird Body Company, manufacturers of school bus bodies, is also located here. Part-time employment opportunities are available in Peach and surrounding counties. The Massee Lane Farms located five miles southwest of the City has one of the finest collections of camellias in the country.

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