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Valdosta State University: Narrative Description


1500 North Patterson St.
Valdosta, GA 31698
Tel: (229)333-5800
Free: 800-618-1878
Admissions: (229)333-5791
Fax: (229)333-5482
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University System of Georgia. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1906. Setting: 200-acre small town campus with easy access to Jacksonville. Endowment: $6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $118,951. Educational spending 2003-04: $4403 per student. Total enrollment: 10,400. Faculty: 491 (420 full-time, 71 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 5,224 applied, 66% were admitted. Full-time: 7,403 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 1,610 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 45 states and territories, 61 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 21% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 21% 25 or older, 17% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 74% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, South Georgia College, Valdosta Technical Institution, Waycross College, Bainbridge College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, proof of immunization, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $2322 full-time, $97 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9290 full-time, $388 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $670 full-time. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $5208. College room only: $2664. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 108 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 4% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Blazing Brigade (marching band), Student Government Association, intramural athletics, Baptist Student Union. Major annual events: Homecoming, Family Day, beach trip. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, bicycle patrols, security cameras. 1,929 college housing spaces available; 1,713 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Odum Library with 467,560 books, 1.1 million microform titles, 2,815 serials, 21,512 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.5 million. 1,400 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Valdosta, located in the south-central section of Georgia, is the largest city of the 16-county area that it serves. Buses and railroads serve the area, and airlines are available in Valdosta, Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Atlanta. Average temperature for the year is 67 degrees. Valdosta is the largest inland naval stores market in the world. Industries are tobacco, lumber, mobile homes, cotton, paper and metal goods. Valdosta Entertainment Association brings outstanding cultural events to the city. The Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean are within 125 miles. Near the city are numerous freshwater lakes that provide fishing, boating, water skiing, beaches for swimming and picnic areas. Valdosta boasts a congenial atmosphere and friendly spirit. Newcomers and visitors are welcomed. Part-time employment is available.

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