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Valdosta State University Overview

Valdosta State University is a public institution situated in Valdosta, Georgia. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Valdosta State University Known For?

1,522 Undergraduate Awards
$23,662 Avg Cost After Aid
74% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at VSU.
  • In 2017-2018, 75% of the faculty were full-time.

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Valdosta State University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

VSU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#47 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#97 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at VSU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Value Sociology & Anthropology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular Sociology & Anthropology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular Public Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular Instructional Media Design Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Most Popular Student Counseling Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Most Popular Communication Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Value Sociology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Most Popular Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Most Popular Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Most Popular Public Administration & Social Service Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards VSU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Highest Paid Sociology & Anthropology Graduates College Factual

Where Is Valdosta State University?

Location of Valdosta State University

Contact details for VSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1500 N Patterson St, Valdosta, GA 31698
Phone: 229-333-5800
Website: www.valdosta.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/valdostastate
Twitter: https://twitter.com/valdostastate

How Do I Get Into VSU?

You can apply to VSU online at: www.valdosta.edu/admissions/undergraduate/apply-now.php

Admission Requirements for VSU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into VSU?

74% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
69% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Valdosta State University is 74%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 75%, and the acceptance rate for women is 73%.

Average Test Scores

About 69% of students accepted to VSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 580. Math scores were between 480 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Valdosta State University  ( 500 to 580 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Valdosta State University  ( 480 to 550 )
200
800
VSU received ACT scores from 52% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 23. Math scores were between 19 and 23. Composite scores were between 19 and 23.

ACT English Scores for Valdosta State University  ( 17 to 23 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Valdosta State University  ( 19 to 23 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Valdosta State University  ( 19 to 23 )
1
36

Can I Afford Valdosta State University?

$23,662 Net Price
68% Take Out Loans
8.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of VSU is $23,662. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At VSU, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $6,190 a year. That adds up to $24,760 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at VSU is 8.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Valdosta State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,797 Full-Time Undergraduates
64% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,590 undergraduate students at VSU, with 6,797 being full-time and 1,793 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  VSU

There are also 2,680 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,797 full-time undergraduates at VSU, 36% are male and 64% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  VSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Valdosta State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of VSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 82
Black or African American 2,708
Hispanic or Latino 546
White 2,986
International Students 124
Other Races/Ethnicities 351

Geographic Diversity

Georgia students aren't the only ones who study at Valdosta State University. At this time, 20 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 50 countries are represented at VSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

Online Learning at Valdosta State University

3,002 Took All Classes Online
5,724 Took At Least One Class Online
16.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 9 bachelor’s degree and 11 master’s degree programs available online at VSU. In 2017-2018, 5,724 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at VSU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 16th most popular in Georgia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of VSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Valdosta State University was 16.5%. This is the #1,021 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at VSU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of VSU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 4%
Education 5%
Engineering Technologies 47%
Industrial Production Technology 47%
Instructional Media Design 23%
Library & Information Science 7%
Library Science 7%
Student Counseling 21%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 20%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 20%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at VSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at VSU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Industrial Production Technology #4
Romance Languages #8
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #14
Library & Information Science #15
Library Science #19
Legal Support Services #29
Public Administration #32
Business Support & Assistant Services #34
Legal Professions #38
Engineering Technologies #41
Curriculum & Instruction #43
Instructional Media Design #46
Public Administration & Social Service #79
Educational Administration #97
Criminal Justice & Corrections #141
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #155
Education #250
Business Administration & Management #301
Business, Management & Marketing #380

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Valdosta State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 95 60 177 0 332
Business Administration & Management 0 194 0 29 0 223
Nursing 0 118 0 13 0 131
Communication Sciences 0 46 0 75 3 124
General Psychology 0 102 0 13 0 115
Communication & Media Studies 0 100 0 7 0 107
Library & Information Science 0 0 0 90 0 90
Liberal Arts General Studies 8 81 0 0 0 89
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 15 13 57 0 85
Educational Administration 0 0 31 24 26 81
General Biology 0 77 0 3 0 80
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 76 0 2 0 78
Accounting 0 50 0 16 0 66
Instructional Media Design 0 0 45 8 0 53
Marketing 0 51 0 0 0 51
Social Work 0 0 0 45 0 45
Special Education 0 2 16 26 0 44
Finance & Financial Management 0 41 0 0 0 41
Health & Physical Education 0 41 0 0 0 41
Public Administration 0 0 0 28 11 39
Student Counseling 0 0 29 9 0 38
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 35 0 0 0 35
Sociology & Anthropology 0 31 0 0 0 31
General English Literature 0 21 0 9 0 30
Political Science & Government 0 28 0 0 0 28
Information Science 0 26 0 0 0 26
History 0 23 0 3 0 26
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 25 0 25
Music 0 19 0 6 0 25
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 23 0 0 0 23
Chemistry 0 21 0 0 0 21
Computer Information Systems 0 19 0 0 0 19
International Business 0 18 0 0 0 18
Industrial Production Technology 0 17 0 0 0 17
Fine & Studio Arts 0 16 0 0 0 16
Business/Managerial Economics 0 15 0 0 0 15
Romance Languages 0 14 0 0 0 14
American Sign Language 0 13 0 0 0 13
Mathematics 0 13 0 0 0 13
Allied Health Professions 0 11 0 0 0 11
Dental Support Services 11 0 0 0 0 11
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 10 10
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 10 0 0 0 10
Drama & Theater Arts 0 10 0 0 0 10
Sociology 0 0 0 9 0 9
Design & Applied Arts 0 9 0 0 0 9
Legal Support Services 0 7 0 0 0 7
General Philosophy & Religious Studies 0 5 0 0 0 5
Physics 0 5 0 0 0 5
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 4 0 4
General Education 0 0 0 3 0 3
Dance 0 3 0 0 0 3
Applied Mathematics 0 1 0 0 0 1
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 1 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 19 1,503 194 681 50 2,447

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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