FVSU Fast Facts
Fort Valley State University remains one of the state’s fastest growing colleges. The institution was founded in 1895 as Fort Valley High and Industrial School. The university is one of Georgia’s two land-grant institutions and one of the state’s ten historically black colleges and universities.
FVSU’s mission is to provide educational advancement with an emphasis upon fulfilling commitments that our community has collectively undertaken.
In 2006, Dr. Larry E. Rivers’73 became the eighth president of Fort Valley State University. Before returning to his alma mater Rivers enjoyed a distinguished career as one of Florida most noted historians. He holds degrees from FVSU (B.S.), Villanova (M. A.), and Carnegie-Mellon University (Doctor of Arts) and Goldsmith College of the University of London (Ph.D.).
153 full time faculty members
49 part-time faculty members
65 percent holding doctorate or other terminal degrees
FVSU has several distinguished programs to develop well-rounded students and scholars.
First, the campus’ dual-enrollment program, The University Today Scholars program helps high school students earn college credit while working toward their diploma.
Second, Fort Valley State also has the Cooperative Developmental Energy Program, which is the nation’s only program aimed at preparing minorities and women to pursue energy-related disciplines. Students in this program earn two bachelor’s degrees: one science-related, the other energy-related.
The campus also maintains a host of academically challenging and leadership building classes including our Science, Technology and Mathematics Program (STEM), honors courses and ROTC. The Retention Services Center also available to provide students with study tips, tutorials and time management skills to excel scholastically.
FVSU has more than 3,500 students representing 130 of Georgia's 159 counties, 30 states and 10 international countries.
FVSU is affiliated with the University System of Georgia.
FVSU is a semester-operated institution that awards Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences in more than 50 majors. The campus offers graduate degrees in history, education, counseling and public health. Today, the university has four colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology, and College of Graduate Studies and Extended Education.
Fort Valley State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Fort Valley State University.